Bylaws

I. Organization: 

 

● The committee will serve as the official record keepers. 

www.EastCoastLivestockAssoc.org and the ECLA Facebook page will act as the official site for advertising, promotion, and communication. Any updates during the season will be posted on our facebook page. The ECLA is not responsible for any missed information by exhibitors throughout the show season. 

Any grievances must be presented to an ECLA committee member, within 24 hours of incident, in writing and accompanied by a $250 non-refundable fee. ○ However, if grievance is approved fees will be refunded. 

ECLA committee shall consist of the following: 

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  • A member from each show on the circuit, to be appointed by each individual show committee

  •  Director which is responsible for working with all sanctioned shows, developing show schedule, and coordinating end-of-year awards program. 

  • Treasurer is responsible for fund management and finance.

  • Points Chairman responsible for collecting results and determining end-of-year overall points winners.

  •  In future a Sponsorship Coordinator responsible for raising funds through sponsorships and working with our donors.


 

 II. Membership: 

  •  A $25 membership fee paid on or by May 17, 2020 and $30 after that date will be assessed to become a member of the ECLA.

  • Membership benefits include: 1 T-Shirt (while sizes and supplies last) and the eligibility for points awards and scholarships

  •  Exhibitors may sign up to become a member of the ECLA by filling out an Exhibitor Form at one of the first two weekends or online. ● Members must be signed up by or on the third ECLA show.

  • Exhibitors wishing to sign up for the ECLA that have not signed-up by the third show may not be eligible for points for that show season.

  • No minimum age for members, however, parents are to use their best discretion and a member’s points will NOT count if they have someone helping them in the show ring. 


 

III.  Sanctioned Shows:

 

  • Shows must follow the guidelines set forth by the ECLA for record keeping and points.

  • Current Shows

    • 1st State Jackpot

    • Battle of the Beltway

    • Drive’m For CP

    • The Mill Champions Choice

    • Interstate Preview Show

    • Showdown in the Sand (Saturday)

 

● Each show must offer showmanship unless approved by the ECLA.

● Showmanship ages will be as follows

  • Under-8 as Novice

  • 9-12 as Junior

  • 13-15 as Intermediate

  • 16-21 as Senior (as of Jan 1)

 

IV. Points

  •  Points will be accumulated from all sanctioned shows, however only the top 4 out of 6 scores will be counted to determine overall awards. Members will be allowed to drop the lowest 2 scores.

 

  • Ownership rules will be applied: ownership/possession of livestock must occur on or by May 17th. 

  • Points will be accumulated per individual animal. 

  • Showmanship points will be accumulated per individual species

  • It is a member's responsibility to use consistent animal ID throughout the show season. If not consistent the points will not count when calculating for year-end awards.

  • Pigs must be identified by ear tag and ear notch

  • Lambs and goats must be identified using the complete scrapie tag number. Ex.(MD31528218)

  • All animals must be entered and shown by the same individual ECLA member for each show, for points to be accumulated in their name, unless that member has two (2) or more animals in the same class, in which case an animal may be shown by another ECLA member.

  • If the show is running multiple rings for multiple species at the same time  another ECLA member may show the animal for points to be accumulated..

  • Showmanship will be the only class that will possibly be held if there are 2 species running showmanship at the same time to allow the ECLA member to participate in both.

 

Points will be awarded for each animal as follows:.

Grand Overall Champion: 50 points (for the show)

Reserve Grand Overall Champion: 45 points (for the show)

3rd Overall: 40 points (for the show)

4th Overall: 35 points (for the show)

5th Overall: 30 points (for the show)

Breed Champion: 25 points (for the show)

Res Breed Champion: 15 points (for the show)

1st place in class: 10 points, 2nd place in class: 8 points, 3rd place in class: 6 points, 4th place in class 4 points, 5th place or lower 2 points. 

Example: Cross Gilt (Grand Overall, Grand Cross, Class Winner 50 points)

Example: Duroc Barrow (4th Overall, Champ Duroc, Class Winner 35 points)

Points will be awarded to each participant for showmanship as follows

Champion: 10 points (plus class points)

Res Champion: 5 points (plus class points)

1st place in class: 10 points, 2nd place in class: 8 points, 3rd place in class: 6 points, 4th place in class 4 points, 5th place or less 2 points.


 

All shows must follow the following guidelines  

 

V. Rules per Species

 

Swine

  • Breeding Gilts & Market Barrows will all show together

  • Hogs will show by Breeds. (Some Shows may require 6 to have a breed, if thats the case points from AOB will be added.                       

    • Berkshires, Chesters, Crossbreds, Duroc, Hamps, Herfords, Landrace, Polands, Spots, Tams, and Yorks 

 

  • Age Requirements

    • Pigs born November 1st and after will be eligible to show up until the weekend prior to the week of the World Pork Expo in Indianapolis, IN. 

    • Pigs born December 1st and after will be eligible to show for the entirety of the show circuit.

    •  ○ Purebred papers are required for all purebred pigs from their respective breed association as well as meet all breed characteristics: www.nationalswine.com/rulesandregulations/barrowclassguide.html                       

 and/or www.cpsswine.com

    •  All pigs pigs must be owned on or before May 17th of that show year

    • All pigs must be shown by weight and without weight limits. 

    • Champion and Reserve Champion will be chosen by the judge at each show. It is preferred that a Top 5 will be selected at each show if possible. 

    • At the end of the Circuit an Overall High Points pig will be awarded as well as a Top 5, the High Point pig for each breed will also be recognized and guaranteed a minimum of a banner. Additional awards for the top 5 will be determined by the committee

    •  A judge can only judge 1 show on the circuit per year.

 

Sheep

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Goats

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VI. Awards

 

  • Will be given out at the award party tbd

  • Showmanship - In each age division ■ Four divisions based on age Jan. 1 of show year ■ Novice 0-8 ■ Junior 9-12 ■ Intermediate 13-16 ■ Senior 17-21 ○ Overall Exhibitors ■ Champion Overall ■ Reserve Overall ■ Top 5 Overall

  • High-Point Goat and Reserve High-Point Goat ● Top 5 Overall Goats

  • High-Point Hog and Reserve High-Point Hog ● Top 5 Overall Hogs

  • High-Point Sheep and Reserve High-Point Sheep ● Top 5 Overall Sheep

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