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Beef and Dairy

Beef Cattle Project

The first decision a youth must make is which type of beef cattle project to show. 4-H beef cattle competitions may include purebred beef heifers, market steers, commercial heifer projects and commercial steer projects.

When a youth decides to raise a beef cattle project, he or she takes on the responsibility of caring for, feeding, and training the calf. This project teaches youth the value of hard work and commitment to a project.

The 4-H beef project area offers opportunities for youth to raise beef cattle for show competitions or to build their own herd. Contests focused on judging livestock and general knowledge are also an opportunity for youth to compete at the state and national level.

Beef Jeopardy Game

Game Hints

Dairy Cattle Project

Owning or leasing a dairy cattle project is a great way to learn more about the dairy industry as well as animal nutrition, health, reproduction, and milk production. The 4-H dairy cattle program offers many opportunities for youth who are interested in this project area. Competitions such as junior dairy cattle shows allow youth to raise a dairy animal and exhibit it at various shows from a local to national level.

Other contests such as dairy quiz bowl and judging are a great way to learn more about dairy cattle and the dairy industry, while having a great time and meeting new friends.

Dairy Judging Sites

Beef and Dairy forms and downloads

2017 Cobleskill Livestock Judging Clinic Registration Form & Schedule

2014 New England 4-H Beef Show Selection Criteria

2017 National 4-H Dairy Applicaton

2017 MA State 4-H Dairy Show Entry Book

2017 Fairs Animal Health Regulations

Big E Dairy Selection Rubric

Dairy Camp RV Form

2016 4-H Dairy Academy Brochure

2016 Beef Academy Brochure

Measures to Prevent Diseases Associated with Animals in Public Settings

Records

4-H members leasing a livestock project must file a Livestock Verification Form with their local 4-H office.  Dairy and Beef Verification Forms are due May 1 and Goat, Sheep and Alpaca forms are due June 1.

This 4-H Livestock Verification Form must be filed by the deadline with your local 4-H office:

4-H Livestock Verification Form

This Livestock Lease Form should not be filed with your 4-H office.  It is for the lesor and lessee only.

Sample Livestock Lease Form

Questions or further information, please contact:

Carrie Chickering-Sears
Director of Community Education in Animal Agriculture
University of Massachusetts Amherst Veterinary & Animal Science Dept.
111 North Maple Street
Hadley, MA 01035
Phone: 413-545-5302
Email: ccsears@umext.umass.edu