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2005 O'Brien County Fair Handbook

Bottle/Bucket Calf

For currency and completeness, visit O'Brien County Extension.

Bottle/Bucket Calf Class

Superintendent: Glenn Fuller, Mark Hibbing and Bruce Fiddelke

Judge: Ray Brown - West Bend, Iowa


* To teach proper health care and nutritional requirements of young cattle.

* To teach basic record-keeping skills.

* To provide a better understanding of the feeder cattle industry.

* To design a dairy/beef exhibit to fit the physical size and maturity level of younger youth.


1. This project is open to any youth in grades 4th-12th.

2. Classes will be divided as to the ages of the youth involved in the project.

3. Any calf born between February 1st and May 10th may be shown.

4. The calf may be a bull, steer, heifer, dairy, beef, crossbred or purebred that is bucket or bottle-fed. No nursing is permitted. The calf must be in the youth's possession 7-10 days after birth.


5. Exhibitors may tag three calves on or before May 10th, 2005 and only one calf may be shown at the fair. Ear tags will cost $1.00 per tag, and available at the O'Brien County Extension Office.

6. ID form (Breeding Beef Identification Form), Entry Form (blue form) and picture of youth with calf showing the ear tag due in Extension on or before May 16, 2005.

7. Calves will be shown at halter and broke to lead, no leather halters.

8. No clipping is allowed. Washing and brushing is the ONLY preparation needed.

9. Each exhibitor is responsible for the care of his or her calf and keeping the pen clean at the fair. Feed and water is the youth's responsibility during the fair.

10. The best way to show growth of your Bottle/Bucket calves is to measure their girths. You need to measure and document it in your worksheets every 20 days. (Please follow the chart included in your paper work.)

11. Calf and exhibitor only in the show ring. Exhibitor must wear proper 4-H beef attire. Boots are the suggested form of footwear.

12. Judging will be based on the following:

* What the youth has learned about care and management of raising the calf.

* Showing and handling of the calf.

* General health and condition of the calf.

* Complete and accurate records on this project.

13. Calves are entered on Tuesday, July 26, before 10:00 a.m., and released same day following the show.

14. Bottle/Bucket calf project worksheets due in Extension Office

July 1st, with O'Brien County Fair entry form.

15. All Bottle/Bucket calf entries are REQUIRED to have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection within 30 days prior to the date of entry.

16. All Bottle/Bucket calves MUST be vaccinated with the 4-way shot by July 1, 2005.

17. Premiums: Blue $5.00; Red $4.00; White $3.00

Special Bottle/Bucket Calf Awards

Farmer's Coop Elevator Paullina & Granville will provide a trophy for each class.

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Primghar 712-957-6445

Hartley Motel

Hartley 712-928-2900


Archer Cooperative Grain Co.

Our Branches and Roots are in Archer, Iowa

1-877-726-5233 or 712-723-5233

Archer, Iowa

Primghar Fine Homes 712-757-8595

Antique Furniture Restoration/Stripping

Hy-Vee Food Store

Sheldon Highway 18 712-324-2516


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