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Laurens County 4-H Bucket Calf Project Registration

There are several reasons for raising calves without their mother. Occasionally, a cow dies giving birth or doesn’t produce enough milk to
support a growing calf. Some people buy calves to raise for beef and to use grass grown on a few acres. Some are bought to help control weeds. It also makes a great beginning 4-­H or FFA beef project.

The 4-H Bucket Calf Project is designed to
introduce youth 5 to 18 years old to beef and dairy 4‐H projects. By allowing youth the experience of working with a smaller, less intimidating size of animal, they become
comfortable with beef and dairy cattle as they grow. This project is designed to reach completion in one-two calendar year. A bucket calf is an orphan or newborn calf purchased when they are 2 to 14 days old. The calves must be beef or dairy steers. The calves are started on a bottle (or bucket) and nipple.

The purpose of the project is:

• To design a cattle project to fit the physical size and maturity level of youth being introduced into the cattle industry.

• To teach proper health care and nutritional requirements of young cattle.

• To teach basic beef management skills without a large investment.

• To provide a better understanding of the feeder cattle industry.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Clemson Extension Office in Laurens County 219 W. Laurens Street, Laurens, SC 29360

Event Type

Cooperative Extension


Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H Youth Development, Laurens

Target Audience

All Audiences




Contact Name:

Katie Shaw, SC 4-H Horse Program Assistant

Contact Phone:

864-984-2514 ext. 113

Contact Email:


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