Youth Dairy Exhibits at NYS Fair

2023 Entry Procedures

  • All NYS Fair Youth Livestock Show Entries must be completed via ShoWorks on the NYS Fair website by Friday, August 4 at 12:00 midnight.  Information for specific species can be found under NYS Fair Youth Livestock on the How to Enter 2023 NYS Fair Competitions website.
  • In addition, all Youth Dairy Exhibitors must also submit their entries using the NYS Fair Youth Dairy Cattle Registration Form. This online entry form is in addition to completion and submission of additional specie specific entry forms and supplemental materials found below. Review specific animal entry requirements before completing this registration form.
  • When registering different breeds, separate forms must be completed. All required forms (Non-ownership, lodging, general release, etc.) can be found on the NYS 4-H Animal Science State Fair website.
  • 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.
  • All exhibitors must receive the 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, please contact your local CCE Association before you enter to make sure that you have qualified to participate at the State Fair and follow carefully any instructions they may give you.
  • For assistance with State Fair Entry Registration, please review Animal Science NYS Fair Entry Procedures or contact your local CCE Association.

Dairy Cattle Show Specific Information

  • Entries are categorized by breed. You must submit a separate entry form for each breed of dairy animal that you enter.
  • Exhibitors must show their own animals.
  • With valid reason, prior arrangements may be made with the Youth Dairy Cattle Superintendent for another youth to show an animal. Please note: Sports and/or work are not acceptable reasons. Military and college are acceptable.
  • Have animals registered with the national organization of the breed. No papers pending. See rules for breed purity in State Fair Book.
  • All animals to show in the Youth Show need to be owned by June 15th of the current year.
  • Have animals individually owned – no joint or farm ownership of animals for youth show. See new exception to rules on last page of this entry form and dairy youth fair section.
  • Submit a separate entry form for open show.
  • Show all information exactly as it appears on registration paper and include a copy of both sides of registration paper(s) with the entry form.
  • All youth entries must be complete with all required signatures.

Dairy Youth Exhibitor Information


Contestants must own their own animal for showmanship.  Sign up for Showmanship will be indicated on Youth Cattle Entry Form and also at State Fair.  Pre-entry is highly recommended but not necessary.

  • Youth First Half of the Fair Showmanship – Section B – Class 200
  • Youth Second Half of the Fair Showmanship – Section B – Class 201
  • Contestants will be divided into classes based on age.

Breed Classes:

Section                                     BA           BB              BC             BD             BE                   BF

                                                                Brown                                                                   Milking

                                                  Ayr.        Swiss          Guer.          Hol.          Jersey          Shorthorn

Spring Heifer Calf

born after Feb. 28, 2023*          1            18                 35                52            69                  95


Winter Heifer Calf

born after Nov. 30, 2022

& before March 1, 2023             2            19                 36                53            70                  96


Fall Heifer Calf born after

Aug. 31, 2022 & before

Dec. 1, 2022                                 3            20                 37                54            71                  97


Summer Yearling Heifer born

after May 31, 2022 & before

Sept. 1, 2022                                4            21                 38                55            72                  98


Spring Yearling Heifer

(not in milk)

born after February 28, 2022

& before June 1, 2022                  5            22                 39                56            73                  99


Winter Yearling Heifer

(not in milk)

born after Nov. 30, 2021  &

before March 1, 2022                   6            23                 40                57            74                  100


Fall Yearling Heifer

(not in milk)

born after Aug. 31, 2021

& before Dec. 1, 2021                  7            24                 41                58            75                  101


Fall Yearling Heifer

(in milk)

born after Aug. 31, 2021               8            25                 42                59            76                  102

& before Dec. 1, 2021


Jr. Two Year Old Cow

born after Feb. 28, 2021

& before Sept. 1, 2021                 9            26                 43                60            77                  103


Sr. Two Year Old Cow

born after Aug. 31, 2020

& before March 1, 2021               10           27                 44                61            78                  104


