The Buncombe County 4-H Kiwanis Calf Chain program was started in 1946 to provide 4-H members with a heifer calf to care for and show in one of the district cattle shows. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Asheville, the Calf Chain continues today, and has expanded beyond dairy cattle to include beef cattle, as well. Over the past 66 years, the Calf Chain has provided over 175 Buncombe County youth with calves.
4-H members, who have been active in 4-H for at least 12 months and completed at least two 4-H project record books are eligible to apply for a calf through this program. After a child receives a calf, they are expected to care for this animal and show the heifer at least once. When a heifer calf is born to this Calf Chain Cow, this heifer then goes to another 4-Her, perpetuating the program. Currently, we can provide one or two calves for interested 4-Hers. If you are interested in learning more about the Calf Chain, please read the information attached below or call the Buncombe County Extension office at (828) 255-5522. Applications for the calf chain are due to the Extension office no later than Friday, March 7, 2014.