Show Animals

Steer Project

Beef Cattle Explore Project Book (pdf)

Managing Beef Cattle for Show(pdf)

Texas Show Steer Breed Classification(pdf)

  • Purchase steer in March or April
  • Order validation tags in April
  • 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 mid November
  • 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 half of all club meetings to be eligible to show at the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old

 

Let's Get Started With The Cattle Project

Let’s Get Started With The Cattle Project

 

Goat Project

Sheep and Goat Explore Project Book pdf)

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 half of all club meetings to be eligible to show at the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show
  • 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
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old
Let's Get Started With The Goat Project

Let’s Get Started With The Goat Project

 

Sheep Project

Sheep and Goat Explore Project Book (pdf)

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 half of all club meetings to be eligible to show at the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show
  • 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
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old
Let's Get Started Sheep Project

Let’s Get Started Sheep Project

 

 

Swine Project

Swine Classification – updated summer of 2019

NOTE:  not all major shows have accepted these classifications.  You will want to check the show Premium Books whenever they are released later in the fall to see if a show has adopted these guidelines.

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 half of all club meetings to be eligible to show at the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old
Let's Get Started Swine

Let’s Get Started Swine

 

Turkey Project

Producing Turkeys for Show (pdf)

  • Order poults in April from the Extension Office
  • Pick up poults in October
  • Entry forms and fees for all stock show are due in late October
  • Must attend half of all club meetings to be eligible to show at the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show
  • Age for County:  1st grade – 18 years old
  • Age for other stock shows:  9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old
Let's Get Started Poultry Projects

Let’s Get Started Poultry Projects

 

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 September 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 half of all club meetings to be eligible to show at the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show
  • Weight requirements for County Show is 12 lbs. per pen
  • Each family must order a minimum of 25 broilers

 

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