Dexter Project Objectives
- Instill awareness and importance of an agrarian impact on all our lives.
- Teach large animal stewardship.
- Add depth of meaning to “Responsibility and Citizenship.”
- Teach animal showmanship skills through healthy competition.
- Refine cooperative and teamwork skills.
- Have a fun and memorable experience in a Christian environment.
- Earn recognition and compensation for effort.
Key Elements of Our Project
The Primary Youth Recipient’s Responsibilities
- Be enrolled in a Bandera County agricultural program such as 4H/FFA;
- Be enrolled in and actively attending 3rd through 12th grade;
- Be academically eligible to participate in extracurricular activities throughout the project period;
- Be willing and able to properly care for his/her Dexter heifer or steer;
- Have the facilities or access to facilities that assist with the proper care and training of his/her Dexter heifer or steer.
- Animals are awarded to the youth for a period of two years at no cost for the animal. The youth must provide a minimum amount of individual equipment. All feed and care of the animals are funded by members of Bandera United Methodist Church and local sponsors.
- Area youth must commit to exhibiting his/her animal at the Bandera County Junior Livestock Show each January. Each youth must provide proper care, feeding and training of his/her awarded animal in a controlled training program held at the Hill Country Veterinary Clinic grounds. These housing and training facilities are provided by Dr. Conrad Nightingale. DVM, owner of the Hill Country Veterinary Hospital.
- Membership to Bandera United Methodist Church is not required.
- Previous program-experienced youth and parents add to the strength of this program.
During Barn Time, Exhibitor Must Follow Rules of
- Dress Code
- Mutual Respect
- Personal Items
- Respect of Property
- Humane Animal Treatment
- Breaks and Break Area
- Visiting Parents and Family
- Demonstrate The 4-H Pledge:
a. My Head to clear thinking,
b. My Heart to greater loyalty,
c. My Hands to larger service,
d. My Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
- Support and encouragement of your Youth and others;
- Be present a minimum of 3 monthly Parents’ Days;
- Must be present and involved on day before & Show Day.
Objectives (Exhibitor is in Charge of His/Her Success)
- Measuring Success
- Everybody Wins” Opportunity
- Teamwork Development
- “Coopetition” = Cooperation during Competition
- Community and Common Ground
- Community Service
- Training Expectations
- Academic Performance
- Pass a written exam relating to Dexter Cattle