Jr. Three Year Old Cow

born after Feb. 29, 2020

& before Sept. 1, 2020                11           28                 45                62            79                  105


Sr. Three Year Old Cow

born after Aug. 31, 2019

& before Mar. 1, 2020                  12           29                 46                63            80                  106


Four Year Old Cow

born after Aug. 31, 2018

& before Sept. 1, 2019                13            30                 47                64            81                  107


Five Year Old Cow

born after Aug. 31, 2017

& before Sept. 1, 2018                14           31                 48                65            82                  108


Aged Cow

born before Sept. 1, 2017           15           32                 49                66            83                  109


Dry Cow, 4 Year Old & Under

must have freshened at

least once**                                16           33                 50                67            84                  110


Dry Cow, 5 Year Old &

Over**                                         17           34                 51                68            85                  111


*At least 4 months old at time of show

** Cows shown in dry cow classes may not show in milking classes.  Dry cows not shown in these classes may show in milking classes.  Best udder in each milking class – 1st, ribbon.


CLASS 112 – 125,000 lb. Holstein Cow Class

Entry in Class 111 precludes entry in any age class of the same animal.

County groups of three females

Counties may not enter more than one herd per class (e.g., Holstein Junior Herd; Holstein Senior Herd; Ayrshire Junior Herd, etc.).  These are county herds.  No animals may be used in more than one of these classes.  One additional youth may assist in posting the group.  No adults will be permitted in the ring.

Entry is done in the ring at time of show (since composition of herd is often dependent on how individual animals have placed earlier in show under same judge).

Holstein Junior Herd – consisting of three calves and/or heifers previously shown in the individual classes.  Must be owned by three different exhibitors from two or three different families.  Registration papers will be checked in ring.

Holstein Senior Herd – consisting of three females shown in the individual classes, at least one of which has freshened.  Must be owned by three different exhibitors from two or three different families.  Registration papers will be checked in ring.

Counties may enter both Junior and Senior herds but may not use any one animal twice.

Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Jersey, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn Junior Herds – consisting of three calves and/or heifers previously shown in the individual classes.  Animals may be owned by one or more exhibitors.

Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Jersey, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn Senior Herds – consisting of three females shown in the individual classes, at least one of which has freshened.  Animals may be owned by one or more exhibitors.

Counties may enter both Junior and Senior herds but may not use any one animal twice.

  • All New York State Dept 51 entries must be quality endorsed by a 4-H Cornell Cooperative. Extension Educator or by an Agricultural Education (FFA) Advisor or by an authorized representative of a qualified breed youth organization before they can be accepted by the NYS Fair. Youth must indicate on the entry the county of 4-H enrollment (not necessarily the home county) where applicable.
  • Entries for all Dairy 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 at
  • Additionally: All dairy youth entrants will need to upload full copies of registration papers, Code of Conduct form and Lodging Information to the online registration found at
    • For instructions on using the 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.
  • Youth participants must be eight by January 1 of the current year and not have reached their 19th birthday prior to or on January 1 of the current year.
  • There is to be no tents of any kind in the Dairy Cattle Barn.
  • 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. All necessary actions will be taken to prevent consumption in the Dairy Barn by minors.
  • Each exhibitor may show any number of owned cattle provided no exhibitor shows  more than two (2) entries in any one class.
  • No substitutions are allowed. All animals must be properly entered by the entry deadline.
  • Animals bred-by-exhibitor should be so designated on entry forms. A bred-by-exhibitor
  • class will be held, and papers will be checked.
  • In situations where Cornell Cooperative Extension entries cannot be finalized until after the State Fair entry deadline, ALL potential entries should be sent in by the deadline and the State Fair Entry Dept. should be notified of scratches prior to the start of the fair.
  • All Youth Dairy Cattle must conform to the rules and regulations of the Livestock Health requirements as determined by the Department of Agriculture and Markets printed at the beginning of the catalog.
  • Health and registration papers will be required on all cattle. Please have papers available upon cattle arrival.

