2001 NAEBA Antler Competition Policy
(Revised May, 2001)
The top five places will be recognized with awards at all competitions in the following classes: 2-year-old, 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old, 6-year-old, Mature, 2-year-old Breeder's Three, 3-year-old Breeder's Three.
The top five places will be recognized with awards at all competitions in the following classes:
Typical-2-year-old, 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old, 6-year-old, Mature
Non-Typical-2-year-old, 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old, 6-year-old, Mature
NAEBA Youth Spiker Competition
NAEBA Youth Spiker Competition
This program, the brainchild of Perry Olson, has the full support of NAEBA's Hard Antler Judging Committee. It has been developed to accomplish two simultaneous tasks:
The rules have been designed to parallel actual antler competition rules while allowing for a simple, objective methodology to determine a winner.
- It is a way to develop some recognition for superior spiker antler.
- The most important purpose is to involve the entire family in the antler competitions while providing an opportunity for our youth to gain recognition and show antlers as the adults do. This will teach our youth to compete as the adults do-in an environment that is guided by rules designed to provide fun and recognition.
- Youth participants include 2001-2002 kindergartners through 2001 high school graduates.
- Youth must be present to be eligible for regional competition.
- Youth must be present to be eligible for international competition.
Rules & Measurements
- One entry is allowed per youth per year.
- Multiple youth may be partners on one set of antlers.
- The elk need not be owned by the participant.
- Gross measurements are taken on beam length and all tine lengths.
- One circumference measurement per antler is taken at a point 3 inches above the base.
- Total score would be a gross calculation of Items 4 and 5.
- Antler eligibility is the same as other hard antler classes (i.e. 2000 antlers in 2001 competition).
Exception for 2001: Photo of bull with antlers will only be recommended in 2001 competition, but will absolutely be required for 2002 competitions and beyond.
The winners will be awarded trophies in the same manner as other antler competition winners. They will have their names announced at the awards banquets and be allowed to compete at the international level.
The spike antlers will be returned to the owners at the regional competitions. All winners are allowed to participate at the international level; however, the youth must be present to participate in any competition. If the youth is able to be present, he or she and/or the antler owner must arrange for the antlers to be at the international competition. If the youth is unable to be present, the antlers will then be in the possession of the owner. However, they will not be allowed to participate at the international competition if they are not present.
Only one youth, or partnership of youths, is allowed to enter a given set of antlers and the same participants must enter at the international as entered at the regional.
This program is a pilot program. We have attempted to make this program as simple as possible. It is designed to involve our children more deeply in what we hope will be their futures! Let's encourage participation from our children, our relatives, our friends and our neighbors. This is a great opportunity to invite the neighbor's child along for the weekend or take your niece/nephew/grandchild along. Encourage participation and let's HAVE FUN!!
Breeder's Three Award (velvet only):
- The Get-of-Sire Award-the Breeder's Three-will be awarded in a class composed of three bulls of the same age, sired by the same sire, and born on the same farm.
- All three bulls need not by owned by the same owner, but they must have been born on the same farm.
- All three bulls must be DNA matched to the same sire through a sample submitted to the University of California-Davis laboratory and be NAEBA registered (at Bronze, Silver, or Gold level), or provincial/state registered or entered in the NAEBA inventory system for an age verification record.
- Entries will be allowed to progress to the international with a red flag if the DNA results are not complete at the preliminary competition. However, qualifying results must be provided by judging time at the international. It is the owner's responsibility to assure that the samples are properly submitted in bar-coded envelopes and that the results are available at the international competition.
- Prior to the international competition, all three bulls must be NAEBA registered (at Bronze, Silver, or Gold level).
- The antlers of a bull may be entered either in the Breeder's Three class OR as an individual in his respective age category-but not in both.
- Each of the three bulls will be given an individual CWI, and then the three CWIs will be averaged (added up and divided by 3). The average and the individual CWIs will be published.
- The Breeder's Three groups with the highest average CWIs will be awarded first place through fifth place.
- The top five Breeder's Three groups in each age category shall progress to the International Antler Competition.
- Any disputes or "red flags" will be handled according to currently accepted procedure.
- This class will be implemented for the 2-year-old and 3-year-old bulls for the 2001 NAEBA-sanctioned antler competitions.
- It is suggested that preliminary competition hosts may want to award certificates only on the day of the competition. Plaques or trophies can be ordered after the competition and mailed, when needed awards are known.
