Office Information

Address

101 Motor Pool Way
Butler, PA 16001-3545

Contact

Phone: 724-287-4761

Fax: 724-287-5911

Email: ButlerExt@psu.edu

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

2017 Livestock Sale Rules

Applies to all species.

General Rules

  1. Who may enter: The sale is open to boys and girls (4-H who are 8 to 18 years of age on January 1 of the year of the show/sale; FFA members who are 14 to 21 years of age). In order to sell livestock, a member must be in good standing and attend the number of meetings established by the attendance policies of the Butler County 4-H clubs or FFA chapters.
  2. A project book must be obtained and maintained and the animal(s) must be under the ownership and care of 4-H or FFA member. An up-to-date project book must be submitted as animals are unloaded prior to the final weigh-in at the Butler Farm Show.
  3. All participating 4-H and FFA members must have completed an approved quality assurance activity or program no later than July 1st of the current year. Completion of this requirement must be documented with the Penn State Extension Office.
  4. All animals must be entered in the Butler Farm Show and shown in the appropriate market animal class as determined by final weigh-in.
  5. All junior market show animals must meet weight restrictions to show or sell. Animals that do not meet weight restrictions must be taken home immediately after weigh-in. An animal that does not meet weight restrictions may remain on the Farm Show grounds if it is the only animal the exhibitor has for showmanship.
  6. Animals that are disqualified from their respective show and/or class will not be eligible to sell.
  7. All sale animals must be clean and properly fitted according to Butler Farm Show rules.
  8. Butler Farm Show Rules and Regulations for each species will be adhered to.
  9. Each animal shall be sold by its owner. If the owner is unable to present the animal for sale for any legitimate reason, another junior exhibitor may be designated to sell the animal. This substitution must be approved by the sale committee chair and a minimum of two additional active sale committee members prior to the sale of the animal.
  10. Any Butler County 4-H or FFA member desiring to show a junior market animal at the Butler Farm Show but not wishing to consign to the sale must notify the sale committee immediately following the junior market animal show at the Butler Farm Show.
  11. A sale fee of 3% of the gross sale price will be charged to help defray sales expenses. The sale committee reserves the right to alter this commission as necessary to cover sale expenses.
  12. A fee of 1/2% of the gross sale price will be deducted from the sale of each animal to be applied to the 4-H and FFA scholarship funds. 4-H and FFA members are eligible to apply for scholarship funds in accordance with the rules of each fund and/or organization.
  13. Each member is responsible for his/her animal, including feeding, watering, and general care, until the time it is delivered to the buyer.
  14. Each member is required to assist with promotional and sale-related activities as designated by the committee.
  15. Each member is responsible for writing a letter to the buyer thanking him/her for their patronage.
  16. All animals sold through the sale will be photographed for a buyer thank-you photo for members to send to their respective buyers along with their personal thank you letter. Participating 4-H and FFA members will be required to have sale animals photographed at a time designated by the sale committee. If the participating 4-H or FFA member is not present for the photograph a substitute handler will be designated. A fee, not to exceed $10.00, will be deducted from the sale of each animal to cover the cost of the thank you photos. Members will receive a copy of the photo for their personal records.
  17. *NEW* Project members will be limited to selling two (2) lots in the Jr. Livestock Sale.  A ‘lot’ is defined as a steer, a pig, a lamb, a goat, a pen of rabbits, or a pen of poultry.  Members may sell a maximum of two lots per species.
  18. Animals that are designated as the Grand Champion and the Reserve Grand Champion for each species must be consigned to the Butler County Jr. Livestock Sale.
  19. *NEW* In the event that an exhibitor is the recipient of more than two (2) champion or reserve champion awards, the exhibitor will be limited to the sale of two (2) lots with a maximum of two (2) per species.  The required order of sale for champions is as follows:  Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, Home Bred Champion, Reserve Home Bred Champion, County Bred Champion, Reserve County Bred Champion.
  20. Animals consigned to the sale must be delivered to the buyer or designated hauling agent. There will be no switching of animals after the sale.
  21. When an exhibitor, parent, guardian, 4-H leader, or representative acting in behalf of an exhibitor is guilty of unsportsmanlike or unethical conduct, the Butler County Jr. Livestock Sale Committee, in consultation with the Butler Farm Show Board of Directors, may require the 4-H or FFA member to return all trophies and ribbons, forfeit premiums won, prohibit participation in the Jr Livestock sale, and may suspend the 4-H or FFA member and the animal(s) involved for such a period as judged appropriate from participation in 4-H and FFA roundups in Butler County. A parent, guardian, 4-H leader, or representative acting in behalf of an exhibitor deemed guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct may also be prohibited for such a period as judged appropriate from participation in all 4-H and FFA activities. Persons deemed guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct may be expelled from the show facilities at the direction of the Jr. Livestock Sale Committee and/or the Butler Farm Show. The results of such committee action will be sent in writing to the appropriate Penn State Extension District Director, Educator, or FFA Adviser.
  22. Junior Livestock Sale Rules and Regulations may be added or amended by the Sale Committee as the need arises.

