4-H animal evaluation allows young people to explore animal science by learning to evaluate livestock project animals such as beef cattle, sheep and swine.
4-H animal evaluation allows young people to explore animal science by learning to evaluate livestock project animals such as beef cattle, sheep and swine. Participants learn to select both market and breeding animals based on breed character, production factors, structure and carcass desirability, as well as learn about marketing and careers in the livestock industry. As youth gain knowledge about animal differences and learn to evaluate and select livestock, they also increase their public speaking skills by preparing and delivering a logical and coherent set of oral reasons to the contest judge.
Youth can participate in two different animal evaluation areas:
Livestock management is a part of Michigan’s important agricultural industry, which is vital to the state’s economy and future prosperity. Participating in 4-H livestock projects, such as animal evaluation, 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
Department of Animal Science