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4-H Youth Development

Meat Goats

The 4-H meat goat project is designed for members who are interested in learning more about raising meat goats. The meat goat project is quickly growing with an increasing demand for meat products. Learn how to select, raise and care for a meat goat.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Age 7-9

  • Identify parts of a meat goat
  • Identify meat goat breeds
  • Learn how to fit and show meat goats

Age 10-13

  • Recognize meat goat diseases
  • Work with a veterinarian
  • Learn how to keep records for meat goats

Age 14 and Older

  • Select breeding stock
  • Learn key components in developing a goat herd
  • Evaluate feed ingredients


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.

Meat Goats (GM100)

General Meat Goat Resources

Project Leader Resources

Record Keeping Resources

Additional Resources - Veterinary Science

Events and Activities

Youth Meat Goat Day
When: March
Where: Manhattan, KS

State 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes
When: August
Where: Manhattan, KS

State 4-H Meat Goat Show (Grand Drive), Kansas State Fair
When: September
Where: Hutchinson, KS
Award: Cash premium and trophy buckle to Grand Champion

Junior Meat Goat Producer Day
Where:  Manhattan, KS
When:  March, odd numbered years
Junior producer days are held to provide educational material and hands-on experiences for youth, parents, leaders, and extension agents. Various speakers share information on topics such as selection, nutrition, showmanship, fitting, reproduction, feeding, and disease control. Talks, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and door prizes are present at all events. Beef and Sheep days are held in the even years and Swine and Meat Goat days are held in the odd years.

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet

State Level
Award: Medallion

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship

Career Connections