NAEBA Drug Policy
The North American Elk Breeders Association promotes the elk industry. The antler competitions provide an opportunity for members and producers to market or select the best animal and genetics. No substance should be used to cause antler production to exceed an animal's genetic potential.
At the preliminary competitions, random samples will be collected, which may be tested both for the purposes of determining the extent of the problem and for evidence in the event there is a valid dispute.
For the year 2001, random tests will be conducted from samples collected at preliminaries; and the top three places at the international may also be tested. In accordance with the NAEBA Drug Policy, all antlers entered into competition in the year 2001 in any NAEBA sanctioned event shall have the following declaration signed by the owner of the animal and antler.
Required Declaration for Entry
These antlers do not contain, and the animal from which these antlers were harvested or shed was not administered (through injection, feed, or any other method), any substance designed or intended to enhance or cause an unnatural increase in antler production. Specifically, this elk was not given BST (Bovine Somatotropin) or growth hormones. Specific substances that are allowed, and therefore excluded from this policy, are feed and trace minerals and those substances good husbandry requires to prevent or treat disease, parasites, or injury, or those required to humanely harvest antlers.
I give my permission and consent to NAEBA to collect samples to test for drugs or other substances or to process a DNA test to insure that the DNA from this antler matches the DNA from semen marketed with this bull's name.
I further attest that the DNA from the entered antlers matches the DNA of the semen marketed with this bull's name and that the antlers entered into this competition were produced by the bull identified in this application and pictured in the photo attached to this application. I further certify that this animal is correctly and accurately represented as to age, ear tag number, and NAEBA registration number. The antlers have not been modified or repaired, and nothing has been done to increase the weight of the antlers since their removal from the animal.
I make the statements and enter these antlers in this competition, believing all statements and representations to be true. I understand I am responsible for any false statements. The North American Elk Breeders Association and any other group holding a NAEBA sanctioned competition shall be held harmless from any claim against them as a result of information reported by me which is false or incomplete.
The following substances have been administered to this animal, not for the purpose of enhancing antler growth and not in violation of the above NAEBA Drug Policy:
Changes in antler sampling policy will be implemented at the regional competitions in the 2001 competition season.
- Samples will be collected by an independent veterinarian who does not own elk.
- Cost associated with the collection of samples will be the responsibility of the host.
- Owners must be present while samples are being taken.
- Samples will be collected randomly; however, mandatory sampling will be conducted on antler exceeding predetermined threshold weight.
- Entrants should contact hosts of regional competitions regarding check-in time, since check-in times may have to be reduced to accommodate the veterinarians collecting samples.
- Before the antler competition, protocol for sampling, storage and shipping will be demonstrated and explained to the veterinarian who is collecting samples.
Requirements for Entry of Velvet Antler and Hard Antler into Preliminary Competitions
- Entrants must present NAEBA registration certificate or copy of same
- Copy of the bull's record in any state/provincial government, age-verified, inventory system or in NAEBA's inventory system (Please note that bull must be NAEBA registered to enter the International.)
- Antler shall be entered into competition in the year shed or harvested. As an example, hard antler grown by a bull that was 2 years old in 1999 would be entered in the 2-year-old class in 2000.
- Age of bull is determined by calving season year. For example, a bull born in the 1997 calving season is a 3-year-old for the 2000 competitions, regardless of month of birth. For hard antler entry, the age class will be the age of the bull when the antler was grown.
- Entries from outside North America are for display purposes only. They will be scored by official NAEBA judges but will not be entered into the competition.
- A photo is standard and usually required for age verification. The photo must show the bull in antler with all of his points and ear tag number clearly visible. Applicants who do not have a photo or who have an unclear photo shall be denied entrance unless a means of age verification acceptable to the Senior Judges Committee is completed prior to attempting to enter the regional competition.
- Beginning with the 1999 calf crop, as requirements for the 2001 competitions, all bull calves must have visible, tamperproof, dangle ear tags with alphanumeric codes, and they must be entered in an official inventory or registry system in the year of birth. Only tamperproof, dangle, alphanumeric tags approved by NAEBA will be accepted in photo identification.
- The NAEBA senior velvet or hard antler judge-not the host-will be the decision-maker regarding any questionable situations related to preliminary competitions.
- Weigh-in for the velvet antlers is one-time only; weight at the preliminary event is the international weight, as well.
- If a farm is officially restricted from moving animals, it may not enter antlers in a competition.
- A breeder can enter any regional competition and can enter more than one. However, any one bull can be entered in only one regional competition.
