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Green County market lamb ID day takes place Saturday
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MONROE - An identification program for all market lambs to be exhibited at the 2010 Green County Fair will be conducted Saturday at the Green County Fairgrounds.

All lambs will be weighed and identified between 10 a.m. and noon in the south end of barn No. 7. Only lambs that are identified on this date will be eligible for exhibition in the market wether classes and to sell at the Green County Fair Meat Animal Auction.

All market lambs that will be shown at the Green County Fair will be weighed and given ear tags. Each exhibitor can identify a maximum of five lambs. This year there is a new requirement that lambs being identified for the Green County Fair can weigh no more than 105 pounds at the weigh-in, Saturday. There is no minimum weight.

Exhibitors are reminded that all sheep also need to have a USDA scrapie tag before the animals are allowed onto the fairgrounds this summer. The only exception to this is for breeding animals that have breed registration papers and a breed tattoo. The animals do not need to have the scrapie tags in their ears prior to the identification day. Exhibitors should order their own free scrapie tags for their animals by calling (866) 873-2824. These tags should be ordered early since it usually takes several weeks before they are received from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Exhibitors and a parent or guardian must be present and will be required to complete and sign a County of Origin Labeling (COOL) affidavit stating that their animals originated in the United States. Auction record books and other show information will also be distributed to exhibitors at the identification day.

Market lambs for the 2010 Wisconsin State Fair can also be identified and weighed in Saturday as Green County is also hosting a regional weigh-in for state fair lambs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the same site. There will be a $10 charge per animal to cover the cost of DNA testing. The exhibitor or the parent must be present to sign and verify the DNA sample. Contact Mark Mayer, UW-Extension Dairy and Livestock Agent, at 328-9440 for more information.