4-H Dairy Heifer Project


Youth ages 9-17 can raise a dairy heifer for 18 months in the 4-H Dairy Heifer Project. Following the Kick-off, youth will learn to feed and care for the animal; keep detailed records of expenses and weight gains; and prepare the calf for showing at local county shows and the South Carolina State Fair Dairy Show. The heifer will be sold at the Bred Heifer Sale in October at the State Fair.  Participants draw for a calf. Participants are responsible for all feed and veterinarian bills. 

  • Holsteins    $700
  • Jerseys      $700
  • Guernseys  $700
The SC Holstein Association will offer two interest free loans for 4-H/FFA Members who qualify.
  • First Time Heifer Project participant
  • 50-100 word essay on why they would like a Holstein calf
  • Recommendation from County Agent

2015-2016 Project Timeline

  • Registration Due February 27, 2015
  • Kick-off - April 18, Saluda Fair Grounds
  • Show at County Fairs
  • Show at State Fair
  • Breed Heifer
  • Spring Dairy Show
  • Show at County Fairs
  • Show at 2016 State Fair
  • Bred Heifer Sale

Click here for to go to State 4-H Dairy Cattle webpage:

  • Dairy Heifer Project Application
  • Project Handbook
  • Monthly Record Sheet
  • Show & Contest Schedules
  • Conference & Retreats
  • Scholarship Opportunities

Click here to go to State 4-H Livestock Project Webpage

Orangeburg County Fair Youth Dairy Show: October 2015

  • Click here for fair rules & regulations and entry form - due September  (www.orangeburgcountyfair.org)