4-H and Dairy Youth Show Eligibility for NY State Fair Dairy Youth Show 2023

  • All owned cattle must be personally owned and registered to the youth exhibitor as well as cared for by that exhibitor by no later than June 15 of the current year.
  • All non-owned cattle must be designated in the youth exhibitor’s name and cared for by that exhibitor by no later than June 15 of the current year. Non-ownership is not available to youth already owning registered dairy cattle.
  • Youth can either own or lease animals of the same species but not both. For
  • example a youth cannot own a Jersey and then lease a Holstein.
  • A non-ownership certificates are available from county 4-H offices and and must be properly filled out and supplied along with registration papers to prove designation. Youth are allowed 2 non-owned dairy animals of which both can be shown at the N.Y. State Fair if they have met all the qualifications. Dual designation of animal(s) is not permitted.
  • Dual ownership of a youth and a farm name is not allowed. Dual ownership with another youth or person is not allowed. Ownership with a syndicate are not allowed.
  • New Exception: Dual ownership between siblings will be allowed as long as all of the following criteria are met:
    • They are bona fide siblings(sister, brother, step-sister/brother, half-sister/brother, adopted)
    • All siblings on registration paper of animal(s) are of 4-H age and regular members as of Jan 1 st of the current year. Cloverbuds are not eligible. For NY State Fair: entries entered through FFA or endorsed by a breed organization representative will need to follow 4-H rules on age also for the Dairy Youth Show.
    • One sibling has to designate the animal as their project animal for the project year by June 15th of current year by filing and completing animal identification form.
    • Completed animal identification form(s) needs to be filed with appropriate organization (4-H Extension, FFA or Breed Organization) to state youth designation by June 15th . A copy of this form also needs to accompany State Fair Dairy Youth Entry form being mail to Dairy Youth Superintendent along with the other required documents stated on entry form.
    • Designation cannot change during the program year and animal must be shown and exhibited by designated sibling.
    • Bred and owned recognition can be given to designated youth as long as dual ownership is a current and legal partnership filed with breed organization.
  • No cattle may be entered or shown with papers pending.
  • All animals shown in the NYS Fair Youth Show must be registered by the Breed Organization of that animal.
  • All Youth Dairy Cattle will be housed in the Dairy Cattle barn in a location determined by the Superintendent. All Youth animals must be identified by a “Youth Exhibitor Dairy Animal” tag (available from your County Cornell Cooperative Extension Association or the Superintendent).
  • Exhibitors may wear clothing of any color when showing but should be neat and clean and appropriate for task at hand. We strongly encourage whites! Farm names and letters shall not appear on clothing

Exhibitors must show their own cattle.

  • If an exhibitor has two entries in a class, the second entry must be shown by another youth who is also exhibiting in the show.
  • In emergency situations exceptions can be made, but arrangement must be cleared with the Youth Dairy Superintendent.
  • Youth with college and military commitments at the time of State Fair may apply to the Youth Dairy Superintendent to have another youth show their animal. Requests to do so must be noted on the entry form and prior to the show. Sports & work are not acceptable reasons.
  • Exhibitors must prepare their own cattle for show and the Youth exhibit area.  Adults should not be doing this work, under any circumstances.
  • Youth violating above rules will forfeit premiums and awards.

Overnight Lodging Requirements:

  • All Youth Department participants staying overnight on the New York State Fairgrounds are required to sleep in the Youth Building Dormitories or the Dairy Cattle Building. Only registered youth dairy cattle exhibitors have the option of staying in the Dairy Cattle Building. All youth who choose the Dairy Cattle Building must go through the proper overnight registration process and have assigned chaperones cleared through Cornell Cooperative Extension. Registration for both the youth dormitories and the Dairy Cattle Building must be done through and with the approval of Cornell Cooperative Extension offices. All youth dairy cattle exhibitors choosing the Dairy Cattle Barn for overnight lodging will be required to complete the Dairy Cattle Barn overnight registration and follow all the overnight dormitory rules and deadlines including those entering with the endorsement of FFA/Ag Advisor or a qualified Breed Organization representative.
  • No other animal exhibit areas are designated for overnight sleeping and therefore Youth Development animal participants will not be permitted to sleep in any other animal exhibit area.
  • 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. Any questions, please see

840 RFID tag

  • It is highly recommended that all cattle and swine 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 and swine which are already identified by 840 visual eartags will be exempt from the 840 RFID tag requirement.

