Project Leader: Carla Dawson,


Description: Youth will learn how to care for and show Beef Cattle.

State Fair Entries: Any member may exhibit, separate entry required. Be sure to follow appropriate deadlines.

Activity Guidelines: Livestock Record Sheet and attend appropriate workshops.

Due Dates: All record sheets are due by 6:00pm the evening prior to the show to the supintendent. An animal quality assurance course (YQCA or Purdue's course) must be completes at leadt one week before fair. 

Enrollment Requirements: Animals must be enrolled in 4H Online by May 15th. 

Training, Document and Health Requirements: Complete Qauality Assurance Course, Properly identified, Premises ID, 4-H Online enrollment by the appropriate date.

All animals are to be entered in appropriate classes in Fair Entry by the published deadline!

Exhibit Guidelines:


  1. All animals must be healthy at the time of entry to the Newton County Fair to be eligible for exhibition. All animals must be identified and meet appropriate State Board of Animal Health requirements before reaching the Newton County Fairgrounds. If there is a question of animal health or well-being, a veterinarian will be called to inspect the animals or facilities in question.
  2. Any one animal may not be enrolled by more than one 4-H member, except for brothers and sisters and then only on separate enrollment forms.
  3. All steers, commercial and market heifers must be individually identified under the supervision of the superintendents and Extension staff at the start of the project. Animals will be weighed and identified by ear tags.
  4. Purebred heifers must have registration papers from their breed association and be identified by birth date and registration number or by the dam's registration number by animal check-in. Any breed offered at the Indiana State Fair 4-H Beef Show will be offered a the Newton County Fair.
  5. Breed steers will be required to have registration papers with matching tattoos upon check-in at the county fair. Any breed offered at the Indiana State Fair 4-H Beef Show will be offered a the Newton County Fair.
  6. There will be a separate competition for all steers and heifers born/and raised in Newton County or in York Township of Benton County. Calves must be nominated for this class at enrollment.
  7. All animals must be stalled in the barn only. No trailers.  All animals are to be groomed in or in surrounding area, not in trailers.
  8. Calves must have been born in the previous year except Sr. Yearling heifers.
  9. Steers and market heifers must have their milk teeth in place.
  10. All steers and market heifers must be weighed at the fair in the presence of the beef superintendents to determine the classes.
  11. Steers will be shown by breed and weight.
  12. Breeding heifers will be shown by breed and age.
  13. Market heifers will show by weight. There will be no breed classes for market heifers. They will compete for Grand Champion Market animal and Reserve Grand Champion Market animal.
  14. Crossbred (Commercial) Heifers will show by weight. These classes may be further divided at the superintendent's discretion, according to the number of entries exhibited.
  15. Dehorning of horned animals is recommended for the 4-H members’ safety. However, should a breed association require horns (heifers only), they may be kept (i.e. Highland class). Steers and market class animals will remain polled, dehorned, or small scurs.
  16. Fitting will be allowed but not required. This will include the use of aerosol adhesive and paint. No artificial hair (including false switches), forced fill, or stomach pumps are allowed. 
  17. Current health regulations shall apply. Premise I.D, registration papers, and proper identification for each animal will be required at specified check in time.
  18. An animal enrolled in a particular breed may be changed to crossbred only before weigh-in at the fair.
  19. Market heifers and steers are eligible for the auction.
  20. Market heifers are eligible to compete in the rate of gain class.
  21. All rules subject to interpretation of the committee and their decision is final.
  22. Superintendents may be making farm visits to answer questions and provide input on the project development.
  23. 4-H exhibitors may receive clipping and grooming assistance from members of their immediate family (father, mother, siblings), legal guardian, grandparents, aunts/uncles, step-mother/step-father, a current Newton County 4-H member,  an approved Newton County 4-H volunteer, and from those individuals enrolled in the Indiana 4-H Approved Animal Grooming Assistance Program.
  24. Tie out time will be announced. For safety reasons, no buckets or feed pans will be left overnight in tie outs.
  25. Suggested Showmanship Class Breaks – Beef members will be divided equally into 3 classes by grades. Junior (Grades 3-5), Intermediate (Grades 6-8), and Senior (Grades 9-12). When signing up to enter the showmanship contest, the 4-Her must select the appropriate grade level. The superintendent will determine the break in class size. The winners in each class will show for the Champion Showman Award. (Past winners will re-enter their appropriate age class each year). All participating members must show their own animals.


  1. 4-H member may enroll up to three (3) prospect steers and three (3) prospect heifers, born in current calendar year. Animals must weigh under 700 lbs. at the fair weigh in and check in date.
  2. Prospect cattle will show by weight and will be divided into steer and heifer classes, (no breed classes). The champion prospect steer and champion prospect heifer will compete for grand prospect calf.
  3. Prospect calves are not eligible for the 4-H auction.
  4. The calf from a cow-calf entry is eligible to show in prospect class under the ownership of the cow-calf 4-H enrollment.
  5. All prospect cattle must be enrolled and identified by the county enrollment date in May.



  1. Eligible cows must have been previously enrolled in 4-H by the 4-H member and may only show by the original enrollment member.
  2. The calf from Cow-Calf pair is eligible to show in the Beef Prospect class.
  3. A member may exhibit 1 cow-calf pair.
  4. Purebred and commercial animals are eligible and will be judged by age of the cow.
  5. Entry and release times for cow-calf entries are the same as for other beef animals.
  6. A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected but will not be eligible for the Grand Champion Heifer.


BEEF POSTER: Members may exhibit educational poster in addition to or in place of live animal. See Animal Education Project guidelines.


The Ohio State Beef Resources Handbook 4-H 117R