Livestock Project Information Page

4-H Livestock Projects

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4-H Livestock Projects!

Texas is unmatched in youth livestock project ownership and participation. Students engaging in this project gain invaluable life skills such as work ethic, responsibility and accountability. Supporters of these exceptional youth invest nearly $100 million annually in the futures of these young agriculturalists. What can become lost in a barn full of livestock, exhibitors, trophies, banners, buckles, premiums and scholarships, is that the barn is actually a classroom. The County Extension Agents and Agricultural Science Teachers leading youth through this experience are professional educators affiliated with a public or private school. The exhibitors qualify for excused absences as an extracurricular activity. Livestock show barns are the classrooms for livestock exhibitors. Because the barn is a classroom, the livestock community must take notice that we are constantly projecting an image to the public regarding the value of our classroom. We must proclaim the values we stand for and also condemn certain behaviors that are unwelcome and unhelpful in preserving the sanctity of our unique classroom settings.

Beef Cattle 1heifer

 

 

 

Show Animals

Steer Project

Beef Cattle Explore Project Book (pdf)

Managing Beef Cattle for Show(pdf)

Texas Show Steer Breed Classification(pdf)

  • Purchase steer in March or April
  • Order validation tags in April
  • Validate steers in June
  • Have hooves trimmed throughout feeding period
  • Treat for external parasites
  • Steer must be dehorned
  • Stock Show entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in mid November
  • Steer must be shorn to no more than ¼” on any location of the body except tail (exception of County, District and Fort Worth)
  • Age for County and for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Let's Get Started With The Cattle Project

Let’s Get Started With The Cattle Project

 

Main Resource for Beef Projects!!! This Page contains videos for creating a successful Steer and Heifer Project Webinar Series.  New Project Member should enroll and participate!!

Other Download Resources

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Sheep and Goat Explore Project Book pdf) Great resource for new project members.

4-H Meat Goat Guide(pdf)

  • Purchase goats in July
  • Order validation tags in August
  • Validate goats in October
  • Stock Show entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in late October
  • Meat goats must have milk teeth for some shows.  Check rules for each show.
  • Goats must be shorn slick (3/8”)
  • Horns must be tipped to show
  • Age for County and for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

Let's Get Started With The Goat Project

Let’s Get Started With The Goat Project

Main Resource for Goat Projects!!! This Page contains videos for creating a successful Goat Project Webinar Series.  New Project Member should enroll and participate!!

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2020 – New Lamb Classification Guidelines

Sheep and Goat Explore Project Book (pdf)

4-H Show Lamb Guide(pdf)

  • Purchase lambs in early June
  • Order validation tags in August
  • Stock Show entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in late October
  • Need to consider age of lambs when purchasing for shows
  • Must have milk teeth in place for show (they lose these around one year of age)
  • Lambs must be shorn slick for show
  • Age for County and for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

Let's Get Started Sheep Project

Let’s Get Started Sheep Project

Main Resource for Sheep Projects!!! This Page contains videos for creating a successful Steer and Heifer Project Webinar Series.  New Project Member should enroll and participate!!

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Swine Classification – updated summer of 2019

NOTE:  not all major shows have accepted these classifications.  You will want to check the show Premium Books whenever they are released later in the fall to see if a show has adopted these guidelines.

Swine Project Guide(pdf)

Keeping Show Pigs Healthy (pdf)

  • Order validation tags in September
  • Purchase swine in October
  • Validate swine in November
  • Entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in late October
  • Age for County and for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

Let's Get Started Swine

Let’s Get Started Swine

Main Resource for Swine Projects!!! This Page contains videos for creating a successful Steer and Heifer Project Webinar Series.  New Project Member should enroll and participate!!

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Poultry 

 

  • Poultry Resource Page
    For more information regarding poultry care and management.
  • Poultry Breeds
    For information on all Poultry Breeds.
  • Showing Poultry Projects
    Ohio State University works to provide a central site 4-H’ers and their families can visit to get information on poultry related projects and events, so interested students can find activities to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of poultry.
  • Should I take BROILERS as a 4H Project?
    Choosing to take a livestock project in 4-H should involve sound decision-making. This fact sheet provides basic information to help you make a good decision.
  • Should I take TURKEYS as a 4H Project?
    Choosing to take a livestock project in 4-H should involve sound decision-making. This fact sheet provides basic information to help you make a good decision.

Poultry Q & A
Nutrition and Feeding of Show Poultry
Producing Turkeys for Show
How to Produce Broilers and Roasters for Show

Turkey Project

Producing Turkeys for Show (pdf)

  • Order poults in April from the Extension Office
  • Pick up poults in October
  • Entry forms and fees for all stock show are due in late October
  • Age for major stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

Let's Get Started Poultry Projects

Let’s Get Started Poultry Projects

Broilers

Getting Started with Show Broilers (pdf)

How to Produce Broilers and Roasters for Show (pdf)

Nutrition and Feeding of Show Poultry (pdf)

  • Order chicks in September from the Extension Office for major stock shows
  • Order chicks in December from the Extension Office for County
  • Pick up chicks in January for County Stock Show
  • Pick up chicks in early January for San Antonio Stock Show
  • Pick up chicks in late January for Houston and Austin Stock Shows
  • Entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in late October
  • Weight requirements for County Show is 15 lbs. per pen
  • Each exhibitor must order a minimum of 25 broilers
  • Age for County and for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

Dairy Cattle

Other Resources: 

Welcome to Texas Youth Livestock & Agriculture

https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/project-category/animals/

Recycle your feed bags into something FUN!!!  Click to learn how!!

 

 

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