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County fair announces changes to livestock rules

POSTED March 4, 2011 10:56 p.m.

The Stanislaus County Fair announced changes to livestock rules for the 2011 fair.

 Animal exhibitors will have new limits on the amounts of animals they can enter and show. An exhibitor is now limited to a total of six animals, including market and breeding. Also, an exhibitor can only show a total of two animals for market with a maximum of one per species. In previous years an exhibitor could have two animals in one species.

Market species include beef, sheep, swine, meat goat, replacement heifer and rabbit meat pen. Breeding species include beef, sheep, swine, meat goats for breeding, dairy and dairy goats.

Exclusions for the new rule include poultry and fryer rabbits. Dairy heifers enrolled in the replacement heifer sale program will be considered as market animals.

According to fair officials, an exhibitor will only be allowed to sell one market animal. No more than two species of an animal may be entered or shown per exhibitor. Dairy and beef are considered different species. Dairy goats and meat goats are considered two different species. Horses are included in the two species limit per exhibitor.

The 2011 Stanislaus County Fair opens for its 100th anniversary celebration on July 15 for a 10-day run.

To receive future Fair announcements by text message, text the word “FAIR” to 99299.  Fair enthusiasts can also follow how the 2011 Fair is developing at twitter.com/stancofair. In addition, become a fan of the fair at facebook.com/stancofair. Fair news and event listings are also available at myspace.com/stancofair.

To contact Jonathan McCorkell, e-mail jmccorkell@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.

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