Rule Changes
During the April 2017 stated meeting of the HCDJLSA the General Board voted on and passed the following rule changes that will effect the 2018 show.
2018 HCDJLS Rule Changes
Sales Rule:   Exhibitor name and sale animal number will be turned into auction sale order committee in designated area starting at 12:00 PM (Noon) and end at 3:00 PM or thirty minutes following the completion of the last market show. Signatures will be required for all district sale and floor animals.
All Market Departments: It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to designate disposition of their animals with the sales committee. Sign up will start at 12:00 PM (Noon) at the designated area. Sign up will end at 3:00 PM or thirty minutes following the completion of the last market show.
Meat Goat Department:  Goats weighing less than 60 pounds or more than 115 pounds will be sifted. They will be divided into a maximum of 15 classes with 5 weight divisions in the district goat show as determined by the superintendent. Each division champion will compete for overall grand and reserve.
Ag Mechanics:  Class 500 will be extended to the following: DIVISION 500: HOME CONVENIENCE
CLASS: 500-Wood Projects, & Outdoor & Indoor Wood Furniture
CLASS: 501-Wood & Metal Projects, & Outdoor & Indoor Wood Furniture
Steer Department: Only one tag may be present in the steer’s ear at time of weigh in and that is the state issued validation tag. No breeder tags will be allowed.
Heifer Department: The registration papers for the heifer present at the show must match the heifer’s breed and birth date on the HCDJLS entry form.
Heifer Department: Exhibitor must have possession and primary care of the animal throughout the feeding period. Prior to November 1st of the previous year, Heifers will be subject to verification by nose printing, DNA testing or other means to insure compliance with regard to state validation requirements. No breeder tags will be allowed.
Clarification for Drug Testing and Animal Health Care:
Unapproved Drug Use:
The showing of any animal that has been administered, during its life, any quantity of any unapproved drug, chemical or medication is strictly prohibited. HCDJLS maintains a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for unapproved drug use and unethically fitted livestock. Such drugs include, but are not limited to, any diuretic, any unapproved growth stimulant or other unapproved medication. Unapproved means not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for slaughter animals including that may be destined for human consumption. Abuse of the extra-label privilege by veterinarians is unethical and is subject to serious consequences such as license revocation.
Approved Drug Use:
If an animal has been administered a drug that is FDA approved for its species, sufficient time must have passed so that the animal does not test positive for that drug upon arrival to the grounds. Animals must remain free and clear of all drug and chemical residues while on show grounds. Please note that elimination time (the time it takes for no drug residue to be found in the system) is typically longer than the labeled withdrawal time for most approved drugs.
In the event any animal is declared by the veterinarian or testing agency to be unethically fitted or disqualified for any reason the HCDJLS President will present the case to the Executive Board for evaluation. The exhibitor will likely forfeit all titles, awards, prizes, auction proceeds, premiums and scholarships for all entries if the animal and/or exhibitor is disqualified. Market/Floor money will be
forfeited if the animal is condemned at slaughter. The Executive Board may temporarily decide to permanently bar the exhibitor and his or her family from any further participation in the Hill Country District Stock Show.  Reinstatement of anyone barred may be made only by the Executive Board.
Probation: An exhibitor may be placed on a probationary status if results of drug tests
are inconclusive, confirmation of a primary test cannot be granted, or another situation questioning the ethical fitting of livestock arises. The probation grants the right for the HCDJLS to collect ultrasound, D.N.A., blood, tissue and/or urine samples for laboratory analysis on any animal entered by an exhibitor on probation at the exhibitor’s expense. An exhibitor may remain on probation for any amount of time and may be released from probation only by the Executive Board.
Unethical Fitting:
Unethical fitting is defined as any attempt to alter an animal’s performance or alter the natural contour, conformation, or appearance of the animal’s body, hide, hair, or feet by any unnatural means. Examples of unethical fitting include, but are not limited to:
• Treating or massaging any part of the animal’s body, internally or externally, with an irritant, counterirritant, or other substance to temporarily improve conformation.
• Surgical alterations, excluding the removal of warts or horns
• Use of Injections
• Striking the animal to cause swelling in a depressed area
• Use of electrical contrivances
• Feeding of material not conducive to the health of the animal, safety of food or marketability of its carcass
• Blocking of nerves to prevent limping or switching of the tail
• The use of diuretics
• The use of alcoholic or carbonated beverages in the feed or administered as a drench
• The use of alternative treatments including, but not limited to: acupuncture, animal chiropractic services, electrical massage or laser therapy on show grounds