NDSU Extension - Nelson County


Nelson County Extension 

Nelson County Courthouse

210 B. Ave W. Suite 101

Lakota, ND 58344


Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 


Phone: (701)247-2521

Fax: (701)247-2412

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Goat (Dairy and Meat)

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

4-H Goat Curriculum

Goat Project Sheet

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 Goat 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.

Dairy Goat

Meat Goat
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. 

Goat Events

During the Winter months, a number of Livestock Judging Events take place all across the State and region to test youth's knowledge of Goats 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

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 records if they find something that works better for them. Records (along with any partially or fully completed project book related to Goat) 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.


Other Resources

Goat Showmanship Manual

Goat Learning Lab Kit

Educational DVD's and Video available for checkout

NDSU Extension Livestock Page

American Dairy Goat Association 

Goat Breeds - Oklahoma State University

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