The educational 4-H dairy cattle program and related activities (such as workshops and tours) provide youth a fun and hands-on learning experience which develops both dairy subject skills (such as nutrition, housing, and health care) and life skills (such as responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communications).
For Judging and Check-in information, consult the current 4-H Catalog.
For Resources such as Manuals, Publications, and Forms see the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Project Page.
- All 4-H General Rules, Livestock Rules and Health Regulations apply.
- All Dairy animals must be identified, owned (or leased), under the care of the 4-H’er and enrolled online by 4:30 PM on May 15th.
- Any one animal may not be enrolled by more than one 4-H member, except for siblings.
- Each 4-H members’ dairy cattle (registered and grade animals) enrollment must contain the Registration Number (or Dam’s Registration Number), Birthdate, RFID Tag/Tattoo and Ear Tag identification (if required for registration by the respective breed association) for each animal they are enrolling in the 4-H program.
- If RFID tag(s) are used as the sole identification of an animal, the RFID tag(s) used must be approved by each of the respective breed associations. Contact your respective breed association for ear tag identification requirements.
- If a Dairy member lists the dam’s registration number on his/her dairy enrollment, then the animal’s name, date of birth and dam’s registration number listed on the enrollment must all match the corresponding information on the animal’s registration certificate during check-in.
- Enrollments will not be accepted that list “Papers Applied for.”
- Dairy animals that are not registered should select “Grade” (Non-Registered Cattle) when entering that animals information on the 4hOnline animal enrollment site. These animals will show as grades at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- In the event that animal identification information does not match at time of fair entry with what was entered online the 4-H’er has the option to take the animal home or show as grade.
- Hard copies of registration papers are due at time of fair check in. DOB, RFID Tag/Tattoos, registration numbers need to all correspond with hard copy registration papers.
- Workshop Verification OR Livestock Activity Sheets and Record Sheets are due into the Extension Office by 4:30 PM on July 1st. 4-H’ers not turning in the required paperwork will not be eligible to show or sale at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- 4-H Dairy members must work 2 hours at the Clover Center or Dining Hall to receive their premium money.
Check In Procedures:
- A 4-H member may enroll a maximum of three animals per age group per breed.
- A 4-H member may enroll, enter and show more than one breed. Breed Classes offered at the Adams County 4-H Fair include: (Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, or Milking Shorthorn).
- During check-in at the Adams County 4-H Fair, the following must be provided:
- Registration Certificates (no photocopies, carbons, or fax copies) for Dairy Cows.
Only Certificates recognized by the respective National Breed Associations will be accepted. Pedigrees or other such documents are NOT acceptable.
- Registration Certificates (no photocopies, carbons, or fax copies) for Dairy Cows.
- Dairy Heifers are to be brought in between 1-6 PM on Saturday, July 18. The unloading and check in process MUST be started prior to 6 PM.
- Dairy Cows are to be brought in between 11 PM on Tuesday, July 21 and 8 AM on Wednesday, July 22. The unloading and check in process MUST be started prior to 8 AM.
- Committee members, whose immediate family has 4-H animals, should have a third party to assist in the entry process. Any discrepancy needs to be checked on by a third party to resolve any problems.
County Lease Requirements:
- 4-H members can lease heifers and cows for exhibition at the Adams County 4-H Dairy Show.
- 4-H members can exhibit both owned and leased dairy animals at the Adams County 4-H Dairy Show.
- If a 4-H member is exhibiting “leased” animals, a “4-H Dairy Cattle Lease Agreement” form must be completed and on file at the Extension Office by 4:30 PM on May 15th.
- To be eligible to show, each dairy animal needs to be listed on the lease agreement and then identified on 4hOnline. The registration number listed on the lease agreement MUST match the corresponding number as well as all tattoo and/or ear tag listed on the lease agreement form MUST match the tattoo and/or ear tag number listed on 4hOnline enrollment.
- If a 4-H member is exhibiting “owned” animals, a registration certificate (no photocopies, carbons or fax copies) must be presented to check-in indicating that the 4-H member owns the animal being exhibited, as per ownership terms, on or before May 15th enrollment deadline and continuously until show day. Acceptable registrations are:
(1) in the 4-H member's name,
(2) John Smith & Sons,
(3) John Smith, Sons & Daughters,
(4) John Smith & Family (family includes sons, daughters, and legal guardian youth only),
(5) Mark Smith (brother) & Mary Smith (sister),
(6) Family Corporations, where the 4-H member's name appears as a holder of stock in the corporation, and proof of the same must be supplied on or before the enrollment date,
(7) Family partnership where the 4-H'ers father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent, and/or legal guardian is also in the family partnership and the 4-H member's name appears on the legal, notarized partnership. A copy of the written document must be attached to the enrollment form before the enrollment deadline.
- Awards for best female in each breed will be supplied by sponsors or the 4-H Dairy Calf Club.
- Grade animals will be shown with Registered and are eligible for premiums, but not eligible for champions.
