Calf Scramble

Each student who catches a calf at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show™ is awarded a $1,750 certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or market steer to show at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show™. Returning as an exhibitor in 2019, the student shows in a special competition with other calf scramble and judging contest winners. The student receives a $500 bonus if program requirements are fulfilled throughout the year.

There are two components to the Calf Scramble program; donors and scramblers. One cannot work without the other. The donors are essential to continuing the program, which gives young students the chance to learn about agriculture and responsibility.

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An application for the 2019 Calf Scramble consists of an online entry and a paper application. Texas 4-H and FFA members must have their county extension agent or agricultural science teacher submit their Calf Scramble entries online from Oct. 15 – Dec. 1, 2018. The completed and notarized paper application must be postmarked and mailed by Dec. 15, 2018. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ will not accept the application package any other way.

Please note: Eligible applicants must have reached their 14th, but NOT their 18th birthday by Jan. 1, 2019 and not be enrolled beyond their junior year in high school.

2019 Calf Scramble Application


There are multiple ways you can support the Rodeo's Calf Scramble Program. Donors can either contribute $2,250 for a calf or donate an amount to the awards program. Both donations can be made as individuals or in groups. Download the applicable form and return it by mail.

Online Reporting System

Please refer to the 2020 Calf Scramble Handbook for instructions and due dates.


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Contact Us

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™
P.O. Box 20070
Houston, Texas 77225

Phone: 832.667.1138

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When reviewing the calf scramble results, the categories are Mystery Calf, Glazier (First) Catch and Hard Luck. The Mystery Calf is selected by the Calf Scramble Committee prior to the event and remains a secret from the participants. The student who catches the Mystery Calf receives an additional prize along with the calf scramble certificate. The person to catch the first calf receives a belt buckle and $150 in addition to the certificate. Hard Luck is an award given by the Calf Scramble Committee to a participant who did not catch a calf, but showed an exceptional effort. The Hard Luck winner also receives a purchase certificate.