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Beef and Dairy Cattle

Beef Cattle Project 4-H Beef Academy

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.

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 National 4-H Dairy conference

Beef and Dairy forms and downloads


Verification Forms

4-H members owning or 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.


For further information, please contact:

State 4-H Animal Specialist
University of Massachusetts Amherst 
100 Venture Way, Suite 334
Hadley, MA 01035-9462