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Rules of Participation:

  1. 1. The Participant in the Lease-A-Dairy Calf project is required to spend at minimum six hours a month with the animal from when the agreement is signed through August 30, 2018. The Participant is responsible for attending scheduled meetings and workshops.  The Participant will learn the care of the calf to include, but not limited to; barn cleaning, inoculations, feeding, halter breaking, weaning, clipping, chores, fencing, housing and any other activities associated with the raising of a calf.  Failure to meet the required hours will result in termination of the lease and the Participant will be removed from the project.  Meetings and workshops will be held rain or shine.


  1. The Boulder County Extension Office, 4-H Club and Barn Manager are not responsible for any accidents related with this program.


  1. Only 4-H members enrolled in a Boulder County 4-H club are eligible to participate in the Lease-A Dairy Calf project. Only 4-H members, who do not have access to livestock and/or property to keep livestock, are eligible for this program.  The enrollment fee for 4-H is $40.00, and is payable to the Boulder County 4-H Club the Participant is joining.CG January 2018 new template


  1. The participant and their family must respect and abide by any and all individual rules set by the Barn Manager (examples: set times to practice with the animal; areas of Farm that are “off limits”; number of people allowed to come with Participant; requirement of parents to be present).


  1. The Participant will learn, through age appropriate participation in, the feeding, watering, vaccination/medication, and daily chores of their leased project animal. The Participant is required to participate at an age appropriate level.


  1. The Barn Manger will keep a separate record of the times (log) each 4-H member spends at the farm each month. Members must sign in on a sign-in sheet at the barn and keep record of what tasks they complete on the daily work log sheet in their record book.  At the end of every month, the Barn Manager will go over the sign-in sheet and anyone who has not met his or her hours for that particular month will be removed from the project.  It is not the responsibility of the Barn Manager to keep track of hours for Participants.


  1. a. Hauling animals to and from workshops and the shows must be arranged in advance with the Barn Manager.  The Barn Manager will haul the animal, but the Participant must be there to load and unload.  The Barn Manager is not obligated to haul animals or to allow animals to be hauled to additional events or shows than already pre-arranged.  All entry fees, feed, bedding and complete care of the animal at any show including the fair are the sole responsibility of the Participant.  All ribbons and premium monies awarded will belong to the Participant.  The Participant may borrow show and grooming supplies from the Barn Manager, with permission.  The Participant may also maintain his or her own show and grooming supplies.
  2. Participant is responsible for providing:
  3. White Pants/Jeans
  4. White Button Up Shirt
  5. Leather, closed-toe boots or shoes
  6. 15 foot garden hose with sprayer
  7. Any consumables needed (soap, hoof polish, hair spray)
  8. a. Animals will be assigned by a Random Drawing.  Draw order will be determined by the

order in which the lease applications were received by the Extension Office.

  1. Participation in the Showmanship Class at the Boulder County Fair is required of all



  1. Leased calves are to be housed at the Barn Manager’s barn and daily husbandry costs including maintenance and feed are to sole responsibility of the Barn Manager while animal is on the property. Leased animals are the full property of the Barn Manager.  The Barn Manager reserves the right to keep or sell animals based on their value and productivity at the end of each 4-H year.  Continuing to use the same animal for the following year is at the discretion of the Barn Manager.


  1. Lease-A-Dairy Calf participants, as 4-H members, must fulfill all 4-H requirements(County and club level), such as attending 4-H club meetings, participating in club fund raising, exhibiting project animal(s) and completing a demonstration, community service project and record book.


  1. Livestock record books are required for the Lease-A-Dairy Calf participants. The project record book must be completed and turned in to the Extension Office by the September deadline.  The record must also include the required barn log and supplements for the lease-a-dairy program. Members who do not complete their record book will not be able to enroll in the Lease-A-Dairy Calf project the following year.


  1. The Participant must attend the Meat Quality Assurance Program according to the Boulder County 4-H requirements.


  1. This lease may end at any time based on any of the following:
  2. Participant skips four weeks of practice sessions
  3. Participants drop the project
  4. Participant or Barn Manager request termination of this contract. Participant and

Barn Manager will notify the Boulder County Extension Office in writing any problems or issues in continuing this contract.  The Extension Office will have the option of arranging mediation in the case of issues or difficulties within the project.

  1. Minimum maintenance of animal(s) is not met, i.e. mistreatment of the animal, not

working the animal.

  1. UNEXCUSED absence at club meetings
  2. UNEXCUSED absence at large-scale barn events.
  3. Should contract/lease end before August 30, re-enrollment into the Lease-A-Dairy

Calf program will be deferred to the next year and may not be granted.

Boulder County 4-H Lease-A-Dairy Rules and Agreement

update 1-9-18

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.