(lärj lîv’stok’): Large animals raised for food or other products, or kept for use, especially farm animals such as meat and dairy cattle and pigs.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Toyota Large Livestock department is one of the busiest departments at the Fair! There’s always action as exhibitors hustle and bustle around the fairgrounds taking care of their animals. You’ll always see someone walking a cow, blow-drying a sheep, or grooming a pig. That’s normal procedure around here!
The brand new Judge William P. Clark Livestock Center is a beautiful place for you to enjoy the Large Livestock Exhibits.
Did you know that 200 years ago the first fair featured a beautiful specimen of sheep tied to a tree in the town square? Livestock is and always has been the mainstay of the country fair.
4H, Grange, FFA, and independent exhibitors have worked hard all year to present this authentic livestock experience.
PURCHASE LIVESTOCK SHOW PHOTOS
Interested in artistic photos of Livestock Shows? Check out the photography of Branded Rose. Images are for sale.
Junior Livestock Auction
Friday, August 11
Add-Ons and Buyers
We are accepting add-ons from August 11-August 21.
Please use the link above to register.
Buyers must register in order to add-on. Once registered, a buyer can scroll and find the exhibitor(s) they wish to add-on. A buyer can also filter exhibitors by name, club or species.
The Ventura County Fair Junior Livestock Auction is the oldest Livestock Auction in the state and one of the largest. Your participation through sponsorship of this event will help ensure that the tremendous commitment of time, energy, and money on the part of 4-H, FFA, and Grange Youth Exhibitors who participate is rewarded with a positive learning experience.
Livestock Objectives for Exhibitors
General Junior Livestock Ruls and Objectives for Junior Livestock show Exhibitors (PDF)
Open Senior Dairy Goat and Sheep Show
- Wednesday, August 2 – Sunday, August 6, 2023.
Junior Livestock Show Dates
- Monday, August 7 – Sunday, August 13, 2023
Junior Livestock Auction Committee Meeting
- Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 6:00 PM
- Santa Rosa Hall
Junior Livestock Auction
- Friday, August 11, 2023
LARGE LIVESTOCK TAGGING & ENTRY DATES
Online entries only. No paper entries accepted.
Saturday, April 1, 2023 8AM-11AM
Market Hogs, Lambs & Goats
Saturday, June 3, 2023 8AM-11AM
IMPORTANT: State of California Proposition 12 Requirements for Swine Exhibitors Only.
Proposition 12 Guidance for Fairs and Exhibitions Stakeholders
(PDF opens in a new window/tab at cdfa.ca.gov)
Swine DNA Kits Due
Swine: June 14, 2023 by 4PM
Senior Breeding Divisions: July 3, 2023 by 11:59PM
Junior Breeding Divisions: July 3, 2023 by 11:59PM
NOTE: All Junior Market Divisions must be entered and paid online at www.vcf.fairwire.com by entry deadline, NO paper entries accepted on tagging days. No late entries accepted.
INDEPENDENT EXHIBITORS MUST SUBMIT AN “INDEPENDENT EXHIBITOR APPLICATION” TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SHOW. THIS FORM IS DUE TO THE LIVESTOCK DEPARTMENT NO LATER THAN APRIL 1, 2023.
Official Fair Veterinarian
- Dr. Michael Giacopuzzi, with Humphrey, Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital
- (805) 386-4291
Dr. Mike has been the official Fair Veterinarian for over 30 years, assisting our 4H, FFA and Grange Programs.
Checklist for items due close of entries:
- Register for divisions and classes online only
- Pay online only
- Must upload YQCA Certificate (this must be complete by close of entries)
- Must upload the VCF Exhibitor Code of Practice (make sure it’s signed by all parties)
Guide for Uploading Photos coming soon.
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