University of Maryland Extension

Market Ready Beef & Dairy Steer Tagging and Weigh-In 2015

                                

Cecil County’s tagging and weighing for all 4-H Market Beef and Dairy Steer projects, expected to make weight in the 2015 Fair season, will be on Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the Swine Barn where the 4-H Scales is housed on the Cecil County Fairgrounds in Fair Hill, MD. If you are unable to tag on January 3rd, please contact April Barczewski by e-mail at adhall@umd.edu no later than Wednesday, December 31st and we will arrange another date. We will be doing one trailer at a time, please pull in line and wait your turn. 

All Maryland 4-H beef and dairy steer projects must be tagged, weighed, and have proper papers completed and signed in order to exhibit as a 4-Her at any 4-H show in Maryland. All male market animals must be banded, crimped, or cut prior to being tagged and weighed.  In other words market animals tagged as steers can’t be bulls. Steers cannot be transferred among family members, once they are tagged for the 2015 show season. 4-H shows include the Eastern Shore Spring Show, Cecil County Breeders’ Fair, Cecil County Fair 4-H Show, and Maryland State Fair 4-H Show.

 

Attached you will find the Maryland 4-H Livestock Registration Form. You will need to complete this form and bring it with you to the tagging. The 4-H tag number, tag day weight, and date weighed will be filled out at the tagging on January 3rd. If your steer is tagged from last year, it will still need to be weighed on January 3rd but it will not have to be retagged. Again this year we will be charging $1.50 per tag to pay for the amount that the State charges our county office for each Maryland 4-H tag. The Cecil County 4-H office will not be making any money off the tags and this is just a cost recovery for our office.

 

Another reminder is that in order to sell at this year’s Cecil County Livestock Sale, both Beef and Dairy Steers must weigh a minimum of 1,000 pounds and be born on or after August 1, 2013. Dairy Steers must be 100% Dairy Breed. Also, Dairy and Beef Feeder calves (ones not expected to make weight by the 2015 fair season) can be tagged on January 3rd or at one of the May tagging dates (5/14 or 5/15).

 

If you plan to participate in the Maryland State Fair purebred steers (Angus, Hereford, and Shorthorn) are required to have breed association registration papers in the child’s name only to show in 4-H shows. Steers must be tattooed before tagging and match the breed association registration paper. The State Fair rate of gain for steers will be 2.0 pounds per day which puts us in line with industry standards. Also, for State Fair, beef and dairy steers must be born on or after January 1, 2014.

 

If you have any questions please contact April at 410-996-8134, 410-996-5280 or via e-mail at adhall@umd.edu.

 

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