Youth Beef Exhibits at NYS Fair

2023 Entry Procedures

New this year - all entries must be submitted separately online to both NYS Fair and NYS 4-H Animal Science by 12:00 midnight on August 4, 2023.

  • 2023 NYS Fair Youth Livestock & Companion Animal Show Entries must be submitted via ShoWorks found on the NYS Fair website by Friday, August 4 at 12:00 midnight.
  • The 2023 NYS Fair Youth Livestock & Companion Animal Show Common Registration must also be completed to submit additional species specific entry information and supplemental materials.  Review specific animal entry requirements in the State Fair Premium Book before completing this registration form.
  • When registering different species, separate forms must be completed.
  • Exhibitors must receive endorsement of a county 4-H Educator, FFA Advisor or other breed organization to compete at the NYS Fair. Any entry that does not receive endorsement may be scratched.  Exhibitors should contact their local CCE Association before you enter to verify eligibility and carefully follow any instructions provided.
  • Information regarding NYS Animal Health Requirements can be found on the NYS Ag & Markets website at the following link:
  • Where required, rabies vaccinations are required for the NYS Fair & must be documented.  The animal’s rabies vaccination status must remain current during its stay on the fairgrounds.
  • For assistance with your NYS Fair Entry Registration, please review NYS Fair Animal Science Entry Procedures or contact your local CCE Association.

Contest Rules and Premium Books

Official NYS Fair contest rules, information, schedule and Premium books are updated regularly. Exhibitors should regularly consult the NYS Fair How to Enter website for the most recent changes and deadlines.Youth exhibitors should contact their local CCE Association before entering to make verify eligibility to participate at the State Fair and follow carefully any instructions provided.

Beef Youth Exhibitor Information

2023 Youth Beef Cattle Schedule

All Junior Breed entries done through Breed Associations. Times are subject to change.

Note: Junior Breed Show information is provided for your planning convenience. Youth Show
Superintendent does not coordinate these.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

