beefBecome familiar with and apply the recommended principles of beef animal science. Gain knowledge of sound breeding, feeding, and management practices. Develop integrity, sportsmanship, decision-making capabilities, and public speaking skills by participation in demonstrations, tours, and exhibits.

For Market Beef, raise one or more steers or heifers for market. Show and sell your animal at the county fair.

With Breeding Beef, own and care for one or more purebred or commercial heifers, cows, or bulls for at least 90 days before exhibiting at the fair.

In the Stocker-Feeder project you manage and care for one or more beef animals during winter and/or the summer grazing period for at least 90 days.

In a Non-Animal Beef project, you can benefit from many aspects of a livestock project without actually owning the animal.

Project Requirements
  • Market Beef | pdf
  • Breeding Beef | pdf |
  • Stocker-Feeder | pdf |
  • Non-Animal Beef | pdf |
Some counties may have additional requirements. Contact your 4-H leader or county extension office to learn more.

Member Materials
  • 4-H Animal Project Record Book | doc pdf
  • 4-H Involvement Report | docpdf |
  • 4-H Permanent Individual Animal Record for each breeding animal | doc pdf |
  • 4-H Project Record Book for Non Animal projects | doc | pdf |

Optional Supporting Materials
  • Bite Into Beef, Level 1*
  • Here's the Beef, Level 2* 
  • Leading the Charge, Level 3* 
  • Market Beef Growth Chart | pdf
  • Market Beef Planning Sheet | pdf
  • Idaho 4-H Livestock Costs and Returns Estimate | pdf
  • Beef, Sheep, and Swine Selection and Evaluation | pdf
  • Beef Resource Handbook*
  • Youth Beef Quality Assurance Program Manual for the Pacific Northwest| pdf

*Available through your county extension office.