2021 WNC Dairy Steer Project Interest Meeting

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Would Your Child Like to Raise a Calf?

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All Western North Carolina youth — particularly those who have never shown livestock before — are invited to attend an interest meeting 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 Yancey County Livestock Club Leaders and WNC Dairy Steer Program Leaders. All calves will be sold by lot at the conclusion of the program, and youth may keep the proceeds from the sale (minus enrollment fees).

The meeting will cover type of space needed for the project, some basics about caring for the calf, expected costs, show premiums, and a project timeline. All interested families are invited to learn about the project at the interest meeting. 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.

The WNC Dairy Steer Project teaches youth valuable life skills through the process of learning by doing. If you are interested in learning more about the project, RSVP for the interest meeting by calling or emailing Jordan English to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.

Jordan English, 4-H Agent – jordan_english@ncsu.edu or 828-682-1872.