Program Areas
Livestock Program

The Utah 4-H Livestock Program is designed for those youth with interest in livestock and livestock events. Youth are given the opportunity to develop leadership, citizenship, self-esteem, social, and livestock skills. This program is for youth in grades 3-12, but not younger than 8. The Utah 4-H Livestock Program includes programs for those youth who own/have access to livestock and those who do not, but still want to learn about the science of livestock selection, care, and management. To find information about livestock clubs in your areas or to start your own club, contact your County Extension Office.


One of the most popular project areas is junior livestock. Utah 4-H has a strong relationship with the Utah Junior Livestock Association and supports several different state-sanctioned shows that welcome 4-H youth raising beef, goats, sheep, and hogs. Animals participating in these state shows must be tagged using state-tags by your local 4-H agent or FFA advisor. 

For more information visit their website at: https://utahjuniorlivestock.com/


Other Junior Livestock Opportunities

Rocky Mountain Jackpot Show Series.

**Please note - the Kamas livestock show has been cancelled. 

Introducing the brand new livestock judging series! Attend any of the sanctioned contests to collect points. Year-end awards will be given to JUNIOR, INTERMEDIATE, and SENIOR age divisions! Livestock Judging is centered around evaluating livestock and making decisions. It teaches time-management and other useful skills essential to success in the livestock world! Contact jessie.hadfield@usu.edu for more information!

 

Intermountain Livestock Judge's Training

Held in Spanish Fork, this training is an excellent opportunity for club leaders, parents, and youth to learn more about the livestock industry, keep up with trends, and fine-tune their livestock evaluation skills. Experts from across the National are invited to present. This is an opportunity you don't want to miss!

For more information, email jessie.hadfield@usu.edu

  • Utah Junior Livestock Show - Spanish Fork 
  • Intermountain Livstock Judes Training - Spanish Fork
  • Millard County Junior Livestock Show - Delta
  • Southeastern Utah Junior Livestock Show - Ferron
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Poultry

poultry

The Utah 4-H Poultry Program provides project areas in vast ranges for 4-H Youth located in both urban and rural settings. This program is for youth in grades 3-12, but not younger than 8. Utah 4-H provides poultry opportunities with Turkey, Broiler, and Layer programs. These programs are for youth who own/have access to poultry and those who do not, but still want to learn about the science of poultry, how to care for them and poultry management. Poultry projects motivate youth to explore, learn responsibility and enjoy challenges.


Utah Jr. Turkey Show

*** The 2022 Turkey Show has been cancelled!!

An update from the 4-H and FFA turkey show poults supplier (Norbest) stating that because of the highly contagious Avian Flu that has recently taken place in Utah and several cases of it in the counties surrounding them in Central Utah,we are NOT going to be able to acquire turkeys poults from them for the Utah State Jr. Turkey program this year. 

We will be contacting the youth and parents as quickly as possible (via email) about the cancelation of the turkey poult orders and the Utah Jr Turkey show for 2022. If you have youth in your county that ordered poults through the program and would like to help us by reaching out to them with this information, we would greatly appreciate it.

We will be working with the turkey show board to get all money refunded as quickly as possible. Please feel free to contact Mike Pace or Ashley Longmore (with Box Elder County Extension) with any questions you might have and thank you for your understanding.

The Turkey project is one of the best ways for youth to experience a junior livestock project if they've never been involved before. All the poults come from the same supplier, and youth raise them from August - November. They participate in the harvesting and processing, and then have the opporutnity to sell their turkey to local community members looking for a Thanksgiving bird!

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Broilers

A Broiler project exposes youth to the realm of poultry science. This 10 week project is ideal for youth in both urban and rural settings.



Layers

Backyard chicken projects often involve Layers. These are multiple breeds of chickens that produce farm fresh eggs.

To take your Laying Hens to the next level here are some resources that can help:



Meat Rabbits

rabbits

The Utah 4-H Meat Rabbit Program is a great livestock project for both urban and rual settings. This program is for youth in grades 3-12, but not younger than 8. Youth who have access to or own their own rabbits, as well as those who do not, are invited to learn the science of rabbits, how to care for meat rabbits, and management. Meat rabbit projects motivate youth to explore, learn responsibility and enjoy challenges.To find information about various rabbit clubs in your area, or to start your own club, contact your County Extension Office. 

 

Utah Market Rabbit Show at the Utah State Fair

September 10th, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


  1. Youth exhibitors shall have ownership of rabbit entries for a minimum of 30 days prior to the day of the show. County extension staff or FFA advisors will be responsible for verifying ownership.
  2. All rabbits exhibited must be tattooed in the left ear prior to the fair. The tattoo needs to be permanent. Permanent marker will not be accepted.
  3. Rabbits do not need to be pedigreed, but should be of commercial meat rabbit type.
  4. All colors and meat rabbit breeds are accepted.
  5. A 4-H member may enter and show a maximum of 6 entries with 2 entries per class.
  6. Cages will be provided and assigned to exhibitors by the Rabbit Committee.
  7. Exhibitors must furnish their own feeding and watering equipment that will remain with the rabbits for the duration of the show. Cages may not be used for storage of supplies- designated storage is provided.
  8. Rabbits that are exhibited at fair are still the property of the owner and are not to be handled by anyone other than the owner at any time, with the provision that project committee members & superintendent may check, handle or move rabbits for the safety of the animals. Locks are permitted, please contact committee.
  9. Youth exhibitors are responsible for bringing their rabbits to and from the judging table (no adults) when the class is called. Members will stay until dismissed, and return rabbit to cage. If rabbit is not on the judging table at the time class is judged, rabbit will not be judged. If needed, another youth rabbit exhibitor may assist in bringing rabbits to the table.



Meat Rabbit Classes & Divisions


Market Rabbit Fryers

Less than 6 months
4.5 – 6.5 pounds
Judging Criteria: judged on meat type, condition of flesh, and fur

Market Rabbit Breeding Show

12 weeks +
Classes divided by gender then age.
If there are 5 or more of the same breed, further classes will be made

Judging Criteria: judged on meat type, condition of flesh, fur, and reproductive soundness. Breeding rabbits should be in good condition, adequately sized, and represent characteristics and qualities of market type rabbits.

Youth Showmanship

Contest will be held by 4-H age division based on grade as of September 1st, 2021.

Juniors – 3 – 5th grade
Intermediates – 6th – 8th grade
Seniors – 9th – 12th grade

Judging Criteria: youth showmanship competitions are based on the youth’s knowledge and understanding of their project. They will be judged on their ability to handle their project animal and answer questions about their project. Purdue University has shared a rabbit showmanship video that is helpful in learning how to participate in rabbit showmanship competitions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-HXumu6rAQ&t=29s

A showmanship clinic will be held the morning of the show so even youth that have never competed before can learn all the tricks and be successful in the show! 


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Questions?
Contact Jessie Hadfield  |  (435) 797-8442

For more information pertaining to Utah 4-H Livestock in your area,
contact your local County Extension Office  

 



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