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Cowley County

4-H Livestock Project Information

All project enrollment deadline is May 1st and enrollment must be done through 4-H Online. Respective tagging/weighing deadlines must be met.
PLEASE read carefully for changes

4-H Livestock Tagging Policy, effective 10/1/21

Cowley County 4-H Catch-A-Calf Program

4-H Youth ages 10-18 years old will have the opportunity to learn about nutrition, health care, management, and showcasing their knowledge of beef production. The purpose of this program is to provide an educational opportunity for youth in Cowley County.
Interested youth need to fill out an application to be eligible for the contest. All applications must be emailed (slag11@ksu.edu) or submitted by September 30, 2022 by 5:00PM at the Cowley County Extension Office. A committee will review all applications and schedule interviews. Once selections have been made. A Catch-a-Calf event will be held October 23, 2022. Following the event the calf will be the exhibitors responsibility until exhibition at the 2023 Cowley County Fair. To successfully complete the project, participants have several requirements including record keeping, interview, showmanship, correspondence with sponsors, average daily gain and live placings.


2022 Livestock Tagging/Ownership Requirements for Cowley County 4-H

Market Beef:  

All market beef must be weighed and tagged at the official weigh-in day Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Registered Breeding Beef:  

All registered breeding heifers must be registered in the 4-H members name by May 1, 2022.

Commercial Breeding Beef: 

All commercial breeding heifers must be tagged at the official weigh-in day- Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Sheep, Meat Goats and Swine:  

Must be must be weighed and tagged at the official weigh-in day Sunday, April 24, 2022 1:30-4pm OR Tuesday April 26, 2022 5-7pm at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Bucket Calves:

No tag required for 1st year Bucket Calf in 2022.  MUST be owned by May 31, 2022.

Dairy Goats:

Dairy Goats must be owned or leased by May 1, 2022.  Complete the Dairy Goat Lease and Identification Form and turn in to the Cowley County Extension Office.

Dairy Cattle:

Complete 4-H Grade Dairy Cattle and Leasing Form by June 15, 2022.


Complete Horse ID Certificate and signed by Extension Agent by May 1, 2022. MUST be the original form and pictures must be included.


Project Videos

Check out the following videos for helpful information about feeding, training and showing your market livestock projects.

Introduction to Showing Meat Goats

Sheep Nutrition

Sheep Showmanship (coming soon!)

Swine Nutrition

Swine Showmanship (coming soon!)

Horse Health




Dairy Goat Lease and Identification Form

4-H Grade Dairy Cattle and Leasing Form

Horse ID Certificate