- Classes are divided as follows:
- Mini 4-H
- Spring Calf: Born 3/1/20 or after at least 4 months old
- Winter Calf: Born 12/1/19 to 2/28/20
- Fall Calf: Born 9/1/19 to 11/30/19
- Summer Yearling: Born 6/1/19 to 8/31/19
- Spring Yearling: Born 3/1/19 to 5/31/19
- Winter Yearling: Born 12/1/18 to 2/29/19
- Fall Yearling: Born 9/1/18 to 11/30/18
- Junior 2 year old: Born 3/1/18 to 8/31/18
- Senior 2 year old: Born 9/1/17 to 2/28/18
- Junior 3 year old : Born 3/1/17 to 8/31/17
- Senior 3 year old: Born 9/1/16 to 2/29/17
- 3 year old: Born 9/1/16 to 8/31/17 Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Milking Shorthorn
- 4 year old: Born 9/1/15 to 8/31/16 Ayrshire, Holstein, Jersey
- 4 year old & over: Born prior to 8/31/16 Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn
- 5 year old & over: Born prior to 8/31/15 Ayrshire, Holstein, Jersey only
- Herdsman Award: Criteria includes cleanliness of alleys, stalls, pens, bedding must be adequate, bright, dry, clean and in place. Animals clean, securely tied and penned. Selection will be made by an impartial person. Three 4-H Dairy Members will be awarded day of Dairy Show.
- Halter Winner: Every 4-H Dairy member that participates in Junior, Intermediate or Senior Showmanship is eligible to win a new halter, those participating (and not winning) in Showmanship will be placed in a random draw for the halter. Three 4-H Dairy Members will be awarded day of Dairy Show. These awards were established by memorial funds by various respective families.
- Showmanship is on a volunteer basis with members strongly encouraged to participate. Showmanship will be at the end of the show.
- Members must currently be enrolled in the Dairy project and show their own animal in showmanship. The exhibited animal must be enrolled on the 4-H Dairy member’s enrollment. This animal must have been previously exhibited by the 4-H Dairy member contestant on the day of show.
- Showmanship will be divided into 4 classes:
- Junior (Grades 3-5) Junior winner will compete in the Intermediate division the following year. Junior winner cannot repeat as Champion Junior Dairy Showman.
- Intermediate (Grades 6-8) Intermediate winner will compete in Senior division the following year. Intermediate winner cannot repeat as Champion Intermediate Dairy Showman.
- Senior (Grades 9-12) Senior winner will compete in premier division the following year. Senior winner cannot repeat as Champion Senior Dairy Showman.
- Premier - The Premier Showman will be selected from the current Beginner, Intermediate and Senior Showman and any past Senior and Premier Showmanship winners still enrolled in 4-H. The winner will represent the Dairy species in the overall Supreme Showman contest. A Premier Showmanship runner-up will be selected and announced.
- The Supreme and/or Reserve Champion Dairy cow may sell once in her lifetime. The 4-H member will sell a plaque along with a basket of dairy products (milk, cheese basket, etc.) with 3% of the proceeds going toward the auction fund. The remainder of the proceeds will be divided as follows: 50% to the 4-H member and 50% to the Adams County Dairy Club. In the event that the Supreme Champion Dairy animal does not sell in the auction the Reserve Supreme Champion animal will have the opportunity to sell.
- Junior, Intermediate and Senior Showmanship winners will also sell in the auction. The 4-H member will sell a plaque along with a basket of dairy products (milk, cheese basket, etc.) with 3% of the proceeds going towards the auction fund. The remainder of the proceeds will be divided as follows: 50% to the 4-H member and 50% to the Adams County Dairy Club.
- Dairy members must inform the committee of their intent to sell in the auction within 30 minutes of the last livestock show they exhibited in.
- All non-auction animals will be released after auction set-up on Thursday.
Exhibit Rules and Requirements:
- Complete and turn in your record sheet at Mini 4-H Project Check in on Wednesday of Pre-Fair from 5-7PM.
- Show one Dairy Heifer which has not freshened at the Adams County 4-H Fair owned by a 4-H member.
- The heifer you show at the 4-H Fair will NOT be your own heifer. The heifer must belong to a regular 4-H member enrolled in the Dairy project. It can belong to a brother, sister, cousin, friend, or even close neighbor. The calf must be shown by the regular 4-H member in the 4-H Dairy show. In other words, an older 4-H member cannot bring an extra heifer just for the Mini 4-H member to show.
- The 4-H Dairy Show is Wednesday of the 4-H Fair. All Mini 4-H members will show together. The members will be judged on showmanship, with each member receiving a ribbon.
- Mini 4-H members will not sell in the 4-H Auction.
- Mini 4-H members may independently show, work with, or care for animals that weigh 300 pounds or less. Mini 4-H members may only show, work with, or care for animals over 300 pounds when they are assisted by a parent, legal guardian, or another adult designated in writing by parent or legal guardian.