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Dairy Steers

Manistee County was once home to a number of dairy producers and farms making it an obvious part of the Manistee County 4-H program.

Common Dairy Breeds shown by 4-H at the Manistee County Fair are Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Crossbreeds** and Other Breeds.

Manistee County 4-H is always looking to improve and adapt our Livestock Program! If there is a specific breed you would like to show in our Dairy category, please reach out to the Council and 4-H Program Coordinator!

Youth, ages 10 to 19, are eligible to show and market* Dairy Cattle with 4-H at the Manistee County Fair.

*The current rules, under the by-laws of the Manistee County 4-H Livestock Council, state that all 4-H participants MUST complete one year of SHOWMANSHIP ONLY before they can market an animal. Cloverbud years DO count towards this requirement. No 4-Her may market ANY animal until 4-H age 8.

4-H Youth between the ages of 10 and 11 (as of Jan. 1) MUST have minimum one (1) year Feeder Calf experience to show a Steer. If a youth has no previous Feeder Calf experience, they must be 12 years of age (as of Jan. 1) to be eligible to show a Steer.

**Dairy Steers MUST be Purebreds or crossed with other Dairy Breeds ONLY. No Beef Crosses.

Possession Dates & Minimum/Maximum Weights

Dairy Steers must be, MAXIMUM, two (2) years old as of the current Fair year. No Beef Crosses.

Minimum market weight for Dairy Steers is 1100 pounds, as of CHECK-IN Day of Fair.


No Maximum weight.

Purchase or Proof of Origin MUST be provided for ALL Livestock Animals.

Dairy Steer Resources

Dairy Farms

A list of dairy farms who work with local 4-H.

Steer Anatomy

Learn the anatomy of your livestock project!

Showmanship Success

Tips for showmanship success in the show ring!

Mark Your Calendar!

Beef & Dairy Steer Project Registration (Show & Market Registration) is due by December 31, 2023.

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