Bedford County Fair Junior Dairy Beef Steer Guidelines - Project Year 2023
1. Dairy feeder steer calves (no heifers) must be born and tagged between December 1st and March 1st of the current project year. Members can tag three calves, but only two calves may be shown in the feeder classes. Animals cannot be replaced after tagging deadline. Any two from the group of three that were tagged may be shown in the following year's finished steer show. An exhibitor may show two dairy feeder calves and two finished dairy steers each year.
2. Project animal must be tagged by the 4H Leader or FFA Advisor. Animal must have official Bedford County Fair RFID tag. Fair Tags and project enrollment form will be available at the Extension Office. Project enrollment form must be returned to the Extension Office by March 15th. No late submissions will be accepted. Five ($5) will be collected per tagged animal and returned with the project enrollment form. Checks made payable to “Bedford County Dairy Committee.” Due to supply demands, tags will be available early February.
3. Project animal can be any breed of dairy, (Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, or Red & White) but MUST be pure bred dairy blood. No crossbreeding of dairy breeds or beef parentage.
4. All calves should be dehorned in time to be healed by the show. Calves should be castrated by May 1. Calves must be either cut or banded – Crimping will not be allowed. Dairy beef must be completely free of testicular development and healed at the show.
5. Calves should weigh a minimum of 350 lbs. and on a grain fed diet by the Fair in order to show – Calves will be divided in three classes by weight following weigh-in: Light, Medium, and Heavy.
6. Dairy feeders and finished steers will be weighed immediately after the Market Steers on Sunday afternoon. Both will be shown on Tuesday afternoon, following the Breeding Beef Show. Dairy feeder calves will start, followed by Finished Dairy Steers. Showmanship will occur following the Dairy steer show.
7. Members must declare at the scale whether to sell or take their project animal home. Each division champion will be sold at the sale, for a total of six calves to be sold on sale day (this will include Grand & Reserve Champion). All others will not be sold through the livestock sale. The dairy beef committee will seek a predetermined bid for all feeders to be sold. Rope halters must be left with your steers for loading after the fair. Finished Steer sale prospects will be determined at a later date.
8. Members are responsible for their 4H Project Books or proof that the steer is entered in the FFA AET system. Members must bring documentation with them at the time of weigh-in or you will not be permitted to show.
9. All members are responsible for health requirements. To add value of animals for the buyer:
A. Calves are required to be vaccinated against IBR, PI3 and BRSV using one dose of modified live vaccine or two doses of killed vaccine. Examples: Bovishield & Pyramid. Consult your vet about timing and administrating of vaccines.
B. It is recommended that calves be given a rabies vaccination.
C. If your steer has symptoms of ringworm within 4 weeks of Fair, you should have your animal treated by a veterinarian and a statement of date/treatment.
D. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is required within 30 days prior to show.
10. All Dairy Beef calves and Finished Steers will be housed together in the Open Dairy Barn (unless you are a dairy exhibitor). You will be responsible for your own bedding, water and feed.
11. Fitting Suggestion: Slick Shearing - be sure to get all the hair removed from all locations of the body with the exception of the switch.
12. Finished Steer Class for 2023 Fair
All finished Steers must weigh a minimum of 1,000 pounds.
- ALL FINISHED DAIRY STEERS MUST BE BORN ACCORDING TO RULE #1 of the previous year’s Rules. TO SHOW IN 2023 – Identification of your calf must be recorded by photo ID along with official Bedford Fair ear tag shown in picture. Photo must be both sides of the calf and head shot with tag showing. Pictures are to be submitted to extension office by August 19, 2022 to qualify for the 2023 Bedford County Fair show season. You can email your pictures along with your exhibitor name to Dwayne Hay firstname.lastname@example.org. If pictures are not submitted by the deadline, you will NOT BE ELIGIBLE for the 2023 Finished Dairy Steer class.
- To show in 2024: identification of your calf must be recorded by photo ID along with official Bedford Fair ear tag shown in picture. Photos must include both sides of the calf and head shot with tag showing. Pictures are to be submitted to the Extension office by August 18, 2023 to qualify for the 2024 Bedford County Fair show season. You can email your pictures along with your exhibitor name to Dwayne Hay email@example.com. If pictures are not submitted by the deadline, you will NOT BE ELIGIBLE for the 2023 Finished Dairy Steer class.
- The steer must be owned by the original Junior that showed the steer as a calf in the 2022 Bedford Fair. No transfer of ownership and/or no purchased steers will be permitted to show. This class was created to be a two-year project for the Junior showman to have an opportunity to bring the calf back as a steer and the opportunity to show that animal two consecutive years. Steer must be shown by the Junior who originally tagged it as a calf.
- Two finished steers may be shown in the second year and they do not need to have been exhibited at the previous year's fair (but they do need to have been tagged for the previous year's fair).
Class may be split depending on the class entry number at the Dairy Beef Committee’s discretion.
This information shall be modified annually by Fair Committee.