Virginia Tech® home

4-H Livestock and Horse

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.

FairEntry Website is Open - Click here for information packet

Shenandoah County 4-H/FFA Livestock Show & Sale Bylaws - REVISED 2-28-24

2024 4-H/FFA Livestock Show & Sale Rules

Individual Forms

2024 Code of Ethics Form
Health Form
W-9 for 4-H/FFA Livestock Exhibitors
Livestock Ownership Form from Sheriff's Office


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.

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