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St. Francis, KS  67756-0667
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Beef - Sheep - Swine - Goats

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State Show EID Info

NEW INFO FOR 2021:  Nomination 2021 Info

List of More Shows across the state

WKSU Animal Science
KSU Show Sheep Guide (PDF)
KSU Beef (PDF)
Market Goat Project (PDF)
KSU Show Pig Guide (PDF)
More Livestock guides and information

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* please check the flyers for registration deadlines*

Sunflower District #6 Show Event Entries are below in yellow


FebruaryKSU Jr Sheep Videos 
  KSU Jr Swine Videos 
 27Harvey County Beef Show 
 3Wild Bill Shoot Out 
*1061st Annual Beef Quality Day - Blue Rapids



*17Central Kansas Spring Beef Classic - Salina


 17Aggieville Showdown Beef Show   Info   Entries   Entry Deadline April 10 
 23Gary Fuller Spring Classic Emporia 
 24Coffey County  
 24Cowley County Classic  Beef       Sheep/Goat 
 8Marshall Co Hog Show Blue Rapids KS  Flyer         Entry 
 15Cobly Community College Livestock Show 
 16Spring Livestock Show Tonganoxie KS 
 9-10Bob Hines KS Swine Classic 


Nomination 2021 changes

Only the 2021 forms will be accepted

Updates – The updates for this year are provided below and are attached. There are not any significant changes in the process this year, except for now requiring the gender of sheep and goats. Families will need to mark on their paperwork if each tag number is a wether, doe, or ewe. It has been included on the swine paperwork for several years.

YQCA – The YQCA requirement began in 2019 and will continue in 2021. It will also be required for 7-year-olds exhibiting at KJLS this year. Please keep in mind that, per the YQCA Board, instructor-led classes must be hosted in-person. Virtual methods, including Zoom, Skype, WebEx, etc., are not acceptable. Using one of these avenues to provide an “instructor-led course” could jeopardize our ability to continue offering instructor-led classes. Families who prefer an online option should complete the web-based course already available through YQCA.

7-Year-Old YQCA – The YQCA Board has provided an option for Kansas 7-year-olds to become officially certified. They must attend an instructor-led class with a parent/legal guardian. Last year, YQCA updated the curriculum to a single slide deck, so it no longer has to be the junior-only material. They may attend an all-ages instructor-led class. All of the materials we are releasing this year state that if a 7-year-old needs an online option, they need to contact their local extension office.  This option is only available for 2021 due to COVID restrictions and safety measures that may continue to be necessary. The alternative option for youth who are 7 may also cause some confusion among families, which is why I’m asking them to speak with an agent directly before a 7-year-old takes the web-based course. Here are the details:

  • 7-year-olds have permission to take the currently available 8-year-old web-based course through the YQCA website as an online option.
  • They will register and complete the class, like any other web-based course and receive a certificate.
  • Potential consequence - they will not be able to re-certify next year when they are a true 8-year-old, until their current certification expires.
    • If they chose to do the class online as an 8-year-old next year, that’s fine, they’ll just have to wait until their 2021 certificate expires. The system will try to “help them out” and not let them re-enroll in a class they’ve already taken.
      • Example: If they complete the class on March 31 this year, they won’t be able to re-certify until April 1, 2022. At that point, the system will let them in and select the 8-year-old course.
  • Clearly express to the family if their 7-year-old NEEDS to take it online this year, they will take the age 8 class twice. They should NOT continue taking the course for the next age up in the future. We don’t want them to be off track for their entire show career.
  • If you have any questions or would like further clarification, don’t hesitate to give me a call and we’ll discuss it.

I have updated the family YQCA memo released in the fall of 2018 and will release it to families, as well as post it on the website. I have attached an updated flyer regarding the YQCA requirement. 

Commercial Does – Both state shows now have a commercial breeding doe show. All does will continue to have to be nominated, as neither show has a purebred or papered doe show. Please make sure the goat families in your county understand that any meat goat they plan to show has to be nominated, regardless of if it’s a market goat or breeding doe. It is also important to remind them that only wethers may show in the market division at KJLS.

Rookie Guide – The “Rookie Guide” has been updated to reflect current information.  This resource includes updated versions of the standard nomination information and resources released, as well as some more specific instructions and a FAQs document.  Hopefully, this will help reduce the overwhelming nature of the nomination process to some first-time families.  YQCA’s step-by-step guide to becoming certified, including how to print the certificate, have been added to the end of the Rookie Guide.

 Tuesday Tip – We will continue releasing a “Tuesday Tip” for the nomination process this year on the youth livestock Facebook page (@ksuylp). Please encourage your families to follow our page and check it out. They will start next Tuesday (March 23).


