Registration for market beef and beef carcass classes for the 2022 Berrien County Youth Fair is underway.  Registrations must be received by February 1, 2022.  Exhibitors must be between the ages of 5 and 20 years old (as of January 1) and must be a resident of Berrien County.

Registration may be done by picking up a form at the Fair office and mailing back (must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1), placed in the drop box outside the office doors, in person during office hours, or online no later than midnight, February 1 at https://bcyf.us/online-youth-exhibitor-registration/.  Once registered, (you will create a user name and password – user names do not carry over from last year, but you can use the same as was used last year) exhibitors can return to the program and add more entries up until each entry deadline.  The exhibitor’s printed email confirmation will serve as the traditional yellow copy of the entry form and is required on entry day, just as the yellow copy of the traditional entry form is.

All beef and dairy animals must have a Radio Frequency Electronic Identification (RFID) tag number listed on entry form.  RFID tags are issued by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and can be obtained by calling 1-888-565-8626 or online at www.michigan.gov/mdard.

Information necessary to register a market beef animal includes: name of exhibitor, exhibitor number, RFID number, address, telephone number, address where animal is housed, department, division and class number, and breed(s) to be registered. Market beef classes consist of: Shorthorn, Hereford, Angus, Simmental, Chianina, Dairy, Market Heifer and Crossbred. Animals must be entered in the correct class at the time of weigh-in. Market beef animals that are tagged on weigh-in day can ONLY be exhibited by the exhibitor that registered that animal. There will be no changes allowed among siblings on entry day.   All steers that are registered to come to the fair must be brought to the Fairgrounds to be ear-tagged and weighed on Saturday, February 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the beef barns, buildings 53 and 52.