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Youth Livestock Resources

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Youth Livestock Resources

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Getting Started Showing Livestock

Being a beginner can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and so much to understand. It can be even more overwhelming if you are interested in showing livestock, but don't live on a farm or know who to reach out to. Our Getting Started Showing Livestock Quick Guide will get you started off on the correct path. Review the guide and begin to plan your journey showing livestock!

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Livestock Judging

Are you involved in a livestock judging team? Download our livestock judging sheet and keep class placing and reasons organized.

Download Livestock Judging Sheet youth livestock judging sheet




Recordkeeping is one of the most important parts of a livestock project. You'll need the information to complete your 4-H or FFA project book, but you'll also need the information to evaluate your project expenses, income and profit/loss. Keeping good records is the foundation of successful farming and can help you plan your future projects. Download this valuable youth livestock resource below.

Download our Project Animal Record Book

You'll be able to track the following:

  • Project animal information
  • Project exhibits
  • Feed expenses
  • Health and veterinary expenses
  • Sale animal income
  • Other income
  • Financial summary

READ MORE: Check out our blog article on the Ins & Outs of Youth Record Keeping


How to Market Your Animal From Start to Finish

Browse our Showbox Videos:

  • How to Market Your Show Animal
  • Anatomy of a Good Buyers Letter
  • Anatomy of a Good Thank you Letter
  • How to Address an Envelope

Letter Guides

Anatomy of a Good Buyers Letter - PDF

24"x36" Poster File (Download and take to your local printers!)

Anatomy of a Good Thank You Letter - PDF

24"x36" Poster File (Download and take to your local printers!)

How to Address an Envelope - PDF

24"x36" Poster File (Download and take to your local printers!)

Retail Value of a Market Animal - These make great handouts for buyers.

When is a Steak More Than a Steak - PDF

24"x36" Poster File (Download and take to your local printers)

When is a Ham More Than a Ham - PDF

24"x36" Poster File (Download and take to your local printers)

When is a Lamb Chop More Than a Lamb Chop - PDF

24"x36" Poster File (Download and take to your local printers)

Benefits of Buying a Market Animal Brochure - Hand out this brochure to potential buyers.

  • Print double-sided and tri-fold

Benefits of Buying Local - Brochure 

Download PDF

Dress and Handshake Guides - Make a GREAT first impression by dressing well and delivering the right handshake.

The Business Handshake

Download PDF

Women's Dress Codes (Gardner-Webb University)

Download PDF

Men's Dress Codes (Gardner-Webb University)

Download PDF

Additional Knowledge Center Resources

Everything But the...

Looking for animal by-product resources?  We have you covered with our Everything But the...series of animal by-product resources. You'll find: 
  • Infographics
  • Videos
  • Lessons
  • Activities
  • Worksheets

Soft Skills Curriculum

The curriculum contains interactive lessons and activities that are instructor-led, project-based, and relevant. Soft Skills curriculum consists of six units covering the following topics:
  • Character
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Workplace
  • Etiquette & Ethics
  • Putting Skills to the Test


We understand farming happens! That's why we've developed an on-demand learning resource where you can gain the information you need when you need it. Created for producers and ag educators, the AgHub can be used to take a deeper dive into a particular topic in agriculture. Request instant access to multiple learning portals where you will find educational videos, templates and worksheets, resource guides, and more! You'll find topics covering:
  • Weed ID & Management
  • Biosecurity-Poultry
  • Agritourism
  • Beekeeping
  • Agriculture Advocacy
  • School Farm Visits-for educators and farmers
  • and more!


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