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Department of Animal Science

Beef Heifer Project

The 4-H Beef Heifer Project is similar in some ways to the more common market steer projects you might be more familiar with, that is, one raises a calf to maturity.

On the other hand, it also very different because while the market steer can only be sold for meat, the heifer can also be retained and bred to bear a calf of her own, sold as a breeding animal, or bred and then sold ready-to-calf!.

While the return on the 4-H member’s investment may take longer with a heifer project, one has more choices and can establish a longer term association with an individual animal than is possible with a steer.

Contact: Dana Palmer

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