Department 3: Beef

EventDay and Date
JudgingMonday, August 19 at 10:00 am - Beef Show
August 22 at 1:00 pm - 4-H Beef Master Exhibitor Show
Deadline for all entriesAugust 1
Drop OffAll animals enter fairgrounds Sunday, August 18
Market Steers, Dairy & Beef Feeder Steers enter between 8:00 am and 11:00 am. Weigh-in will be at 12:00 noon
Breeding Animals between 8:00 am & 2:00 pm
ContactNamePhone
SuperintendentHeidi Stephens-Pavelski570-280-5665

Department Rules

Exhibitors must adhere to the General Rules for the Harford Fair listed here.

Please see entry form below for a complete listing of rules and classes.

  1. To enter: go to www.harfordfair.com and follow the link to enter online OR use the Beef Entry Blank on page 56 of the Harford Fair Premium Book (also available from the Secretary’s Office at 570-434-4300) and please include the entry fee of $3.00 per animal.
  2. All purebred breeding class entries must include the registration name and number of the animal, the owner, breeder, sire, and dam. Unregistered females will show as “Crossbred” (breed) regardless of lineage. Market entries must include animal date of birth, ear tag, and breed. All entries, including Group Classes, must be on the Beef Entry Blank. If space becomes a problem, entries will be accepted in order they are received.
  3. Animals must be owned by the exhibitor. If buying an animal, ownership must be finalized by day of show (not pending).
  4. Registration papers and Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) must accompany the animal and be approved before the animal can be unloaded at the fairgrounds.
  5. Exhibitors must have all animals entered for competition on the fairgrounds on Sunday, August 18, 2019 between 8:00 AM & 11:00 AM for market animals and 8:00 AM & 2:00 PM for breeding animals. Market Animals will be weighed at 12 Noon. Entries not part of the 4-H program may leave at the conclusion of the dairy show on Wednesday. All 4-H animals must remain until 8:00 AM Sunday, unless released by the superintendent through prior arrangement.
  6. Exhibitors will be expected to display or parade their animals as directed by the superintendent, accept their stall assignments without controversy, and to cooperate with the superintendent in every way to preserve the educational value of the show. Requests for stall preference must accompany entries. No stalls are promised.
  7. Exhibitors are responsible for knowing when their stock will be judged. Failure to present animals at the ring when called will result in disqualification.
  8. All animals shown in Group Classes must compete in the individual classes. All calves shown with cows in the cow/calf classes: 1) must show in the respective calf class; and 2) count as a separate individual for entry fees.
  9. Only original bedding will be furnished. All exhibitors must furnish their own feed and watering equipment. Straw will be available for sale on the fairgrounds. Approved bedding is straw, hay, or tan bark. Sawdust alone may not be used for bedding.
  10. ALL BEEF CATTLE MUST BE STALLED WITH A DOUBLE TIE. All bulls over eight months of age must have a permanent nose ring in place.

Department 1 - Beef Cattle - 2019 Health Rules

Requirements for Pennsylvania Beef Cattle Entering the Fairgrounds:

  1. All animals must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued after May 1, 2019. The CVI will remain with the Superintendent after check-in.
  2. All animals must be free of infectious, contagious, or parasitic diseases and a statement of this is required on the CVI (the statement is preprinted on the CVI).
  3. All animals must have an official ear tag or a breed registration tattoo.
  4. All animals over three (3) months of age (except market cattle) must have a current (within 180 days of show) rabies vaccination and show proof of vaccination with: 1) a valid rabies certificate (or copy of); or 2) the rabies vaccination information must be included on the CVI.
  5. A Tuberculosis test is not required.
  6. A Brucellosis test is not required.
  7. All animals must be immunized against IBR, PI3, BRSV, and BVD. A statement verifying this must be included on the CVI.

**Special Note - Animals that have never been vaccinated against BVD or have not been vaccinated against BVD during the previous 12 months must receive: 1) one dose of modified-live virus vaccine given at least 15 days, and not more than 180 days before the show; or 2) two doses of killed-virus vaccine, given two to four weeks apart, with the last dose given at least 15 days, and not more than 180, before the show. The date of the last modified-live virus vaccination, or the dates of the last two killed-virus vaccinations must be recorded on the CVI. Hyper-immune serum may not be used as a substitute for the above vaccination requirement. Animals without proper vaccinations will not be allowed on the fairgrounds.

Requirements for Out of State Beef Cattle Entering the Fairgrounds (in addition to the above listed requirements):

  1. All animals must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within 30 days of the fair. If an animal comes from a state in which Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been identified, or a bordering state, the CVI shall include a statement verifying that the animal(s) has been examined and found to be free from VS and during the past 90 days, this animal(s) has neither been exposed to VS nor located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been diagnosed.
  2. All animals must be free of infectious, contagious, or parasitic diseases and a statement of this is required on the CVI.
  3. All animals must have an official ear tag or a breed registration tattoo.
  4. All animals over three (3) months of age (except market cattle) must have a current (within 180 days of show) rabies vaccination and show proof of vaccination with: 1) a valid rabies certificate (or copy of); or 2) the rabies vaccination information must be included on the CVI.
  5. Tuberculosis: No test is required for animals originating from “Accredited Free” states. All animals originating from states designated “Modified Accredited Advanced” must be test negative within 60 days prior to date of importation. The negative test results and the date of the test must be included on the CVI or the animal must be accompanied by a negative test report (or copy of). All animals originating from states designated “Modified Accredited” must originate from herds in which all animals 12 months of age and older are test negative within the 12 months prior to the date of importation; and the individual animals to be imported (all ages) are test negative within the 60 days prior to importation and at least 60 days after the negative whole herd test. The test results and the date of the test must be included on the CVI or the animal must be accompanied by a negative test report (or copy).
  6. Brucellosis: No test is required for animals originating from a Brucellosis-free state or are members of a Certified Brucellosis-free herd. Unvaccinated animals over 8 months of age and all animals over 14 months of age originating from Brucellosis Class A, B and C states shall be Brucellosis test negative within 60 days of the date of the show. The test results and the date of the test must be included on the CVI or the animal must be accompanied by a negative laboratory test report (or copy of). An approved laboratory in the state of origin or Canada shall conduct an official blood test for Brucellosis, and the imported test-eligible animals shall be negative on an officially approved Brucellosis test.