4-H Beef Cattle Project

Crystal Ahrens, Braud, Tyler

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What is the Beef Cattle Project?

The beef cattle project teaches production methods of the current beef cattle industry. The beef cattle project allows youth to explore the areas of animal husbandry, livestock selection and evaluation, health management, and meat science. Beef cattle projects focus on market steers (terminal meat-based production), breeding beef (purebred production) and commercial heifers (crossbred commercial production).

Objectives

  • Develop life skills through project participation essential for becoming a skilled, productive and responsible citizen.
  • Cultivate skills and interest from 4-H project experiences that can assist in future career preparation.
  • Develop quality leadership skills that promote positive youth development.
  • Learn the value of and apply ethical industry accepted practices and research findings in specific project areas.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 4-H Beef Club leader
  • Hosting/assisting with clinics
  • Hosting/assisting with shows
  • Master Cattleman training program
  • Beef quality assurance training

Resources

Project Opportunities

  • Beef Cattle Exhibition
  • Beef Premier Exhibitor
  • NAILE Beef/Sheep Award Trip
  • Agricultural Demonstration Speeches
  • LBIC 4-H/FFA Beef Poster Contest
  • State Fair Quiz Bowl
  • LSU Grazing Project
  • Livestock Judging
  • Meat I.D. & Evaluation

Career Opportunities

  • Beef cattle breeder
  • Veterinarian
  • Feed sales/nutritionist
  • Veterinary pharmaceutical sales
  • Equipment manufacturing and sales
  • Research scientist
  • Reproductive consultant and technician
  • USDA grader/inspector
  • Animal welfare specialist

Life Skills Developed through 4-H Beef Cattle Project

Head

  • Managing
  • Goal setting
  • Keeping records
  • Wise use of resources

Head

  • Thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Learning to learn
  • Service learning

Heart

  • Caring
  • Empathy
  • Nurturing
  • Relationships

Heart

  • Relating
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Social skills

Hands

  • Giving
  • Community service
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility

Hands

  • Working
  • Marketable skills
  • Self-motivation

Health

  • Living
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Stress management
  • Disease prevention
  • Personal safety

Health

  • Being
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-responsibility
  • Character
  • Managing feelings
  • Self-discipline
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