Frequently Asked Questions

Junior Show

Am I eligible to participate in the Junior Show?

Participation in the Junior Livestock Division is limited to Texas resident students, who are members of a Texas 4-H Club or FFA Chapter. Exhibitors must be enrolled in, and attending, public or private elementary or secondary schools in Texas. Students must be between the ages of 8 (in addition to being in the 3rd) and 18 on or before Aug. 31 of the previous year.

When must I purchase my animal for the Junior Livestock Show?

There are ownership deadlines for purchasing animals to exhibit in the Junior Livestock Show.

Ownership Dates: The feeding and fitting period shall begin on or before:
June 30: Junior Market Steers
Sept. 30: Junior Commercial Steers
Oct. 1: Junior Breeding Sheep
Oct. 31: Junior Market Lambs & Junior Market Goats
Nov. 1: Junior Breeding Beef
Nov. 30: Junior Market Barrows
Dec. 1: Junior Breeding Gilts & Junior Dairy Heifers

Ownership Certification/Fitting: Exhibitors must own their animals at the beginning of and throughout the feeding period. Exhibitor must feed, care for and exhibit animals entered without any aid or assistance during the entire feeding period, except from CEA or AST or from other junior exhibitors and leaders within their county. After validation, if ownership changes, regardless of method or length of time, that chain of animal ownership is considered broken. CEAs and ASTs desiring to enter Junior Livestock Show exhibitors must sign a certification on the entry application that the animal was raised under his or her supervision and was purchased, raised and otherwise prepared for show exclusively by the entrant in accordance with the rules of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

What are the junior market show weight breaks?

The weight breaks are posted on the Livestock Exhibitor page under Junior Show information.

Are health papers required for Junior Show entries?

Health papers are required on Junior Breeding Beef Heifers, Junior Breeding Gilts and Junior Breeding Sheep. Health papers are not required on Junior Market Steers, Barrows, Lambs, Goats or Junior Commercial Steers.

Who can exhibit an animal entered in the Junior Show? What conditions allow for substitute exhibitors?

Substitute Exhibitor: Junior Show animals must be exhibited and sold by its owner. EXCEPTION: A substitute exhibitor may be used under the following conditions:

a. When an exhibitor has more than one entry in the Junior Show and cannot be present to show their animal in another department

b. When an exhibitor is sick (must be accompanied by a signed statement from a doctor)

c. Approved school activities, STAAR test, etc. (must be accompanied by a signed statement from a school official on school letterhead)

When one of the above conditions exists, the department superintendent may decide whether a substitute showman will be allowed. If a substitute is allowed by the department superintendent, the substitute showman must be from the same county as the original exhibitor. The substitute exhibitor also must meet all requirements of a Junior Livestock Show exhibitor. If only one exhibitor is present from a county, the department superintendent can approve a substitute from another county. An exhibitor may be used as a substitute only one time per department. Any exhibitor of a past grand champion in a respective junior market animal department is NOT eligible to serve as a substitute exhibitor. An official substitute exhibitor form must be filled out and turned in to department superintendent until closing of check-in. The department superintendent may also require positive identification of the substitute.

The Substitute Exhibitor Form can be found on the Livestock Exhibitor page under Junior Show information.

When will I receive my stall assignment?

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Substitutions will only be allowed if the substitute heifer has been validated in the Texas 4-H and FFA Heifer Validation Program. Heifer substitutions can be made prior to February 1 by submitting a completed Heifer Substitution Form. This form can be found on the Livestock Exhibitor page under Junior Show information. Forms must have an official postmark dated no later than Feb. 1.

A fee will be assessed for substitution made after Feb. 1 as follows:
Feb. 2 – Mar. 1: $50
Mar. 2 – close of check-in: $250

Substitutes will NOT be accepted after the close of check-in.

How do I make a Junior Breeding Beef Heifer substitution?

Substitutions will only be allowed if the substitute heifer has been validated in the Texas 4-H and FFA Heifer Validation Program. Heifer substitutions can be made prior to February 1 by submitting a completed official entry application with the word “Substitution” printed thereon. These must have an official postmark dated no later than Feb. 1.

After Feb. 1, substitutions will be accepted by the same method plus a $50 fee.

