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The 4-H Youth Livestock Program continues to grow as more and more youth incorporate their interest in cattle, sheep, swine and goats into 4-H projects. Emphasis for the various traditional and non-traditional projects continues to be focused on child development. Programs such as after school clinics and community contests draw urban kids in while events such as statewide judging contests and beef handling and management camps are attended from across the state.

This program works hand in hand with the community to work with the youth in order to develop their skills in their interested areas of animal agriculture. We prepare judging, skillathon and quiz bowl contests. We also conduct various clinics to help teach showmanship skills, livestock judging techniques, skillathon practices, and leadership. On top of all of this we also coach the state livestock judging and skillathon teams which will compete at the national contest in Kentucky.

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