- Calves must exhibit distinct color markings of their respective dairy breeds. No crossbreeds will be allowed. Milking shorthorn must be accompanied by valid breed registration papers.
- Calf eligibility will be determined on the first Saturday of May when calves will be tagged and weighed. Calves must be weighed at this time. Calves will be pictured for identification purposes.
- Two calves may be tagged and entered, only one calf may be exhibited at the county fair. More calves may be tagged and designated if showing at the State Fair. See a leader for rules.
- All calves must be castrated and dehorned. Castration and dehorning can be taken care of at any time, but must be done far enough in advance to be healed by fair week. Improperly castrated calves will be placed last in class and will not sell.
- Calves will be subject to all health regulations required by State Fair rules.
- Calves will arrive at the fairgrounds between Friday and 11:00 am Saturday. Weigh in Saturday, 7:00am - 11:00am.
- Calves will be displayed and judged by beef steer guidelines. No blocking or balling of tails please. Show sticks and leather show halters are required. Exhibitors should be neatly dressed in long pants, club T-Shirt, and sturdy shoes.
- Tampering, altering and/or misrepresentation of any exhibit is prohibited. This prohibited activity includes the breeding and method of preparation for show. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Coloring that alters or misrepresents breed characteristics;
- Pump in air or other substances to alter conformation;
- Methods to induce artificial fill;
- No adhesives or color sprays of any kind;
- Blowing and/or brushing hair in a direction other than the natural direction of hair growth.
- Only immediate family members may work on calf at the fair.
- Classes will be determined by weight on Monday of fair week. If the initial weight of a calf at weigh in is 250 pounds to 500 pounds, that weight will be recorded as the official weight and may not reweigh.
- Calves not meeting the minimum weight of 250 pounds by the end of weigh in on Saturday morning of fair week will be sent home. If the initial weight of a calf at weigh in is 245-249 pounds, the 4-H’er may attempt to put weight on their calf to meet the minimum cut off and reweigh by the end of the time allotted for general weigh in. If the initial weight of a calf is less than 245 pounds, that weight will be recorded as the official weight and may not reweigh.
- All calves weighing over 500 pounds at weigh in on Saturday morning of fair week will be put into an overweight class and will not be eligible to compete for grand or reserve grand champion. They will sell at auction for a maximum of 500 pounds. If the initial weight of a calf at weigh in is 501 to 510 pounds, the 4-H'er may opt to walk off the excess pounds and reweigh by the end of the time allotted for general weigh in. If the initial weight of a calf is over 510 pounds, that weight will be recorded as the official weight and may not reweigh.
- Class winners (except for the overweight class) will compete for division champions and reserve champions. Division champions will compete for grand and reserve grand champion.
- Vaccinations and health regulations will be subject to annual review. Consult your leaders for yearly rules.
- Calves may be sold in the auction on Friday. Only calves that are exhibited at the fair and are properly vaccinated, castrated, and dehorned will be eligible to be sold. 4-Hers also have the option of taking their calf home.
- All 4-Hers are responsible for good care of their calf at the fair. If a 4-Her does not show responsibility for the care of their calf during the fair, they may receive one warning. If the 4-Her continues to not show responsibility for their calf, they may be asked to remove their animal from the fairgrounds and forfeit their right to auction their calf.
- Calves will be numbered for sale in the order selected at the May weigh in. All numbers drawn after the May weigh in will be added to the end of the list.
- Fair Board policy calls for exclusive use of shavings for bedding. Additional supplies will be available.
- Members of the Dairy Feeder Calf Club must do the necessary paperwork to complete the project for the current year. Fair passes will be distributed to members who bring a calf to show at fair and complete the necessary paperwork. If a 4-Her chooses NOT to register and weigh in a calf at the May weigh-in, then they can complete the year in the Dairy Feeder Calf Club by completing their paperwork but will not receive any fair tickets. If a 4-Her registers a calf at the May weigh-in and is unable to show the calf at the fair, then the Dairy Feeder Calf Advisory board should be contacted and will review the situation.
REQUIRED VACCINATIONS FOR DAIRY FEEDER CALVES
The following vaccinations are required for calves to be eligible to be sold. If there are any questions - contact your veterinarian or one of the leaders.
There are many different types of vaccines available; the following are just suggested product names to assist you in locating the correct vaccine for your calves.
Calves should ideally get 2 doses of each of the listed items. The first dose should be given in May or June, the second to be given at least two weeks before the fair.
IBR-BVD-PI3-BRSV-LEPTO 5 (Cattlemaster 4)
HAEMOPHILUS SOMNUS & PASTURELLA (Somnugen 2P)
CLOSTRIDIAL OR TYPES C & D TOXOID (Ultrabac 7)
WORMER (Levasole or Ivomec)
Honor Group of five to be selected in each class with champion to be chosen from Honor Group. Grade level is previous school year.
1. Greenhand - Grades 3 and 4.
2. Beginner - Grades 5 and 6.
3. Junior - Grades 7 and 8.
4. Senior - Grades 9 and 10.
5. Master - Grades 11 and 12.
Winners of each group will move up to the next level the following year regardless of grade.
The Winner of the Master Showmanship class will compete in the Round Robin Showmanship contest.
4-H DAIRY FEEDER CALF AWARDS
1. The exhibitors of the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and the Master Showman will receive a banner.
2. Winners of each showmanship class will receive a banner
3. Achievement winners will be selected based on involvement and activity in club.
4. Herdsmanship - up to ten awards will be given based on quality of fair exhibit.
EARLY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
EARLY BIRTH MANAGEMENT
The calf should be born in a clean, well-bedded box stall and receive milk from the dam for a minimum of two to three days after birth. Put iodine on calf’s navel immediately after birth. Following separation of your calf from the dam, feed your calf milk at a rate of 8% of its body weight during the first week and 10% of its body weight during the second week. After the third week, decrease the amount of milk gradually. Healthy calves can be weaned from milk at the age of 6 to 8 weeks. Milk-fed calves should be given body temperature milk twice daily from sterilized pails.
If using calf Milk Replacer, it should have a minimum of 20% Fat, minimum of 20% Protein, maximum of 10% Ash, and be made of all milk products. Feed according to manufacturer's directions.
Watch closely for signs of illness and begin the treatment prescribed by your veterinarian
immediately. Identify all calves individually and record all vaccinations and treatments.
HOUSING House your calf in a well-ventilated barn, free from drafts at all times. Keep the pen dry and clean.
The calves should be dehorned using one of several methods. Consult either with your veterinarian concerning what method to use and when to do it.
Castration is an operation on bulls to prevent the development of sexual maturity and masculine characteristics. All animals in this project must be castrated as a safety precaution.
Calves should be castrated when they are about six to eight weeks of age, or before 300 pounds. There are several methods of castration. See your veterinarian for proper procedure.
Recommend feeding two or more calves together because they eat more when competing for feed.
To start your calf eating grain, put a small portion in his mouth or in the bottom of the bucket following milk feedings. Recommend using some sort of palatable starter mix. Increase the amount of grain gradually until he is eating 3 1/2 to 4 pounds of a commercial or good home mix daily. Feed only enough hay to keep rumen functioning properly, about 1 or 2 pounds.
Growth implants are used as an aid to increase weight gain in calves. These implants alone do not cause calves to gain weight unless properly managed. Become educated about them before using. We do not promote implants, but the use of them has not been ruled out by our club.
Recommended weight at the end of project should be somewhere between 300 to 500 pounds.