BERRIEN SPRINGS — Market beef registration for the 2019 Berrien County Youth Fair is underway and registrations are due by Friday.

Exhibitors must be at least 5 years old to show animals at the 2019 fair. Berrien County youth between the ages of 5 and 20, as of Jan. 1, can register their market beef animals by picking up a form at the fair office, by calling the office at 269-473-4251 or by online registration – which is now open.

Once registered, exhibitors can return to the program and add more entries up until each entry deadline.

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

All beef and dairy animals must have a Radio Frequency Electronic Identification (RFID) tag number listed on the exhibitor entry form, which is issued by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and can be obtained by calling 1-800-292-3939 or online at www.michigan.gov/mdard.

Completed registration forms may be:

• Dropped off at the fair office (Monday – Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

• Mailed to the fair office (Berrien County Youth Fair, P. O. Box 7, Berrien Springs, MI 49103)

• Placed in the drop box located near the entrance to the fair office

• Submitted as online entry by midnight Feb. 1.

New beef class

The BCYF beef committee is offering a beef carcass class starting in 2019.

A minimum of two beef must be registered for the class to proceed; with a maximum of 10 beef in the class.

Only one tagged beef will be allowed per exhibitor.

Registration can be done online with market beef registration or in person by Feb. 1.

For more details regarding the beef carcass class, call the fair office.