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Atchison County

4-H Beef Project

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Are You Into It?

In the 4-H beef project you can select from a breeding animal or a market animal. Breeding animals allow you to start your own herd while market animals produce meat products for people.

  • Learn basic principles of animal science by owning, caring for, and keeping records on one or more head of livestock
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sound breeding, feeding, and management practices
  • Learn value of scientific research in its influence on animals and the meat industry

Here's what you can do all year!

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Take Beef further!

Here are other opportunities to explore Beef:

• Visit a local feed mill and see how feed ingredients are mixed, weighed and blended to make a complete ration

• Visit a local meat locker or local grocery meat case to observe preparation and packaging

• Learn how to evaluate meat cuts, quality grade, yield grade and how these affect taste and cost

• Compare feed tags from different companies

• Ride with a local veterinarian to learn about animal health

• Attend a cattle show to listen to a judge give oral reasons and witness the differences in judging cattle

• Become a part of a youth beef team

• Exhibit or attend local, regional or national beef shows and conferences

• Is it fair time? Consider showing in your County Fair beef show or the Kansas State Fair.

• Contact your county KSU Extension Office for other local workshops, activities, and events

• Interested in a college education in animal science or veterinary medicine? Talk to you local KSU Extension Office for more information.

4-H Grows Here

A Skill I Learned...

Beyond the Barn


KSU Project Page 


Fair Resources

Large Animal Exhibit Card

Livestock Record for Beginning Members (Bucket Calf)

Department K:  Beef

Other Resources

Cattle Judging Standards

K-State 4-H Beef Project

Breeds of Cattle


Step it Up!

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.


  • Teach someone the important traits in selecting a breeding heifer
  • Create a poster showing the beef cuts and how to prepare them
  • Share a presentation on the importance of following drug labels 


  • Volunteer to do beef promotion presentations during May Beef Month
  • Provide beef taste testing at a grocery store to promote local food
  • Volunteer to help at the county fair weigh-in


  • Arrange a tour of your farm
  • Start a beef livestock judging team with help of an adult volunteer
  • Lead a beef grooming and showmanship clinic for other 4-H members

Exhibit Ideas

Participate in the 4-H beef show at county or Kansas State Fair

  • Breeding heifer
  • Cow-calf
  • Bucket/bottle calf
  • Market beef
  • Showmanship
  • Rate of gain

Consider an exhibit, notebook or display showing what you’ve learned in a beef-related topic

  • Nutritive value of beef
  • Beef meat cuts and proper preparation
  • Feeding rations
  • Preventative vaccinations
  • Photos of different beef breeds
  • Daily routine in caring for animals
  • Making a rope halter
  • Grooming techniques
  • Developing a foundation beef herd
  • Best care techniques for newborns
  • Beef by-products
  • Impact of local foods on local economy
  • Display of feeds or ration contents or analysis
  • How to Tattoo
  • Research how beef check-off dollars are used
  • Video on fitting a steer and/or heifer