Calf Scramble

Since 1942, the Calf Scramble Program has been a part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. Since then, approximately $11.7 million has been awarded in certificates and awards to more than 21,000 students. For the 2017 Show, each student who catches a calf is awarded a $1,750 certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or market steer to show at the Houston Livestock Show™ the following year. Returning as an exhibitor, the student shows in a special competition with other calf scramble winners. The student receives a $250 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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Texas 4-H and FFA members must have their county extension agent or agricultural science teacher submit their entries online. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ will not accept the application package any other way.

Online Entries: open Oct. 17, deadline Dec. 1

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2016 Handbook


There are multiple ways you can support the Show's Calf Scramble Program. Donors can either contribute $2,000 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, fax or email.

Monthly Reports

Access codes are mailed in mid-April. Reports must be made online by the 10th day of every month. Copies of each report should be kept for your scrapbook. Please read the handbook for further instructions.


2016 Progress Show

Oct. 28 – 29, 2016
Humble Civic Center

Scramblers: Log in to the monthly reporting system between Sept. 10 and Oct. 1 to R.S.V.P for this event. Please see “Scrambler Memo” below for additional information.


Scramble Stalls & Scrapbooks

A stall display and a scrapbook are two of the eight requirements each calf scrambler must complete. While both projects are creative, each project has its own guidelines and rules. Please read the Calf Scramble Handbook to understand what is required from you.   

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Contact Us

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

Phone: 832.667.1138

Results & Photos

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.

DVD Requests

If you would like a DVD of a calf scramble performance, complete the form below and return it with your payment of $35 for each DVD ordered. There are many participants in the calf scramble, and we cannot guarantee that your child will appear on the DVD. Please take this into consideration when ordering the DVD, as it is non-refundable. Please write legibly and include event date to expedite filling your request.

2017 DVD Request Form