Animal Science Programs

4-H students loving on a dairy cow

These are statewide large animal science youth programs, designed to engage and excite young people in the STEM based field of animal science while developing life skills such as leadership, responsibility, caring, recordkeeping and good sportsmanship.


Contests & Events:
Dairy, Equine, Livestock and Poultry

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2022 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity

All Breed Summer Calves

Co-Chairs:  John Hickey & Charmayne Busker

To participate in the 2022 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2022.  All calves, born June 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 2, 2022.


                        1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 30, 2021

                        2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2022

                        3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 2, 2022 (last one)


Late Entries: If you do not enter the animal on the first due date, the entry fee will be doubled. If your first entry is made on February 1, you will pay $30 on February 1. If you do not enter until May 2, your fee is $70 on May 2.

Purses in this event shall consist of all moneys received by this association in connection therewith by any of nomination fees, grants, and donations from any person or persons or sponsors of this show.

The premium schedule for this class is as follows:  1st place: $450; 2nd place $350; 3rd place $250, 4th place $200, 5th place $100, 6th-10th place $75. The remaining entries will receive no less than $50.  Best Bred and Owned will receive $100 in memory of Sam Dixon, Jr. Each exhibitor will receive a Futurity Shirt that must be worn during the show with white show pants. Sizes must be given on the May entry.  The premium schedule is subject to change.

Name and Registration numbers must be supplied with each entry. No “papers pending” entries are eligible. A copy of the registration papers must be sent with the final entry. A copy of the signed lease papers must be submitted with the final entry along with a copy of the registration papers.

Animals shown in the futurity are not eligible to be shown in the Junior Dairy Show at the Delaware State Fair. However, the top placing animal for each breed may compete for Junior Champion of the Junior Dairy Show.  Exhibitors may use this animal for Showmanship and Fitting. The Futurity is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Saturday July 23, 2022 at the Delaware State Fair.

All entrants must agree to be amendable to all rules and regulations of the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity and the Show Ring Code of Ethics.



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Download / Print Entry Form (PDF)



The Leasing Program pertains to registered breeding stock of the following dairy breeds:

  • Ayrshire
  • Brown Swiss
  • Guernsey
  • Holstein
  • Jersey
  • Milking Shorthorn







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Contact information

For more information about 4-H animal science programs, please contact Susan Garey in the Kent County Cooperative Extension Offices at or (302) 730-4000.