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Beef

The 4‑H Beef manuals are set up in a progressive learning format. Members acquire an understanding of beef cattle production and management through the experience of owning, caring for, and maintaining records on beef cattle.

Beef Project Leader Guide

  • There are three levels in this beef material. In each level there are 22 units. Each unit covers a specific topic or group of topics about one aspect of beef production.
  • The material varies in style and content from one level to the next. The recommended age groupings are:

    Level One - 9-11 years of age
    Level Two - 12-14 years of age
    Level Three - 15-21 years of age


    Note that these age groupings are NOT carved in stone! Members may fit into a higher or lower level according to their experience. Please adjust these groupings as required in your club.

  • Each member must complete the specific units, in their level, that your club selects for that year. Encourage your members to begin a binder. Each member can then build on this binder over the project year and future years to create a valuable beef production manual.

Beef Leader (full resource)


Beef Leader Chapters 1-9

1 Welcome to the 4-H Beef Project - Introduction | 2 You and Your Beef Project | 3 Digestion in the Beef Animal | 4 Nutrient Requirements of Beef | 5 Feeds for Beef | 6 Parasites of Beef Cattle | 7 Beef Herd Health | 8 Managing Your Market Steer | 9 Beef Cow and Heifer Management


Beef Leader Chapters 10-20

10 Managing the Beef Herd Sire | 11 Beef Breeding | 12 Calving | 13 The Newborn Calf | 14 Beef Cattle Handling and Facilities | 15 Range and Pasture Management | 16 Record Keeping | 17 The Beef Carcass | 18 Beef Marketing | 19 The Beef Industry Today | 20 Beef Grooming and Showing | 21 Evaluation


Beef Leader Activity Guide pg 1-38

Introduction | Creation, Presentation and Getting Started | Beef Project Games and Activities.| Terminology | Activity 1 – Terminology Turmoil | Activity 2 – Matching Moos | Activity 3 - My Long Lost Twin | Activity 4 – Creative Concentration | Activity 5 – Critter Crossword

Beef Leader Activity Guide pg 39-73

Scavenger Hunt Bingo | Run, Rope, Release Relay | Down It Goes | Activity 1 – Digestive System Puzzle | Activity 2 – Digestive System Parts And Their Function | Picture the Parts | Activity 1 – Identification | Activity 2 – Fill In The Blanks | Skillathon | We Survived | Bibliography

 

Beef Member Project Guide

Level 1 (9-11 year olds)

A list of the topics covered in Level One - Introduction, You and Your Beef Project, Digestion in the Beef Animal, Nutrient Requirements of Beef, Feeds for Beef, Parasites of Beef Cattle, Beef Herd Health, Managing Your Market Steer, Beef Cow and Heifer Management, Managing the Beef Herd Sire, Beef Breeding; Calving, The Newborn Calf, Beef Cattle Handling and Facilities, Range and Pasture Management, Record Keeping, The Beef Carcass, Beef Marketing, The Beef Industry Today, Beef Grooming and Showing, Judging Beef, Evaluation.

Beef Level One Chapters 1-8 (271kb)
Beef Level One Chapters 9-19 (437kb)
Beef Level One Chapters 20-23 (326kb)

Level 2 (12-14 year olds)

A list of the topics covered in Level Two - Introduction, You and Your Beef Project, Digestion in the Beef Animal, Nutrient Requirements of Beef, Feeds for Beef, Parasites of Beef Cattle, Beef Herd Health, Managing Your Market Steer, Beef Cow and Heifer Management, Managing the Beef Herd Sire, Beef Breeding; Calving, The Newborn Calf, Beef Cattle Handling and Facilities, Range and Pasture Management, Record Keeping, The Beef Carcass, Beef Marketing, The Beef Industry Today, Evaluation

Beef Level Two Chapters 1-4 (159kb)
Beef Level Two Chapters 5-9 (139kb)
Beef Level Two Chapters 10-14 (271kb)
Beef Level Two Chapters 15-17 (59kb)
Beef Level Two Chapters 18-21 (96kb)

Level 3 (14 years and older)

A list of the topics covered in Level Three - Introduction, You and Your Beef Project, Digestion in the Beef Animal, Nutrient Requirements of Beef, Feeds for Beef, Parasites of Beef Cattle, Beef Herd Health, Managing Your Market Steer, Beef Cow and Heifer Management, Managing the Beef Herd Sire, Beef Breeding, Calving, The Newborn Calf, Beef Cattle Handling and Facilities, Range and Pasture Management, Record Keeping, The Beef Carcass, Beef Marketing, The Beef Industry Today, Evaluation

Beef Level Three Chapters 1-8 (210kb)
Beef Level Three Chapters 9-16 (266kb)
Beef Level Three Chapters 17-21 (101kb)

Record Book

Beef Breeding Record Book

A new record book is to be ordered for a new heifer project. Used for the same project animal for three years (from heifer to 2 and 3 year old cow/calf).

