4-H Dairy Department
Sunday, July 21st 8:00 a.m.,
(Beginning with Dairy Feeder Steers, Dairy Steers, Bucket Calves, Bull Calf classes, and concluding with the Dairy females)
1. 4-H dairy females must be registered in the herd book of their breed association; or the 4-H dairy female must have a V.I.P. status from the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) or in the lease program. Certificates of Registration or Qualified Holstein herd book or V.I.P. Identification will be examined.
2. All animals must be identified by either their own registration number or their dam’s registration number. Enrollments will not be accepted that list “Papers Applied For”. The animal’s birth date, name and tattoo (if required for registration by the respective breed association) must be listed on the 4-H livestock enrollment form and these numbers must match the animal’s registration paper. All 4-H members’ dairy cows and heifers must be owned or leased and enrolled by the 4-H exhibitor by May 15th and must remain under that 4-H member’s continuous care and responsibility through the date of the 4-H dairy show at the Putnam County fair or the Indiana State Fair if the 4-H’er is exhibiting at the State Fair.
3. Registration papers must be made available upon request for checking tattoos or color patterns at the stalls upon arrival. Dairy cows and heifers whose tattoos or color patterns do not match their registration paper will be disqualified from the 4-H dairy show.
4. A dairy cow or heifer may be co-enrolled by siblings, as long as the animal(s) is/are listed on each 4-H member’s dairy cattle enrollment form, however only one 4-H-er may exhibit the animal.
5. A 4-H’er will be permitted to exhibit more than one breed of dairy cattle but may exhibit only two animals in each class. If an exhibitor has two animals that are in the same class, then another Putnam County 4-H’er must show the second animal.
6. Bull calves must be ear-tattooed or ear-tagged. The number on their tattoo or tag must be recorded on the separate Putnam County Bull Calf animal enrollment form and submitted by May 15th. Bull calves must be dehorned and healed prior to show. Both halters and neckties are required for bull calves.
7. All stall/pen entry forms are due in the county Extension Office on, or before, June 28th and must be accurately completed. One form for each 4-H member must be completed.
List only dairy animals on the livestock stall/pen form found in this handbook. Additional copies can be made of the form if the 4-H’er is taking other livestock projects.
8. All non-milking cows can arrive between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, July 19th and between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Saturday July 21st . Milking cows must arrive Saturday, July 20th by 9:00 p.m. and are released after they show. Class entry must be completed and verified by 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20th. Non-milking dairy animals will be released at 6 am on Saturday, July 27th after the auction.
9. 4-H Exhibits must remain on exhibit at the Putnam County Fair until established release time, unless approved by Superintendent or 4-H Youth Educator. For any exhibit removed from display prior to the official release time, placings and prizes (ribbons, medals trophies, etc) will be forfeited. The current year Achievement Program recognition for that project will be forfeited.
10. The Dairy Lease Program is only for 4-H members who do not own their own dairy cow and/or heifers. 4-H members may not enroll both leased and owned dairy animals. Only dairy heifers that will be less than two (2) years of age at the time of the Indiana State Fair 4-H dairy show may be leased. Leasing a dairy
heifer will be considered the equivalent of ownership. The 4-H member should be regularly involved in the care of the heifer regardless of where the heifer is kept, and the 4-H member should have exclusive show rights to the heifer during the 4-H lease period from May 15th through the Putnam County 4-H Dairy show and the Indiana State Fair, if exhibiting at the State Fair. Leased 4-H dairy heifers must be registered (although it is not necessary to have the registration paper transferred to the 4-H member’s name) by May 15th with their registration number listed on the 4-H member’s dairy enrollment form.
11. All livestock exhibited must meet health requirements as designated by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Indiana Hoosier livestock exhibitors will no longer have to present a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) at Indiana shows under state law. However, some Indiana shows are still requiring a CVI for exhibition. The exhibitor will need to verify whether the shows they will be attending will be requiring a CVI prior to the show.
