Diane Prather: Weigh-In and Tag Day upcoming for market swine, lambs and goats

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Diane Prather

Animals in 4-H and FFA market beef were weighed-in and tagged earlier this year.

So now it’s time for Weigh-in and Tag Day for the other market animals.

On Wednesday, market sheep and market goats will be weighed and tagged from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and market swine will have their Weigh-In and Tag Day from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

To show or sell a market animal at the Moffat County Fair, all 4-H/FFA members enrolled in market sheep, goat, and/or swine projects are required to have their animals weighed and tagged on the designated days.

On Wednesday, members are required to take their market sheep and/or goats to the Moffat County Fairgrounds, at the east end of the barn.

Each 4-H/FFA member is allowed to weigh-in up to three market lamb and/or market goat animals at this initial weigh-in.

It is each member’s responsibility to unload his/her animal(s) and help get them to the designated tagging and weigh-in area.

There will be a crew on hand to help in unloading/loading, if needed.

Once on the scales, the animal(s) will be tagged and weighed by a designated weigh-in and tagging crew only.

Again, it is each member’s responsibility to get the animal(s) off the scales and loaded back up.

Members can call the extension office any time after the weigh-in to get the weights.

The east entrance to the fairgrounds should be used when taking market swine to their Weigh-In and Tagging Day on Thursday.

Unloading will take place on the south side of the swine barn at the two middle sliding doors.

As with the market sheep and goats, it is the members’ responsibility to unload/load the market swine animals.

State fair nominations will be processed during Weigh-In and Tagging Day.

The 4-H/FFA members must be present to fill out and sign nomination cards.

Each animal nominated for the state fair is required to be tagged with an “official” county tag.

Members need to remember that their premises ID number is required for state fair-nominated animals.

There will be a $5 per animal/per species charge for quantities above two market animals nominated for state fair.

This charge is being implemented statewide. Payment is due at the time of processing.

For the weigh-in and tagging process to run efficiently and quickly, the following actions are recommended:

• Members should stay out of designated areas as it makes it difficult for the weigh-in crew to do its job, increases chance of error, and members run the risk of their animals not being processed.

• Members should cut out any existing ear tags before arriving at the fairgrounds.

• Siblings in a family should have their animal(s) picked out before arriving at the scheduled weigh-in as it slows down the process and increases the risk of mistakes being made when deciding which animal belongs to who last minute.

• A 4-H/FFA member or their representative must accompany each animal to help provide information to the weigh-in crew.

• Members should take enough help to manage their animals. The Moffat County Fair Board has the following updates regarding market animals:

• To comply with the state fair, the fair board has adopted the following to be the official weight range for market hogs — a minimum weight of 230 pounds and maximum weight of 280 pounds (fair weight).

• Scrotums must be dried up with obviously no visible testicular tissue present on all market animals before arriving at the initial Weigh-In or you will not be allowed to weigh-in, show, or sell your animal(s).

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