4-H Livestock and Poultry Project Resources

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Many youth are involved in Lancaster County 4-H's livestock program, which includes beef cattle, dairy cattle, bucket calves, dairy/pygmy goats, meat goats, sheep, swine and llamas/alpacas. Youth ages 8–18 may participate by joining a club or as an independent member. Some clubs focus on a specific animal project while some clubs work on a variety of projects including specific animal projects. Except for the Pick-a-Pig and Go Go Goat Getters 4-H clubs, youth are required to provide their own animal — raising an animal develops life skills such as goal setting, discipline and a sense of reponsiblity. To compete in 4-H/FFA livestock, poultry and rabbit shows (such as at the Lancaster County Super Fair) exhibitors must complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animal (YQCA) requirements — see box below.

For more information about the livestock program, contact Extension Assistant Calvin DeVries at 402-441-7180 or calvin.devries@unl.edu.

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Lancaster County Super Fair 4-H Livestock & Poultry Information

This web page has non-fair 4-H livestock and poultry project information. Resources, identification information and forms for the 4-H livestock and poultry shows at Lancaster County Super Fair are on the 4-H at Lancaster County Super Fair web page.

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4-H Overall Livestock Project Resources

4-H project books are available to view and purchase at the Lancaster Extension Education Center. They may also be ordered online through Shop 4-H.

Lancaster County 4-H News & Announcements

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4-H Swine Project Resources

Extension Swine Websites
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4-H Poultry Project Resources

Extension Poultry Website
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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Requirements for 4-H/FFA Members Exhibiting Livestock, Poultry and Rabbits Updated for 2020

4-H/FFA youth enrolled in any of the following animal projects will need to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training:

  • Beef (bucket calf, feeder calf, breeding beef, market beef)
  • Dairy cattle
  • Goat (breeding meat goat, market meat goat, bottle meat goat, dairy/ pygmy goat)
  • Poultry
  • Rabbit
  • Sheep (breeding sheep, market sheep)
  • Swine (breeding swine, market swine)

Deadline to complete YQCA and submit certificates of completion is JULY 1. Send completed certificates to Calvin at calvin.devries@unl.edu or Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, 444 Cherrycreek Rd., Ste. A, Lincoln, NE 68528.

Youth must be currently enrolled at https://ne.4honline.com. Only parents/guardians may enroll 4-H members.

In Lancaster County, youth must complete their YQCA requirements online:

If you have further questions, contact Calvin at 402-441-7180 or calvin.devries@unl.edu.

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