1. K-State home
  2. »4-H Youth Development
  3. »Projects
  4. »Animals
  5. »Beef

4-H Youth Development

Beef

The beef project is an excellent way to learn about raising, caring for and managing beef. Begin with a calf or build your own heard as you learn about the beef industry.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Age 7-9

  • Identify breeds of beef cattle
  • Learn the parts of a calf
  • Compare animal differences 
  • Halter break a calf

Age 10-13

  • Learn about cattle feeds and how they are digested
  • Judge beef cattle and present oral reasons
  • Show a calf and learn showing techniques

Age 14 and Older

  • Use performance data to make breeding decisions
  • Evaluate beef carcasses and identify meat products
  • Explore impact of technology and career opportunities in the beef industry

Project Materials

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.

Beef Bucket Calf (BF100) (7-12 year olds)

Market Beef (BF200)

Breeding Beef (BF201)

General Beef Resources

Project Leader Resources

Additional Resources - Veterinary Science

Events and Activities

State 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes
(Includes Livestock Judging Contest, Quiz Bowl, Skillathon and Meats Judging Contest)
Where: Manhattan, KS
Livestock Judging Contest
Award: Trip to Louisville, KY
Donor: Kansas Livestock Association
Award: Trip to National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO
Donor: Kansas Farm Bureau
Award: Trip to American Royal, Kansas City, MO
Donor: Joe Lewis Endowment
Meats Judging Contest
Award: Trip to National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO
Award: Trip to American Royal, Kansas City, MO/KSU

State Beef Show, Kansas State Fair
Where: Hutchinson, KS
Award: Cash Premium and Trophy Buckle to Grand Champion
Donor: Grand Drive Committee, Kansas State Fair

Awards and Recognition

County Level - Bucket Calf
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

County Level - Beef
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Kansas Beef Council

State Level - Beef
Award: Medallion
Donor: Kansas Beef Council

National Level - Beef
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Donor: Kansas Beef Council

Career Connections