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Sheep Department

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The Sheep Committee has been fundraising (Christmas Wreath sale, memorial donations and concessions at non-fair events) the past two years to raise money to purchase new sheep pens.  In 2017, 25 panels were built to create 12 new pens in the sheep barn.

The committee calculated that they would need 118 more pens at a cost of $14,000 to complete the barn.  BCYF submitted a grant application to the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and we were awarded a $7,000 challenge grant.  That means, we have to raise $7,000 and then we will receive $7,000 from the Upton Foundation.

We will recognize all donors with signage in the sheep barn.

Sheep Exhibitors Information

Sheep Entry deadline for sheep is June 1st

Pre Fair Set Up Date: Thursday, Aug. 9 @ 6:30 p.m.

All sheep are required to have an Official USDA Scrapie Tag number listed on their entry form.  (TAG HOTLINE: 517-337-4705).  Call early so that they arrive on time!  If they are still pending at time of registration, that number MUST be called into the Fair Office by July 20th.

New for 2018: Rule P in Exhibitor Handbook – Any sheep or lamb that exhibits a sustained rectal prolapse will be ineligible at the discretion of Supt. or Animal Health Committee and will be sent home. The following will be used as a guideline to determine occurrence of a rectal prolapse: “A rectal prolapse is defined as an inversion of the rectum that protrudes outside the body and remains exterior to the body while the animal is standing.”  This is the criteria used in the 2003 multi-year study published in the Journal of Animal Science.

Breeding animals will be classified as Black face or white face.

All sheep must be owned and cared for by exhibitor.  Must be in your possesion by June 1st.

All exhibitors must call  by July 31st to verify how many lambs they will be bringing, who they want to share a pen with (if anybody) and where they would prefer to be in the barn.

Aug. 1st – All fair market tags are to be in the sheep ears.  The committee reserves the right to check lambs after Aug. 1st for placement of fair tags at the address of the animals location.

Entry Day:

All animals must go through Health Check at Gate 3 (Shawnee Rd.), between 7 am and Noon, then proceed to barn.  After unloading and checking in with your animal, your final step is to go to the Entry office before 2:00 pm.  Please use sawdust or shavings for your stalls.

Fair Week:  There will be a sign up sheet in the barn for exhibitors and/or their families to close the barn each night of fair at 11:00 pm.  Any help will be greatly appreciated by Camille and simply entails just closing the front doors and two small doors.

All exhibitors are responsible to clean their pens daily and clean pen entirely on Wednesday of fair and replace with fresh sawdust.  Exhibitors failing to do so will fall under the 3 Strike Rule (see page 14 of fairbook).  Exhibitors are also responsible to help keep the aisles clean of sawdust and other debris throughout fair week.

Release of sheep will be Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Market sheep going to market will be loaded on trucks Saturday as ususal.

Premium checks may be picked up Saturday of fair from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Entry Office or Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  You can also have them cashed at either of those times.

Entry Deadline

June 1st

Sheep Handbook
Online Exhibitor Registration
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Office Hours:

M-F 9:00am - 4:00pm

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7
Berrien Springs, MI 49103

(269) 473-4251