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Explore the beef industry. Learn about breeds, health, feed, behavior, judging and showing a calf, ethical issues, reproduction, marketing, careers and more. Your animal may be purebred, grade or crossbred; heifer, steer or cow-calf. New to 4-H? Get involved in the Beef Project!

Important project information for enrolled members

black angus calf and girl

What you can do

Level 1: Beef 1 - Bite into Beef

Learn about beef breeds, the parts of a beef animal, the skills needed to show beef, develop an understanding of beef quality assurance and more.

Level 2: Beef 2 - Here's the Beef

Explore the nutritional needs and digestive system of beef animals, understand the basics of judging beef, grading beef meat and more.

Level 3: Beef 3 - Leading the Charge

Expand your understanding of animal nutrition and health, fitting a beef animal for show, meat evaluation and more.

All levels

Discover 4-H Clubs

Free curriculum from Utah State 4-H. Registration is required for download access.

Important project information

Market beef and dairy steer ID deadline is February 15, 2018. More information can be found on the animal science ID page.

Record keeping & evaluation

For adult leaders


Be a youth livestock committee member

Three youth project members will be selected for one year terms to help plan and organize the State Fair 4-H Beef Project experience. Members must have extensive beef project and leadership experience. Applicants must be 9th grade or older, eligible for next year's 4-H, currently enrolled in beef project, previously exhibited at Minnesota State Fair and complete this application. PDF - fillable version


New to 4-H? Get involved in the Beef Project!

Sharon Davis, program director, science of animals

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