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4-H livestock projects, including beef, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping. 

4-H youth will feed, train, show and care for beef cattle project animals as they learn about beef breeds, selection, grooming, production, management, marketing, reproduction, health and agribusiness careers. Youth can start their own herd with breeding cattle or raise a market animal that produces a meat product for human consumption. In addition to local county events, statewide competitions and educational events are all possibilities as well.

Livestock management is a part of Michigan’s important agricultural industry, which is vital to the state’s economy and future prosperity. Participating in a 4-H beef project could set you on the path to an excellent career in agriculture.


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:

Julie Thelen, 4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science Educator

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 517-432-1626

Department of Animal Science

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