BVD-PI Testing

  • All cattle, llamas and alpacas exhibited at NY county fairs or the State Fair 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. 

For all Cattle

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection with animals properly identified.
  • Rabies vaccination is required for all cattle 4 months of age or older.
  • All cattle must be negative to an approved test appropriate to detect Bovine Viral Diarrhea persistent infection (BVD-PI).  The date and results of the testing must be noted on the certificate of veterinary inspection. 
  • 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.
  • Grooming and Preparation
  • Violations:  False, Deceptive or Unacceptable Practices
  • Exhibitor Responsibility
  • Show Ethics Committee
  • Violations:  Reporting and Investigation

The showing of registered dairy cattle stimulates and sustains interest in the breeding of registered dairy cattle.  It is also an important part of the promotion, merchandising and breeding program of many breeders.  For these reasons, the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA) believes that it is in the best interest of all breeders of registered dairy cattle to maintain a reputation of integrity in dairy cattle shows and to present a wholesome and progressive image of dairy cattle in the show ring.

PDCA endorses this Show Ring Code of Ethics for all dairy breed shows and pledges its full cooperative support for its enforcement to show management, show judges and the national breed associations.

The application of this Code of Ethics provides for absolute responsibility for an animal’s condition by an owner, exhibitor, fitter or participant whether or not he or she was actually instrumental in or had actual knowledge of the treatment of the animal in contravention of this Code of Ethics.  Dairy cattle exhibitors shall at all times deport themselves with honesty and good sportsmanship.

It is recognized that there are certain practices in the proper care and management of dairy cattle that are necessary in the course of moving dairy cattle to and between shows that are advisable to keep them in a sound, healthy state so they might be presented in the show ring in a natural, normal condition.  At all times, exhibition livestock shall be treated in a humane manner and in accordance with dairy quality assurance practices so as to protect the health, safety and welfare of the livestock and the consuming public.  No person shall present for exhibition or exhibit an animal which he or she knows, or has reason to suspect, is affected with or has been exposed to a dangerously contagious or infectious disease, disease or illegal or non-approved use of drugs, medication and/or prohibited substances or residue.

The position of the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association is that all animals presented for exhibition shall be in their natural conformation and structure, free of any alteration or modification by injection or internal or external administration of any substance or by any involvement in unethical fitting.

About PDCA

The Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, Inc. is a federation of the national dairy breed registry associations serving breeders and owners of Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn and Red and White dairy cattle.  PDCA and its member organizations promote the added value and profitability registered dairy cattle offer all dairy business owners

The following breed purity standards will be used to designate registered animal status:

a)  Ayrshire:  At least 87% purity as verified by the US Ayrshire Breeders’ Association and exhibiting typical breed coloring/characteristics.

b)  Brown Swiss:  A minimum designation of IE as verified by US Brown Swiss Association and exhibiting typical breed coloring/characteristics.

c)  Guernsey:  At least 87% purity with PR designation as verified by the American Guernsey Association and exhibiting typical breed coloring/characteristics.

d)  Holstein:  At least 87% RHA or higher as verified by the Holstein Association USA and exhibiting typical breed coloring/characteristics.

e)  Jersey:  A designation of 4 or higher as verified by US Jersey and exhibiting typical breed coloring/characteristics.

f)  Milking Shorthorn:  A designation of EXP or full herdbook status as verified by the American Milking Shorthorn Society exhibiting breed coloring/characteristics.

g)  Red and White:  Red & White animals must carry 87% dairy bloodlines as designated by RWDCA guidelines and be red and white in color.

