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.