- Ownership of animal as it appears on the registration certificate (person, partnership, etc.) Do not list the boarding locations as owner.
- All preliminary and international results will be published by NAEBA after the international competition on the NAEBA Web site. All international results and the top ten places of each class at each preliminary will be published in NAEBA's magazine, the North American Elk.
Certified Weight Index (CWI) for Velvet Antler
- See page 76 of April/May 2000 North American Elk for information about judging velvet antler.
- Each animal entered in a preliminary competition or the international competition will receive a Certified Weight Index (CWI).
- A CWI earned at a preliminary regional competition will appear with an R after the number.
- A CWI earned at the international competition will appear with an I after the number.
- The results published will include class, place, bull name, sire name if available, ranch or owner name, velvet weight, quality and style scores, and CWI.
Modified SCI Scoring System for Hard Antler
- See June/July 2000 North American Elk for information about judging hard antler.
- The antlers can be cut off-they don't have to be shed naturally.
- Antlers must not be modified or repaired in any way. It will be permitted to attach the shed buttons to the cut-off antlers as long as the parting line is clearly visible.
- Antlers must be clean, or they may be refused entry.
- The Hard Antler Committee reserves the right to review any entry and re-measure any antlers at any time.
- The results published will include class, place, bull name, sire name if available, ranch or owner name, main beam length, typical points, non-typical points, circumference, spread credit, and modified SCI score.
Antler Judging Appeals Process
- Should there be any unique situation that causes a perceived loss of points to any entry, the entrant will be allowed to appeal to the judges present. The appeal and antlers will be forwarded to the international, along with the $200 fee.
- A decision by the senior judges, either velvet or hard antler, and the executive committee will determine whether the antlers will be allowed to compete at the international competition.
- The NAEBA senior velvet or hard antler judge-not the host-will be the decision-maker regarding any questionable situations related to preliminary competitions.
PRELIMINARY COMPETITION HOST RESPONSIBILITIES
- Pay for expenses of velvet and hard antler judges and statisticians, including hotel and travel.
- Provide a location with adequate facilities to keep velvet frozen, or provide adequate space in 24-foot freezer trucks.
- If refrigerator or freezer units which allow walk-through viewing are not available, the frozen antler must be displayed in plastic or rubber tubs, on top of a two-inch layer of dry ice pellets which has been covered with bubble wrap.
- Provide independent veterinarian for collection of antler samples. See Testing Protocol above.
- Provide people to assist in the antler registration and log-in process according to chart in host supplies. Make sure process is set up correctly.
- Provide people to assist in antler movement according to chart in host supplies. Make sure process is followed.
- Provide a computer, printer, and data entry person for the hard antler judges. The senior hard antler judge will work with the data entry person and assist in setting up the computer.
- Provide an assistant for the hard antler measurer. The assistant will write down numbers and get score sheets to the data entry person.
- Provide a room for hard antler judging which is away from the noise and excitement of the competition. Arrange for setup in the room of a 6 ft. x 2 ½ ft. table for each measurer.
- Provide a digital scale (1/100 increments) that has been certified within 30 days of the competition. See chart in host supplies.
- Provide appropriate awards in each category (trophies, plaques, etc.), five places in each class. For classes that may not be full-such as some hard antler classes, Breeder's Three, and the Spiker Competition-it is suggested that hosts may want to award certificates only on the day of the competition. Plaques or trophies can be ordered after the competition and mailed, when needed classes are known.
- Assure that winners who wish to enter the international competition understand the requirements for NAEBA membership and registration of their bulls.
- Assure that the international entry forms and payment of $200 (USD) for each international entry are sent to the NAEBA office, postmarked within two business days of the regional. Please include copies of all regional entry and antler ID forms (including those not advancing to the international). *
- Assure that the hard antler and velvet results are sent to the NAEBA office, postmarked within two business days of the regional. *
- Safely store the winning antlers that will be entered at the international competition, assuring that the antler retains its condition. See chart in host supplies.
- Prepare winning antlers for shipping to the international competition. See chart in host supplies and contact ElizaBeth VonRuden at the NAEBA office for details of pick-up and shipment: (888) 431-3605. NAEBA has contracted with Don Olson of Fortune Trucking. He will contact the hosts with details of proper boxing and the schedule for shipping.
- See below for reporting requirements.
*A prepaid Fed-Ex envelope and two blank disks will be provided for sending the materials to NAEBA in a timely manner.
