Breeding Beef

Picture of a cow and calf

4-H Beef Projects

Have you ever wondered what it takes for a calf to become a blue ribbon heifer or steer. The 4-H Beef project is an excellent way to learn about an important industry in Colorado and the rest of the nation. Through this project, you can learn about all aspects of the beef industry, either by caring for a calf or building your own herd.

Breeding Beef

This project is for member’s ages 8-18 years old. This project is designed for those members who want to learn more about the beef industry by starting his/her own herd. Members will accomplish the following learning experiences:

  • Learn about beef cattle
  • How to identify the parts of a calf
  • Identify breeds of cattle
  • Different types of feeds
  • Evaluating different beef animals
  • Learn about nutritional requirements for beef cattle
  • Learn about a cow’s digestive system
  • Identifying common cattle diseases
  • How to deal with current issues related to raising beef
  • Gain leadership skills by helping others learn about cattle
  • Explore career opportunities in the beef industry
  • Learn how to use performance date to make informed decisions about cattle
  • Investigate technology’s impact on beef production
  • Exhibit animal on tour, achievement day or at a fair
  • Purchase, feed, and care for animals
  • Evaluate project with leader

For specific information about the project, download the Breeding Beef Project Information Sheet.  All of the e-record books can be found on the Colorado 4-H website or you can find them at the link to the e-record books.