Livestock Programs

Delaware County 4-H has a wonderful livestock program. We offer educational clinics, shows, auction experience, and more.

ANIMAL OWNERSHIP & REGISTRATION GUIDELINES

~Dairy Goats-owned by June 15

~Meat Goats-owned by June 15; registered for auction by June 15, 2019

~Beef Cattle-owned by June 15; steers must be registered for auction by January 4, 2019

~Sheep-owned by June 15; registered for auction by June 15, 2019

~Swine-owned by June 15; registered for auction by June 15, 2019

NON-OWNERSHIP ANIMAL PROJECTS (4-Hers who do NOT already own stock are eligible)

Did you know that people who do not live on a farm or do not have registered stock can still have a 4-H animal project? The 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project allows 4-Hers the chance to care for an animal and show it just as their own.

Please keep in mind the philosophy of the non-ownership policy.  The purpose IS NOT to save money on registration transfers or to allow an individual to search until he/she obtains the best possible show animal.  Like wise, if the actual owner insists on showing the youth’s non-owned animal at a non 4-H event, we do not have any right to dictate rules against it.  However, the purpose of the non-ownership is to allow youth to CARE for a 4-H project animal that he/she might not otherwise have had the opportunity to care for.

A completed 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificate is required in order to participate.  It is also strongly recommended that a 4-H Animal Lease Agreement be completed as well.

  • Non-ownership IS NOT available to youth already owning an animal of that species
  • Non-ownership animal limits
    • BEEF CATTLE, SWINE and SHEEP: ONE (1) non-owned animal per species
    • HORSE: ONE (1) – The only exceptions are donkey, mule, miniature equine, and driving equine (used only for driving) – in which case a youth may own or lease an equine and also lease a donkey, mule, miniature equine and driving equine (used only for driving)
    • DAIRY CATTLE (non-milking), DAIRY GOAT and/or MEAT GOAT: TWO (2) non-owned animals per species – but may only show one animal, per species, per youth fair, youth exhibition or 4-H show/exhibition – this applies to the county and state level – Youth who own dairy goats can adopt ONE (1) meat goat; youth who own meat goats can adopt ONE (1) dairy goat
  • Non-owned animals must meet all requirements (dates, registration, health, etc.) pertinent to that species
  • Non-ownership deadlines
    • JUNE 1 of the current year for HORSES
    • JUNE 15 of the current year for DAIRY CATTLE (non-milking), BEEF CATTLE (non-auction), DAIRY GOAT, MEAT GOAT, SHEEP and SWINE – Except for horses and beef steers for auction
  • Auction animals ARE NOT eligible for the 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project
  • Completed copies of the 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificate and 4-H Animal Lease Agreement must be on file at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County office by: JUNE 1 of the current year for horses and JUNE 15 of the current year for all other species.
  • Completed copies of the 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificate and 4-H Animal Lease Agreement form, signed by all parties, must be presented at the Delaware County Fair and the Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show, along with appropriate health and registration papers.

4-H Non-ownership Animal Lease Agreement – NON-GOAT

4-H Non-ownership Animal Lease Agreement – GOAT

4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificates

LIVESTOCK AUCTION PROJECTS

4-Hers may choose to raise and then sell their animal project in the 4-H Livestock Auction at the Delaware County Fair.  Project areas include meat goats, beef, sheep, and swine. Visit the 4-H Livestock Auction page for important deadlines, information, forms, and other resources.

HELPFUL 4-H LIVESTOCK RESOURCES:

Contact
John Hannum
 4-H Team Leader 
[email protected]
(607) 865-6531