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Resources for Livestock during shelter-in-place


The 4-H Youth Development Program is committed to high-quality learning experiences for young people, and partnered with the Fair to offer virtual showmanship and skill-a-thons. 

Youth participation in livestock projects creates opportunities to enhance skill in accepting responsibility, setting goals, develop[ing] self-discipline, self-motivation, and knowledge of the livestock industry1, as well as [developing] responsibility, relating to others, spirit of inquiry, decision making, public speaking, maintaining records, and building self-esteem2. While finances are certainly a component in making this decision, we encourage each family to weigh the options and make the decision to best meet their needs.

  1. Boleman, C.T. & Cummings, S.R. & Briers, G.E.. (2004). Parents' perceptions of life skills gained by youth participating in the 4-H beef project. Journal of Extension[On-line], 42(5). Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2004october/rb6.php
  2. Ward, C. K. (1996). Life skill development related to participation in 4-H animal science projects. Journal of Extension[On-line], 34(2). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/1996april/rb2.html


The Santa Clara County Fair is an annual exhibition where many 4-H members participate. To review fair updates, please visit the fair website directly.

A great resource for selling livestock outside of auctions and fairs, is the UC ANR fact sheet on "Market Animal Sale Options and Regulations". The rules and regulations in the document are those that California livestock producers comply with everyday when selling animals. There is also a section on the illegal aspects of raffles in California and the use of "4-H"  (and how it applies to tax donation rules).


"Due to the rigorous food and consumer safety standards set forth by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for market animals which are sold at junior livestock auctions, and the time, expertise and preparation needed to meet these standards, the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program is not granting permissions for new 4-H sponsored livestock auctions to take place. This is in accordance with long-standing 4-H policy CA 4-H Policy Handbook, Chapter 7, Part V. http://4h.ucanr.edu/Resources/Policies/Chapter7/#V."

Click here for the fact sheet https://ucanr.edu/sites/Rangelands/files/323971.pdf We will also post this information on the 4-H at Home website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ca4H/

Please let authors know if you have any questions Morgan Doran (mpdoran@ucanr.edu); Tracy Schohr (tkschohr@ucanr.edu); or Laura Snell (lksnell@ucanr.edu).