Substitutes will NOT be accepted after the close of check-in on Thursday, March 12 at 5 p.m.

My Junior Breeding Beef Heifer will be calving during the Show. Is pen space available?

Pen space is available during the show only at the discretion of the Show veterinarian. The Show veterinarian can be reached at the trailer located on the west side of the main cattle arena.

Open Show

What animal health requirements and permits must I have for Open Show entries?

Health Papers are required on all Open Show animals for show, sale and/or exhibition.

Can I bring cattle for display only?

Per rule 39 on page 32 of the General Rules and Regulations of the Exhibitor Handbook: 

“Only animals entered in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ are allowed on show grounds. All other animals, excluding entered cow-calf pairs, will be removed per show management.” 

When will I receive my stall assignment?

Request for stall assignments must be made at the time of entry on or before Feb. 1, STALL REQUESTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED. You will receive your stall assignment upon arrival to the Airport Blvd. livestock exhibitor staging area. Cattle will be stalled by breed only; special requests must be submitted in writing and may be approved at the discretion of Show management only.

Deadlines

When are major show tag-in dates for junior market animals?

Dates are determined by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (breeding beef heifers breeding sheep, market steers, market lambs, market goats), Texas FFA (market swine), and the validation committee for each county. You can find out information about these dates and other tag-in information through your local county extension office or ag chapter. You can also visit Texas Youth Livestock & Agriculture for more information.

How do I enter the Show?

Junior Show

  • Junior Show entries must be made online by your County Extension Agent or Agricultural Science Teacher.

Open Show

  • Open Show entries can be made online or by paper application and must be postmarked on or before Jan 5.

When are the Junior Show and Open entry deadlines?

Junior show entries MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE before midnight, Dec. 1. Entries submitted between Dec. 2 – 15 will automatically be charged a $250 late fee per chapter or county.

Open Show entries must be submitted on or before midnight, Jan. 5. Open Show entries will be accepted after the Jan. 5 deadline date, if space is available. Open Show entries postmarked after Jan. 5 and entries that are hand-delivered to the Houston Livestock Show after Jan. 5 must pay a $35 per head late feed for online entry and a $40 per head late fee for paper entry.

Are late entries accepted?

Junior Show

  • Late entries submitted between midnight, Dec. 1 and on or before midnight, Dec. 15, will be accepted with a $250 late fee per club/chapter. Entries submitted after midnight, Dec. 16, until closing of check-in for individual species, will automatically be charged a $500 extra late fee per entry submitted by mail or in person. (Payment in the form of cash, check or credit card must be received prior to the close of check-in for the respective species.) Please refer to Rule 5 of the Junior Show Rules and Regulations in the Exhibitor Handbook which can be found on the Livestock Exhibitor page.

Open Show

  • Late entries for Open Show will be accepted after the Jan. 5 deadline date, if space is available. Open Show entries postmarked after Jan. 5 and entries that are hand-delivered to Houston Livestock Show after Jan. 5, must pay a $40 per head late fee. Late entries are not guaranteed to be stalled with other entries by the same exhibitor or owner. Open Show late entry deadline is Feb. 1st.
  • Rabbit show does not accept late entries. The entry deadline is Dec. 15 for Open Youth Meat Pen Rabbits and Feb. 1 for Youth and Open Breeding Rabbits and Cavies.

Grounds Passes & Vehicle Permits

How are grounds passes distributed?

Junior Show exhibitors will each receive one complimentary grounds pass which is valid though the duration of the current Show. Each club/chapter also will receive one complimentary grounds pass for the CEA/AST.

Open Show grounds passes are allotted by one per exhibitor, one per owner (if different than exhibitor) and one for every additional five head beyond the first animal entered.

Can I purchase additional grounds passes?

Yes, additional passes can be purchase for $35 each at time of entry online or upon arrival at the Superintendent Log Cabin located on the east side of the main cattle arena.

How are vehicle permits distributed?

Junior Show distribution is based on the number of exhibitors per county or chapter per show week. Permits are mailed to the AST/CEA to be distributed at their discretion to the exhibitors.

Open Show vehicle permits are allotted by one per exhibitor, one per owner (if different than exhibitor) and one for every additional five head beyond the first animal entered.

