The 4-H Livestock and Horse Programs are the largest animal science project areas, enabling youth to develop their interest in beef cattle, sheep, goat, dairy, swine, and horse. Youth learn about selection, care, and feeding of livestock, animal health, and importance of good record keeping. Emphasis for these projects continues to be focused on life skill development. This project offers competitions such as Livestock Judging, Junior Stockmens, Dairy Judging, Horse Judging and Hippology contests as well as livestock, dairy and horse shows at the county, district, and state levels.
To visit the State 4-H Livestock and Horse Program websites, see below:
Dealing with Heat Stress in 4-H Livestock Projects
Heat stress in sheep and goats
Heat Stress - What You Should Know to Make Livestock Shows a Success
The mission of the 4-H and FFA Show and Sale is to assist youth with premier leadership, personal growth, and career successes through encouraging improvement in the production, processing, and marketing of agriculture products while developing personal commitment and responsibility.
In order to participate in this program, which culminates with 4-H/FFA Livestock Shows and a Sale at the Shenandoah County Fair, participants must be Shenandoah County residents who are enrolled in either 4-H or FFA by February 1 of the current year, and be at least 9 years old as of September 30, of the current year, but must not have reached their 19th birthday as of January 1, of the current year. There are some other very specific rules for participation.
The Shenandoah County Fair 4-H Horse Fun Show conducts a 4-H/Open Horse Show each year on Sunday of the Shenandoah County Fair. The show is open to all participants over the age of 9, both 4-H and non 4-H members.
The Glenwood 4-H Beef and Sheep Show are held at the Loudoun County 4-H Fairgrounds. This is a regional show that is open to Shenandoah County 4-H'ers.
This is an equine knowledge contest that consists of four phases: horse judging, written exam and slide identification, identification stations, and team problem solving. No horses or horse experience is required. A volunteer coach works with this team.
Shenandoah County beef, dairy, sheep, and swine exhibitors are invited to participate in the Northern District Livestock Show to be held in Culpeper on May 13.
The Clarke County 4-H Leaders' Association would like to invite all 4-H and FFA members to participate in their Market Lamb and Goat Show.
Bring your own horse to the beautiful Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center and enjoy a week of camping with your horse. This camp is for ANY level of experience and ANY discipline for ages 9-14. You don’t have to already be registered in 4-H to attend camp.
Camp consists of:
- hands-on activities with your horse
- personal instruction and educational presentations
- games & showmanship
- RIDING, RIDING and more RIDING!