BCYF sets large animal registration deadline

Grand Champion Been winner Andrew Pastryk, of Galien, shows during the large animal auction at the 2017 Berrien County Youth Fair in Berrien Springs. 

BERRIEN SPRINGS — The deadline for large animals to be exhibited at the 2019 Berrien County Youth Fair is June 1.

Animals needing to be registered by June 1 include dairy, sheep, goats, swine, llamas/alpacas, equine and beef breeding.

Registration is open to any Berrien County resident ages 5 to 20 years of age. Exhibitor age is as of Jan. 1, 2019.

Online registration is available for all departments, except equine. Equine exhibitors must complete an equine entry form and return it to the BCYF office by June 1.

Once registered, exhibitors can return to the program and add more entries up until each entry deadline. Families can register under one email and password.

The exhibitor’s printed email confirmation will serve as the traditional yellow copy of the entry form and is required on entry day, just as the yellow copy of the traditional entry form is.

The link for online entries can be found at www.bcyf.org.

Entry forms may be brought to the fair office between 9 a.m and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, on or before June 1, or placed in the drop box outside the fair office after office hours until midnight on June 1.

The office will be open on June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon to accept entries, but exhibitors are encouraged to get their registrations in early.

Animal identification rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture include:

Dairy and beef

• Must have official USDA identification tag – tag hotline 800-292-3939

• Registered breed tattoo accompanied by breed registration papers

Goats

• Must have official USDA Scrapie identification tag – tag hotline 517-337-4705

• Registered breed tattoo accompanied by breed registration papers

Sheep

• Must have official USDA Scrapie tag – tag hotline 517-337-4705

Swine

• The swine market ear tags provided by BCYF meet the requirements for the official ID for state and fair guidelines.

The USDA tag number must be on the entry form when it is turned into the fair office by the June 1 deadline, so exhibitors need to order their tags as soon as possible.

Exhibitors wishing to enter a registered goat must turn in a copy of goat registration papers with entry form.

In addition to the USDA required ear tag, individuals registering market animals will also need BCYF market tags. Goats and swine must come to the fair office and pick up the BCYF market ear tags.

Sheep tags will be dispersed on June 5 and 6 during the mandatory sheep tagging event held at the BCYF. Ear tags must be in the animals’ ear by Aug. 1 or the entry will be disqualified for goats and swine. Sheep tags must be in ears by June 8.

No late registrations will be accepted. Questions can be addressed by contacting the fair office at 269-473-4251. The 2019 youth fair runs Aug. 12-17 with the theme “Country Nights and Carnival Lights.”