Dairy cattle exhibitions are conducted under standards for evaluating conformation established by the PDCA Unified Score Card (2009), with specific breed characteristics taken into consideration by the show judge.  In this connection, animals will be groomed and prepared for the judge’s evaluation in order to display the animal’s natural contour, conformation, performance and mobility.  Specifically:

  1. Changing the natural color of the animal is prohibited effective 6/1/2015.  However, external applications of cosmetics that affect only appearance may be used, including by way of example hoof polishes and false switches.
  2. The maximum allowable length of naturally growing hair anywhere on the topline is not to exceed 1”.  Exhibitors will be required to comply with this rule before the animal is allowed to enter the ring. 
    Exception:  In order to keep uniformity between New York State shows, we will allow a 1 ½” topline.  However, when the animal comes to the show ring, if this limit is exceeded, the animal will not show.
  3. Addition of foreign objects, including but not limited to hair or hair substitutes, cloth or fiber, to change the natural contour or appearance of the animal’s body is prohibited.
  4. Externally sealing the teat end with a preparation that does not harm the animal’s skin is permissible.  Natural teat placement will be given preference over artificially positioned teats.


Violations:  False, Deceptive or Unacceptable Practices

These practices are violations of the Code of Ethics and will be reported to show management and may be reported to the respective national breed associations:

  1. Misrepresenting the age and/or milking status of the animal for the class in which it is shown.
  2. Treating the animal, particularly the udder, internally or externally:
    a.     with an irritant or counter-irritant,
    b.     using a device to artificially create or enhance the udder crease,
    c.     using other substances as detected by testing that causes changes in the udder to artificially improve the conformation.
    d.     plugging of teat canal with foreign substances.
  3. Surgical or unethical insertion of any matter under the skin or into body cavities, performed to change the natural contour or appearance of the animal’s body (e.g., administration of fluid via a stomach tube or other similar apparatus to fill the rumen), though not to preclude practices required or involved in normal management.
  4. Criticizing or interfering with the judge, show management or other exhibitors while in the show ring or other conduct detrimental to the breed or the show.
  5. Challenging, threatening or interfering with an ethics committee appointed by show management to monitor the animals on exhibit on the show grounds.

Exhibitor Responsibility:

The act of entering an animal in a livestock show is the giving of consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter and/or absolutely responsible person (hereinafter referred to as “Exhibitor”) for show management to obtain any specimens of urine, saliva, blood, milk or other substances from the animal to be used in testing.  Materials may also be collected by ultrasound and photographic methods and by direct examination of the animal.

The act of entering an animal is the giving of consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter and/or absolutely responsible person (the “Exhibitor”) to have disciplinary action for violation of this Show

Ring Code of Ethics taken by show management, the state in which the show occurs, and/or the national dairy breed association without recourse.

Show Ethics Committee

Each show should have an Ethics Committee.  The make-up of this committee should include official breed representatives, representative(s) of show management (e.g., dairy cattle show superintendent, General Manager), the official show veterinarian and Extension representative.

The Ethics Committee will be responsible for monitoring violations of the Show Ring Code of Ethics.  The Ethics Committee will investigate the report of any violation and determine the accuracy of the allegation.  The Ethics Committee will have the authority to inspect animals and related material to determine if violations have occurred.

Violations:  Reporting and Investigation

Complaints of alleged violations can be reported to the breed superintendent, the show superintendent, show management and/or the Ethics Committee.

Before an Animal is Shown

If the Ethics Committee suspects that a violation of the Show Ring Code of Ethics will occur if the animal is shown, and that violation is reasonably well established before the animal is shown, the Ethics Committee will submit a report to show management.

Show management will discuss the violation with the Exhibitor:

  1. If, at the Exhibitor’s discretion, the animal in question is not shown, no violation will have occurred.
  2. If the Exhibitor wishes to challenge that a violation occurred, he/she/they will have opportunity to appeal to the Ethics Committee.  If its decision is not changed, the Exhibitor will be denied opportunity to exhibit the animal in question.