Print version - complete - Beef Breeding Record Book

 

 

 

4-H Alberta Beef Breeding Record Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Beef Breeding Record Book  -  Heifer  | 2 Year Old

Market Beef Project Record Book

(one per market beef animal - live, market beef - carcass, beef option, beef market pen project)

Market Beef Project Record Book - complete record book

 

Transportation Regulations

The Creed of the 4-H Stock Keeper

About Me and More About Me

About My Club and Club Executive and Other Club Positions

About My Market Beef Project

Project Photos

Equipment Inventory

Budgeting (Senior Members Only)

Rate of Gain and Growth Chart

Record of Feed

Other Costs

Other Project Related Costs

Health and Maintenance

Financial Summary

Record of My Project’s Progress

Record of Your Club’s Activities

Story of Your 4-H Year

Your Clipping Page

 

Appendix

I – Frame Score

II – Tape Measuring

III – Feeding Your 4-H Steer (Optional)

IV – Parts of the Beef Animal

V – Wholesale Cuts of a Beef Carcass

VI – Site Injection

VII – Showmanship

VIII – How to Complete the Alberta Livestock Manifest

Suggested Marking Guide

Marking Guide

Market Beef Project Record Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generic Pages for all Record Books

  • About Me - About Me, About My Club, Club Executive
  • Inventory - Record the project supplies and equipment purchased and the cost
  • Equipment Inventory - Keep track of all the equipment that you own, this sheet will continue year to year
  • Health Record - Record the health procedure or problem, what treatment was required and the cost

Livestock Record Book

Livestock Slaughter and Processing in Alberta

The 4-H Beef and Sheep project animals are being well fed and cared for by over 2100 4-H members this year. Starting in April, 4-H Clubs and Districts will be having their beef and sheep achievement days and sales. In order to follow all provincial and federal guidelines for livestock processing, clubs and district sales committees are reminded of the following:

In Alberta, meat inspection is conducted in licensed Provincial abattoirs by inspectors from the Regulatory Services Division of the Meat Inspection Branch of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. The 4-H and Agriculture Education Branch provides the sales catalogue to the Meat Inspection Branch to assist them in planning their work schedules. Please make sure you send your sales dates in as soon as possible.

Additional Information


Safe Animal Handling

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Dairy


Dairy project members acquire an understanding of dairy cattle production and management through the experience of owning, caring for, and maintaining records for dairy cattle.


Project Registration Form (one per member)


Dairy Member Project Guide - The dairy units are set up in a progressive learning format, which allows for members’ different rates of learning to be accommodated. Topics covered include grooming, showmanship, breed types, housing, breeding, feeding, milking systems, and disease.


Dairy Leader’s Guide - This manual has material meant to complement the lessons in the Member Project Guide; the activities in this guide are to assist in teaching members project materials in a hands-on, interactive learning environment.


Dairy Record Book - A project-specific book, designed to document a project animal’s weight, related expenses, in addition to a member’s challenges, triumphs and learnings regarding their year’s project animal. (one per project animal)

Body Conditioning

 

Links of Interest

   

Goat

Members learn approved practices in selection, feeding, care, management, and exhibition of goats. They also gain insight into the economics of purebred goat operations, as well as the marketing of goat milk and meat.

  • Meat Goats
  • Meat Goat Industry
  • Leader Manual
  • Goat 1 - Getting Your Goat
  • Goat 2 - Stepping Out
  • Goat 3 - Showing the Way

Links of Interest

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Judging


The 4-H Judging Manual is your information resource on judging. The binder includes information on why we judge, reasons, presentation tips and specific species and item characteristics. This resource also includes a section on how to plan a competition. Clubs can order a binder for their resource library with CD's available to members.

 

Section #1 - Judging
  • Let's Judge
  • Reasons Level 1
  • Reasons Level 2
  • Form and Function
  • Expected Progeny Differences (EPD)
Section #2 - Judging Information for Specific Species or Classes
Section #3 - Judging Activities (172kb)
  • Judging Activities
  • Picture the Ideal
  • Prepare to Compare
  • Build a Picture
  • Be Positive
  • Negative to Positives
  • Building Your Reasons
  • Terms for Species
  • Parts Similarities and Differences
  • Parts of the Animal
Section #4 - Planning and Running a Judging Competition (292kb)
  • Planning a Judging Competition
  • Before the Competition
  • During the Competition
  • After the Competition
  • Items that would be useful in the planning binder
  • Judging Competition Class Planning Sheet
  • Judging Competition Planning Sheet
  • Scoresheets for Competition
  • Scoring Placings
Section #5 - Judging Resources (144kb)
  • Judging Resources on the Internet

 
4-H Judging Manual - complete manual without cover (1,801kb) quite large you will need high speed to download

Links of Interest

Sheep


The 4‑H Sheep manuals are set up in a progressive learning format. Members acquire an understanding of sheep production and management through the experience of owning, caring for and maintaining records on sheep.

  • Sheep Leader Guide
  • Sheep 1 Member Guide (Junior)
  • Sheep 2 Member Guide (Intermediate)
  • Sheep 3 Member Guide (Senior)
  • The Western Canadian Sheep Production Manual

Breeding Ewe Record Book

Chapter 1 (pages 1-13) (332kb)
Chapter 2 (pages 14-34) (293kb)

Sample Breeding Ewe Record Book

Sample (full record book) (300kb)
Sample (pages 1-12) (171kb)
Sample (pages 13-29) (129kb)

Sample Breeding Ewe Yearling Record Book

Sample (full record book) (173kb)

Market Lamb Record Book

Chapter 1 (pages 1-11) (307kb)
Chapter 2 (pages 12-27) (274kb)

Sample Market Lamb Record Book

Sample (full record book) (412kb)
Sample (pages 4-15) (238kb)
Sample (pages 16-27) (262kb)

Sheep Nutrition

Sheep Health

Links of Interest

   

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Swine


4‑H Swine project members acquire an understanding of swine production and management through the experience of owning, caring for, and maintaining records on swine.

  • Leader Manual
  • Swine 1 - Growing with Swine (Junior)
  • Swine 2 - Becoming Swine Smart (Intermediate)
  • Swine 3 - Entering the Arena (Senior)

Links of Interest

     
Please note, items not available here can be obtained by contacting the Provincial 4‑H Office.