Market beef and carcass class registration for the 2023 Berrien County Youth Fair is underway and registrations must be received at the Fair Office by Feb. 1, 2023. Exhibitors must be at least five years old to show animals at the 2023 Fair. Berrien County youth between the ages of 5 and 20, as of Jan. 1, 2023, may register their market beef animals in person at the Fair office, by mail, or online.
All beef and dairy animals must have a Radio Frequency Electronic Identification (RFID) tag number listed on the exhibitor entry form, which is issued by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and can be obtained by calling 1-800-292-3939 or on-line at www.michigan.gov/mdard.
Completed registration forms may be: dropped off at the Fair office (Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.); mailed to the Fair office (Berrien County Youth Fair, P. O. Box 7, Berrien Springs, MI 49103); placed in the drop box located near the entrance to the Fair office; completed online at www.bcyf.org by midnight, Feb. 1.
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. Class numbers are available on BCYF website (www.bcyf.org).
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. If more than one animal is registered by members of the same family, a family backup can be designated at weigh-in. There will be no changes allowed among siblings on entry day.
Each exhibitor may register four animals, but only two animals may be exhibited at the 2023 Berrien County Youth Fair (August 14 – 19, 2023). All market beef that are registered to come to the Fair must be brought to the Fairgrounds to be ear-tagged and weighed on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the beef barns, Buildings 53 and 52. For more information, go to www.bcyf.org.