All livestock exhibitors were required by the state to obtain premise identification by September 1, 2006. If you have not completed this premise identification, please contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. For additional questions about Indiana's premise ID program contact BOAH at animalID@boah.in.gov or 317-544-2381
12. DAIRY BUCKET CLASS
Dairy Bucket class is open to first year 4-H dairy exhibitors who were in grades 3rd - 7th on January 1st of the current year.
a.) Sign up must occur during the previous year’s fair to be eligible for the bucket calf project. Please contact the dairy superintendent at the Dairy Barn for specific instructions and details to sign up for the dairy bucket calf project.
b.) 4-H’ers participating in the bucket calf class can have only one dairy animal at the county fair.
c.) The free bucket calves will be provided within one month of birth and be identified with either a tattoo or an ear tag by November 1st.
d.) In case of an unavoidable circumstance, such as death, a replacement calf will not be permitted for exhibition. The 4-H’er must contact the dairy superintendent to submit an essay per 4-H rules for completion of the dairy bucket calf project.
e.) In addition to showing in the bucket calf class the 4-H’ers may exhibit their bucket calf in the regular feeder steer class and is required to sell in the auction on Friday, July 26th.
13. DAIRY FEEDER STEER
Exhibitors must bring feeder steers to the weigh-in on Saturday, March 2nd to get feeder steers weighed and ear tagged. An electronic RFID and a county tag will be placed in each animal with a fee of $4 per head.
All dairy feeder steers will be shown Sunday prior to the regular dairy show.
a.) Steer must be 100% Dairy Feeder Steer, either purebred or a mix of dairy breeds. The 4-H exhibitor may exhibit one (1) or two (2) dairy feeder calves.
b.) The calves must weigh between 300 and 750 pounds at fair weigh-in.
c.) Calves will be slick shown (clipping optional).
d.) Dairy Feeder Steers must be castrated and dehorned and healed prior to exhibition.
e.) Show sticks are optional.
14. DAIRY MARKET STEER
All 4-H Dairy Market Steers will be shown at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday prior to the regular dairy show. Dairy market steer(s) must be 100% dairy blood.
a.) All dairy market steers must be weighed and tagged with a five-digit county ear tagged during the March 2nd weigh-in to be eligible to exhibit. The cost of the tag and RFID tag will be $ 2.00 per tag or $4.00 per head, and needs to be paid when weigh-in and ear tagging takes place.
b.) Show sticks are optional.
c.) For county exhibition a dairy market steer must weigh at least 751 pounds and over. (To be eligible to show at the Indiana State Fair a dairy market steer must weigh at least 1,000 pounds.)
d.) The age requirement for dairy steers will correspond with the Indiana State Fair 4-H Dairy Steer rules.
15. When 4-H members are showing cattle in 4-H classes, they must wear no clothing which bears the name of a farm, their name, or advertising of any sort. White shirts and pants are preferred.
16. The 4-H’er will need to bring their own straw for bedding.
17. Fans must have proper (safety approved) shrouds.
18. Generators will not be permitted in the dairy barn.
19. ALL SALE ANIMALS MUST MEET LIVESTOCK DEPARTMENT SALE ENTRY DEADLINES.
20. 4-H animals purchased, sold or offered for sale after the animal enrollment deadline and prior to the Indiana State Fair shall not be eligible to show in the 4-H show at the Indiana State Fair.
21. 4-H’er’s planning to exhibit at the Indiana State Fair must pick up their yellow copy of the animal enrollment form on Monday, July 29th between 9:00 a.m– 5:30 p.m. at the Extension office. The 4-H’er must have the Extension Educator cross out on the livestock enrollment form those animals that were offered for sale at our county fair auction. If auctioned animals are on a brothers/sisters forms, they must be marked out on all forms. The yellow copy of the 4-H animal enrollment form, the confirmation card received in the mail or the electric confirmation (if online entry) must be taken to the Indiana State Fair registration table to confirm entries.
22.Record Sheets are to be submitted by method set by barn superintendent.
All animals in four levels of showmanship must be owned, leased or in partnership by the exhibitor.
Bucket Showman is for those exhibiting a Bucket calf.
Junior Showman is for 4-H’er’s in the 3rd - 7th grades on January 1st of the current year. The bucket showmanship winner will be eligible to show also. Once an exhibitor is the overall junior dairy showmanship winner, the 4-H’er is only eligible to compete in the senior dairy showmanship classes in future years.
Senior Showman is for 4-H’er’s in the 8th grade or above on January 1st of the current year and previous winners of the Junior showman, plus the current year’s champion junior showmanship winner. Once an exhibitor is the overall senior dairy showmanship winner, the 4-H’er is only eligible to compete in the expert dairy showmanship classes in future years.
Expert Showman is for previous winners of the Senior Showman. 4-H Dairy Exhibitors may only win Junior or Senior Showmanship one time. The winner of the expert showman will compete for Supreme Showman Thursday evening. For further information review the Supreme Showmanship packet that will be available by fair time.
THE FOLLOWING WILL BE CLASSES FOR DAIRY BREEDS:
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