Meat Goat Project
Goats are very useful animals - they produce milk, meat and hair for weaving. Learn about management, health, feeding, milking, fitting, breeding, pedigrees, quality assurance, genetics, national industry issues, and showing.
Important project information:
- AnSci Updates for 2017 - posted January 6, 2017
- Animal science ID requirements and processes (ID worksheets, forms, etc.)
- Meat Goat information sheet - updated March 6, 2017
- Animal science projects lease fact sheet
- Animal science show requirements sheet for all species - posted January 3, 2017
- Animal science 4-H premise ID information
- Cloverbud information sheet
To view county or local club events, visit the county website.
All youth participating as a State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbit, meat and dairy goat, and lama must have completed the Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics workshop. Certification is good for three fair seasons. The level of training required is determined by the grade of the youth at the time the training takes place.
Dates and locations vary by county. Check this list for more information.
Science of Animals at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair is designed to expose 4-H animals project youth to the many dimensions of the industry. 4-H youth will attend and participate in an educational session prior to the judging. Science of Animals is offered in one of 4 topic areas – Animal Health, Breeding, Production and Other, for all livestock species – Beef, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Meat Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep and Swine More info.
Project Bowls are an exciting way for youth to explore a project area. Teams compete in quiz competitions with questions about specific project areas. Project Bowls are available for Dairy, Dog, General Livestock (Beef, Sheep & Swine), Horse, Poultry, Rabbit and Wildlife projects. Winners of the Regional Project Bowls advance to the State Bowl. More info
4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info
Beginning to learn about meat goats:
- Meat Goat 1 - Just Browsing Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Some experience with this project:
- Meat Goat 2 - Get Growing w/Meat Goats Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Looking for a challenge:
- Meat Goat 3 - Meating the Future (40 pages) Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Other learning opportunities:
- Be a youth livestock committee member.3 youth project members will be selected for 1 year terms to help plan and organize the State Fair 4-H Meat Goat Project experience. Members must have extensive meat goat project and leadership experience. Applicants must be 9th grade or older, eligible for next year's 4-H, currently enrolled in meat goat project, previously exhibited at MN State Fair and complete this application.Word version - PDF - fillable version Due November 18, 2016
Learning resources for all levels:
- Lamb/Kid Pattern Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Other online resources
Project leader resources
To get involved with the 4-H Meat Goat Project, contact your county 4-H office.
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