4-H Livestock

Showing an animal at the county fair is an educational and memorable experience for youth in the 4-H Livestock projects.
Showing livestock builds
confidence and character in young people.


Families are encouraged to have realistic conversations about the time and other resources that animal projects require. Animal projects will take a minimum of one hour daily to care for the basic needs, such as feeding, watering and vet care of the animal. Market beef projects typically start in November or December and continue through until July or August. Pig, sheep and goat market projects start in April or May and continue through July or August. Training and preparing an animal for show will take several additional hours per day. Breeding projects are a year-round commitment for both the member and family.
Through animal science projects you also learn to care for, train and handle animals safely. You can practice taking care of equipment and evaluate several methods of performing a task. You'll better understand and apply research in making wise decisions and investments and use it in managing your animals and planning your goals

The Livestock Committee developed "help books" for each of the Livestock Project areas to help members know what to expect throughout the year and at fair. Download your specific project Help Book and the Rules and Regulations for the Fair. These are also available for purchase at the Extension Office.


Fair 2017 Livestock Video Files

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jeff Bader, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.