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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.

Judging Beef Cattle and Oral Reasons 101

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 National 4-H Dairy conference

Beef and Dairy forms and downloads

        2022 State 4=H Dairy Show Entry Book

2022 Beef Academy Schedule - Youth planning on showing at the Big E 4-H Beef Show are required to attend.

2022 MA 4-H Beef Academy Registration Form

2022 Dairy Academy Flyer

2022 National 4-H Dairy Conference Application

2022 MA Animal Health Requirements for Fairs

2022 NE Fairs & Show Health Requirements

Dairy Show Camp RV Form

Measures to Prevent Diseases Associated with Animals in Public Settings


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: 

MA 4-H Animal Verification Form

The Livestock Lease Form is to be filed with your 4-H office by May 1st. This is for your use between the owner and leasee.

Beef Model Lease Agreement

Livestock Lease Form

For further information, please contact:

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