The Merced County Fair said it would hold a one-day mandatory event for this year’s fair market beef exhibitors.
All market beef exhibitors — 4-H, FFA and Independents — are required to bring their animals to Turlock Livestock Yard, 10430 North Lander Ave., Turlock, Thursday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. to participate in the event.
All animals will be pre-weighed, hair follicles will be pulled for potential DNA testing and animals also will be ear-tagged.
Merced County fair representatives said they will be at Turlock Livestock that day to ear tag and take the animal’s certified scale weight and pull a hair sample to be put on file.
All independent market beef exhibitors are required to provide a photo of their animal and proof of ownership at next month’s pre-weigh. Those who don’t meet the deadline requirements won’t be permitted to show animals at the fair, a news release said.
An information packet for Independent Junior Livestock exhibitors will be available at the fair office.
The theme of the 2010 Merced County Fair, June 15-20, is “Wetlands, Water and Wildlife.” For information, call the fair office at (209) 722-1507, fax at (209) 722-3773, e-mail to info@MercedCountyFair.com or visit the 2010 Merced County Fair’s Web site, www.MercedCountyFair.com