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Green County steer weigh-in slated for Dec. 31
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MONROE - The annual Green County steer weigh-in will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 31 at Equity Livestock, located south of Monroe. In case of inclement weather the snow date will be Jan. 7.

All exhibitors who plan to show steers at the 2017 Green County Junior Fair must have their steers weighed and identified at this weigh-in. Each exhibitor can identify a maximum of five steers. U.S.D.A. radio frequency identification tags will be used to identify each steer for the county fair. Exhibitors will be required to provide the premise ID number for the farm at which the steers will be housed.

Green County Fair exhibitors must reside in Green County or be a member of a Green County FFA or 4-H Club to have their steers weighed and identified at this weigh-in. Steers also must be identified and weighed to be eligible to participate in the 2017 Green County Fair Meat Animal Auction, Junior Steer Show and the Steer Performance Class at the Green County Fair.

A steer performance class will be held again in 2017. Steers entered in the performance class will be scanned for carcass merits and will not be sent for harvest during the fair. This will allow youth to exhibit the same steer in both the performance and the market steer classes with the exception of the grand and reserve champion performance steer: Those steers will be selected based on their rate of gain, live show placing and scanned carcass data.

Exhibitors are reminded that steers must have a rate of gain of 2 or more pounds per day to be eligible to enter the performance contest or to be sold in the Green County Fair livestock auction. The minimum county fair auction weights are 1,300 pounds for dairy steers and 1,100 pounds for all beef market steers. Steers must meet these minimum final weights at fair time to be eligible to sell in the livestock auction and to participate in the steer performance contest.

This weigh-in is only for steers that will be exhibited at the Green County Fair. Steers that will be exhibited only at the Wisconsin State Fair will be self- identified by exhibitors and are not required to attend the weigh-in.

The Green County Beef Producers will be assisting with the weigh-in. Record books for the Green County meat animal sale and fair rules will be distributed to all exhibitors at the weigh-in. For more information, call Mark Mayer, Green County UW-Extension Dairy and Livestock Agent, at 608-328-9440.