Department J

To educate the next generation of beef cattle producers through real world experiences, record keeping skills, professional interviews, educational events, and industry tours.

   Jarrod Montford
Assistant Superintendent
   Doak Lambert
Committee members:
   Chad Brown, Ron Gill

Orientation Meeting :
   TBA, Monthly/Bimonthly meetings TBA
   TBD @ Decatur Livestock Market
Participant Industry Field Trips:
Interviews/Record Books:
   TBD Approx. two weeks prior to Auction
   TBD (Oct/Nov), held in conjunction with the DLM Fall Special Replacement Sale
Entry Fee:
   $20 per Heifer Entry Fee at Validation
   No State Validation
   *Each exhibitor must validate 3 head minimum up to 5 heifers maximum.

         Junior 13 & under
         Senior 14 - 19

   Buckles -
         Champion Herdsman & Reserve Champion Herdsman per division
   Scholarship -
         Overall Top Honors. Following WCYF current buckle policy.

Judging Rubric
     Judges will be appointed by the committee and be qualified industry representatives.
     Decided by total point accumulation
         100pts - knowledge of industry quiz.
         100pts - Journal Experience & Record book ­– P/L record, CPA ready
         100pts ­– participation in 2 of 3 cattle industry tours (tours are 50 pts each/max 100 pts), if applicable
         100pts – Professional Interview***
          Total – 400 points
*All tie breakers are broken by the “knowledge of industry quiz/interview” score.
** If participants are late to their interview without giving WCYF Production heifer committee prior notice, the interview judging panel is permitted to deduct points from participant’s total interview score according to the interview rubric criteria and qualifications.

We as WCYF Production Heifer Committee are responsible for developing our own judging criteria, rubrics, and score sheet. Students participating in this program will be required to use a standard set of Journal Experiences and Record Book Templates provided by the WCYF Production Heifer Committee. They will be scored off their use of these templates in both the Record Book Grading and Professional Interview section of this program.

Lot Qualifications & Rules:
1.  Students must own heifers from validation to sale day.
2.  All heifers within each individual lot need to resemble each other in color, size, and kind. 
3.  Heifers can be registered or commercial. If registered, exhibitors must transfer ownership papers within 45 days after date of sale.
4.  Minimum weight 500lbs at validation.
5.  At validation, all heifers must have calf hood vaccinations with bangs, metal bangs clip, and bangs tattoo must be visible. Also, all heifers must have the following vaccinations:
6.  At validation, all heifers will be tagged and genomic tested for ownership and sale reference.
7.  All females must be dehorned in order to exhibit.
8.  Heifers will not be required to be halter broken; however, the heifers must be in such deposition that would allow close evaluation.
9.  All Heifers will be tagged with the show tags! Exhibitor must contact the committee to get replacement tags.
10.  All animals are subject to be DNA Genomic tested at discretion of the committee. Data will be returned to exhibitor.
11.  Families can validate cattle under immediate family. Each exhibitor can validate up to 5 heifers. Families can turn in a shared contemporary group record book.
12.  Auctioneer has the right to split lots as he/she deems necessary. Auctioneer has final say from auction block.
13.  Heifers must be a minimum of 90 days bred through calf at side.
14.  Exhibitor’s heifers can have no more than a 60 day spread in gestation, 60 day breeding season.
15.  Sale order and terms per Decatur Livestock.
16.  Heifers must have a BCS (Body Condition Score) of 5+, Per Decatur Livestock Market
17.  No 3 in 1’s.
18.  No fake hair or dyed hair. Cattle can be washed or clipped to match/mimic Registered or Commercial industry sales norms.

19.  Drug Rules - All exhibitors and their Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must abide and agree to provisions of see Release of Liability & Indemnity and Drug Certification Agreement.
20.  All protests must be in writing and accompanied by a deposit of $100.00, which will be forfeited if protest is not sustained. Such protest must state plainly the cause of the complaint or appeal, and must be delivered to the Superintendent of the Wise County Youth Fair Board immediately after the occasion for such protest. Protests will only be accepted prior to judging or immediately at the conclusion of judging for which the protest is being raised. Any protest of eligibility as to age or breeding of animals must be filed with the Superintendent before judging. Judging procedures will not be interrupted for protest investigation. A decision may be withheld until a thorough investigation is complete, depending on the basis of the protest.

Financial Requirements
   - Sale commissions are by sale terms of Decatur Livestock Market.
   - In order to comply with the national and state law on Beef Check-Off, two dollar ($2.00) will be taken from the sale price of each heifer, by DLM
   - All heifers Judged in this program will be sold and become property of the buyer and will remain sold.
   - No PO’s (Pass out)

Participant Requirements:
   All exhibitors are required to attend the BQA meeting, Ron Gill will present the meeting.

Standing Rules:
   - Sale Catalog will go out before the sale as well as an online catalog. It will highlight the students and their heifers’ breeding, mating and genomic rank.
   - The Production Heifer Committee reserves the right to amend these rules with the approval of the Wise County Youth Fair Board of the Wise County Production Heifer Sale.
   -All County Agricultural Agents and Ag-Science Teachers serve as advisory members to all committees in the Junior Livestock Division.