The Merced County Fair said there will be a one-day-only mandatory event for market beef exhibitors.
All market beef exhibitors -- 4-H, FFA and independents -- are required to bring their animals to Turlock Livestock Yard, 10430 N. Lander Ave., Turlock, from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday where they will be preweighed, hair follicles will be pulled for potential DNA testing and animals also will be ear-tagged.
All independent market beef exhibitors are required to provide a photo of their animal and proof of ownership at the pre-weigh. Those who don't meet the deadline requirements won't be permitted at the fair.
An information packet for Independent Junior Livestock exhibitors is available at the fair office.
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For more information, e-mail info@merced- countyfair.com