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Beef Cattle 4-H Project Area

The 4-H Beef Cattle project area consists of three project manuals. Each manual covers three years of activities.  

Four 4-H Beef Cattle Project Manuals from Shop4H
  • In Bite Into Beef (Beef 1), you will identify breeds, locate beef parts, judge, halter break a calf, fit a steer, show a calf, recognize a healthy animal, select feed ingredients, and shop for beef and beef by-products.
  • Here’s the Beef (Beef 2)  provides challenging activities related to leg structure, oral reasons, feed ingredients, behavior, nose printing, parasites, fitting, ethical issues, beef carcass composition and retail meat cuts.
  • Leading the Charge (Beef 3)  encourages more in-depth learning about selection and judging, feeding, careers, health and reproduction, and meats and marketing.

If a member completes the 9 years of project manuals, they can work with their county Extension professionals to determine their learning opportunities for their remaining 4-H years.

Scoresheets

Each year, 4-H members should complete 7 activities in the project manual as well as the planning pages at the beginning of the manual.

There are not separate documents with the scoresheets for beef cattle project series. Scoresheets can be located inside the Record Guides on page 2.

Record Guides

Youth who has selected a Beef Cattle 4-H project typically are raising an animal as part of their project work. A project record guide is part of the animal science project experience.  If you enroll with an animal, you will need to select the Breeding Livestock Record Guide (4-H Beef Heifer/Cow) or Market Livestock Record Guide (Feeder Calf or Market Beef) to accompany this project. Record guides are available in both a print and electronic format.

Paper Record Guides

Market Livestock Record Guides (ages based on Jan 1st of current 4-H year)

Breeding Livestock Record Guides (ages based on Jan 1st of current 4-H year)

Supplemental Sheet for the Breeding Livestock Record Guides

For most species, the supplement records are lifetime production records, so the 4-H member updates these each year that an animal is a part of their project. Members will need to complete a supplement sheet for each animal included in their record guide. These supplement records will be available online only.

  • Beef Cattle
  • Electronic Record Guides

    Beef-less Beef Cattle Project

    If you enroll in this project area without an animal, check with your local Extension professional for approval and guidelines.

    Exhibit Ideas

    • Most youth in this project area will exhibit an animal at a livestock show.
    • Poster, Story, and/or Model on one of the following topics:

      • Beef 1 - identifying breeds, locating beef parts, judging, halter breaking a calf, fitting a steer, showing a calf, recognizing a healthy animal, selecting feed ingredients, and shopping for beef and beef by-products.

      • Beef 2 - beef quality assurance, nutritional needs, beef digestive system, safety and ethics, beef judging, and grading beef.
      • Beef 3 - selection and judging, feeding, careers, health and reproduction, or meats and marketing.

    • Examples of Blue Ribbon Exhibits

    How Do I Sign Up?

    Screenshot of 4-H ZSuite enrollment page to select project

    The first step is to create an enrollment in our ZSuite website.

    Enroll in 4-H ZSuite

    When you get to the CLUBS tab of the enrollment, you will want to ADD PROJECT.


    For Beef Cattle, you should search for:

    • RECORD GUIDE - BREEDING LIVESTOCK / BEEF HEIFER/COW YEAR 1 - BITE INTO THE BEEF
    • RECORD GUIDE - MARKET LIVESTOCK / MARKET BEEF YEAR 1 - BITE INTO THE BEEF
    • RECORD GUIDE - MARKET LIVESTOCK / FEEDER CALF YEAR 1 - BITE INTO THE BEEF


    Project Videos

    Coming soon!

    Related Events & Camps

    Animal Health & Quality Assurance (AH&QA)

    Youth exhibitors required to complete the online quality assurance training must do so starting April 1st and no later than June 30th in order to exhibit at any fair, festival or show taking place the remainder of that calendar year in West Virginia.

    College & Career Pathways

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    Pre-Veterinary

    WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    WVU Potomac State College - 2 year program

    The bachelor of science program in Animal and Nutritional Sciences, is designed to provide students with the academic requirements for entry into professional schools or colleges of veterinary medicine.

    Careers

    • Veterinarian
    • Medical Doctor
    • Dentist
    • Medical research

    Pre-Veterinary Major Information
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    Animal & Nutritional Sciences

    WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    WVU Potomac State College - 2 year program (Animal Science)

    So, you love animals but don’t want to be a veterinarian. The bachelor of science in agriculture in animal and nutritional sciences is for you. 

    Careers

    • Agricultural production
    • Agribusiness Management
    • Animal and food science sales
    • Research and development
    • Animal pharmaceutical sales
    Animal & Nutrition Sciences Major Information
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    Agricultural & Extension Education

    WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    WVU Potomac State College - 2 year program

    Agriculture remains an important component of educational programs across the U.S., and the Davis College prepares students for a variety of careers in the field.

    Careers

    • Agriculture teaching
    • Extension agent
    • Production and technical agriculture teaching
    • Professional employment in government, industry or entrepreneurship
    Agricultural & Extension Education Major Information
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    Agribusiness Management

    WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    WVU Potomac State College - 2 year program

    The general agricultural economics area or concentration provides a basic background for a variety of careers related to agriculture.

    Careers

    • Agricultural business manager
    • Farm loan officer
    • Purchasing agent
    • Grain merchandiser
    • Agricultural marketing specialist
    • Government inspector
    • Farm equipment sales/service rep
    • Commodity broker
    • Financial consultant
    • Credit loan officer
    • Agricultural chemical sales
    • Dairy plant manager
    Agribusiness Management Major Information