4:00 – 09:00 pm - Arrival of First Rotation

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

09:00 am - Deadline to Check in Office with Registration Papers

10:00 am - Youth Showmanship

12:00 pm - Hay Bale Throwing Contest

02:00 pm - Junior Hereford Show

Thursday, August 24, 2003

10:00 am - Shorthorn Open Show – Followed by Shorthorn Plus Open

1:00 pm - Red Angus Open Show

3:00 pm - Jr. Red Angus Show

Friday, August 25, 2023

10:00 am - Charolais Open Show

1:00 pm - Hereford Open Show

6:00 pm - Exhibitor Potluck Dinner

Saturday, August 26, 2023

8:30 am - 4-H Youth Breed Show/Showmanship

12:00 pm - Release of First Rotation Cattle & Campers

1:00 pm - Barn Closed for Cleaning

Saturday, August 26, 2023

05:00–10:00 pm    Arrival of Second Rotation

Sunday, August 27, 2023

09:00 am - Deadline to Check in Office with Registration Papers

12:00 pm - Jr. Angus Show

06:00 pm - Exhibitor Potluck Dinner

Monday, August 28, 2023

10:00 am - Open Angus Show

04:00 pm - Jr. Highland Show

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 - Beef Day

09:30 am - Open Highland Show

01:00 pm - Hay Bale Throwing Contest

03:00 pm - NYS Champion Female Competition

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

09:00 am - Youth Breed Show/Showmanship

04:00 pm - Release of Second Rotation Cattle & Campers

05:00 pm - Barn Closed for Cleaning

Thursday, August 31, 2023           

04:00 – 09:00 pm    Arrival of Third Rotation

Friday, September 1, 2023

09:00 am - Deadline to Check in Office with Registration Papers

12:00 pm - Hay Bale Throwing Contest

02:00 pm - Youth Showmanship

Saturday, September 2, 2023

10:00 am - American British White Park Open Show

01:00 pm - Open Other Breed Show

Sunday, September 3, 2023

10:00 am - Simmental Open Show followed by Sim/Angus Sim/Solution Show

06:00 pm - Exhibitor Potluck Dinner

Monday, September 4, 2023

09:00 am - 4-H Youth Breed Show/Showmanship

05:00 pm - Release of Third Rotation Cattle & Campers


Exhibitor information

  • Participants in the Youth Beef Program shall be members of organized youth programs in New York State. This includes members of recognized Breed Organizations as well as 4-H and FFA members.  Youth participants must be at least eight years of age by January 1st of current club year and in the third grade or higher and not have reached their 19th birthday prior to January 1 of the current year.
  • Crossbred cattle can be shown each rotation in the Youth Show only. Crossbred cattle are hybrid varieties that are not eligible for registry in any purebred breed association.  Crossbred cattle can only be shown in one rotation per New York State Fair year.
  • The project record requirement is no longer in effect for breeding cattle. Records must still be completed on any cattle being shown in Classes 15 – 23. Steer records can be obtained from the following website:  No deviation will be permitted from the printed rules and regulations or in the numbers or descriptions of classes unless initiated by the superintendent or requested by the judge.
  • Entries for all beef department classes must be completed online by Friday, August 4, 2023 at midnight, you must enter each entry on both platforms. You must enter at both of the following sites: and also on the NYS Fair Livestock and Company Animal Entry Form. For instructions on using the State Fair online entry system click here.
  • Exhibitors must receive endorsement of a county 4-H Educator, FFA Advisor or other breed organization as permitted by the specific department. Any entry that does not receive endorsement may be scratched.
  • Additionally, all exhibitors must meet all the requirements set by that organization (i.e., membership, ownership, specific class requirements, etc.) as well as any animal health and registration requirements specified by their department.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for emailing their entry receipt to their County Educator and Department Superintendent. A directory of these contacts is located here.
  • Animals are not required to show at a county or regional fair to qualify for NYS entry.
  • All Youth steers must have been under the care and supervision of the exhibitor since February 1 of the current year. All breeding animals must have been owned by and under the care and supervision of the exhibitor since June 15 of the current year. This should be verified by the Youth representative when quality endorsing entries.
  • All animals must be owned individually. Joint, syndicate, family, or farm ownership is not considered individual ownership. This means that the name on the animal’s registration must be the youth showing the animal.
  • Any animal exhibited by a youth member may be subject to drug testing as deemed necessary by the Superintendent. If a positive result is obtained, the youth will be barred from showing animals at the State Fair, forfeit all premium money and prizes, and will be
  • referred to their Youth Organization representative
  • Exhibitors with registered breeding cattle: All animals must have original registration papers accompanying them. No copies will be accepted. Registration must be solely in the name of the exhibitor or be accompanied by an accepted lease agreement dated and
  • signed by a Cooperative Extension Youth Educator. If an exhibitor leases an animal, only one animal per exhibitor can be leased and the verification paperwork needs to be completed by a 4-H, FFA or Junior Association representative. A leased cow/calf pair is
  • one animal. No animals in Classes 15 – 23 may be leased.
  • Requests for late arrivals or early departures must be made in writing to the superintendent by closing date for entries to the Fair. Requests will only be accepted if exhibitor is coming from or going to another show. No telephone requests or last-minute
  • arrangements will be accepted.
  • Each exhibitor may show any number of animals owned solely by him or her (as indicated on registration certificates), with no more than two (2) entries in any one class.
  • Additionally, all youth must show their own animals unless they have more than one animal in the same class, in which event only another youth exhibitor may assist them.
  • All Youth Exhibitors are required to show in showmanship classes. Indicate class on entry form when entering projects.
  • Special Activities: All Youth Beef exhibitors are required to participate in a series of educational activities. Consideration will be made in certain instances involving conflicts of these events
  • Herdsmanship: Exhibitors whose cattle are housed with Open class animals will be eligible for the Open Herdsmanship awards, not the Youth beef herdsmanship award.  Herdsmanship is judged based on neatness and cleanliness of the exhibit, maintenance of courteous behavior and cooperative attitude of the exhibitor.
  • The show ring is open in the evenings for working with animals unless the ring is prepared for a show the following morning. Permission must be obtained from the Open Class Superintendent.
  • Tie-out times are 7 pm and 6 pm on open show days. Animals MUST be tied in by 8 am every day.
  • All Youth Hereford, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Shorthorn Plus, and Charolais arrive time arrive between the hours of 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Tuesday, August 22. They will be released on Saturday, August 26 at 12:00 pm. 
  • All Youth Angus, Highlands and market steers must arrive between the hours of 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Saturday, August 26. They will be released Wednesday, August 30 at 4:00 pm.
  • All Youth Simmental, Simm/Angus – Sim/Solution, White Park, AOB cattle arrive between the hours of 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Thursday, August 31. They will be released Monday, September 4 at 3:00 pm.
  • Cow/calf class: Cow can be any age. Birth date of the calf must be January 1 or later the current year. Calf must be the natural calf of the cow, not an embryo transplant. Owner of the cow must be recorded owner of the calf. Calf may be shown in individual class.
  • Prospect calf: Eligibility for this class is limited to a bull or steer calf currently being shown with his dam, provided calf’s birth date is January 1 or later of the current year.
  • All Youth Department Beef participants staying overnight on the New York State Fairgrounds are to sleep in the Youth Dormitories. No Beef Youth Department participants may sleep in the Youth Department animal exhibit areas. The only exception for these overnight rules is for parents or legal guardians to stay in area hotels or campers on the State Fairgrounds. Parents and legal guardians who choose this option must turn in the Housing Exception Form available from their local Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Office. This exception does not include lodging or staying in an animal barn. Parents or legal guardians will assume full responsibility for the action and well-being of each of their children for whom an exception is requested and approved.
  • Exhibitors showing under other Youth Organizations must contact the Youth Superintendent to obtain a permission form. Individual county rules will prevail where more restrictive.
  • Alcohol consumption by Youth will not be tolerated. Any Youth found drinking will be disqualified from the show and forfeit all premiums. Purchasing alcohol for an underage person and possession by a minor are both illegal in New York.
  • Any animal exhibited by a youth member may be subject to drug testing as deemed  necessary by the Superintendent.  In the event that a positive result is obtained, the youth will be barred from showing animals at the State Fair, forfeit all premium money and prizes, and will be referred to their Youth Organization representative.
  • On Youth Breed Show Day, adults are to be hands off; no fitting, washing, drying or feeding.
  • No scooters, skates, bikes, skateboards or anything the Staff see as a safety issue to people and cattle.

