Sampson 4-H LivestockProgram
Sampson County 4-H Livestock Programs
The livestock program is not just about kids and animals. Participating youth not only meet new friends across NC, but also gain responsibility, public speaking skills, and learn a variety of information about the livestock industry. Youth may come from a farm or may have never seen a live cow. Workshops are designed to be appropriate for each individual’s background, ages 5-18. Rather than having face to face interaction with their families and friends, youth today are spending too much time on video games and cell phones. These programs will get your youth off the couch and they will learn valuable communication skills that will be a benefit in many of their future endeavors.
Youth may show lambs, goats, or heifers at our county show and some choose to be a part of showmanship circuits. Youth earn points at shows across NC and at the end of the season points are tallied to name a champion in each age division. Not only do youth gain knowledge on how to to take care of their animal, but they also learn responsibility. This a a great project for families to do together while meeting other individuals who enjoy livestock. To top it off, most shows award premiums and ribbons to participants!
4-H’ers learn the in’s and out’s of many areas of the livestock industry. Youth in the picture above reviewed different breeds of cattle. Feed ingredients, equipment, hay varieties, meat cuts, and quality care for animals are all covered in our workshops. Youth then compete with other counties on a district and state level to see what they have learned. This is a great spot for youth who cannot get enough when it comes to animals!
The goal of livestock judging is to compare four animals and place them in order, from greatest to least desirable traits, for the current livestock industry. Youth then give reasons to an official at the contest, defending the order they placed the class. This activity builds communication and decision making skills, and boosts self confidence.
For more information on how you can get involved with the Sampson County Livestock Program, call the Sampson County Center at 910-592-7161