Roberts catches calf at 2012 Houston Rodeo

Thirty 4-H and FFA exhibitors battle for calves

HOUSTON—Kaden Roberts of the Rockdale FFA grabbed a calf at the March 3 calf scramble performance of the Houston Rodeo held at Reliant Stadium.

Thirty exhibitors, representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters across the state of Texas, took to the dirt of Reliant Stadium, vying for their chance of catching and haltering one of the 14 calves.

Strength and determination took over for some, as scramblers began to capture the calves and pull them into the winners’ square.

In exchange for a successful scramble, the 4-H or FFA member will receive a $1,250 certificate to be used for the purchase of a registered breeding beef heifer, breeding dairy heifer or market steer.

This is the beginning of a yearlong project of grooming, feeding and caring for the animal.

The exhibitor, supervised by an agricultural science teacher or county extension agent, must keep accurate and detailed records of the heifer or steer’s progress.submitting records to both the Show and calf scramble donor to chronicle its development.

In 2013, the exhibitor will return with his/ her scramble project to the Houston Livestock ShowTM for a special competition and a $ 250 bonus from his/her donor.

Prior to the 2013 Show, exhibitors have the opportunity to compete in the Calf Scramble Progress Show as a means of judging their calf ’s progress prior to showing at the Houston Livestock Show.

Each year, approximately 375 calf purchase certificates are donated. Since the calf scramble was added to the Show in 1942, more than $ 10 million has been awarded in certificates and bonuses to nearly 20,000 youth.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation.

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