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Arkansas Youth Livestock Program

Arkansas is proud to have an active, successful, and nationally-recognized youth development and educational livestock programs in 4-H. The Arkansas Youth Livestock Program has touched thousands of lives over the years. The Arkansas junior livestock programs teach skills to youth that carry them throughout their adult lives. Feeding, exercising, grooming, and showing animals are all important aspects of the 4-H project. 4-H'ers also learn to make decisions, keep records, manage money, take responsibility for another living thing, budget time, and many other important characteristics. The "Grand Finale" for most of these projects is exhibiting their animals at the county fair, district livestock show, or the State Fair. Youth also develop knowledge through participation in judging programs, livestock skills events, quiz bowls, camps and public speaking events.

Projects include:

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Arkansas Dairy Youth Program

Youth involved in the Arkansas Dairy Youth Program learn many important life skills as they increase their knowledge of dairy farming and the dairy industry. They participate in various educational activities including dairy cattle judging, dairy quiz bowl contests, dairy skillathons, demonstrations, competitive speaking contests and dairy camps. Also, let’s not forget the traditional junior dairy cattle shows and showmanship contests at the county, district and state fairs, plus regional and national shows.


Grassland Evaluation Contest

The goal of the program is to teach decision making skills to 4-H and other youth in grassland resource management.  The objective is to develop a 4-H contest that integrates the subjects of pastures, livestock, soils, wildlife, and plant identification to teach students an overall awareness of proper grassland management. This program is based on a classroom curriculum that can be taught in sections. The program includes a contest in which students are challenged to put their curriculum training into practice.

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Five district horse shows and a state horse show are conducted each year. Forty-two 4-H members and their horses compete in the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships along with a horse judging team and four public speakers. An Arkansas 4-H Horse Conference is conducted in March for 4-H youth, volunteer leaders, parents and county faculty on horse health, training, nutrition, selection and safety. Specialist works with county agents in conducting county programs on horse care and training.


Livestock Skillathon

Participants will learn about different breeds of livestock, external parts of livestock, skeletal anatomy of livestock, feedstuffs used in livestock diets, equipment using in raising and showing livestock, wholesale and retail cuts of meat derived from livestock, expected progeny differences (EPDs), common calculations used to measure animal performance and profitability, and judging meats.

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Many youth in Arkansas are involved in 4H poultry projects or poultry showmanship. Poultry youth activities continue to increase as more and more youth become interested in keeping and exhibiting poultry. Extension personnel conduct workshops for 4H and youth interested in poultry selection, judging, and showmanship.

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Sheep & Goats

Sheep & Goats Youth care for live animals while learning about animal health and nutrition, breeding, selection and marketing. In either the 4-H Sheep or Goat projects individuals learn decision making, record keeping, responsibility, sportsmanship and leadership. They may participate in market projects, breeding projects and non-competitive projects.


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Veterinary Science Project

The 4-H Veterinary Science Project is a 5-year curriculum based project with 100 lessons and 50 activities that gives youth interested in veterinary medicine opportunities to work in the field. The project is career-oriented and job-training so students can determine if this is a field they would like to pursue.