Reporting Requirements for Publication in the North American Elk
(Please plan to submit scores within two days of your competition. Submit photos and written summary to the NAEBA office no later than two weeks after your competition. Mail to P.O. Box 1640, 1708 N. Prairie View Rd., Platte City, MO 64079; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax to (816) 431-2705.)
- Take pictures of the top three winners of each class and submit to NAEBA. Include all three winners in one photo. In photo order, please indicate on the back of each photo: competition name, class, place, ranch or owner name, and bull name.
- The top ten places in each class will appear in the magazine. All places will appear on NAEBA's Web site.
- If you would like a written summary of your event to appear, submit written editorial comments. This "story" will introduce your competition's scores in the magazine.
- Submit a list of winners of special awards and photos, if available: Premier Breeder Awards, Breeder's Three Awards, etc.
- The statistician is responsible for submitting the results on disk or by attachment in e-mail for all velvet entries. Please submit results within two business days of the regional. (A disk may be sent in the Fed-Ex envelope provided to the host.) If results are sent by e-mail and no reply is received, please call Paula at the NAEBA office.
- The senior hard antler judge, with the assistance of the data entry person, will be responsible for submitting hard antler score sheets and results on disk or by attachment in e-mail for all hard antler entries. Please submit results within two business days of the regional. (The disk and score sheets may be sent in the Fed-Ex envelope provided to the host.) If results are sent by e-mail and no reply is received, please call Paula at the NAEBA office.
- It is very important that a copy of the "NAEBA Regional Antler Competition Entrance Application & Antler ID," which includes owner-supplied information, be sent to NAEBA. See Host Responsibilities. This form allows the NAEBA office to check for registration and other information. It also allows the editor to check the spelling of the bull's name and farm or owner name. (Sometimes the names are entered incorrectly on the computer score sheet.)
- The bull must have qualified by placing first, second, third, fourth, or fifth in his class in a NAEBA sanctioned preliminary competition.
- Entered antlers must be left at the preliminary competition to be transported to the international competition.
- All bulls in the international competition must be registered at the Gold, Silver or Bronze level. In order to register animals, one must be a NAEBA member.
- An entry fee of $200 (USD) per set of antlers must be prepaid.
- Publish and distribute antler competition booklets to inform members on policy, rules and details of competitions.
- Advertise date and contact information for competitions.
- Arrange and pay for insurance on the antlers that are to be shipped to the international competition.
- Arrange and pay for shipping of antlers from the regional competitions to the international competition.
- Pay expenses for judges and statisticians for the international competition unless they elect to donate this amount. Expenses will include round-trip airfare plus hotel expense while at the competition. If a judge elects to drive, he or she will be reimbursed up to the quoted cost of airfare for the same trip, at the rate of $.31 per mile. Judges will receive meal tickets for the meals provided to attendees of the international.
- Provide two-part forms, "NAEBA Regional Antler Competition Entrance Application & Antler ID," antler identification tags and ties, and scoring software.
- Provide awards for the international competition.
- Provide $500 (USD) to each preliminary competition.
- Provide press releases and photos to international winners and their newspapers.
- Publish all preliminary and international competition results on NAEBA's Web site and publish the first ten places in each preliminary class and all international results in the North American Elk.
- Meet all requirements to enter competitions.
- Pay designated preliminary competition entry fees.
- Pay $200 (USD) per set of antlers for each qualified entry in the international competition.
- Arrange and pay for shipping of antlers from the international competition to the owner's designated site. See below for important note.
- All international winners are encouraged to donate five straws of semen to elk association auctions if semen is drawn.
The International Application for Entry requests the owner's intentions for the final destination of the entered sets of antlers. NAEBA is responsible only for the cost of shipping the antlers to the international.
- A buyer for velvet antler may be on site at the international to enable owners of velvet antler to sell rather than ship. However, NAEBA is not responsible for assuring that a buyer will be available.
- Owners of antler can also take antler home in their own vehicles after the international.
- Finally, owners can choose to have the antler sent back to their regions via the truck that brought the antlers to the competition. However, they will be responsible for the cost of shipping. If 100 sets of antlers are being returned, the cost would be divided 100 ways; but if only 5 sets of antlers are being returned, the cost would be divided only 5 ways.
The information on the entry forms will enable us to plan the trucking arrangements and to notify owners of the portion of expense for which they will be responsible. Owners may choose to make other plans after consideration of the projected expense of shipping.
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