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4-H Livestock Showing Projects are Educational by Mario Villarino

September 18, 2023 – 4-H livestock showing projects are educational programs offered by the 4-H organization. These projects involve raising and showing livestock animals like cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and poultry. Here’s an overview of what’s involved:

Animal Selection: Participants choose an animal to raise and show. They might consider factors like breed, health, and market potential. Animal Care: They learn to care for the animal, including feeding, housing, and health management. Record Keeping: Keeping records of expenses, growth, and health is a crucial part of the project.

Showmanship: Youth learn how to present their animal effectively in a show ring. This involves grooming, leading, and showcasing the animal’s best features.

Knowledge and Skill Development: Participants gain knowledge about their chosen species, animal husbandry, and the livestock industry.

Character Development: 4-H focuses on life skills like responsibility, teamwork, and communication.

Show Participation: At county fairs, state fairs, or local shows, participants exhibit their animals. Judges evaluate the animals based on criteria like conformation and quality.

Auctions: In some cases, animals are sold at auctions. Participants may use the proceeds for future projects or education. These projects teach young people about agriculture, responsibility, and the livestock industry. They also provide opportunities for personal growth and can lead to careers in agriculture or related fields.

A very important component in 4-H is learning by doing. Under this principle, youth learn how to prepare a project and learn from it. After the experience is finished, youth can recollect experiences, make corrections and start another project if they choose to.

A very popular project are goats and lambs. For our local county show, the organization is conducted by NETLA (Northeast Texas Livestock Association). Validation for goats and lambs for state shows and county show is October 19, 2023 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Regional Civic Center. 4-H membership is required for 4-H exhibitors.

For more information on this or any other agricultural topic please contact the Hopkins County Extension Office at 903-885-3443 or email me at [email protected].

Author: Matt Janson

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