Ø  Livestock Quality Assurance Requirement Continues for ALL Exhibitors

A copy of each child’s YQCA certificate must be attached to the Declaration Form and submitted with their state nomination materials. Nominations received without a YQCA certificate will be considered incomplete. This requirement also includes 7-year-old KJLS exhibitors for the 2021 show.

Ø  Verbiage Updated on Forms

The Declaration and Nomination Forms have been updated. Forms should be read in their entirety before being signed by the appropriate parties. Reminder – if animals are not housed at the exhibitor’s primary residence, this must be disclosed on the Declaration Form and explained in Section 2.

Ø  Gender Required on Sheep & Meat Goat Nominations

A gender field has been added to the sheep and meat goat nomination forms. Families will need to designate each animal as a wether, ewe, or doe, in addition to 4-H tag number, breed (sheep), and full scrapie tag #.

Ø  KJLS Adding Berkshire Division to Swine

KJLS will be adding a Berkshire division to the swine show. Families may select that specific breed on their nomination form, rather than classifying those pigs as Dark AOB.

Ø  “Extra” Forms Available

The “extra” nomination forms for swine, sheep, and meat goats are available to nominate more animals than there is space on the regular form (more than 4 swine or 5 sheep/meat goats). Therefore, if only the “extra” form is submitted, it will be returned as incomplete. DO NOT turn in the extra forms alone! It has to be combined with a regular specie form.  

Ø  Ear Notch and Scrapie Tag Requirement Continues

Continuing in 2021, the ear notches for all swine nominated must be included on the swine nomination form.  Exhibitors need to draw the ear notches exactly as they appear in the pig’s ear for each animal nominated, in addition to writing the notch number in the field provided. Scrapie Tag #s are also required for all sheep and meat goats nominated. The full scrapie tag number, including Flock ID/Premise ID number and individual animal number, must be submitted (Example:  KSS0035 16121).  Custom/Farm names will not be accepted in lieu of the Flock ID. If families have trouble locating the Flock ID, they should try looking on the back of the tag.

Ø  ShoWorks Passport App

ShoWorks is the online entry system used by both state shows. Exhibitors are encouraged to download and use the new ShoWorks passport app. It allows you to manage exhibitors and entries across multiple shows.

Ø  Online Nomination System in 2022

Exciting news - we will be transitioning to an online nomination system in 2022! This will streamline the process from nomination to entry, and both steps will continue to be required. Families will pay their nomination fee through purchasing DNA envelopes, submit exhibitor and animal information online through ShoWorks, then mail the signed DNA samples. No more paper forms! Watch for additional details in the coming months!

Other Important Nomination Notes

KSU Nomination # - this is the 5-digit number issued to a family when they submit state nominations for the first time.  A list of family/household names and KSU Nomination #s is attached. If a family has nominated before, just not for several years, they may not appear on the attached list.  If this is the case for any of your families, please call/email and I can look up their original number.  We want to try and avoid a family receiving duplicate KSU Nomination #s.  If a family is new, please make sure they check “new” on the top of the declaration form and leave their KSU Nomination # blank; the system will generate one once their nominations are received.

Mail/Postmark Dates – all deadlines are postmark dates.  The date that will be used to determine if an envelope is accepted and has met the deadline, is the printed postmark date on the envelope. Families are HIGHLY encouraged to use certified mail.  Generally, it is received on campus more quickly AND families have proof of mailing.  If they request a return receipt, a postcard will be returned to the family confirming their nominations were received.  This service is in addition to the standard postage rate for the envelope/package and ranges from $4-$8 for peace of mind.  If a family knows they will be cutting it close getting to the post office, they are encouraged to see what the cut off time is for getting mail postmarked for the current day at their local location, or have the envelope hand stamped by a USPS employee when they deliver it.  The cut off time for postmarks varies by location and is typically before the post office closes.  Leaving nominations in a family’s home mailbox for carrier pick up or dropping them directly into the general mail bin, especially near the deadline, is HIGHLY discouraged.  K-State, KJLS, and/or the Kansas State Fair are not responsible for late, lost, or misdirected mail. 

Show Entry - please help your families understand that nomination does NOT constitute an entry.  They must officially ENTER each show in which they would like to participate, after they have completed the nomination process.  Grand Drive entries for the Kansas State Fair are due by July 15 and KJLS entries are due August 15.  Each show is responsible for their own rules and entry process and will release entry information this summer, as entry time approaches.  This information may be found on their respective websites or social media pages.

Kansas State Fair (Grand Drive) - http://www.kansasstatefair.com

KJLS - http://www.kjls.org