Sections 67 - 68: 4-H Fitting & Showing / Beef Cattle

General Requirements:   All animals are subject to inspection for general health upon presentation for admission. Animals showing symptoms of any contagious or infectious disease including ringworm, warts and pink eye, must be removed from the show or fair at time of inspection. Approval of all entries for the first showing in Maryland will extend through the show season, providing the status of the herd of origin, or of the identified animals, does not change.

General Entry Rules & Regulations: Livestock

All livestock entry sheets must be received or postmarked by August 15, 2019. Please make sure for each animal listed that an eartag number and birth date are also listed. Be sure to indicate the number of pens/stalls requested for your animals. Make special pen/stall requests as clear as possible! (Example: Special request for a stall for a cow and calf.)

Livestock exhibitors must attach a copy of the Health Certificate for Show form when submitting entry.

Health and registration papers must be made available for inspection by authorized Fair personnel at the time of entry into the Fair and at any other time deemed necessary by the Fair.

For 2019 the Prince George's County Fair will be having one-day livestock shows. Animals will not be expected to spend the night at the Fair.

Beef cattle for both Open Class and 4-H will be accepted on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The beef cattle show will begin at 1100am. (It is requested that the animals arrive one hour prior to the show, if possible.)

All exhibitors must check in at the Registration Table in their area. Health and Registration papers must be presented to authorized Fair personnel and the State Veterinarian at time of check-in for inspection. No animals may be moved into stalls/pens until the check-in process is complete. All market animals will be weighed at check-in.

All animals must remain in assigned pens except during show preparation and when in competition.

The Fair will NOT furnish bedding for livestock. Sand will be in hog pens and shavings in poultry pens.

No exhibitor or parent may take more than two premiums in any class.

Entries in the division are open to anyone in the 5 Southern Maryland counties.

Breed classes will be determined by number of entries per class.

Market animals (cattle, sheep, swine) may not be shown as breeding stock. A maximum of 3 market goats, 3 market sheep and 3 market swine may be entered by an exhibitor.

Grand Champion and Best in Show will be awarded only if there is competition.

Registration Papers will be checked in Sheep and Dairy Departments.

Registration Papers will be checked on Breeding Animals.

Note: All sections in this division are open to persons limited by physical handicap or mental capacity.


Rules & Regulations for Beef Cattle

Cattle (In addition to the general requirements) :   All cattle must be individually identified by eartag, tattoo, or registration.

Shipping Fever

Shipping fever prophylaxis is recommended, but not required, for one-day shows. For shows exceeding one day, all cattle must be given at least one dose of vaccine or bacterin not less than fifteen (15) days prior to show. It is strongly recommended that shipping fever prophylaxis include P13 and 1BR. Since vaccines and bacterins vary in amount and duration of immunity produced, the recommendation of your veterinarian should be followed relative to a second dose (booster).

Leptospiros is immunization is recommended. Consult your veterinarian. 

General Rules

Additional rules pertaining to ages and breeds are found in the class schedule. Exceptions to open class rules are as follows:

1. 4-H Livestock Shows are open to all 4-H and FFA members in the five (5) Southern Maryland Counties.

2. Judging of Fitting and Showing Contest will be as follows: in a fitting and showing contest it is the exhibitor, not the animal, who is being judged. Showmanship will account for 60% of the judge's decision. This will include handling and presenting the animal and grooming of the animal. For the exhibitor it includes alertness to judge's directions, neat and appropriate attire, and courtesy to other exhibitors. Fitting will account for approximately 20% of the judge's decision. An exhibitor not in control of his or her animal will be dismissed. Exhibitors of swine will not be asked to demonstrate their grooming skills in the ring. During the contest, the judge will ask the exhibitors questions about the feeding, breeding and management of that type of livestock. Exhibitors will then be asked to parade the animal in the show ring. Animals will then be placed, with the judge giving oral reasons for placement. 4-H'ers will declare Fitting and Showing animal at check-in.

Proper attire will be required in all livestock fitting and showing contests:


Boys: Khaki or green slacks, khaki or white shirt, green or black neckpiece.

Girls: Khaki or green skirt or slacks, white shirt, green or black neckpiece; khaki outfit accepted. 

Section 67: 4-H Fitting & Showing - Beef Cattle

Class Fitting & Showing - Beef Cattle 1st 2nd 3th 4th 5th 6th
6701 Junior (8-10)* $15 $12 $10 $8 $6 $5
6702 Intermediate (11-13)* $15 $12 $10 $8 $6 $5
6703 Senior (14-18)* $15 $12 $10 $8 $6 $5
* Age as of January 1 of current year.

Class Fitting & Showing - Beef Cattle Awarded
6751 Champion Trophy & Rosette
6752 Reserve Champion Trophy & Rosette

Section 68: 4-H Beef Cattle, All Pure Breeds

Class 4-H Beef Cattle 1st 2nd 3th 4th 5th 6th
    $40 $35 $30 $25 $20 $15
6801 Junior Heifer Calf calved April 1, 2016 and after
6802 Junior Heifer Calf calved between January 1 and March 31, 2016
6803 Late Senior Heifer Calf calved between November 1 and December 31, 2015
6804 Early Sr. Heifer Calf calved between September 1 and October 31, 2015
6805 Late Summer Yearling Heifer calved between July 1 and August 31, 2015
6806 Early Summer Yearling Heifer, calved between May 1 and June 30, 2014
6807 Late Jr. Yearling Heifer, calved between March 1 and April 30, 2015
6808 Early Jr. Yearling Heifer, calved between January 1 and February 28, 2015
6809 Late Sr. Yearling Heifer calved between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014
6810 Early Sr. Yearling calved between September 1 and October 31, 2014
6811 2 year old Cow
6812 3 year or older Cow
6813 Pair of Females, any age, bred and owned by exhibitor
6814 Pair of Calves, from classes above
6815 Pair of yearlings, from Yearling classes above
6816 Get of Sire: 3 animals by one sire, shown in the above classes, both sexes represented
6820 Market Steers, all breeds and crossbreeds
6830 Best in Show, Female

Class 4-H Beef Cattle Awarded
6840 Grand Champion Female Rosette
6841 Reserve Grand Champion Female Rosette
6842 Champion Market Steer Rosette
6843 Reserve Champion Market Steer Rosette