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4-H Beef Project

Program Contact: Jenny W. Loyd, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 574-1600 •

4-H Beef manuals and project books provide an interactive curriculum for youth that is hands on and grounded solidly in subject matter.  Youth identify breeds, halter break a calf, show a steer, recognize a healthy animal, and select feed ingredients. Challenges youth with activities related to leg structure, oral reasons, feed ingredients, behavior, parasites, and ethical issues. Youth will develop life skills while exploring beef science!


  • 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 carcase
  • manage a herd

4-H Beef Curriculum

Available from the Extension office or online at 4-H Beef Curriculum

Beef 1 – Bite Into Beef
Beef 2 – Here’s the Beef
Beef 3 – Leading the charge
Beef – Helper’s Guide
Exploring Beef Health and Husbandry (Leader Guide)

Member Publications

Available in the Extension office or online at

C0728E – Market Livestock Record
C0729E – Breeding Livestock Record
C0914E – Animal Science Record
C1054E – Producer Affidavit& Market Beef Health Record
C1113E – Supplemental Animal Affidavit & Health Record
EM3125 – 4-H Advanced Livestock Science Manual
NEEC20594 – Livestock Judging Guide
PNW669 – Judging Beef Cattle and Oral Reasons 101
PNW593 – Youth Beef Quality Assurance Program Manual fr the Pacific Northwest
PNW614Pasture and Grazing Management in the Northwest

Leader Publications

C0016 – Beef chart
4-H104E – How to Make a Rope Halter
EB1460E – Washington Steer of Merit
FS048E – Meating the Grade: Raising Market Ready for 4-H Beef Projects
Livestock E-Quiz

National 4-H Beef Resources
State 4-H Beef Resources


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