Oklahoma Dexter Cattle Association Youth Heifer Program
The purpose of this program is to aid youth in getting started in the Dexter Cattle business, by awarding heifer calves to program participants on the basis of merit, future goals and the ability to care for the animal. Any Oklahoma youth, ages 9-15 as of January 1st of the current year, who is a 4-H or FFA member may apply. Previous winners of the ODCA youth heifer chain are ineligible. All applications will be reviewed by an independent selection committee.
Each program participant will own their heifer jointly with the ODCA until completion of the program, at which time the participant will receive full ownership of the heifer and her offspring.
Each program participant will be responsible for raising the calf, arranging for her to be bred (AI or naturally) with help from their ODCA mentor, and provide an annual report about their heifer at the fall ODCA meeting in October for two years.
Return completed form to:
ODCA Youth Heifer Program
9171 N 68th Ave
Sperry Oklahoma 74073
Showing of Animal:
Breeding of Heifer:
Completion of Project:
Termination of Project:
ODCA Youth Heifer Chain Application
Parent or Guardian Name: _______________________________________________________________
Phone:_______________________________ Birth date:_____________________ Age:______________
Membership in: 4-H FFA Club name or chapter:_________________________________
Where do you plan to keep this heifer?_____________________________________________________
Acres of Pasture:______________________________
Do you or your family have other livestock? Yes No
If yes, what kind?_______________________________________________________________________
What vet do you plan to use or do you already have a vet? Name________________________________
Do you have a water source? (circle all the apply) Creek Pond Tanks Other:_______________
Type of fencing used: Barbed wire Woven Wire Electric Fence Wooden Fence
Do you have transportation for heifer when needed? Yes No
List any other information that you think the committee should be made aware of:
Write an essay that includes the following (minimum 1 page, maximum 2 pages)
Please attach two letters of recommendation, one from your 4-H leader or FFA advisor and the other from an adult, who is not related to you, but knows you well enough to comment on your abilities and commitment.
Applicant: I have read the rules and agree to abide by them. I am a 4-H or FFA member in good standing. I am between the ages of 8-15, and I understand that I am responsible for the feed and care of this heifer, if awarded.
As a parent or guardian, I give my permission for my child to participate in this program and have read and understand the rules and requirements of the ODCA Heifer Chain program and agree to assist my child in any way necessary for the completion of the project. I acknowledge that there are inherent risks in working with cattle and that neither the Oklahoma Dexter Cattle Association, its officers or members will be held liable for any injury or death from participating in this program. In the event my son/daughter does not fulfill his/her obligations and responsibilities under this agreement, I will certify that I will take no legal action nor make any claim against the Oklahoma Dexter Cattle Association.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________Parent or Guardian Signature
Mentor’s testimony: The facilities for raising a calf and the abilities of the applicant are adequate to successfully complete this project. The applicant meets the age and membership requirements as set forth in the rules and regulations.
ODCA member/4-H leader/FFA advisor signature Contact phone number