Youth Calf Donation Program 

The TLBGCA conducts a Youth Calf Donation program in conjunction with its annual Spring Show. In this program, Texas Longhorn breeders generously donate calves to be given away to kids that participate in the TLBGCA Spring Show. All kids that are present at the show are eligible for the program. The kids are selected to win the calves by random drawing.

Would you generously donate a heifer or steer calf to be given away to one of the youth exhibitors?

In case you aren’t familiar with the program, here are a few more details.

  • Donated calves are awarded via a random drawing to kids participating in the TLBGCA show.
  • The kids who win the calves must agree to the program rules.  The kids and the parents sign a form stating that they are aware of the rules and will abide by them.
  • The kids raise and halter-break the calves throughout the year.
  • The kids must show the calf twice during the year, with one of those shows being next years TLBGCA Youth Show.
  • The kids must send a letter to the donor every other month for the next year.  The letter can contain anything of interest about the calf and the kid.
  • The kids must keep a log of expenses incurred while raising the calf.  (This requirement is intended to teach the kids about the economics of raising a calf, to show them that even “free” calves aren’t free and to give them an appreciation of how much their parents are spending for them to raise a calf.)
  • The registration of the calf will remain with the TLBGCA until the kid completes the requirements of the program, culminating with entry in next years TLBGCA Youth show.  At that time the registration is transferred to the child.

The benefits to the youth are many. We have seen many kids get their start in the longhorn business as a result of winning a calf.  Some of these kids have become officers of the TLBT, many have gone on to major in agriculture-related fields in college, some have become agriculture school teachers and some are studying to become veterinarians. 

The benefits to the donors can be just as rewarding.  As a donor you get to become involved in the life of a young person, possibly affecting the direction of their future.

We are looking for calves that are of weaning age at the time of the show (April).   Calves born July through October last year will be old enough to wean yet still young enough to be halter-broke.  For the show circuit, these don’t need to be your longest-horned prospects.  Moderate horn potential is fine.  The preferred traits are sound structure, easy fleshing ability (weight gain) and gentle disposition.

Can we count on you to donate a calf for a kid?
If so, or for more information contact our
Calf Donation Coordinator:

Stephen Head
Double H Longhorns
979-549-5270 (cell)
headshorns@hotmail.com


2013 Calf Donors and Recipients

Rex & Nora Mosser, Mosser Longhorns --  Jacob Dunaway
George & Peggy Wilhite, Texas W Ranches -- Hayden Hughes
Dr. Lou Shields, Legacy sSs Ranch -- Brandon Lewis
Kris & Steve Peterek, Lightning Longhorns -- Mason Friar
Robert King, Jr., Trails End Ranch -- Cooper Taylor
Warren & Deborah Birge, Birge Farms -- Jennifer Mask
Greg & Sandy Jameson, Jameson's Texas Longhorn Cattle Co. -- Kailee Vuskov
Bob Dube, BD Longhorns -- Caelan Cour-Palais
Bob Dube, BD Longhorns -- Johnna Williams
Charlotte & Ron Hamilton, Bear Boot Ranch -- Cody McDonald
Sheryl Hall, Windy Hill Longhorns -- Jorge Avalos
Alice & Jeff Yates, Big Dog Ranch -- Maverick Hughes

2012 Calf Donors and Recipients

Rick & Tracey Friedrich, River Ranch Longhorns---Josh Vinson
Larry & Barbara Shepard, Stone Broke Ranch---Ariana Anders
Robert King, Jr., Trails End Ranch---Caleb Parker
Bob Dube, BD Longhorns---Jake Vinson
Dr. Lou Shields, Legacy sSs Ranch---Olivia Faske
Darlene Aldridge, DVM & John Parmley, Star Creek Ranch---Hannah Faske
Bob Dube, BD Longhorns---Elijah Parker
Ron & Charlotte Hamilton, Bear Boot Ranch---Katy Vitek