    Sections and Breed

    • AA - Polled/Horned Hereford
    • AB - Red Angus
    • AC - Shorthorn
    • AD - Shorthorn Plus
    • AE - Charolais
    • AF -  Angus
    • AG - Highland Simmental
    • AH - Simmental
    • AI  -  Sim/Solution
    • AJ -  White Park
    • AK -  All Other Breeds
    • AL -  Crossbred – 1st Rotation
    • AM - Crossbred – 2nd Rotation
    • AN - Crossbred – 3rd Rotation
    • AO - Market Classes
    • AP -  Fitting & Showmanship – 1st Rotation
    • AQ - Fitting & Showmanship – 2nd Rotation
    • AR - Fitting & Showmanship – 3rd Rotation
    • AS - Empire Market Steer Program
    • AT - Beef Promotion/Educational Poster

    Breeding Classes

    1. Spring Heifer: Calves born May 1 and after of the current year.
    2. Spring Heifer: Calves born between March 1 and April 30 of the current year.
    3. Junior Heifer: Calves born between January 1 and February 29 of the current year.
    4. Winter Heifer: Calves born between November 1 and December 31 of preceding year.
    5. Senior Heifer: Calves born between August 1 and October 31 of the preceding year.
    6. Late Summer Yearling: Heifers born between June 16 and July 31 of the preceding year.
    7. Early Summer Yearling: Heifers born between May 1 and June 15 of the preceding year.
    8. April Yearling: Heifers born between April 1 and April 30 of the preceding year.
    9. March Yearling: Heifers born between March 1 and March 30 of the preceding year.
    10. Yearling: Heifers born between February 1 and February 29 of the preceding year.
    11. Yearling: Heifers born between January 1 and January 31 of the preceding year.
    12. Senior Yearling: Heifers born between September 1 and December 31 of the second preceding year.
    13. Champion Heifer
    14. Reserve Champion Heifer
    15. Cow and Calf: Cow, any age, with natural calf born after Jan. 1 of current year.
    16. Champion Cow and Calf
    17. Reserve Champion Cow and Calf
    18. Junior Prospect Calf: Male calves born between Jan. 1 and June 1 of the current year, still nursing on cow.
    19. Champion Prospect Calf
    20. Reserve Champion Prospect Calf
    21. Supreme Champion Overall (Includes Classes 6, 9 and 12

    Market Classes – Section AO

    Classes 22 – 30 are held only during second rotation
    Steer classes will be determined based on weights at show so make all entries under Class 22 and we will make class splits after weights.

