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2023 Laurens County 4-H Bucket Calf Project

Who: 4-H members age 5 to 18 years old as of January 1, 2023. Not a member? Go to to sign up today!

What: 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.

When: May - January

Registration and Rules:

  • Cost is $15 for current 4-H members and $30 for new 4-H members ($15 project registration plus $15 membership fee when you sign up on
  • A bucket calf is an orphan or newborn calf purchased when they are 2 to 14 days old. Calves are started on a bottle (or bucket) and nipple.
  • Youth will be responsible for the care of their calf.
  • Calves must be beef or dairy steers.
  • Each participant is responsible for acquiring their own calf, however, if you need assistance in locating a project calf, please email

Record Books:

  • Record books are to be completed by youth throughout the course of the project and are to be submitted to the Laurens Extension Office no later than January 31, 2024.

Project Timeline:

  • May 31 - Registration deadline
  • August and September: Local livestock shows
  • January 31 - Record book submission deadline

Contact for questions or more information!


Wednesday, May 31

219 West Laurens Street

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Event Type

Cooperative Extension

Target Audience

General Public


Cooperative Extension Service, Laurens, 4-H Upstate



$15, 4-H membership required



Contact Name:

Adam Petty

Contact Phone:


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