4-H members who have access to or own livestock have many opportunities to participate in shows and events. Nebraska 4-H also offers a variety of programs that do not require livestock ownership or access.
The Nebraska 4-H livestock programs offer life-changing opportunities for youth. 4-H members practice life skills, such as responsibility, self-discipline, personal safety, goal setting, and keeping records. The focus of the Nebraska 4-H livestock programs is the total development of the young person. The livestock shows and related activities and contests are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. The programs aim to develop confident, competent, caring individuals who have good character and are connected to their communities.
To learn more about 4-H livestock events and activities in your community, contact your local Extension office.
4-H LIVESTOCK OPPORTUNITIES
All 4-H members enrolled in livestock projects are required to complete annual quality assurance training and certification through the Youth for Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program. This includes youth enrolled in beef, dairy cattle, goat, sheep, swine, poultry, or rabbit projects. Youth may complete online training courses or attend in-person training workshops held by their county Extension offices.
The Premier Animal Science Event (PASE), held in conjunction with Life Challenge, is a two-day event designed to help youth learn about issues related to the animal industry, explore career opportunities, compete with other teens from across the state, and have fun! Youth may participate in livestock judging, poultry judging, meats judging, livestock skillathon, and livestock quiz bowl.
The 4-H Fed Steer Challenge is designed to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H beef projects by providing an affordable option that rewards production merit and carcass value, along with accurate and complete record keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement by the 4-H member.
County Fairs offer a local opportunity for 4-H members to exhibit and show their livestock projects. In order to participate in 4-H at County Fairs, youth must be officially enrolled members and must have completed the county's ID requirements. Each county implements their own requirements, timeframes, and guidelines for County Fair livestock shows.
At the Nebraska State Fair, 4-H members have the opportunity to showcase what they have learned and worked on throughout the year. A number of 4-H livestock shows and animal science contests take place at the Nebraska State Fair, including beef, sheep, swine, meat goat, dairy cattle, poultry, and rabbit shows, as well as the Dairy Judging Contest. Any 4-H member planning to exhibit a live animal at the Nebraska State Fair must complete the livestock ID and nomination requirements and complete the online entry process by the appropriate deadlines.
The National 4-H Dairy Conference gives youth the special opportunity to learn more about their dairy industry, as well as careers in the dairy industry while having fun and making new friends from across the United States and Canada. Nebraska 4-H members may apply to be a Nebraska 4-H delegate to the conference.