Butler County Junior Livestock Sale

Beef/Sheep/Swine

1. A project book must be obtained and maintained and the animal(s) must be under the ownership and the care of 4-H or FFA member as follows:

  • Beef Cattle--Steers or heifers. Sired by a recognized beef breed sire and born after January 1st of the preceding sale. Animals must be acquired by weigh-in/tagging date. The suggested minimum weight is 450 pounds by weigh-in date.
  • Swine--Barrows or gilts. Animals must be acquired by weigh-in/tagging date. The suggested minimum weight is 50 pounds and the suggested maximum weight is 80 pounds by weigh-in date. Scrotum incisions must be healed.
  • Lambs--Wethers or ewes. Animal must be acquired by weigh-in date. The suggested minimum weight is 40 pounds by weigh-in/tagging date.
  • All market lambs must have a scrapie ID ear tag or other approved form of scrapie ID prior to arrival at the May weigh-in.

2. Tagging/weigh-in will be at a central location. Your project animal will be marked for identification, weighed, and examined for castration. (Date, time and location for weigh-in will be announced.) To be eligible to sell in the Junior Livestock Sale, all beef, sheep, and swine must be tagged at the weigh-in/tagging site and date. To be eligible for the Rate of Gain awards, animals must be weighed and tagged at weigh-in/tagging. Members are responsible for transportation of their project animals to weigh-in/tagging.

3. Animals must be unloaded at time of initial weigh-in/tagging unless the health and/or safety of the animal and/or the member is in question. If an animal(s) is not unloaded for weigh-in/tagging, a family member or their representative will be responsible for tagging the animal(s). A member of the sale committee must be present when the animals are tagged. Sale committee members will not enter trucks or trailers.

4. All animals must be accompanied by a completed project identification form to be submitted to the sale committee at the time of tagging/weigh-in. Signed and notarized Home Bred and County Bred affidavits must also be submitted at the time of tagging/weigh-in as appropriate.

5. Beef Cattle--Project calf must be dehorned and castrated prior to weigh-in/tagging. Weigh-in/tagging to be held on the 3rd Saturday in November.

6. As per Penn State University 4-H Liability Insurance requirements, youth that do not meet the minimum age requirement for 4-H membership at the time of the beef weigh-in (8 years of age as of January 1st of the current year) will not be permitted to weigh and tag at that time. If the youth meets the minimum age requirement by January 1st, immediately following the beef weigh-in, they may enroll in the market beef project and will be permitted to tag project animals. Project animals must be tagged after January 1st but before January 31st. Designated project animals will not be eligible for rate-of-gain.

7. Lambs--Weigh-in/Tagging to be held no earlier than the first Saturday of May.

8. Swine--Will be tagged for identification no earlier than the first Saturday of May. The decision to tag swine on the farm or to weigh-in/tag at a central location will be based on current PA pseudo-rabies regulations.

