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4-H Livestock projects in Cascade County teach 4-H'ers about animal health through the Livestock Quality Assurance Workshop to insure a quality product to offer their customers. 4-H’ers also complete record books to document feed costs, vaccination schedules, weight gain, show costs, etc. The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders oversee the 4-H livestock projects and Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale.

The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale is a three day event in the beginning of July at the Montana ExpoPark in Great Fall, MT. 4-H members show their animals in market, showmanship, breeding project, displays, and supreme female classes. Species shown are cattle, goats, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine. Market animals include beef, swine, sheep, and goats. The sale is a terminal sale and animals are graded upon their carcass characteristics.

 How do you participate in the 4-H Livestock project?

  1. Enroll in 4-H. Enrollment is open from October 1 to May 1 however, spaces are limited for market animals so please enroll from October 1 to October 31.
  2. Intent to Enter your animal. 4-H members may intent to enter any number of animals for market class in the County Livestock Show. Intent to Enter Forms are due throughout the year.
    1. Market Beef Intent to Enter forms are due January 6, 2016.
    2. Market Swine Intent to Enter forms are due April 20, 2016.
    3. Market Sheep and Goat Intent to Enter forms are due May 11, 2016.
    4. Enter the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. County Livestock Show Entry forms will be available in May and will be due June 1, 2016. 4-H members will be charged a $10 late fee if not submitted by June 1, 2016. No late entries accepted after June 8, 2016. County Show entry forms are required for all animals in the county show. Intent to Enter forms do not serve as entry forms.
    5. Attend the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale! The event is July 8-10, 2016 at the Montana ExpoPark’s Livestock Pavilion in Great Falls, MT.

 Livestock Education

It is necessary for 4-H members to attend livestock education workshops when available. 4-H’er MUST attend a Livestock Quality Assurance workshop as a junior (13 years old and younger) and as a senior (14 years and older). The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders host 2 project days through the year. The February project day on February 6 will focus on animal selection and nutrition. The April project day on April 2 will feature Livestock Quality Assurance, breeding projects, and marketing your animal. All project days are held at the MSU Cascade County Extension office.

 The community of Cascade County also hosts numerous livestock workshops from showmanship clinics, fitting clinics, jackpot shows, etc. The MSU Cascade County Extension office will notify you of workshops and clinics.