Livestock Programs

teen youth showing beef cow at fair

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, 2020

~Beef Cattle-owned by June 15; steers must be registered for auction by January 6, 2020

~Sheep-owned by June 15; registered for auction by June 15, 2020

~Swine-owned by June 15; registered for auction by June 15, 2020

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.

To obtain a copies of 4-H Non-ownership Animal Lease Agreements and New York State Animal Project Forms, please contact the Extension office.

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.

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