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The Extension office provides assistance and programs for the community without discrimination in five main areas: 4-H Youth Programs, Agriculture, Community Health, Horticulture, and Small Acreage Management.


For members who want to learn more about dairy animals and who may want to care for and raise one (or more) female dairy animal.

There are six different dairy breeds to choose from with many pluses for each breed. They come in many sizes and colors, all have unique personalities and can be very gentle. Now you can learn about dairy cattle without having to actually deal with having to milk the cow.

Boulder County 4-H gives you the opportunity to be able to raise/buy a dairy replacement heifer (DRH) that you can sell at the Livestock Market Sale at the county fair. It’s simple, just look over the following rules, and apply. Please review the Dairy Steering Program rules as well.


We are ready to help and support you in your 4-H livestock journey.

Tina Pohlmann (Volunteer)
Boulder County Fair Dairy
Project Superintendent
Brenda Kwang
County Specialist CSU Extension
4-H Youth Development Livestock & Animals
Boulder County




  • Sign up for a time for tag day
  • Obtain a brand inspection of your animals IN THE 4-H MEMBER’S NAME. Even if the animal was born on your property, you need to have a brand inspector write a brand paper for you in your 4-H member’s name (not a parent’s name)
  • Download and print the Dairy Steer nomination form
  • Get a Colorado Premise Identification number (LID#) where your animal lives. Each member must have a Premise identification number or Colorado Location Identification Number to participate in the Boulder County Fair. This is the location where your animal is housed. Obtain a premise ID or call 303-869-9130.
  • If you have miniature beef cattle, have the miniature breed verification form completed by your breeder and bring it with you.
  • Bring $4 cash per animal tag if needed.


Did you know that you can also do the Dairy Cattle Project and learn all the aspects of the dairy industry without you ever having to milk her? 

You can start with a calf and exhibit the same heifer for 2 years (2 fairs) by following the DHRP (Dairy Heifer Replacement Program) rules & guidelines. You will also have an opportunity to sell your heifer through the Livestock Sale once she’s bred (check the rules),  knowing that she will carry on in life as a producing cow. You could even apply to the Ag Youth Loan Program where you can purchase a calf for the 2yr program or you can purchase a bred yearling that you can sell at the 2023 fair. You must have possession & ownership by the last Thursday in April (animal ID deadline) along with turning in the DHRP nomination form to 4-H office.

If the idea of selling a dairy heifer interests you, please check out the DHRP rules and guidelines especially prior to purchasing a new heifer for this program. For more information about these programs or on the Dairy Cattle Project itself, even help in finding a dairy heifer, or a bull calf for the new class. Call Tina Pohlmann (303) 828-3789.


4-H Record Books are also called e-Records. Each project has its own record book that members are required to complete each year. Record books have a few times to be checked on progress throughout the year:
1. June- your 4-H leader will be sure your books are started and up to date.
2. Prior to showing at the Boulder County Fair, your record books will be checked by your superintendent to be sure they are up to date and complete as can be in order to participate and show at the fair.
3. Final Livestock record books are due to be received at the extension office by the second Thursday in September. (please note: your 4-H Leader may need an earlier deadline for review and signatures.)