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4-H Dairy Beef project

May 30, 2018

Exhibit may be a project, poster, an interactive demonstration or a combination.

(updated for 2017)

Project requirements

¬ Youth enrolled in the 4-H Dairy Beef project are to complete the lesson corresponding to his or her grade as of January 1 of the current year. The reference book is 4-H 117 R Beef Resource Handbook. It is to be used for the entire ten years of participation in the 4-H Dairy Beef project. A livestock record sheet is no longer required. Grade level lessons need to be turned in to the 4-H Dairy Beef committee at 4-H Fair weigh in. Members may exhibit at the county fair if their paperwork is complete and health rules are followed.

General Rules for Dairy Steer participation

1. A member may enroll four dairy beef steers but exhibit two steers. The member
   may sell one in the auction and the other one may be sold to the group buyer or

2. Dairy Steer will be weighed and identified in at the annual Beef/Dairy Steer

3. For LaGrange County 4-H Fair entry, steers will be identified and tagged with a
    conventional five digit plastic ear tag as well as an electronic Radio Frequency
    Identification tag (RFID tag). A per head charge for RFID tags inserted at initial
    weigh in may be levied. The fee is expected regardless of whether the cattle are
    ultimately shown.

4. To be properly identified for Indiana State Fair entry, 4-H members must enter the
    steers' 840-RFID tag number completely and correctly into Indiana 4-H Online
    and submit a DNA hair sample to the county Extension office by April 1. DNA collection
    envelopes and instructions are available at your county Extension office.

5. Steers are to be enrolled on Indiana 4-H Online by April 1.

6. A member may show only one of the following five breeds: Holstein, Jersey,
    Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, or Guernsey. Steers must be of 100% Dairy bloodline,
    with NO CROSSING between any Beef OR among Dairy breeds. The 4-H Dairy 
    Beef/Started Calf Committee will evaluate steers for 100% dairy breed
    characteristics at both the initial weigh in and at fair entry.  
7. The Dairy Steer must be in possession of the member at initial weigh-in.

8. Steers are exhibited by weight. The committee at Fair weigh-in will determine

9. All Indiana Board of Animal Health rules apply with the provision that counties 
 impose more stringent animal health requirements. Contact the IBAH at 

    1-877-747-3038 or visit www.in.gov/boah/ for additional information about 
    animal health
 exhibit requirements.

10. No ruptured steers may be shown.

11. The Rate of Gain Award will be given to the individual steer gaining the most
      weight from
 initial weigh-in to check in at the 4-H fair.

12. Each calf being exhibited at the fair must be dehorned and castrated.

13. All steers must be totally healed from dehorning and castration for the
      steer to be
 admitted to the 4-H fair. The Dairy Beef Committee will determine
      the eligibility of an
 individual steer for exhibition at the fair. The 4-H Dairy Beef
      committee reserves the
 right at its discretion to request that the exhibitor
      provide additional veterinary
 consultation in the event an animal’s condition
      warrants it at 4-H fair entry.

14. Wood shavings may be provided for sale at the 4-H Fair. Straw bedding is

15. Confirmation of the over all Grand and Reserve Champions may be conducted
 immediately following the show. Discrepancies may result in disqualification
      of those steers.

16. Any steer selected as Grand Champion must sell in the county livestock sale.
      Steers placing below the Grand Champion may be held out of the sale at the
      owner’s option. 
 Any steer that is offered for sale cannot be exhibited in any
      other 4-H show.

17. All animals MUST be cared for (fed, watered and clean pen). Failure to do so 
result in dismissal of calves at the 4-H Fair.

18. Upon weigh in at the 4-H Fair, the exhibitor must designate his or her intent to
      sell or
 hold the animal out of the auction. Once made, this decision may not be
 unless the member would be in conflict with sale limits due to champion
      awards in 
other species.

19. If a member needs assistance in showing a calf, any other LaGrange County 4-H
 member may assist. This assistance needs to be verified by the committee
 the show begins.


Award is based on condition of stall and exhibit. All 4-H Dairy Beef stalls will be given a grade twice a day. Grades will be based on items such as care of animal (whether clean and attractive), condition of bedding, feed sacks, feed boxes, and trunks or towels neatly arranged. Exhibitors are also responsible for cleaning all cow manure from the 20-foot fire lane outside the building and directly behind their stall.

The 4-H Dairy Beef member must be present at pre-fair set up and/or clean up days. Final grade will be given after clean up. Judging is the responsibility of superintendents and committee.


Dairy steers and started calves will have separate showmanship classes. Premier showmanship winners from each specie will then compete against one another for the title of All Around Dairy Beef Showman.

¬ First Year Showmanship is open to 4-H youth in grade 3 or grade 4 if it is 
   the first year the 4-H’er has shown a calf.

¬ Junior Showmanship: grades 4-8.

¬ Senior Showmanship: grades 9-12.

¬ Past Junior winners will compete in Senior Showmanship. Past winners and the 
   current Senior Showman will compete in the Premier Showmanship Class.

¬ Members may advance only one division each year.

¬ Members must show their own animals.


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