It is intended in this chapter to give a sample plan for the administering of a live-stock exhibition, standards to aid in the making of judgments of the qualities of animals, and a view of a few regulations governing the grading of animals and animal products in the markets. This is comparable, in a way, with Chapter IX for plants and plant products.

General Rules and Regulations Governing Exhibits of Live-stock

(Ohio State Board of Agriculture, slightly modified.)

Competition open to the world, except where otherwise specified.

Receiving exhibits.

1.  All animals for competition and exhibition, except speed horses, having first been properly entered within the time specified in the rules, must be placed in proper position by the first day of fair at 9 o'clock a.m. Exhibits not in position by the time required will be positively excluded from competition.

2.  Entries in the several departments must be received by the Secretary fifteen days before the opening of the Fair.

Entries of animals.

3.  All entries of animals must specify the owners' names, and the name, age, sex, record number (if any), and description of every animal offered ; ages of horses to date from the first of January of the year foaled ; ages of other animals, except cattle, to be considered in months and days at date of fair, basing dates of dairy cattle to be February 1 and August 1, while in the beef breeds the basing date shall be September 1. A breeder is held to be the owner of the female at the time of service.

All entries of live-stock must positively be made on the regulation entry blanks, which will be furnished upon application to the Secretary.

4.  Entries must be made in the names of bona fide owners. Should any be found to be otherwise entered, they will forfeit any premiums awarded by the judges.

5.  An animal entered for exhibition in one class cannot compete for a premium in any other, except where specified.

6.  A single animal may be exhibited as one of a pair or herd.

7.  All animals shall be exhibited to the satisfaction of the awarding judges.

Recording entries.

8.  On receipt of entries of live-stock, cards will be made out indicating the books, entry numbers, and classes, and will be ready for delivery by the superintendents of the appropriate departments when exhibitors arrive on the grounds, or will be sent by mail when specially requested.

Delivery of animals.

9.  Exhibitors must see to the delivery of their animals to the superintendent of the appropriate department, and to placing them in position under his direction. The buildings and grounds will be in complete readiness for the reception of exhibits during the entire week previous to the opening of the Fair, and it will greatly facilitate arrangements if exhibitors will early take in hand the preparation for the display of their exhibits.

A place is provided for storing boxes, crates, and the like, all of which must be promptly removed from the buildings to this place of storing.

Removal of animals.

10.  Live-stock, other than speed horses, may be removed the last day of the Fair, at 4 o'clock p.m. Speed horses may be removed any time after their racing engagements.

Protection of animals.

11.  The Fair Board will take every precaution in its power for the safe preservation of stock on exhibition, after its arrival and arrangement on the grounds, but will not be responsible for any loss or damage that may occur.

Register number of animals.

12.  Persons exhibiting pure-bred animals, one year of age and over, will be required to furnish register number of animals to be exhibited, or, in case of younger animals not registered, the names and register number of sires and dams.

Animals exhibited as breeders.

13.  Evidence satisfactory to the members in charge, or the Awarding Judges, will be required that the animals exhibited as breeders are not barren, and no awards of premiums shall be made where there is unsoundness in breeding animals, which is transmissible.