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The Pueblo County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

Livestock Dates from here to the County Fair

This post includes information that you’ll need for the next few months (pre-Fair deadlines, dates, and such).  Some information is specific to market projects, and some information pertains to every livestock project (market, dairy, breeding). Following the deadlines and dates, you’ll find information on e-records, Location ID (formerly Premises ID), and dates/deadlines during and after the County Fair.


Dates/Deadlines (see below for details)
March 1 – Project Add/Drop & Enrollment Deadline
March 13 – Beef tag-in (market)
March 27 – Hands on MQA (all)
April 1 – Rabbits Ownership Date (Does) (market)
April TBD – Classroom make-up MQA (all)
May 5 – Sheep and Goat tag-in, Swine Nomination forms due (market)
May 11 – Mandatory Showcase Sale meeting (market) and Livestock Test (all)
May 10 through 23 – Poultry Ownership Date (market)
June 1 – County Fair Entry Deadline (market animals enter at tag-in, all others much submit entry forms)
June 12 – Second/make-up Livestock Test (all)
July 8 – Initial Weigh-in Rabbit (market)

MARKET Livestock (beef, goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, swine)
Market Beef Tag-In: March 13, arrive between 6:00pm and 7:00pm, Livestock Pavilion
Please make sure your animal is halter broke. The tag-in is your official entry into the Pueblo County Fair. NEW! Each State Fair retinal scan, a requirement if you are nominating for State Fair, will cost $2 per animal so bring payment with you – cash or check only.

Market Sheep and Market Goat Tag-In: May 5, arrive between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, Sheep and Swine Barn.
Please bring the animals you are entering in the Pueblo County fair and the Colorado State Fair. The tag-in is your official entry into the Pueblo County Fair. NEW! Each State Fair retinal scan, a requirement if you are nominating for State Fair, will cost $2 per animal so bring payment with you – cash or check only.

Market Swine Nomination forms: May 5.
Nomination cards for the Pueblo County Fair and the Colorado State Fair are available at the Extension Office. You will pick up an ear tag and a nomination card.  We also have taggers available for check out (for a $20 deposit, refundable when the tagger is returned).  Please note that three pictures will need to be uploaded into 4-H Online for each swine nominated. Specific instruction on this process will be sent in a separate email.

Mandatory Showcase Sale Meeting: May 11 at 6:00pm, Auditorium
Mandatory Meeting: If you plan to take part in the Showcase Sale, you must attend this meeting. At this meeting, you will be given your buyer contact packet and other important information about the Sale. If you cannot make this meeting, you must notify the Showcase Sale committee via the Extension Office no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting. You must also make arrangements to pick up your buyer contact packet. Please note that this is also the date for the first Livestock Test.

Market Poultry Ownership Dates: May 10 – May 23, 2017.
Market production chickens must be between 56 and 70 days old at time of show. Therefore, they must be hatched or purchased/delivered between May 10 – May 23, 2017.

Market Rabbit Weigh-In: July 8, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please call Superintendent Walter Sloan at 564-5004 to scheduled your weigh-in.

ALL Livestock (including market, dairy, breeding animals)
MQA (Stations): March 27, arrive between 6:00pm and 7:00pm, Auditorium.
This is a “hands on” training consisting of a number of stations that members visit. It takes approximately one hour to visit each station and complete the required worksheet, so you must arrive no later than 7:00 p.m. Members must complete MQA as a Junior/Intermediate (that is, between 8 and 13 4-H age) and once as a senior (14 to 18 4-H age). If you are taking the swine project you must take MQA every year.

MQA (Classroom): April – TBD, CSU Extension Office.
The class will last approximately 2 hours and will begin around 6:00 p.m. This is a make-up option for members who miss the March 27th hands-on version.

Livestock Tests (Day 1): May 11, 6:00 p.m., Dining Hall
All livestock members (including market, dairy, breeding) must take and pass with a 60% score a livestock test in each species each year. So, for instance, if you are in the Dairy Goat project, Market Poultry project, and Breeding Poultry project, you will need to take three tests. The Study guides are available here: Livestock Study Guides.

Livestock Tests (Day 2): June 12 at 6:00pm, Auditorium
See above. This is a make-up date for members who miss or don’t pass on the first date.

You can find e-record books on the State 4-H Website at:
Boulder County has an e-record guide available here:

The e-records in Excel format are workbooks with multiple worksheets.
If you are in a breeding project, there may be a supplement that you will need to add. Scroll down the page to find them.
Multiple livestock projects can be recorded in one e-record.

Location Identification Number (formerly premises ID)
You must have a Location Identification Number. If you do not have one, you can obtain one here:
You must have a LID before you can participate in the County Fair.

County Fair and Post Fair dates/deadlines
Check the Pueblo County Fair Schedule for show dates and deadlines.
Check the Pueblo County 4-H Calendar for post-fair dates and deadlines.  More information will be provided in a later email.