    22. Feeder Calf: All steers not nursing dam, under 1000 pounds
    23. Champion Feeder Calf
    24. Reserve Champion Feeder Calf
    25. Light Weight Market Steer
    26. Medium Weight Market Steer
    27. Intermediate Weight Market Steer
    28. Heavy Weight Market Steer
    29. Champion Steer
    30. Reserve Champion Steer

    Fitting and Showmanship Classes

    • Section AP – 1st Rotation
    • Section AQ – 2nd Rotation
    • Section AR – 3rd Rotation

    All exhibitors are required to show in showmanship classes. Indicate on the entry form which class you will be entering.

    31. Novice Showmanship: A novice showman is a youth who, regardless of age, is competing in their first season of showing.
    32. Junior Showmanship: 13 years of age or younger as of Jan. 1 of current year.
    33. Senior Showmanship: 14 years and under 19 as of Jan. 1 of current year.
    34. Master Showman: The first and second place showman from the above classes will compete for Master Showman.

    Other Activities:

    • Section AS - Empire Market Steer Program
    • Section AT - Beef Promotion/Educational Poster:  Poster may be any creative project that promotes some area of the beef industry. They will be displayed in the beef barn for each rotation.

    **Attention** A photocopy of each animal’s health papers does not have to accompany the entry form. Therefore, it is imperative that you bring the original health papers with you for inspection upon arrival on the Fairgrounds.

    All Youth Beef entries must conform to the Animal Health Requirements of the Department of Agriculture and Markets.  All cattle must be identified by an official USDA radio frequency identification (RFID) eartag, commonly referred to as an “840 RFID tag,” or an equivalent official RFID tag if the animal was tagged in another country. Cattle which are already identified by 840 visual eartags will be exempt from the 840 RFID tag requirement.

    The Superintendent is authorized and empowered to cause the removal from the buildings and grounds of all animals failing to meet the health conditions listed below:.

    • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection with animals properly identified.
    • Rabies vaccination is required for all cattle 4 months of age or older.
    • BVD-PI Testing:  All cattle must be negative to an approved test appropriate to detect Bovine Viral Diarrhea persistent infection (BVD-PI).  The testing veterinarian is responsible to make sure the proper test is conducted.  This is a once in a lifetime test that must be reported on the required certificate of veterinary inspection.  The issuing veterinarian is responsible for verifying the validity of the test, the identification of the animal and recording the test date on the CVI.  If a previous test is not verifiable the test must be repeated.
    • All cattle must be vaccinated against bovine respiratory disease complex including bovine respiratory syncytial virus, bovine virus diarrhea, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and parainfluenza with a product administered in a manner and time frame adequate to confer protective immunity for these diseases for the duration of the fair.

    The Empire Market Steer Program will take place during the second rotation. The program is an opportunity for youth to have their meat animal project evaluated on several levels. The program will evaluate a) live animal conformation; b) showmanship; and c) project records.  These opportunities will be in addition to the regular youth beef program within the New York State Fair Youth Beef Cattle Division. This program is coordinated by the Youth Beef Program Staff with assistance from NYS Beef Producers. Any questions regarding this program can be addressed by the Youth Beef Superintendent.

    Points will be awarded for evaluation with the lowest score taking top honors. For example, a first place in the conformation class will give participant one point. A second showmanship placing would give the participant two points. All three areas of participation will be added to get the final tally. All three areas must be completed to be eligible for the program.

    For more information

    Sara Fessner, Youth Class Superintendent

    sgangusfarm [at] (sgangusfarm[at]gmail[dot]com)