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Report
Southeastern Youth Fair
Sheep Show
Official Attire
 4-H
 PANTS (NO BLUE JEANS)
 GREEN
 BLACK
 KHAKI
 SHIRT
 COLLARED WHITE LONG
SLEEVE WITH 4-H INSIGNIA
 4-H JACKET
 OPTIONAL
 FFA
 PANTS (NO BLUE JEANS)
 BLACK
 SHIRT
 COLLARED WHITE
BUTTON UP SHIRT
 FFA TIE/SCARF
 FFA JACKET
 ZIPPED UP AND WORN
CORRECTLY
RECORD BOOKS
 TYPED OR HAND WRITTEN
 FOUND ON WEB SITE
 MSDOC- SAVE AND THEN TYPE
 PDF- PRINT AND HAND WRITE
 RECORDS START THE DAY OF WEIGH IN
 KEEP PROFESSIONAL
 IT IS NOT A SCRAP BOOK
 MUST BE SECURE TO THE BIND
 BIND FOLDERS OR THREE STAPLES ON BIND
 NO THREE RING BINDERS
NEW FOR RECORD BOOKS
 Record books must be complete & will be checked
at the gate
 New Photo section (six photos required)
 All Exhibitors (4H-FFA) will have to show evidence
of a project demonstration.
Story OR Photo
LETTERS
 BUYER LETTER
 BE PROFESSIONAL
 INTRODUCE YOURSELF,
YOUR CHAPTER/CLUB
AFFILIATION & PROJECT
 DISCUSS LESSONS
LEARNED
 PLANS FOR YOUR
FUTURE
 WRITE MANY
 FOLLOW UP VISITS
 THANK YOU LETTER
 BE PROFESSIONAL
 INTRODUCE YOURSELF,
YOUR CHAPTER/CLUB
AFFILIATION & PROJECT
 BE APPRECIATIVE OF
THEIR INVESTMENT
 PLAN FUTURE USE OF
INVESTMENT
 DESCRIBE LESSONS
LEARNED
 DUE TO SEYF OFFICE
MARCH 31, 2013
PREMIERE EXHIBITOR
 CULMINATION OF PLACING IN THREE CATEGORIES
 SKILL A THON
 RECORD BOOK
 SHOWMANSHIP
 ALL AGE DIVISIONS ARE ELIGIBLE
 WILL SELL IN CHAMPIONS ROW
Lambs Facts
 They are gregarious prefer to be in a
herd/flock.
 Excite easily.
 Move slow.
 Do not have a strong survival instinct.
 Not the smartest of the farm species.
 Eat rapidly.
Facilities
 Warm, dry, well ventilated area.
 Clean water troughs, feeders, and mineral
and vitamin blocks with easy access.
 Fencing should keep predators out,
preferably at least 5 ft. tall.
 Exercise Tracks/Areas are necessary for
market show animals.
 Beware of dogs.
Nutrition
 Carbohydrates & Fats (Energy)- mostly from
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pasture, although grains may be used to
supplement.
Protein- Sheep need protein to produce wool.
Alfalfa, clover, soybeans, various commercial
supplements.
Minerals- a quality mineral supplement (mineral
block) should be available at all times to provide
macro and micronutrients. (Feed Ration)
Vitamins- a quality vitamin supplement (in feeds)
should be available. (Feed Ration)
Water- Sheep avg. 1 gallon/day Must be clean, fresh
source.
Nutrition
 Sheep are grazers by design.
 Feed concentrates in small quantity.
 Raise feed trough/bucket.
 Good quality forage.
 Alfalfa, Perennial peanut, etc
 Sensitive to Copper.
 Check your feed tag.
 Fresh clean water.
 Not sure—ASK your 4-H Leader or FFA
Advisor
Digestive Track
Digestive Anatomy
 Rumen- “the money maker” – largest part of
the stomach. Fermentation vat that allows
digestion of fibrous feeds.
 Reticulum- “the mover”- moves food and
fiber from rumen to mouth for “cud
chewing” also aides in removing of foreign
ingested material.
 Omasum- “strong muscle” water is squeezed
out a
 Abomasum- “True Stomach”- feed is mixed
with gastric juices last step in digestion for a
ruminant.
FEED
 Should be labeled for sheep.
 Good show ration 16% or higher in
protein.
 General rule.
 “Garbage in, Garbage out.”
 Cheap feed will under perform.
 Do your homework- compare, ask
questions.
Signs of Sickness
Droopiness
Loss of appetite
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Increased rate and depth of
respiration
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Discharge from the nose and eyes
Coughing
Fever
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Body Temp 100.5-103.5
(ANY TEMP HIGHER CALL A VET)
Parts of the Lamb
Selection
 Classification- Color markings, skeletal shape,
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wool characteristics all play a part in
classification.
Muscling- long, level, square rump, wide at the
dock
Structural Correctness- correct bone structure,
no leg/walking problems, etc
Style and Balance- appealing to the eye, tight
skin, straight legs, trim middle, etc
Growth Potential- Larger frame lambs have
potential to grow bigger if managed correctly
than smaller framed lambs.
Preparation
 Training- animals must be practiced for
show just as the showman should practice.
Training will calm animals and develop a
routine that will add to success.
 Fitting- animals must be washed, cleaned,
sheered, shaved, and physically prepared
to enter the show ring to be successful.

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