Posted: November 18, 2016
All Livestock Members are reminded to review the county and regional livestock rules prior to registering their projects. These rules are found under “for Members” at the bottom of the page.
Beef Tagging and Registration
Beef Weigh-ins will be from 8-10 am at the Venango Fairgrounds Saturday, November 19, 2016. All Members must register in 4-H online. Select “enroll now”. A fee of $4.00 will be assessed to cover the cost of the tag.
Upcoming Project Opportunity: 4-H Dairy Beef
Dairy Feeder Calf Rules
- All exhibitors must be enrolled by April 1st.
- Each exhibitor may identify 2 Dairy Feeder Calves as a 4-H project, but will be limited to bringing one (1) Dairy Feeder Calf to the fair. 4-H members are to send in a 4-H Dairy Feeder Steer Animal Registration form to the PSU Cooperative Extension Office by April 15th to be eligible to show their animal in a 4-H class at the fair.
- Dairy feeder calves must be born before March 1st of fair year. Calves are recommended to be in care of the member from 3 days to one week of age. Calf must be under direct care of 4-H member by March 1st. Calves need to be born between January 1 and March 1 of the current show year. Updated 8-31-10
- Dairy feeder calves must be 100% dairy Holstein. No beef breeds!
- Dairy feeder calves must be male and be castrated by April 15th. These calves must be free of any testicular tissue and healed to show at fair or they will be disqualified.
- All dairy feeder calves must be naturally polled or dehorned.
- Dairy feeder calves must weigh at least 400 and no more than 700 lbs. at fair weigh-ins. All calves under (or over) this weight will be taken home. No re-weighs!
- Dairy feeders must have a rope halter and neck collar with tie on at all times.
- If an exhibitor cannot handle his/her steer they will be disqualified from the show and they will be asked to remove the animal from the fair grounds.
- Dairy feeder calves will be shown in 4-H classes throughout the year clean and dry, no fitting products are to be used, only animal soap and water are to be used on 4-H market animals. Violations to this rule will result in disqualification from the show and sale.
- Dairy feeder calves must comply with all health regulations required by the Venango County Fair.
- The Grand and Reserve Dairy beef will be sold in the Jr. Livestock Sale. All other entries will be the responsibility of the owner to sell or take home, but will not be sold through the Jr. Livestock Sale.
Reminder with the change in #12, dairy beef fall under Rule #1 under the Livestock Show and Sale Rules:
Each 4-H member can sell a maximum of two (2) projects at the livestock sale held at the Fair. This can be any combination of beef, sheep, goats, and swine, EXCEPT 2 pigs, 2 market beef, 2 lambs, or 2 goats. Youth may sell two animals, but not two animals of the same species. New in 2013: This will include Dairy Feeder Steers who are declared Grand and Reserve Champion
Dairy 4-H Beef Animals will be shown as beef animals. They will be shown using equipment appropriate for showing a 4-H market beef and will be shown the same day as the 4-H market beef are shown. 4-H members are to dress as they would to show a 4-H market beef animal. Updated 8-31-10
Participants are responsible for bottle-raising a dairy bull calf from shortly after birth through weaning. Thereafter, they are responsible for feeding that calf for up to 8 months of age (approximately 500 pounds). In those beginning two months of growth and development, health and feeding will greatly influence your ability to be successful. After weaning, ask your project helper to share advice on feeding suggestions and how to reach that optimum weight. Families should be prepared to spend an estimated $300-$400 during the course of the project for calf, feed, hay, and other essentials.
If you are interested in learning more, please email or call the extension office at email@example.com or 814-437-7607.