Please refer to the Exhibitor Handbook which can be found on the Livestock Exhibitor page for more information.

Can additional vehicle permits be purchased?

No, there are no additional livestock exhibitor vehicle permits available for purchase. A vehicle permit allows exhibitors to enter the designated livestock gates to help with the ease of unloading livestock, equipment, etc., and does not guarantee a parking space.

Where can I park with a Red Gate 11 "L" tag once the livestock exhibitor parking lot is full?

When the livestock exhibitor lot is full, vehicles with a valid “Red Gate 11” tag can park in the 610 Lot located off of Kirby Dr. and Bellfort St.  A shuttle will take exhibitors from the 610 Lot to NRG Center.

Move-in & Move-out

Can I bring my animals in earlier than the specified arrival time?

No, arrival times are strictly enforced. These times are set up to allow for the barns to be made ready for each new group of animals arriving for show.

When and where do I go to move-in my animals?

All livestock exhibitors must stage at Airport Blvd. to receive a move-in tag before arriving at the North Stadium Entrance (Gate 12) to NRG Park. Vehicles without the appropriate move-in tag will be sent back to Airport Blvd. Exceptions include Junior Market Poultry exhibitors and Junior Commercial Steer exhibitors.

The exhibitor staging area at Airport Blvd. will be open at 5 p.m., the afternoon prior to Junior Market Shows and Junior Breeding Shows.

Junior Market Poultry exhibitors will stage at the 610 Lot (located at Kirby Dr. and West Bellfort Ave.) starting at 1 p.m. the morning of each poultry move-in. Exhibitors will receive a move-in tag at the 610 Lot and will be released to Gate 5 for unloaded as space allows.

Junior Commercial Steer exhibitors will go directly to Gate 5, the gate will open at 4 a.m. the morning of move-in.

How much time do I have to unload?

We ask you do your best to be courteous to other exhibitors. You have approximately 40 minutes to unload and will have assistance from the Breeders Greeters and Livestock committees.

Are hay, feed and bedding provided or available for purchase on Show grounds??

Hay and Feed

  • Hay and feed may be purchased through the Show's Feed Committee. Exhibitors who wish to bring their own hay, grain, mixtures or supplements will be permitted to do so.
  • Exhibitors are requested to store no more than two days’ supply of feed or hay in the barn at any time. Paid feed bills must be presented at the time releases are requested.


  • Bedding

    Stalls
    • Bedding is provided for all stalls in NRG Center. However, in an effort to free up pen space, outside shavings are prohibited for the Junior Market Barrow Show, Junior Market Lamb Show, and the Junior Market Goat Show. Exhibitors in these three shows must purchase shavings upon arrival at the staging lot located at Airport Blvd.
    • Exhibitors wishing to purchase additional shavings will be required to purchase from the Show upon arrival at Airport Blvd.
    Tie-outs
    • Bedding is not provided. Exhibitors that purchased tie-outs at the time of entry must bring their own straw.
    • The use of shavings in the tie-outs is highly discouraged. Straw is available for purchase by the Show's Feed Committee.

When can I leave and pick up my trailer from the Airport Blvd. trailer parking area?

You must follow the designated release dates and times assigned to each species.

The trailer parking area at Airport Blvd. is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on move-out days for exhibitors to pick up their trailers.

What paperwork do I need to be released at the designated release time?

To obtain a release, you must have the following information: drivers license number, state issued by, truck license plate number and trailer license plate number. Vehicles picking up animals and/or with trailers must stage at Airport Blvd. prior to entering North Stadium Drive. Vehicles with tack only release forms and no trailer do not need to stage at Airport Blvd.

Do I need a release form for a truck picking up tack only?

Yes, a release form must be obtained at the Livestock Superintendent Office for a truck that will be picking up tack only. Trucks with a release form that says TACK ONLY are not required to stage at Airport Blvd. You may report directly from Exhibitor Parking to the North Stadium Entrance.

Hotels & RV Parks

 

What hotels and RV parks are near NRG Park?

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Do you offer any hotel packages or discounts?

The Houston Livestock Show™ does not offer any hotel discounts or package deals to exhibitors or to the general public.

Can I park and stay in my RV on property?

Exhibitors are not allowed to stay on the grounds. There are no RV hookups on the property.