The Lamb MQP program concludes Sunday, September 29.
- Exhibitors should arrive at the Show Arena on the Fairgrounds with their MQP lamb and a completed and properly signed DUNF form between 12:30 and 1 p.m. on the 29th.
- Lambs should be fed and watered BEFORE arrival. “Appearance” is not a factor in MQP, but proper nutrition and meat quality is!
- Upon arrival the lambs will be weighed and photographed. Your lamb must be shorn and photos will be taken so please dress for a “Fair photo.” “Show” sheared is not necessary, but shearing is, and if not sheared at arrival, exhibitors will be asked to shear their lamb before weighing.
- Note that lambs must weigh a minimum of 100 lbs. Underweight lambs will be ineligible for placing.
Similar to past years, there will be an experienced individual present who will do a live evaluation of the lambs and discuss the criteria for the carcass evaluation in more depth. Please note: the live evaluation has no bearing on the lamb’s placing in the carcass program. This is simply an educational exercise to give participants and observers insight into what the commercial industry is looking for in market lambs.
Following the live evaluation, the lambs will be transported in a commercially accepted manner to Bay Packing for harvest and carcass evaluation. Utmost care and effort will be made to see that the lambs arrive safely. The lambs will be harvested Monday, September 30.
Review of the program and awards announcement will be held on Wednesday, October 2 in the Ag Center beginning at 6 p.m. Faler Feed Store will be sponsoring supper during the program. The awards presentations will be made at the Fair during the “live” Junior Lamb Show.
Also, it is the responsibility and requirement of the contest that each exhibitor market their ‘freezer’ lamb. Bay Packing will process the lamb. The exhibitor or their buyer should complete the cutting instruction sheet and bring it with them the 29th.
Questions regarding any portion of the MQP program may be directed to Kris Doyle or Stan Smith. Persons who are interested in acquiring a cut and processed lamb for their freezer may also contact Kris or Stan.