9. For sale purposes, a member may weigh-in/tag and show two (2) beef cattle, four (4) lambs, and/or four (4) hogs.

10. Final weigh-in will be conducted according to the Butler Farm Show schedule.

  • Beef Cattle--Must be trained to lead with a halter. They must weigh at least 1,000 pounds and not more than 1,500 pounds by final weigh-in at the Butler Farm Show. This rule follows the Butler Farm Show guidelines.
  • Swine--Must weigh at least 220 pounds and not more than 290 pounds by final weigh-in at the Butler Farm Show. This rule follows the Butler Farm Show guidelines.
  • Lambs--Must weigh at least 80 pounds and not more than 150 pounds by final weigh-in at the Butler Farm Show. This rule follows the Butler Farm Show guidelines.
  • Any evidence of testicle development will be cause for disqualification from the sale.

Market Goats

  1. A project book must be obtained and maintained and the animal(s) must be under the ownership and the care of 4-H or FFA member by weigh-in/tagging date.
  2. Market goats must be born after November 1 of the year preceding the market show, but with full baby teeth at final market show weigh-in.
  3. Market goats may be wethers or does.
  4. All market goats must be neatly disbudded or dehorned prior to arrival at the May weigh-in. Any scurs from either of these procedures must not be more than 1/2 inch above the skull and must be blunted (no points) at final weigh-in at the Butler Farm Show.
  5. All market goats must have a scrapie ID ear tag or other approved form of scrapie ID prior to arrival at the May weigh-in.
  6. Market goats must be representative of the dairy and meat goat breeds only. No pygmy goats.
  7. Weigh-in/tagging will be at a central location. Your project animal will be marked for identification, weighed, and examined for castration. (Date, time and location for weigh-in will be announced.) To be eligible to sell in the Junior Livestock Sale, all market goats must be tagged at the weigh-in/tagging site and date. To be eligible for the Rate of Gain awards, animals must be weighed and tagged at weigh-in/tagging. Members are responsible for transportation of their project animals to weigh-in/tagging.
  8. Animals must be unloaded at time of initial weigh-in/tagging unless the health and/or safety of the animal and/or the member is in question. If an animal(s) is not unloaded for weigh-in/tagging, a family member or their representative will be responsible for tagging the animal(s). A member of the sale committee must be present when the animals are tagged. Sale committee members will not enter trucks or trailers.
  9. All animals must be accompanied by a completed project identification form to be submitted to the sale committee at the time of tagging/weigh-in. Signed and notarized Home Bred and County Bred affidavits must also be submitted at the time of tagging/weigh-in as appropriate.
  10. Weigh-in/tagging will be held no earlier than the first Saturday of May.
  11. Each member may weigh-in/tag and show two (2) goats.
  12. All animals must weigh a minimum of 60 pounds and not more than 125 pounds by final weigh-in at the Butler Farm Show.
  13. Market goat classes will be determined by weight, not by breed.

Rabbit Meat Pens

1. Rabbits to be entered in a meat pen must be bred, owned, and raised by the member.

2. Each member may weigh-in and show two (2) meat pens.

3. Only recognized commercial breeds will be accepted.

  • Angora - French, Giant, Satin
  • Champagne D'Argent
  • Californian
  • Cinnamon
  • American Chinchilla
  • Creme D'Argent
  • French Lop
  • Harlequin
  • Hotot
  • New Zealand
  • Palomino
  • Rex
  • American Sable
  • Satin
  • Silver Fox
  • Silver Marten

*Commercial crosses will be accepted if accompanied by verification papers at the time of check-in.

4. Does and breeding buck(s) of litters to be verified for meat pens must be designated project animals owned by the member. Rabbit project designation forms, including ear tattoo numbers, identifying does and bucks bred for the production of meat pen litters must be submitted to the county extension office by the close of business on June 1st of the current year.

5. Meat pens must consist of three (3) rabbits of the same breed and variety. Rabbits may be different sexes.

6. Meat pen entries must be at least 8 weeks (54 days) of age, but not more than 10 weeks (70 days) of age by opening day of the Butler Farm Show.

7. *NEW* Meat pen entries must weigh at least 3 1/2 lbs. each, but not to exceed 5 1/2 lbs. (ARBA standard) by weigh-in at judging time at the Butler Farm Show.

