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Fair schedules dates for tagging of livestock

The Nevada County Fair has scheduled April 7 for the mandatory tagging of all market beef, and June 9 for all market goats, sheep and swine for this year’s fair.

“The policy has been adopted to ensure proper ownership and management of all market animals, and to enhance overall quality,” fair Chief Executive Officer Ed Scofield said.

All FFA, 4-H, Grange and independent exhibitors are required to bring their animals to the fair on the dates specified for ear tagging. Exhibitors must present a bill of sale to fair officials or a letter stating that they bred their market animals.

If exhibitors are not able to attend the mandatory tagging, they must write a letter to the fair requesting permission to have someone else bring their animals. Letters requesting permission must be received by the fair office no later than March 29 for beef exhibitors and May 31 for goat, sheep and swine exhibitors.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to tag a maximum of two animals per species, not to exceed four animals total. The fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the fair to sell at the Junior Livestock Auction.

Family tagging will also be allowed. A family may choose to tag a second animal, to be shared by their children in the event that one of them needs to bring a backup animal.

The 2002 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 7-11. The Junior Livestock Auction is scheduled for Aug. 11.

For more information on market animal tagging or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the fair at 273-6217.

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