Livestock Projects

Steer Project

Managing Beef Cattle for Show(pdf)

Texas Show Steer Breed Classification(pdf)

  • Purchase steer in March or April
  • Order validation tags in early May
  • 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 late October
  • Clippers are available by reserving their use by calling the Extension Office
  • 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:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Goat Project

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
  • Clippers and scales are available by reserving their use by calling the Extension Office
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Sheep Project

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
  • Clippers and scales are available by reserving their use by calling the Extension Office
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Swine Project

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
  • Clippers and scales are available by reserving their use by calling the County Extension Office
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Horse Project

The horse project offer activities in horsemanship, horse development, management, and training.  There are county to national level horse shows, horse judging contests, Educational Program contests, Horse Quiz Bowl contest, Texas 4-H Hippology contest, and Texas 4-H Recordbook.

Feeding the Arena Performance Horse (pdf)

Feeding Young Horses for Sound Development (pdf)

Selection and Use of Hay and Processed Roughage in Horse Feeding (pdf)

 

Rabbit Project

Rabbit Project Guide

  • Purchase rabbits in the fall
  • Validation (tattoo)  is in December
  • Age for County: 1st grade-18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows 9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

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