A 4-H Dairy Steer record sheet, and Question & Answer 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 JULY 1, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/Q & A sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING/NO AUCTION.
NO ANIMALS TIED TO, OR NEAR, THE TREES ON THE FAIRGROUNDS.
GENERAL RULES: See "4-H Rules and Policies" in the front of your handbook.
1. All Dairy Steers must be identified in the Indiana 4-H Online Animal ID System by April 1. 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 ten (10) steers and exhibit up to three (3).
3. All Dairy Steers must have characteristic marking of one of the recognized dairy breeds –Holstein (Black and white and/or red and white), Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn or Ayrshire. NO BEEF-DAIRY CROSSBREEDS WILL BE ALLOWED. The Committee reserves the right to determine breed eligibility.
4. All Dairy Steers must be born after January 1 of the year previous to the show.
5. All Dairy Steers must be ear tagged with approved 4-H ear tags, and weighed on the specified day. All Dairy Steers MUST be castrated and dehorned prior to ear tagging/weigh-in, or they will not be allowed to weigh in. For safety, ALL steers must be haltered and led at weigh-in.
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.
6. All Dairy Steers must be in the possession of the member and enrolled on County Weigh In Day.
7. Classes will be set up by the superintendent according to the weight and number exhibited.
8. A "rate-of-gain" class and a returning previous year feeder steer "rate-of-gain"' class will be offered.
9. All Dairy Steers must meet the cattle Health requirements for the fair. (See Health Requirement Section of your handbook.)
10. Awards will be given to the Champion Steer, Reserve Champion Steer and winner of the "rate-of-gain" class and a class trophy for each weight class.
11. SHOWMANSHIP: The showmanship competition is divided into five classes. (See Showmanship under "4-H Rules and Policies" in your handbook.)
12. The Dairy Steer Project will be judged as a Market animal.
13. 4-H member should walk forward on left side of steer leading with the right hand.
14. Show stick is optional.
15. No artificial coloring (except feet) is allowed. All hair MUST BE combed or brush 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.
16. Use Dairy Steer clipping procedures: face and long ear hair must be clipped.
17. Steer classes will be set up into three weight classes: light, medium and heavy-weight.
18. There will be a $10 stall fee per animal charged. If pen fees are not paid by end of livestock weigh in, animals 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.
19. Each Dairy Steer must be double-tied for safety purposes.
20. On Livestock Auction day, members MUST check in with the Dairy Steer Superintendent before going into the auction ring. If you do not, you will not be allowed to sell. All steers being sold in the 4-H Auction must be walked through the auction ring by the 4-H member or their designee. Auction animals are to be left tied after auction with a rope or nylon halter if load out is not immediate after auction occurs. No binder twine halters or neck straps only, please.
21. ANY STEER WEIGHING LESS THAN 1,000 POUNDS MAY BE SHOWN IN THE SHOW, BUT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SELL THROUGH THE AUCTION.
22. Any medication administered to a 4-H Dairy Steer 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.
23. No unethical fitting of animal exhibits will be permitted. Unethical fitting of animal exhibits ids 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.
24. All Committee decisions are final.