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The meat and dairy goat projects involves raising and caring for live animals while learning about animal health, nutrition, breeding, selection, and marketing. The 4-H goat project offers outstanding opportunities for individuals to gain experience in decision making, record keeping, responsibility, sportsmanship and leadership. They feature curriculum that will guide you through the projects. In Illinois, we have three levels of projects for both dairy goats and meat goats.

Scroll down to the Resources section to download the 2021 Livestock Ownership Deadlines

CLICK HERE to download the Dairy Goats Spark Sheet

CLICK HERE to download the Meat Goats Spark Sheet

 

Project Levels

DAIRY GOAT LEVEL 1

In level 1, identify breeds of goats, learn to be a responsible goat owner, solve goat care problems, and prepare a goat for show.

DAIRY GOAT LEVEL 2

In level 2, learn goat management practices, learn about health management practices, track kid growth, exhibit goats, and judge goats.

DAIRY GOAT LEVEL 3

In level 3, organize a goat field day, develop a herd health calendar, learn about breeding systems, and evaluate a goat herd.  

The meat goat project involves raising and caring for live animals while learning about animal health, nutrition, breeding, selection, and marketing. 

MEAT GOAT LEVEL 1

In level 1, identify parts of a meat goat, identify goat breeds, learn about goat nutrition and health, and practice basic management skills.

MEAT GOAT LEVEL 2

In level 2, learn about meat goat diseases, work with a veterinarian, identify goat predators, and fit and show meat goats.

MEAT GOAT LEVEL 3

In level 3, host a judging clinic, investigate biosecurity, select breeding stock, and evaluate feed ingredients.

Resources to help you learn

  • DAIRY GOAT LEVEL 1: Getting Your Goat 
  • DAIRY GOAT LEVEL 2: Stepping Out 
  • DAIRY GOAT LEVEL 3: Showing the Way 
  • MEAT GOAT LEVEL 1: Just Browsing 
  • MEAT GOAT LEVEL 2: Growing with Meat Goats 
  • MEAT GOAT LEVEL 3: Meating the Future
  • Dairy Goat Helper’s Guide
  • Meat Goat Helper's Guide

Required Training

Members enrolled in dairy and beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats must take the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals certification annually. 

For Illinois State Fair exhibitor information, please visit our State Fair page.

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