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The 4-H Livestock Program provides youth with a unique opportunity to utilize animals and educational projects to enhance youth development. Youth learn about responsibility, decision making, record keeping, and good sportsmanship.

“The animal is the tool, youth development is the goal.”

4-H Livestock Projects
Beef – market and breeding
Goat – dairy, fiber, meat (market and breeding), and utility
Poultry – market and breeding
Sheep – market and breeding
Swine – market

Douglas County Junior Livestock Show
June 1
DC Fairgrounds

Market Steer, Market Goats, Market Lambs, Dairy/Pygmy/Fiber Goats
Showmanship AND an Old Timer Showmanship Class

June Show Flyer
June Show Entry Form

DC Fair and Rodeo Carcass Class Results
Goat Carcass Results
Sheep Carcass Results
Swine Carcass Results

Information and Forms

Animal Care and Housing Form

If you are enrolling in ANY livestock or horse project this 4-H year you MUST have an animal care form on file for each species. These need to be in the office by your species enrollment deadline.
Animal Care and Housing Form

Douglas County Fair Information

Douglas County Fair Contest Rules


REQUIREMENTS: All first year project members exhibiting any livestock project are required to attend quality assurance training. This does include all poultry and rabbit members.

Those who attended an MQA program in 2018 will not have to attend one in 2019. Exceptions are that you have just turned 14 years old or are a first year hog project member; then you are required to attend an MQA seminar as a senior 4-H member in 2019. Only 14-year-old members (as of 12/31) need to attend to meet senior requirements.

If you are required to attend MQA  training and fail to do so, you will not be allowed to show livestock at the 2019 Douglas County Fair or State Fair.

This year’s training will be held on April 25th – 26th. Plan at least an hour to move through the stations.

MQA TRAININGS IN COLORADO – List – 2019 Colorado MQA Dates

Project Forms

Breeding Beef ID – Breeding Beef ID Form 2019
This form is required to identify a youth’s breeding beef project animal. Form and photos must be submitted to the Extension Office.

Breeding Sheep ID – Breeding Sheep ID Form 2018
This form is required to identify a youth’s breeding sheep project animals. Forms and photos much be submitted to the Extension Office.

Swine ID and Tagging – Swine ID Form 2018
Swine tagging will be done through self-tagging,  The exhibitor will obtain ear tags and ID forms from the 4-H office beginning April 2nd. The Swine ID Form and photographs must be submitted to the 4-H Office by April 30th by 5:00PM.  Market swine will be identified by sex, coat color and ear notches and will be tagged with an official Douglas County Fair ear tag. All information will be entered on the Swine ID Form.

Goats – Dairy, breeding, fiber, utility and no micro-chipped pygmy – Non-market Goat ID Form 2018
This form is required to identify a youth’s goat project animals. Forms and photos much be submitted to the Extension Office.

 Llama ID –  must be submitted in
This identification certificate must be postmarked or submitted to the Douglas County Extension Office by May 1st of the current year to qualify this animal for the Douglas County Fair 4-H/FFA Llama Show. A Color photograph of your animal is required. The preferred pose is a full-body side-view, showmanship at halter position with member included in the photograph.

Livestock Educational Grant Program

The Douglas County Fair Foundation in partnership with the Douglas County Fair Board and Douglas County 4-H is proud to present the Livestock Educational Grant Program.  The Livestock Educational Grant Program will provide a deserving 4-H or FFA member the opportunity to have a livestock project and raise an animal. The Douglas County Fair Board supports the Livestock Educational Grant Program by providing knowledgeable livestock industry advisers to participants and the opportunity to show and sell their project animal at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo.  . Participants will learn, by doing, how to care for, raise, feed and sell a market animal.  Sponsors will be able to contribute to the community and provide youth with an opportunity to increase their education, learn responsibility, and improve their citizenship.  

Livestock Grant Application Form – Beef and Swine

Livestock Learning Kits

Are you taking a new livestock project this year? You can learn all about a variety of animals by checking out one of our Livestock Learning Kits. We have swine, sheep, goat, horse, poultry, rabbit, and dog.

To check out a kit, simply come to the 4-H office during business hours. There is a $50 deposit fee that you get back once the kit is returned. Beat the rush and check one out soon!

Colorado Premise Identification – for ALL livestock and horse owners

Premise identification is voluntary for Douglas County 4-H members. However if you plan to attend the Colorado State Fair, it is mandatory. Livestock production is vitally important to the U.S. and Colorado’s economy. In today’s global market and with the number of animal disease outbreaks that have been reported around the globe the past decade, there is a need for quick and accurate traceability back to the point of disease introduction. The USDA has created an easy way to identify premises with a goal of tracing disease within 48 hours.

So what does this mean to you? All premises with livestock and poultry (including horses) needs to get registered with a seven-character number. All you have to do is register online or fill out a simple card asking for name, owner, address, telephone number, operation type and types of livestock. If you have additional questions, please call the Colorado Animal ID Toll Free Line at 1-877-842-0102.