Livestock

Program Contact: Julie Sorensen, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 962-7507 • jjsorens@wsu.edu

Livestock projects enable members to gain skills in animal husbandry and responsibility. There are numerous types of livestock projects for members to choose from. Below is a list of the projects and the objectives for each.

Beef
  • select, feed, and house a market steer
  • select cattle based on breed characteristics
  • fit, show, and market a steer
  • feed, breed, winter, fit, and show cattle
  • evaluate a carcass
  • manage a herd
Goat (Dairy, Meat, Utility,  Novelty, and Pygmy)
  • demonstrate proper goat management and practices
  • develop goat fitting and showing skills
  • promote goat products and the goat industry
  • select a quality project animal
  • feed care for an animal properly
  • select animals suitable for their use in harness or as pack animals
Llama/Alpaca
  • select, feed, and care for a llama
  • fit and show a llama
Sheep
  • select, feed, and house a market lamb
  • select, care for, fit, show, breed, and market sheep
  • fit and show a lamb
  • evaluate a carcass
  • control insects and parasites
Swine
  • improve swine care and management by following good health, nutrition, and handling practices
  • educate youth about the relationship of food safety and animal well-being
  • prevent drug residues
  • ensure a wholesome pork product
  • promote consumer confidence in the swine animal well-being and pork products