Livestock Projects

 

Steer Project

Managing Beef Cattle for Show(pdf)

Texas Show Steer Breed Classification(pdf)

  • Purchase steer in March or April
  • Order validation tags in early May
  • Validate steers in June
  • Have hooves trimmed throughout feeding period
  • Treat for external parasites
  • Steer must be dehorned
  • Stock Show entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in late October
  • Clippers and scales are available by reserving their use by calling the Extension Office
  • Steer must be shorn to no more than ¼” on any location of the body except tail (exception of County, District and Fort Worth)
  • Must attend 5 club meetings to participate in the County Stock Show (If a new member, you must attend 50% of all remaining meetings)
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Goat Project

4-H Meat Goat Guide(pdf)

  • Purchase goats in July
  • Order validation tags in August
  • Validate goats in October
  • Stock Show entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in late October
  • Must attend 5 club meetings to participate in the County Stock Show (If a new member, you must attend 50% of all remaining meetings)
  • Meat goats must have milk teeth for some shows.  Check rules for each show.
  • Goats must be shorn slick (3/8”)
  • Horns must be tipped to show
  • Clippers and scales are available by reserving their use by calling the Extension Office
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Sheep Project

4-H Show Lamb Guide(pdf)

  • Purchase lambs in early June
  • Order validation tags in August
  • Stock Show entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in late October
  • Must attend 5 club meetings to participate in the County Stock Show (If a new member, you must attend 50% of all remaining meetings)
  • Need to consider age of lambs when purchasing for shows
  • Must have milk teeth in place for show (they lose these around one year of age)
  • Lambs must be shorn slick for show
  • Clippers and scales are available by reserving their use by calling the Extension Office
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Swine Project

Swine Project Guide(pdf)

Keeping Show Pigs Healthy (pdf)

  • Order validation tags in September
  • Purchase swine in October
  • Validate swine in November
  • Entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in late October
  • Must attend 5 club meetings to participate in the County Stock Show (If a new member, you must attend 50% of all remaining meetings)
  • Clippers and scales are available by reserving their use by calling the County Extension Office
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Turkey Project

Producing Turkeys for Show (pdf)

  • Order poults in early June from the Extension Office
  • Pick up poults in October
  • Entry forms and fees for all stock show are due in late October
  • Must attend 5 club meetings to participate in the County Stock Show (If a new member, you must attend 50% of all remaining meetings)
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Broilers

Getting Started with Show Broilers (pdf)

How to Produce Broilers and Roasters for Show (pdf)

Nutrition and Feeding of Show Poultry (pdf)

  • Order chicks in August from the Extension Office for County and major stock shows
  • Pick up chicks in November for County Stock Show
  • Pick up chicks in December for San Antonio Stock Show
  • Pick up chicks in January for Houston and Austin Stock Shows
  • Entry forms and fees for all stock shows are due in late October
  • Must attend 5 club meetings (If a new member, you must attend 50% of all remaining meetings)
  • Weight requirements for County Show is 12 lbs. per pen
  • Each exhibitor must order a minimum of 25 broilers. A family of 2 or more may order minimum of 15 per exhibitor.

 

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