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Livestock

Welcome to the South Carolina Youth Livestock Program website! Raising an animal can have a profound impact on someone, young, old and every age in between. The 4-H Livestock Program gives youth the chance to experience a wide array of cognitive, emotional, intellectual, and social activities. Youth can experience raising, caring for, training, and showing livestock species. Or they can take part in livestock enthusiast programs that do not require ownership of livestock. Either way our mission is to facilitate the development of life skills through animal agriculture experiences. Use the main menu to your left or the pictures below to navigate to areas of interest. If at any time you have questions feel free to use the "contact us" link located in the main menu.

SC 4-H Livestock Projects

Beef Cattle

Beef Cattle

Dairy Cattle

Dairy Cattle

   


Goats

Goats

Poultry

Poultry

Rabbits & Cavies

Rabbits & Cavies

Swine

Swine

Sheep

South Carolina 4-H Events, Contests, and Shows

SC 4-H Livestock Judging

Evaluation of livestock is an exciting and thought provoking experience. The ultimate goal of livestock judging is to compare your perception of an animal against the ideal and then to contrast your opinion with that of another individual or group of individuals. The basic level of livestock judging consists of two primary components: 1) the placing of animals; and 2) orally justifying your decision (reasons).  These activities expose you to more than just livestock judging, in addition to that you learn team work, effective communication skills, analytical thinking and aides you in gaining confidence to defend your decisions. Click here for more information!

SC 4-H Dairy Judging

Participating in Dairy Judging provides an excellent opportunity for youth to not only increase their knowledge of evaluating dairy cattle, but to also develop and hone valuable communication skills that will be useful for a lifetime. Click here for more information!

Spring Dairy Show and Junior Dairy Weekend

The Clemson University Spring Dairy Show is usually held the during the month of April each year at Clemson University's T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena near Clemson, SC. Clemson University's Cooperative Extension Service organizes and coordinates this weekend of dairy cattle activities for 4-H/FFA members and their families. In addition to the great camaraderie, there are many opportunities for junior cattlemen to win college scholarships, belt buckles and awards. Some of the events include Dairy Judging,  Showmanship Contest, Breed Shows, Youth Heifer Sale, and Dairy Heifer Project Kick-off. Click here for more information!

SC 4-H Dairy Foods Contest

The purpose of this program is to train the individual to judge those dairy products byappearances, textures, quality and flavors that reflect some production, processing, or handling condition which has influenced the quality of the finished dairy product. On the other hand, these same characteristics can prove quite helpful in the identification of various cheeses and the evaluation of their respective quality, as well at real dairy versus non-dairy or substitutes. Click here for more information!

Junior Beef Round Up

The South Carolina Jr. Beef Round-Up is usually held the first weekend of August each year at Clemson University's T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena near Clemson, SC. Clemson University's Cooperative Extension Service organizes and coordinates this weekend of beef cattle activities for 4-H/FFA members and their families. In addition to the great camaraderie, there are many opportunities for junior cattlemen to win college scholarships, savings bonds, livestock supplies and show equipment. Some of the events include Sales Talk Contest, Jr. Cattlemen's Contest, Showmanship Contest, Breed Shows, and SC Beef Ambassador Contest. Click here for more information!

Southeastern Dairy Youth Retreat

The Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat is a week-long camp for youth 9 to 19 years of age, along with parents and dairy youth program volunteers. Held each year in one of the seven participating states (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky), the retreat is a fun, educational and social event that the youth look forward to attending.  Focusing on a variety of dairy topics, the trip provides the youth with the opportunity to build teamwork skills, gain a broader understanding of the dairy industry and form lasting friendships with youth from different states. Workshops about dairy cattle reproduction, dairy cattle nutrition, milk marketing, dairy product processing, calf care, dairy judging, farm and equipment safety, and dairy product nutrition are taught by dairy industry professionals and university professors from the host states. Click here for more information!