Local and regional fairs with 4-H and Future Farmers or America (FFA) competitions build competitors’ skills, self-confidence and leadership skills while educating fair visitors about agriculture. Competitors and audiences may become be our next generation of farmers and ranchers.
4-H competitions offer students valuable feedback on their agricultural projects and a chance to compete with peers. Students face public speaking angst while improving presentation skills. Prizes offer incentives for future efforts, pay for additional projects and contribute to college educations.
Prize winning livestock often bring high prices at auction. 4-H animals are accustomed to working cooperatively with people, and may be easier to manage that other livestock.
Livestock competitions may include beef, dairy, goat, sheep, equine, rabbit and poultry classes. Learn more here.