During and After an Animal is Shown

All animals are subject to examination during judging.  The judge and Ethics Committee are instructed to examine the top five (5) animals in each class closely for violations of the Show Ring Code of Ethics.  When a violation may have occurred, a milkout may be called for.  This call may be

by breed association rule, or by request of an authorized representative of the national breed association, the judge, the Ethics Committee or show management.

If an animal is exhibited and a violation of the Show Ring Code of Ethics is subsequently suspected, investigated, and determined to have occurred, the violation will be reported to the Ethics Committee and show management for action.  The Exhibitor will be notified of the violation and the supporting evidence and invited to defend or explain the allegations.

Violations are subject to the disciplinary provisions of show management, the state in which the show occurs, and the national dairy breed association.  Sanctions may include any one, or combination of the following:

  • Forfeiture or return of awards, prizes, premiums or proceeds;
  • Written letter of reprimand to the owner, exhibitor, fitter and/or absolutely responsible person (the “Exhibitor”);
  • Disqualification of the exhibition livestock from an exhibition;
  • Disqualification of the Exhibitor from the show;
  • Publication of offense.

Disqualification may include any or all shows and classes and may be for any number of years.

Violations of these policies are subject to the disciplinary provisions of the appropriate dairy breed association and/or show management.

Only 1st and 2nd Blue class winners can compete for Junior, Senior or Grand Champion.

Special Dairy Awards – No advanced entry required by exhibitors.

  1. Harris Wilcox, Inc., offers an award to the State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Team member (Madison or Harrisburg) who accumulates the most points in dairy cattle judging classes at State Fair and Madison/Harrisburg.
  2. The New York Ayrshire Club, Inc. offers awards to the winners of individual classes.  The NY Ayrshire Club also offers Junior, Senior and Grand Championship awards.
  3. The New York Brown Swiss Breeders Association will present a trophy known as the “Frank Jewett Memorial Award” to the owner of the best Brown Swiss animal owned and bred by a Junior Department exhibitor.
  4. The New York Guernsey Breeders’ Cooperative, Inc., offers a trophy or model cow to the owner of the best bred-by-exhibitor female, and a trophy to the owner of the Grand Champion, and an award to the top Guernsey Showman.
  5. The New York Holstein-Friesian Association offers awards for the following:  1) the best bred-by-exhibitor Holstein female under 2 years of age, and the best bred-by-exhibitor Holstein female over 2 years of age; 2) the Grand Champion Female; 3) the Reserve Grand Champion Female; 4) the Junior Champion Female; 5) the Reserve Junior Champion Female; 6) each class winner; 7) to the owners of the cattle which make up the first place County Junior Holstein herd; 8) to the owners of the cattle which make up the first place County Senior Holstein herd; and 9) the first place winner in each Holstein showmanship class, the Master Holstein Showman, and the Reserve Master Holstein Showman.
  6. New York State Junior Jersey Cattle Club presents an award to the first place animal in each individual class.
  7. New York State Jersey Cattle Club presents a rotating trophy to the exhibitor of “The Best Animal Bred by Exhibitor.”
  8. The Central New York Jersey Club awards the “John Luchsinger Memorial” rotating trophy to the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Jersey.  The New York State Junior Jersey Cattle Club provides a picture of the Grand Champion Jersey.  Also, the New York State Jersey Cattle Club awards a trophy for permanent possession.
  9. The NYS Jersey Cattle Club will award special recognition to each exhibitor in the Youth show.
  10. The NYS Jersey Cattle Club presents an award to the Jersey Champion Showman.
  11. The NYS Milking Shorthorn Association offers awards for 1) Grand Champion Female, 2)  Reserve Grand Champion Female, 3) Jr. Champion Female, 4) Best Bred and Owned Animal Shown by Youth Exhibitor and 5) Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn Youth in Showmanship Class by Henry Staib Family.  Sponsors for Awards:  Grand Champion – Ron & Wendy Hight; Reserve Grand Champion – White’s Milking Shorthorn/Harold & Lolita White; Senior Champion – Henry & Sherri Staib & Family; Reserve Grand Champion – Lake Effect Farm/John & Kirsten Anderson; Junior Champion – Jerbie Farms/Jerry & Deb Merrill & Family; Reserve Junior Champion – Adams/White House/Chuck Adams & Connie White; Best Bred & Owned – Ellie Fleming; and Master Showman – Lake Effect Farm/John & Kirsten Anderson.


