4-H Dairy Project

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2023 Halifax County Dairy Calf Project

The Dairy Calf Project is a 6 week project starting April 18th and concluding with the Eastern Carolina 4-H Dairy Project Show on June 3, 2023 at the East Carolina Livestock Arena in Rocky Mount, NC

Space is limited to only 12 participants (based on order of entry), so please be sure you understand the commitment you are making when you are register for this project!


The required orientation meeting will be 5 p.m. on April 18th at the Halifax County Extension Office. This meeting will go over guidelines for the project and for the show and to learn about working with the calves.


The Project’s calves will be housed at Iles Cattle Farm, 241 Dairy Road in Littleton for the duration of the project and where all practice sessions will be held. (A big thank you to our host farm!)  You must provide transportation to and from each practice for your child.


The Project will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays starting April 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for 6 weeks to work with their calves. (There will be no workday on Friday, May 26th). If the participant has more than two unexcused work day absences,  they will be unable to show their animal at the show in June.


Youth between 8 to 18 years old on January 1, 2023 will be eligible to participate.. Youth must be a member of 4-H in Halifax County and must also be enrolled in 4-H Online.

The breakdown of age categories is as follows:

  • Juniors: 8-12 by Jan. 1, 2023
  • Intermediate: 13-15 by Jan. 1, 2023
  • Senior: 16-18 by Jan. 1, 2023


There will be a $25 entry fee per child payable to Halifax County


4-H Project Records are intended to provide participants with documentation of their progress towards a successful conclusion on show day. It is highly recommended that participants and their parents take the time to photograph and keep a diary of the activities and events as they occur. All this effort is geared towards providing youths with a meaningful, enriching experience to help them grow as individuals and gain confidence among peers. Record book preparation will not only help the youths develop excellent record keeping skills, but will serve as an interesting record of the youth’s experiences. Completion of Project Record Books are required. No youth ages 8-18 will be permitted to show without turning in a completed project record book on show day, June 3, 2023. Project Record Books will be judged and awards will be given in each age division.


Workdays: For project work days, participants must wear long pants and closed toed shoes, preferably boots. There is a high probability that participants’ clothes will get dirty, so dress accordingly. Workdays will be held rain or shine!

Show: The dress code for the show while in the ring will be white polo shirts and khaki pants.

Any questions can be directed to Beth Burchell, Livestock Agent at (252) 583-5161 or beth_burchell@ncsu.edu

Register Online by April 10, 2023

N.C. Cooperative Extension prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political affiliation, and veteran status. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, N.C. Cooperative Extension will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Please direct accommodation requests to: Beth Burchell at (252)583-5161. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event.