Exploring Beef Health and Husbandry Curriculum

This curriculum is designed as the guide for a project facilitator. The activities and background information in this curriculum will help youth develop the requisite knowledge and skills associated with raising and showing beef cattle. Activities are youth-centered and include opportunities for the application of knowledge and skills at three different levels of experience: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Topics include:

  • bio-security risk assessment and mitigation strategies.
  • budgeting decisions associated with raising and housing cattle.
  • dietary needs of beef cattle at different life stages.
  • elements of beef cattle conformation.
  • pre-show preparation; showmanship; and judging.
  • strategies for crossbreeding cattle.
  • ethical decision making in caring for and showing swine.
  • tip-to-tail health assessments.


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