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Dairy Feeder Steer Calf

January 8, 2020

A 4-H Dairy Feeder Steer Calf record sheet, completely filled out, and with 4-H member, parents and 4-H Leader signatures, MUST BE TURNED INTO THE EXTENSION OFFICE ON OR BEFORE JUne 29,2020 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets will result in the 4-H'er being unable to show their steer(s)

NO ANIMALS TIED TO, OR NEAR, THE TREES ON THE FAIRGROUNDS.

GENERAL RULES: See "4-H Rules and Policies" in front of your handbook.

1. All Dairy Feeder Steers must be identified in the Indiana 4-H Online Animal ID system by May 15 . The online animal ID website is located at:
https://in.4honline.com. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE 4-H’ER TO IDENTIFY THEIR ANIMALS AT 4-H ONLINE. THE EXTENSION OFFICE
WILL NOT ID ANY ANIMALS ONLINE.

2. A 4-H member may enroll up to eight (8) dairy feeder steer calves and exhibit up to three (3). All Dairy Feeder Steer calves MUST be castrated and de-horned prior to ear tagging/weigh-in, or they will not be allowed to weigh in.

3. All Dairy Feeder Steer Calf entries must be ear tagged and weighed, and the Adult Dairy Feeder Steer committee will tag and weigh the animal(s) on a designated day at the Fairgrounds.

4. All Dairy Feeder Steer Calf entries must have characteristic markings of one of the following recognized dairy breeds --Holsteins (Black and white and/or red and white), Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn or Ayrshire. NO CROSSBREDS OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED. The Committee reserves the right to determine breed eligibility. For Indiana State Fair eligibility, all Dairy Feeder Steers must have an 840-RFID tag and a 5-digit count tag, and a DNA hair sample.

NOTE: 4-H MEMBERS MAY TRADE ANIMALS WITHIN THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY FOR SHOWING AT THE COUNTY LEVEL. EAR TAG NUMBER WILL
NOT LIMIT THIS PROCEDURE. STATE FAIR REQUIREMENT: 4-H MEMBERS MAY ONLY SHOW CALVES AT THE STATE FAIR WHICH ARE IDENTIFIED BY THE BREED AND EAR TAG NUMBER WHICH APPEARS ON THEIR ENROLLMENT FORM TURNED IN TO THE EXTENSION OFFICE ON COUNTY WEIGH IN DAY. 4-H MEMBERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW THE STATE FAIR RULES FOR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS IF TAKING STEERS TO STATE FAIR.

5. All Dairy Feeder Steer Calf entries must meet the Cattle Health Requirements for the Fair. (See Health Requirement Section in your handbook.)

6. Classes will be set up by the superintendent according to the weights taken on Monday of the fair and the numbers of animals exhibited. If possible, classes will not be larger than seven (7) animals.

7. Feeder Steer calf classes will be set up (depending on number of entries) into three weight classes: light, medium, and heavy. There will be a rate-of-gain class offered.

8. Awards will be given to the Champion Feeder Steer Calf and the Reserve Champion Feeder Steer Calf and appropriate placing and class ribbons.

9. SHOWMANSHIP: Showmanship classes for Feeder Steers will include Rookie through Senior. (See showmanship under "4-H Rules and Policies." in your handbook) Previous Senior showmanship winners are eligible for Senior Showmanship throughout their remaining Dairy Feeder Steer career.

10. The Feeder Steer Calf Project will be judged as a Market animal for the feedlot and is not to be a veal calf project.

11. 4-H members should walk forward on left side of steer leading with the right hand. A show stick should not be needed for this age of animal.

12. No artificial coloring (except feet) is allowed. All hair MUST BE combed or brushed down, (with the natural direction of hair growth). ONLY mineral oil or grooming oil is permitted. Fluffing of the tail is permitted; NO "balling" of the tail is permitted. 

13. Use Dairy Steer clipping procedures: face and long ear hair must be clipped.

14. 4-H member is encouraged to bring the Dairy Feeder Steer Calf animal(s) back the following year to the Dairy Steer project --entering the Dairy Steer project by weigh in day of that 4-H year.

15. There will be a $10 stall fee per animal charged. If pen fees are not paid by the end of livestock weigh in, animal will not be allowed to show. NO EXCEPTIONS. $5 will be refunded if the 4-H'er helps on the designated clean up day after Fair.

16. Dairy Feeder Steer calves must not weigh more than 300 lbs. at time of weigh in and ear tagging. Over 300 lbs. will be tagged for State Fair exhibition only. NO EXCEPTIONS.

17. Any medication administered to a 4-H Dairy Feeder Steer Calf at the Fair must be approved and witnessed by the superintendent and one committee member. Approval of medication usage must be in writing from the superintendent.

18. No unethical fitting of animal exhibits will be permitted. Unethical fitting of animal exhibits is defined as the administration of any substance (to include, but not limited to: blood, oils, steroids, air and chemical substances) or performance of any surgical or on surgical altering the animal’s configuration or natural conformation of any part of the animal’s body, or rendering its tissues unfit for human consumption.
Exceptions that are allowed are: hoof trimming, dehorning, removal of hair, castration, branding, tattooing, and coloring or manipulation of normally attached hair that does not alter or misrepresent breed characteristics or the animal’s configuration or natural conformation.

19. All Committee decisions are final.

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