8. Individual rabbits do not have to be litter mates, but must be from verified, approved litters.

9. Litter verification must take place within two weeks of birth. Litter verification may be made by a 4-H leader, FFA adviser, Butler County Extension educator, or a superintendent of the rabbit department of the Butler Farm Show.

10. A Litter Verification Sheet must accompany each entry. Entries will not be accepted without approved paper work.

11. Meat pens will be weighed at time of judging.

12. Entries showing signs of illness or disease at check-in will not be accepted. They must be removed from the grounds.

13. Meat pens will be judged on meat type, condition of flesh, uniformity of body and weight, and fur.

Poultry Meat Pens

1. Each member will be allowed to weigh-in and show two (2) meat pens.

2. A meat pen shall consist of four (4) broilers.

3. All meat pen chicks must be from the Chick Pool. Chick Pool chicks will be from a certified hatchery. Chicks will be provided to designated poultry project members 7 to 8 weeks prior to entry and weigh-in day for the Butler Farm Show.

4. All pens will be weighed on the Sunday immediately prior to the opening day of the Farm Show between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Birds must weigh a minimum of six (6) pounds and a maximum of ten (10) pounds. Any birds not meeting these weight requirements will not be penned and must be removed from the Butler Farm Show grounds by 11:00 p.m. that evening.

5. One additional bird may be weighed-in and identified for substitution purposes due to the high mortality rate of market ready birds.

6. All birds will be banded for identification at weigh-in.

7. All meat pens will be health checked at weigh-in by an appointed inspector. Any bird brought to the Butler Farm Show that is not of market quality will be dismissed.

8. All poultry projects must be clean, healthy and free from deformities. Any of the following faults will result in disqualification of the pen.

  • Missing extremities (2 wings, 2 legs)
  • Clipped wings
  • Curly toes
  • Bruising
  • Parasites

9. The following items must be considered in a poultry meat pen:

  • Meat Type
  • Weight – finished weight of 6 to 10 pounds per bird.
  • Uniformity

10. Each member must fit and show their own birds. Owners must care for their own birds during the week of the Butler Farm Show.

11. Because of the diet of each meat pen, feed must be provided by the owner. (applies only to meat pens)

12. The owner will be responsible for supplying feeders, water bowls, and bedding for meat pens only.

13. The owner shall supply their own wagon and cage to be used to display the birds at the Junior Livestock Sale.

14. Poultry project books will be collected, checked, and returned to the member at weigh-in.

15. No poultry shall be removed before 9:00 p.m. Saturday, the final day of the Butler Farm Show. No vehicles of any type may be driven into the midways before 11:00 p.m.

County Bred and Home Bred Champions

In appreciation of the outstanding quality livestock produced within Butler County and on our family farms, the Butler Farm Show and Jr. Livestock Sale Committee will recognize these animals and their producers by selecting both Home Bred and County Bred Champions and Reserve Champions.

1. Following selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion market beef, swine, lamb, and goat the Home Bred and County Bred Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected with the following provisions:

  • Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will not be eligible for Home Bred and/or County Bred recognition.
  • Home Bred Champion and Reserve Champion will not be eligible for County Bred Champion and Reserve Champion.
  • County Bred Champion and Reserve Champion will not be eligible for Home Bred Champion and Reserve Champion.

2. To be eligible for Home Bred awards animals must be designated at the time of species weigh-in and must be accompanied by a complete, signed affidavit. The affidavit must be notarized with the exhibitor and parent signatures. Home Bred animals, born and raised in Butler County, may also be designated as a County Bred entry by checking the appropriate box on the affidavit.

3. To be eligible for County Bred awards animals must be designated at the time of weigh-in and be accompanied by a bill of sale from a Butler County producer along with a complete, signed affidavit. The affidavit must be notarized with the exhibitor and parent signatures.

4. Home Bred market beef will be identified by the Jr Livestock Sale ear tag number assigned to the animal at tagging/weigh-in. Additional tag and/or tattoo numbers on cattle at time of tagging/weigh-in will also be recorded.

  • Farm tag and/or tattoo numbers identifying the animal prior to tagging/weigh-in must be listed on an affidavit signed by both parent and exhibitor stating that the dam of said animal is owned by a member of the immediate family and housed on the family farm where the exhibitor resides.
  • Progeny from dams that were bred at the time of purchase are not eligible.

