2021 WNC Dairy Beef Feeder Calf Program

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2021 WNC Dairy Calf Program

Would your child like to raise a calf?

All Western North Carolina youth — particularly those who have never shown livestock before — are invited to apply for the 2021 WNC Dairy Beef Feeder Calf Program. Participants must be between 8 and 18 years old as of January 1, 2021. The project is limited to 50 participants, with priority going to first-time participants of the program.

Youth accepted into the program will receive a calf from a sponsor dairy as well as start-up supplies such as milk replacer and starter feed. Youth will house and care for the calf, with guidance from the Program Committee. All calves will be sold by lot the conclusion of the program, and youth may keep the proceeds from the sale (minus enrollment fees).

Some important things to know about the program:

  • ALL youth interested in participating in this program MUST attend the virtual orientation meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 7 p.m. Youth MUST register for this event: WNC Dairy Steer Program Orientation Sign-Up
    After registering, you will receive the login information for the Zoom meeting. *Each youth interested in participating must complete this form even if they will be logging in to the meeting together.
  • After attending the orientation and discussing the program requirements with your family, interested youth MUST submit a signed application for the program which is due no later than Friday, February 26, 2021. The application can be scanned/photographed and emailed to holly_jordan@ncsu.edu.
  • It is not necessary to be a current 4-H member to participate in this project. All interested families are invited to come and learn about the project at the Orientation.
  • There is a $100.00 enrollment fee that will be taken out of the exhibitor’s premium check when calves are sold. This fee covers the cost of the calf.
  • Participants will feed and monitor calf health daily.
  • Participants must train, halter break, and show their calf at the WNC Mountain State Fair and the Haywood County fair shows.
  • All calves must be sold with the lot at the conclusion of the program and cannot be purchased by individual exhibitors.
  • Parents or legal guardians of youth participants are responsible for all expenses incurred in the program, including feed.

View full program rules for the 2021 WNC Dairy Beef Feeder Calf Program

Do you have questions about the program? Contact 4-H Youth Development Agent Helen Blackwell by phone (828-894-8218) or email.