NDSU Extension - Nelson County

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Nelson County Extension 

Nelson County Courthouse

210 B. Ave W. Suite 101

Lakota, ND 58344

 

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 

8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: (701)247-2521

Fax: (701)247-2412

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Beef

Participating in a Beef Project can be an excellent learning experience for a 4-H member.

Beef

4-H Beef Curriculum

Project Books (Curriculum) on Shop 4-H promote positive youth development through experiential learning. We believe that youth retain more information -- and have more fun! -- when they are part of the learning process.  

Whether a beginner, intermediate or advanced participant in the Beef Project, using the 4-H Curriculum can be an excellent tool to help members complete learning objectives fitting to their experience and skill set level. 4-H Curriculum can be handed in at the end of the year (by August 31st) in place of a Project Achievement Record (Found in Section F of the Nelson County Record Book). All Projects and Records handed in will be returned to members at Awards Day in Sept/Oct.


The Nelson County Extension Office will purchase up to 2 curriculum guides per year for 4-H members. Contact  (katelyn.hain@ndsu.edu) if you would like assistance with purchasing. 

Beef Events


Statewide Judging Contests

Throughout the winter months, a number of Livestock Judging Events take place all across the State and region to test youth's knowledge of Beef and other animals.  Some events judge live animals while others do not. Contact if interested in competing in Livestock Judging Events.  4-H Members have a chance to join a team in a neighboring county if there are not enough youth interested in their home county to make up a complete team. 

North Dakota State Livestock Judging Page

Meats Judging on the other hand, is a contest that takes place in Early June. Meat Judging exposes youth to the consumer side of the meat production industry and retail cuts taken from the carcass after slaughter.  Youth will become more familiar with types of cuts from various animal carcasses and become familiar with how they are prepared to be eaten.   

North Dakota State Meat Judging Page

Exhibiting at the Fair

The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) National Code of Show Ring Ethics applies to all livestock shows in the United State and Canada. The Nelson County Fair and ND State Fair expects participants to uphold this ethical code. 

Record Keeping

Due May 17th, 2019: Large Animal Livestock Registration Form (Fillable PDF)

There are three different record books that are acceptable to help a 4-H Members keep track of animal care. 4-H members are permitted to use a different set of record keeping if they find something that works better for them. Records (along with any partially or fully completed project book related to Beef) should be showcased to the Judge at the Fair.

Youth for the Quality Care Of Animals (YQCA)YQCA Logo

YQCA certification is required in order to participate in animal exhibition at the Nelson County Fair and the ND State Fair. 4-H Members must be re-certified every year.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

YQCA certification is being accepted by many livestock shows and fairs that require youth quality assurance certification. View the list here, but always check the entry requirements of each show for complete details.

YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals:

  • Pigs
  • Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Market Rabbits
  • Poultry

There are two options available to youth in order to become YQCA certified.

Option 1: YQCA training will be offered in-person 2x per year in Nelson County; once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Dates TBA. Cost: $3.00

Option 2: Complete the training at home, online. Cost: $12.00

To Register for a training visit https://learngrow.io/. Search for a training in Nelson County to attend in person. Select the on-line training option if completing at home To log in, create an account at https://learngrow.io/ or login with your 4-HOnline credentials.  

Visit YQCA.org for more information about this nationwide program.

ND 4-H YQCA

Other Resources

Beef Showmanship Demonstration Video

Beef Learning Lab Kit

Educational DVD's and Video available for checkout

NDSU Extension Livestock Page

North Dakota Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)

NDSU Animal Sciences

Breeds of Cattle, Oklahoma State University

ND Beef Commission 

ND Stockman's Association 

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