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Livestock

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
  • Llama
  • Poultry – market and breeding
  • Sheep – market and breeding
  • Swine – market

Douglas County Junior Livestock June Show

Saturday June 6th, 2020
DC Fairgrounds

Market Steer, Market Goats, Market Lambs, Dairy/Pygmy/Fiber Goats and Showmanship
*More Info Coming Soon!*
June Show Flyer and Entry Form 2020


Information and Forms

2020 4-H Calendar of Events & Deadlines

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.

Meat Quality Assurance (MQA) See updated 2020 info below!

REQUIRED FOR:

  • All first year project members exhibiting any livestock project are required to attend quality assurance training. This does include all poultry and rabbit members.
  • Members their first year in the Senior division (14-18) exhibiting any livestock project are required to attend quality assurance training. This does include all poultry and rabbit members.

If you are required to attend MQA  training and fail to do so, you will not be allowed to show livestock at the 2020 Douglas County Fair or State Fair.

  • 4-H MQA Policy
  • 2020 Douglas County MQA Dates
    • *UPDATE* Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Douglas County MQA Training will now be done virtually.  The digital training session will take place Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:30-8pm with a virtual quiz being sent out following the session.  Youth have until May 31st at 5pm to complete the test with 80% or higher.  Youth required to take the MQA this year will be sent out the invite for the session.  If you do not receive the invite please contact Kirsten at Kirsten.Cowan@colostate.edu

Members who are not able to attend the Douglas County Training are able to attend another counties MQA Training.  HOWEVER, you must contact the counties extension office to ask permission to attend and to confirm the dates are correct.

  • MQA TRAILER SCHEDULE (East Slope/Front Range) – Contact the Extension Office

Douglas County Fair Information

Project FormsUpdated for 2019-2020!

  • Breeding Beef IDBreeding Beef ID Form 2019-2020
    This form is required to identify a youth’s breeding beef project animal. Form and photos must be submitted to the Extension Office. Directions to upload to 4Honline

  • Market Sheep IDMarket Sheep ID Form for 2019-2020
    • This form is required for all market sheep for the 2019-2020 year.  Once ID’s are complete each animal who has been ID-ed will be assigned a tag number.  Once COVID-19 restrictions allow the extension office will work out how to get the animals tagged-in.  NOTE– Animals who do not have an ID submitted by May 5th will not be eligible as a project animal for this year’s Fair.
    • Submit to 4Honline along with required pictures by May 5th
  • Breeding Sheep IDBreeding Sheep ID Form 2019-2020
    • This form is required to identify a youth’s breeding sheep project animals.
    • Submit to 4Honline along with required pictures by May 5th
  • Swine ID and TaggingSwine ID Form 2019-2020
    • This form is required for all market sheep for the 2019-2020 year.  Once ID’s are complete each animal who has been ID-ed will be assigned a tag number.  Once COVID-19 restrictions allow the extension office will work out how to get the animals tagged-in.  NOTE– Animals who do not have an ID submitted by April 30th will not be eligible as a project animal for this year’s Fair.
    • Submit to 4Honline along with required pictures by April 30th

  • Market Goat IDMarket Goat ID Form for 2019-2020
    • This form is required for all market Goats for the 2019-2020 year.  Once ID’s are complete each animal who has been ID-ed will be assigned a tag number.  Once COVID-19 restrictions allow the extension office will work out how to get the animals tagged-in.  NOTE– Animals who do not have an ID submitted by May 5th will not be eligible as a project animal for this year’s Fair.
    • Submit to 4Honline along with required pictures by May 5th

  • Non-market GoatsNon-market Goat ID Form 2019-2020
    • This form is required to identify a youth’s non-market goat project animals.
    • Submit to 4Honline along with required pictures by May 5th

  • Llama ID –  must be submitted in 4-Honline.com.
    • 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 Resources

DC Fair and Rodeo Carcass Class Results 2019

Ultrasound Presentations given at 2019 DC Fair and Rodeo
Created by Paul Clayton

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.  

Applications for 2020-2021 4-H Year will be posted when ready
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.