Officials at Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, have announced new market steer self-identification procedures as well as new performance division identification sites for the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair. The 2012 Fair will take place Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 12 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.
Exhibitors wishing to exhibit Junior Market Steers will need to self-identify their animals with an official Wisconsin State Fair RFID identification tag and submit a DNA hair sample. Materials must be submitted between Jan. 1 and Feb. 10. Request forms for animal identification will be available at WiStateFair.com from Jan. 1 through Jan. 31. Forms must be submitted with proper fees ($15 per identified animal) by mail or delivered to the Wisconsin State Fair offices located at 640 South 84th Street, West Allis, WI 53214 by the deadline. Identification supplies will only be available for pick-up at the Wisconsin State Fair offices Feb. 1 – 10.
Upon processing of identification requests, Wisconsin State Fair will send RFID (Allflex) identification tag(s), identification documentation and DNA sample submission envelopes to each exhibitor. The exhibitor must self-identify his or her animals by placing the official Wisconsin State Fair RFID tag in the animal's ear, collecting a DNA hair sample and completing the animal identification documentation form. Allflex ear taggers and needle nose pliers to extract hair DNA may also be purchased from the Fair if needed. DNA samples with the identification documentation must be postmarked or delivered to Wisconsin State Fair no later than 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.
Performance steers must be identified with a Wisconsin State Fair RFID ear tag and submit a DNA sample between Jan. 1 and Feb. 10.
New Performance Division Identification Sites have also been implemented for the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair. Exhibitors wishing to enter the performance division must take their animals to one of the following four official identification sites to get weighed. Performance steers must have already been identified with a Wisconsin State Fair RFID ear tag and have submitted a DNA sample by February 10. Do not go to Performance Weigh-In Sites without official Wisconsin State Fair RFID tags placed in the ear of the steer(s).
Locations and dates for performance steer weigh-ins are:
March 3 Equity Livestock Richland Center 9 - 10 a.m.
Contact: Cody Quam 698-575-9237
March 3 Farmers Exchange Marion 9 – 10 a.m.
Contact: Diane Jarvais 715-630-.0811
March 10 Equity Livestock Altoona 9 – 10 a.m.
Contact: Brandon Boettcher 715-533-2470
March 10 Milwaukee Stockyards Reeseville 9 – 10 a.m.
Contact: Kim Johnson 262-573-4019
Additional changes for the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair include Show Weight Declaration. All steers will be shown by declared weight. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to submit a weight card upon arrival at the Wisconsin State Fair declaring the weight of their steer(s). Steers will be categorized into show classes by breed and the submitted weight. Steers will be weighed at the time of the show and must be within five percent (5%) of their declared weight or they will receive the last placing possible in their respective class. A minimum of two official scales will be available at the Fair for exhibitors to verify the weight of their steer(s) while at the Fair. Additional details will be available in the Junior Beer Entry information posted on www.WiStateFair.com in mid-January 2012.
The 161st Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 12. The Wisconsin State Fair offers an original experience to all that attend and is a phenomenal value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.WiStateFair.com or join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/wistatefair and Twitter at twitter.com/wistatefair.