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4-H clover 4-H beef project

Explore the beef industry. Learn about breeds, health, feed, behavior, judging and showing a calf, ethical issues, reproduction, marketing, careers and more. 

Your animal may be purebred, grade or crossbred; heifer, steer or cow-calf. Most 4-H'ers in the beef project aim to show their beef animal at the county fair. Those who do well in the county fair may go on to compete at the Minnesota State Fair!

What can you do?

In the beef project, you can:

  • Learn basic principles of animal science by caring for and keeping records on one or more animals.
  • Show that you understand sound breeding, feeding and management practices.
  • Learn the value of scientific research on animals and the meat industry.

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Sharon Davis, davis051@umn.edu, 507-369-6896 

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