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Jeffco 4-H Livestock Projects

Record Books

4-H Record Books are also called e-Records. They can be downloaded from the State 4-H Website. Each project has its own record book that members are required to complete each year. The links to e-Records in the specific project areas are below. Record books are turned in at Interview Judging before our County Fair. In June, you will need to schedule an interview for each of your project areas and bring your record book with you to Interview Judging the week of the Jeffco Fair & Festival.

Livestock Council

Livestock Quiz Bowl Team

Jeffco Livestock Quiz Bowl is taking a break until the new 4-H year gets going in October. Here is their 2016 flyer with the schedule and information. A new flyer will be available soon!

Livestock Judging Team

Contact the Extension Office for information.

Moore Farm Applications

In 2014 a partnership was developed with the City of Arvada for use of city property at 72nd and Ward referred to as Moore Farm.  The purpose was to provide an opportunity for youth with interest in the 4-H program to house livestock and provide an effective and efficient use of a portion of the Moore Farm property.

Upon review of the successes and challenges of this pilot, an expansion of the program will take place in 2017 with ongoing review of the success and potential needs for change. The 2017 program will consist of an application process to house a maximum of the following in 2017:

  • Two market steers – One sponsored steer, one steer purchased by the youth. Submit Market Beef application NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. December 9, 2016, to the 4-H office.
  • Chickens – egg producing – 25
  • Chickens – market – 18 chickens, 6 each for 3 4-H youth. Submit Market Chicken application, NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. April 14, 2017, to the 4-H office.
  • Market Swine – Submit Market Swine application, NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. February 3, 2017, to the 4-H office.
  • Bees – 5 hives. Submit the Beekeeping application, anytime between, December 9, 2016 and April 14, 2017.

Please see the Moore Farm Guidelines for more information.  Download the Moore Farm Application here.

New Antibiotic Rules – Guidance 209

As of January 2, 2017, youth raising livestock will face major changes regarding access to feed and water medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is implementing these new rules, known as Guidance 209, for antibiotic use in all animals raised for food.  More information can be found in this Fact Sheet from CSU Extension and in this Pork Checkoff brochure.  This affects all market animals, not just swine.

MQA/PQA Certification

All first year livestock members and those turning 14 are required to take Meat Quality Assurance/Pork Quality Assurance certification training classes in order to show their animal at the Jeffco Fair & Festival. Here is the list of Jefferson County 4-H Members who have taken or need to take the class (updated February 6, 2017). The Jefferson County MQA/PQA certification class is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in the Exhibit Hall on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

4-H Youth Livestock Auction and Market

Each year, 4-H livestock members show and sell market animals at the fair. During the year, they seek supporters for the Livestock Auction and Youth Market. The Jeffco Livestock Enrichment Programs, Inc., a 501(c)(3), hosts a pig roast before these events at the fair. If you can help out the program, click here to see our fund-raising letter. Thank you to everyone who purchased animals or 4-H products at the Jeffco Fair & Festival 4-H Youth Livestock Auction and Market on August 14.  We appreciate your support of our youth!