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Feeder Calves

Feeder Calves are great introductory 4-H project as a lead into bigger Cattle. While Feeder Calves can be sold at the 4-H Auction at the Manistee County Fair, it is generally recommended that a 4-H youth keeps their calf or calves for another year to raise them to market age and weight, THEN sell them at Auction as a Beef or Dairy** Steer.

Youth, ages 5 to 19, are eligible to show and market* Feeder Calves with 4-H at the Manistee County Fair. Youth may register any of the following combinations:

  • Two (2) Beef Feeder Calves

  • Two (2) Dairy Feeder Calves

  • One (1) Beef Feeder Calf and One (1) Dairy Feeder Calf

*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.

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

Possession Dates & Minimum/Maximum Weights

Beef and/or Dairy Feeder Calves must have a birth date on or after December 1 of the prior Fair year.

Dairy Feeder Calves MUST be purebreds, no Beef Crosses.

Minimum market weight for Beef and/or Dairy Feeder Calves is 300 pounds, maximum weight is 700 pounds, as of CHECK-IN Day of Fair.


Calves weighing over 700 pounds will be marketed at Auction at 700 pounds.

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

Feeder Calf Resources

Dairy Farms

Steer Anatomy

Showmanship Success

Beef Farms

Mark Your Calendar!

Feeder Calf Project Registration (Show & Market Registration) is due by March 1, 2023.

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