Jersey calf available to worthy local youth

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Ben Gardner, with a Jersey from his herd.

4-H alumnus would like to pay it forward, after receiving a Jersey calf through 4-H himself

Columbia and Greene 4-H alumnus Ben Gardner received a Jersey calf through a calf award program of the Niagara County 4-H program in 2008.  Since then, that one calf has now become a string of nine cows.  He would like to pay it forward by gifting a Jersey calf born last fall to an interested youth who lives in Columbia or Greene county – so he/she may begin to grow their own herd.


  1. Applicant must be a resident of Columbia or Greene County.
  2. Applicant must be 8-15 years old as of January 1, 2021.
  3. Winner will join a 4-H club if not already a 4-H member in Columbia & Greene Counties.
  4. Winner will receive delivery of the calf before June 15, 2021.  The calf will be registered in the new owner’s name with the Breed Association by Ben.
  5. Winner will provide adequate housing as well as proper feed and health care for the calf.
  6. Winner will show calf in appropriate 4-H classes at the Greene County Youth Fair and/or Altamont Fair OR Columbia County Fair.
  7. Winner must agree to return either the first or second heifer calf produced by this animal to pay it forward to another deserving local youth.
  8. After all scholarship requirements are met, if the winner desires to sell the award animal, they are free and clear to do so.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the application form and submit by March 1, 2021. The form is available here: OR contact Emily Warrington at 518-318-1210;
  2. Send to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, c/o Linda Tripp, 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534 OR email to
  3. Procure at least one non-family reference, using the form included with the application.  Must be submitted by March 1, 2021.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. The programs provided by this organization are partially funded by monies received from the Counties of Columbia and Greene.

4-H is New York’s only youth development program directly connected to the technological advances and latest research at Cornell University. 4-H participants learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through hands-on projects in three primary program areas: science and technology; healthy living; and citizenship. To find out more about 4-H programs in Columbia and Greene Counties contact us at 518-828-3346 or or visit our website,

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