The educational 4-H beef program and related activities (such as workshops and tours) provide youth with a fun and hands-on learning experience which develops both beef subject skills (such as nutrition, housing, and health care) and life skills (such as responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communications). Skills are learned under the direction of caring adults


Important documents can be found at the bottom of this page underneath "Related Files".


Helpful Information

Important Project Dates: 

March 17, 2018             Beef ID Day for ALL STEERS, Registered and Commercial heifers may attend as well.

April 1, 2018 (11:59pm)Deadline to enroll Steers online through 4HOnline

                                   Deadline for DNA Samples to be turned into Extension Office (state fair beef only)

May 10, 2018               Beef Heifer ID Day 6-7:00 pm  Beef Barn - South 1/2

May 15, 2018 (11:59pm)Deadline to enroll all Heifers online through 4HOnline

                                    Deadline for DNA Samples to be turned into Extension Office (state fair beef only)

                                    Deadline for Livestock Location Forms

Open March 20, 2018        There are various deadlines with various fees based on when you enroll your animals through the Indiana State Fair Entry system. State Fair                                           Entry website: click here 



  • Each 4-H member needs to turn in a record sheet and worksheet to complete the Beef project for the year.
  • Grade is based on the grade you were in when you enrolled in 4-H for the 2016 year.
  • Answers to the worksheet are found in the Beef Resource Manual (Ohio State). One resource manual is provided per family the first year a family member takes the Beef Project.
  • If you exhibit an animal poster project you need to complete the General 4-H Record Sheet and turn it in at judging check-in in order to have your poster judged. This is required even if you plan to exhibit an animal in that project at the county fair.


Beef Heifer Enrollment Documents

2018 Beef Heifer Enrollment Cover Letter

2018 Beef Tag Order Form -Spring

Beef Enrollment Instructions for 4HOnline

Livestock Location Approval Form

2018 NEW- Video on DNA Hair Collection for Cattle


Here are some additional website that you might helpful for this project:

Indiana 4-H Livestock Website

    Here you will find:

            Animal workshops offered by Purdue

            Results from Career Development Events for 4-H & FFA members

Indiana State Fair


YQCA Training Registration Site

How to create a 4-H Poster