What you'll do
Goats are very useful animals - they produce milk, meat and hair for weaving. Learn how to manage one or many goats, plus:
- What to feed them and how to keep them healthy
- Fitting and showing
- Breeding and pedigrees
- Livestock quality assurance
- National industry issues
Levels of learning
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
- Find a club near you or contact your local 4-H office for more info.
Get started on your own
- National 4-H meat goat activity books (for sale)
- Utah's Discover 4-H Clubs (free download)
- Iowa 4-H hot sheet (free)
- Learn about the many goat breeds (Oklahoma State University)
- American Meat Goat Association
- U.S. Boer Goat Association
- Oklahoma State University: Breeds of goats
- Test your knowledge of goat anatomy
Already enrolled in the 4-H Meat Goat Project?
- Meat goat information sheet — posted Dec. 22, 2022
- AnSci updates for 2023 — posted Dec. 22, 2022
- 4-H animal ID requirements and processes
- Animal science show requirements sheet for all species
- Cloverbuds and animals
- Leasing a 4-H animal
- MLBA 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction information for market animal exhibitors at the MN State Fair.
Join the Minnesota State Fair 4-H show committee
This is a leadership opportunity for 4-H members in grade 9 and up. Represent your fellow 4-H'ers on the livestock show committee, serving with adult volunteers.
What you'll do
- Attend two face to face meetings during the year as youth representative
- Participate in 2-4 calls during the year
- Staff a 4-H livestock information booth the first two days of the Minnesota State Fair
How to apply
Selected applicants will be notified in September and will be invited to a state fair meeting in October. This is a one-year experience, and you can apply for a second year.
Joe Rand, Extension educator and advisor, email@example.com
Local livestock committees
You may be able to join your county 4-H livestock committee. Contact your local 4-H office for more information.
Meat goat project resources for volunteers
Find training, project development committees (PDCs) and more support for volunteers on our volunteer site.
To volunteer with 4-H in your area, contact your local 4-H office.
Fairs and exhibits
Record keeping & evaluation
- 4-H youth record keeping - Some counties require record keeping for fairs.
- Animal science project interviews evaluation — junior level
- Animal science project interviews evaluation — senior level
- General livestock judging contest evaluation with reasons
You can exhibit
Contact your local 4-H office for sign-up deadlines and more info about how to get started.
- Meat wether
- Meat doe
- Dairy wether
- Senior yearling
- junior yearling
- Fall yearling
- Senior doe kid
- Junior doe kid
See requirements for breeds, birth dates and animal ID. These are required for all meat goat shows (state and local).
- Livestock interviews
- Science of Animals exhibits
- General livestock judging contest
- General livestock project bowl
Find out about livestock shows near you on your local 4-H website.
Reviewed in 2020