The Dairy Showmanship Contest is open to all youth.  Sign up will be designated on entry form or can be done at State Fair.  PDCA Fitting & Showing Scorecard is guideline for showmanship.

  • Appearance of Animal: 30 pts.
  • Appearance of Exhibitor: 10 pts.
  • Showing Animal in the Ring:60 pts

Class 201 Youth First Half of the Fair Showmanship

Class 202 Youth Second Half of the Fair Showmanship

These classes will be subdivided into groups according to the age of the youth involved and total number of entries for each showmanship class: 201 and 202.

  • Youth participating in showmanship will be subdivided into classes by age as of January 1 and the number of participants.  If a subdivided age class is deemed too large by judge and contest officials, subdivided age classes will be divided again starting with January 1 birthdate.
  • The 1st and 2nd place Blue and Master showman from each class will come back in the ring after the completion of showmanship age level classes to compete for the overall Grand Master Showman and Reserve Master Showman.
  • The classes for the four specific colored breed showmanship champions will follow the overall Youth Second Half of the Fair Showmanship Grand Master and Reserve Showmanship Champion class.  Youth per breed and age class will need to have a blue ribbon to compete for breed showmanship champion.  Breed representatives will need to inform youth show superintendent of breed showmanship awards.

It is not necessary to “bag” cows for the showmanship contest.  The judge will be so instructed.

Recipients of a Master Showman ribbon may participate in future showmanship competitions.  The number of Master Showman ribbons given is at the discretion of the judge.  The recipients of the Grand Champion Showmanship Award are ineligible for any further showmanship competitions within the same breed grouping (i.e., Holstein or Colored Breeds).


Counties are encouraged to decorate their county exhibits in an appropriate manner.  The following will be expected (Youth should do their own work)

  • Manure removal from aisles and bedding and acceptable final appearance of their area at the time of release.
  • Animals clean and blankets acceptable and clean if used.
  • Orderly storage of feed, hay and straw (in front of animals) and avoidance of waste.
  • Tools, buckets, feed boxes and other in place.  Name cards legible and properly hung.  Halters suitable and cattle tied at desirable length.
  • Conduct, cooperation and appearance of exhibitors should be respectable at all times.
  • Herdsmanship ribbons will be given for Youth Holstein exhibitors and for Youth Colored Breed exhibitors.

A sum of $150 shall be available to encourage county exhibits of an educational nature in the 4-H area of the Dairy Cattle Barn.  Rosettes and a cash award (minimum $10 per county) will be used to recognize these exhibits.  Counties must register their exhibits with the Youth Superintendent by the arrival deadline time for cattle in each division.

Note:  The Little Britches Showmanship Class is listed here for information only.  It is not part of the Youth Department 4-H Dairy Cattle Show.

“Little Britches” Showmanship Class – Sponsored by the NY Junior Holstein
Association on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at approx. 4:00 pm following Open Class Holstein Show in the Dairy Cattle Center Arena and Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm.


  • This class is open to anyone ages 5-8 years of age. Participants need not have had
  • previous experience showing dairy cattle.
  • Young calves will be provided for the participants to show.
  • The class may be divided, at the discretion of the contest coordinator.
  • All participants will receive an award.
  • Junior Holstein members will be available to instruct and assist participants.
  • Registration will be just prior to the contest.
  • This contest has been designed to serve as an educational and fun event. Emphasis is not placed on individual placings, but on the enjoyment of the participants.

For More Information

Deborah Grusenmeyer, NYS Fair 4-H Dairy Show Superintendent

Email:  djc27 [at]