Market Goat, Breeding Meat Goat, Dairy Goat, Pygmy Goat and Fiber Goat

Our 4-H youth can work with breeding & market beef, breeding & market sheep, breeding & market swine, and/or dairy cattle. These projects help them to learn about agriculture and helps them develop an appreciation for the livestock industry. When a child owns and works with their animals, they learn about selection, care, feeding of livestock, animal health, and importance of good record keeping and this information will help them do well in their project. All livestock projects require the youth to take the Meat Quality Assurance (MQA) training that is provided each year.

Why Goats?

This project teaches you to care for live animals by learning about animal health, nutrition, selection and breeding.

Starting Out, Beginner Jr./Int./Sr.

Starting Out, Beginner

Inspiring youth to:

  • Learn how to properly care for a goat Identify the parts of a goat
  • Learn about a goat's digestive system
  • Learn about different types of feed
  • Identify common goat diseases
  • Learn how to evaluate a goat
  • Learn how to produce a safe, wholesome product
  • Learn how to keep records
  • Learn how to assume responsibility


Learning More, Intermediate, Jr./Int./Sr.

Learning More, Intermediate

Inspiring youth to:

  • Investigate technology's impact on goat production
  • Learn how to exhibit your animal
  • Purchase, feed, and care for animals
  • Learn about goal setting
  • Gain knowledge of sound management practices
  • Develop sportsmanship and public speaking skills


Exploring Depth, Advanced, Jr./Int./Sr.

Exploring Depth, Advanced

Inspiring youth to:

  • Learn how to deal with current issues related to raising goats
  • Gain leadership skills by helping other learn about goats
  • Explore career opportunities in the goat industry
  • Build lifelong friendships