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National Western 4-H Catch-A-Calf applicants wanted

LINCOLN, Neb. – A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver, Colo. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2011 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2012 National Western Stock Show. The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors.

Top achievers of the Catch-A-Calf Contest are recognized for their record keeping abilities, relationships with sponsors primarily through correspondence, and showmanship skills. Rate-of Gain and carcass value are also important in evaluating top achievers along with the live animal evaluation.

4-H members from western Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas are eligible to submit applications. However, any 4-H member who has previously caught a calf in the 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest is not eligible to apply. 4-H members may obtain applications from county UNL-Extension offices.

To apply, applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 as of Dec. 31, 2010, and must be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application. Applicants must have parental consent as well as Extension Educator consent in order to submit an application. Selected 4-H member applicants will be sent details regarding participation before January 2011.

Applications are due to Dinah Peebles (2775 Hwy 50; P.O. Box 20,000-5028, Grand Junction, CO 81502-5028) postmarked no later than December 1, 2010. Information about the Catch-A-Calf Contest can be found on the National Western Stock Show website at: http://www.nationalwestern.com/catch-a-calf. Contact Robert Tigner SW4 Extension Educator at (308) 882-4731 for more information and an application regarding the 2011 Catch-A-Calf Contest.