In the 4-H sheep project you can learn bout breeds, selection, grooming, production, management, showmanship, marketing, and careers.

  • Learn basic principles of animal science by owning, caring for, and keeping records on one or more head of livestock. 
  • Gain knowledge of sound breeding, feeding, and management practices. 
  • Identify quality in wholesale and retail cuts of meat to understand the relationship to management principles. 

Ideas for Project Area Learning!

  • Learn health and care of your sheep
  • Produce a healthy and safe meat product
  • Learn proper feeding of sheep
  • Understand medications for health of your sheep
  • Practice breeding management practices
  • Develop cost and expense records
  • Select breeding animals
  • Measure your pasture's productivity
  • Plan and organize production records

Share What You Learn With Others!


  • Design a poster on parts of the animal
  • Participate in a judging contest giving oral reasons
  • Give a shearing demonstration

Civic Engagement

  • Volunteer your lamb for a community petting zoo
  • Hand out food samples at your local grocery store
  • Volunteer to help at the county sheep weigh-in


  • Invite other 4-H members to tour your farm
  • Teach others how to safely handle sheep 
  • Lead a sheep showmanship and grooming clinic

Exhibit Ideas

Participate in the 4-H sheep show

  • Breeding sheep
  • Market lambs
  • Showmanship
  • Rate of gain

Consider an exhibit, notebook or display showing what you have learned in a sheep-related topic

  • Meat cuts and proper preparation
  • Feeding rations
  • How to select and judge your lamb
  • Proper exercising techniques
  • Feed additives and their proper use

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