5. County Bred market beef will be identified by the Jr Livestock Sale ear tag number assigned to the animal at tagging/weigh-in. Additional tag and/or tattoo numbers on cattle at time of tagging/weigh-in will also be recorded.

  • Farm tag and/or tattoo numbers identifying the animal prior to tagging/weigh-in must be listed on a bill of sale from a Butler County producer and an affidavit signed by both the producer and the exhibitor, stating that said animal was both bred and born within Butler County.
  • Progeny from dams that were bred at the time of purchase are not eligible.

6. Home Bred market swine must be identified by a herd number tattoo and ear notch assigned to an immediate family member on the family farm where the exhibitor resides.

  • The herd number and ear notch must be listed on an affidavit signed by both parent and exhibitor stating that the dam of said animal owned by a member of the immediate family and housed on the family farm where the exhibitor resides.
  • Progeny from dams that were bred at the time of purchase are not eligible.

7. County Bred market swine must be identified by a herd number tattoo and ear notch assigned to a Butler County producer.

  • The herd number and ear notch must be listed on a bill of sale and an affidavit signed by both the producer and exhibitor, stating that said animal was both bred and born within Butler County.
  • Progeny from dams that were bred at the time of purchase are not eligible.

8. Home Bred market lambs and Home Bred market goats must be identified by an official scrapie ear tag or equivalent tattoo assigned to an immediate family member on the family farm where the exhibitor resides.

  • The scrapie identification number must be listed on an affidavit signed by both parent and exhibitor stating that the dam of said animal is owned by a member of the immediate family and housed on the family farm where the exhibitor resides.
  • Progeny from dams that were bred at the time of purchase are not eligible.

9. County Bred market lambs and County Bred market goats must be identified by official scrapie ear tag or equivalent tattoo assigned to a Butler County producer.

  • The scrapie identification number must be listed on a bill of sale and an affidavit signed by both the producer and exhibitor, stating that said animal was both bred and born within Butler County
  • Progeny from dams that were bred at the time of purchase are not eligible.

10. Animals selected as Home Bred and County Bred champions and reserve champions will be sold immediately following the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion for each of the respective species.

11. Animals that are designated as the Champion and Reserve Champion for Home Bred and County Bred for each species must be consigned to the Butler County Jr. Livestock Sale.

Animals Raised for Charity Donation

  1. 4-H clubs that have members carrying a market animal livestock project may apply to raise an animal to be sold through the Butler County Jr. Livestock Sale to benefit a designated charity.
  2. The club must submit an application form that designates the species of animal to be raised and the charity of the club’s choice for proceeds of the sale to benefit. Application deadline is April 1st of the current year.
  3. There will be a limit of one lot per species to be sold as charity animals.
  4. If multiple applications are received for any species, the club that raised an animal of that species in the prior year will not be eligible to raise the same species of animal in the current year. If there are still multiple acceptable applications for any species, the club to raise the animal will be selected in a random drawing.
  5. The charity designated as the beneficiary of the sale must be approved by the Jr. Livestock Sale Committee.
  6. Designated charity animals must be tagged with a Butler County Jr Livestock Sale ear tag at the appropriate weigh-in. Animals will not be weighed and are not eligible for rate of gain awards.
  7. Proceeds from the sale of designated charity animals will go directly to the designated charity.
  8. Designated charity animals will not be shown in the Jr. Market classes at the Butler Farm Show.
  9. Designated charity animals will be penned with other animals of the same species and with the family that has provided the primary care of the animal.
  10. Designated charity animals must meet all health requirements, specific to their species, as listed in the Farm Show premium book.
  11. Designated charity animals must be an acceptable market weight at time of sale as determined by the Jr Livestock Sale Committee and the Butler Farm Show species superintendent.
  12. Designated charity animals will sell immediately prior to the start of the sale of member project animals.
  13. The sale of designated charity animals will be exempt from sale commission.
  14. The buyer(s) of designated charity animals will receive a banner similar to banners provided for sale champions.