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DAIRY STEER

Barn Superintendent & Project Leader: Andy DeVries Assistant:  Brittnay DeVries

Revised online 2.5.2021

 

  • Show order for 2021 :  Ayrshire, Crossbred, Holstein, Brown Swiss, Milking Shorthorn, Jersey, and Guernsey
  • ID Requirements: See chart on page 14 of this Insight Book for the 2021 4-H Animal ID  Requirements for  County ONLY & State Fair, along with deadlines for 4-H Online Enrollment.
  • All Check-in and Judging times & dates may be found on the charts on Page 3 of this Insight Book.
  • Fair Weigh-In:  All Dairy Steers must be weighed in on Saturday of the fair from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Project Rules:

  1. All animal class entries must be entered into fairentry.com by July 8.
  2. All Current Record sheets/manuals are due to your club leader by July 8.
  3. All dairy animals must be owned by regularly enrolled 4-H members of Jasper County. Partnership of parent and club member is acceptable.
  4. Dairy steers MUST BE ENTERED ONLINE by May 15th.
  5. Purebreds and grades will show together by breeds. For county fair only, crossbreds of 100% dairy breeds are allowed.
  6. No registration papers will be required at the county fair, but will be for State Fair Exhibits.
  7. A breed classification committee will evaluate all dairy steers for 100% dairy breed characteristics. The decisions made by this committee will be final.
  8. The breed classification committee will determine if the dairy steers have any beef influence. Those steers will be  sifted into  the NEW “Beef Influenced Dairy Steer Class”.  The steers in this class or classes are not eligible for any higher award than their class placing.
  9. A club member may show only one animal in a class.
  10. See 4-H General Rules for information on manual completion requirements.
  11. Posters must follow 4-H Poster, Notebook & Display Board Rules.  It is REQUIRED that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include website links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as a part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references

 

 REFERENCE MANUAL: Beef Resource Handbook Ohio State University (4-H 117R) Each grade will have its own record sheet. Each family will have a shared Reference Manual to keep throughout their 4-H Dairy Steer competition years.

 

DAIRY FINISHED STEER Project Rules

  1. A 4-H member may show no more than six (6) dairy finished steers, (no more than 3 at State Fair.) and six (6) dairy feeder steers. No more than six (6) total may be of one breed.    
  2. 4-HSteers MUST BE ENTERED ONLINE after tagging but no later than May 15.  Steers must be identified with ear tags (county AND RFID) and weight.
  3. Sire and dams of dairy steers must be from dairy breeds. Steers may be crossbred, but must be 100% dairy breed.
  4. Dairy Steers must exhibit dairy breed characteristics in their head, neck, body, and muscle structure. They must not exhibit any signs of crossbreeding between the 6 dairy breeds and any beef breed.
  5. All dairy steers must be 100% dairy blood but do not have to be registered animals. A breed classification committee will evaluate all dairy steers for 100% dairy breed characteristics. The decisions made by this committee will be final. The breed classification committee will determine if the dairy steers have any beef influence. Those steers will be  sifted into  the NEW “Beef Influenced Dairy Steer Class”.  The steers in this class or classes are not eligible for any higher award than their class placing
  6. Steers will be judged on meat value and meat yielding qualities.
  7. Steers will show during beef show in breed classes.
  8. Dairy Steer showmanship will be held in connection with beef showmanship.
  9. Dairy Beef Finished steers are defined as those weighing 701 pounds or more the day of fair weigh in. (1000-1550 lbs. for State Fair.)
  10. 4-H record - use the record sheet used by beef steers.
  11. Steers born before January 1 of the current year must not have horns over 3” long, they MUST BE 3” or shorter, or will not be allowed to unload.
  12. Animals must be shown “washed down” with no hair grooming except clipping. Use of show sticks is optional.

 

DAIRY FEEDER STEER Project Rules

  1. All Dairy Feeder Steers MUST BE ENTERED ONLINE by May 15.  
  2. Any 4-H member is eligible to participate. A 4-H member may show no more than six(6) dairy feeder steers. No more than six (6) total may be of one breed.
  3. Sire and dams of dairy steers must be from dairy breeds. Steers may be crossbred, but must be 100% dairy breed.
  4. Dairy Steers must exhibit dairy breed characteristics in their head, neck, body, and muscle structure. They must not exhibit any signs of crossbreeding between the 6 dairy breeds and any beef breed.
  5. All dairy steers must be 100% dairy blood but do not have to be registered animals. A breed classification committee will evaluate all dairy steers for 100% dairy breed characteristics. The decisions made by this committee will be final. The breed classification committee will determine if the dairy steers have any beef influence. Those steers will be  sifted into  the NEW “Beef Influenced Dairy Steer Class”.  The steers in this class or classes are not eligible for any higher award than their class placing
  6. Steers will show during beef show in breed classes
  7. Dairy Beef Feeder steers are defined as those weighing up to 700 pounds the day of fair weigh in. Ideal weight for the animals at show time is 400 to 450 lbs.
  8. For State Fair entry, steers must weigh between 300 and 700 lbs. and must be tagged with county and RFID tags. They may be brought to the Beef & Dairy Steer weigh-in in March, or the Goat and Sheep weigh-in in May.
  9. The animal must be in the possession of the 4-H member by May 15, or spring weigh in date, whichever is earliest.
  10. All animals must be castrated.
  11. All animals must meet with the health requirements for the fair .
  12. Feeder calves will be judged within each breed according to weight classes at the discretion of the committee.
  13. Use of show sticks is optional.
  14. All committee decisions over either written or verbal rules and disagreements will be final.

 

BEEF & DAIRY STEER SHOW CLASSES & AWARDS

  • Dairy Feeder Steers
  • Beef Starter Heifers
  • Cow/Calf Class
  • Beef Heifers

Grand Champion 4-H Beef Heifer                   Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Heifer

 

  • Dairy Finished Steers

Grand Champion 4-H Dairy Finished Steer       Reserve Grand 4-H Champion Dairy Finished Steer

 

  • Dairy Steer showmanship - * Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Beginner  * Champion of Champions Dairy Steer Showman
  • Dairy Finished Steer Rate of Gain
  • Beef Starter Steers
  • Beef Market Heifers
  • Beef Steers
  • Steer Rate of Gain     

Grand Champion 4-H Beef Steer                    Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Beef Steer

 

  • Beef Showmanship - * Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Beginner  * Champion of Champions Beef Showman

 

Division winners in each animal type will be picked by their respective judge.  Those division winners, plus past division champions and past champion of champion winners will be eligible to compete in the overall beef barn champion of champions competition

The animal shown to represent beef or dairy beef in Supreme Showmanship competition will be whichever animal type the Overall Champion of Champion Showman exhibited during the beef/dairy beef showmanship contest.  If there are not enough cattle of that particular animal type available for each contestant to show during the Supreme Showmanship contest, the beef and dairy beef superintendent have the authority to supplement with other cattle.

 

 

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