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Mississippi 4-H Livestock Programs

Publication Number: M1522

It’s not just showing—it’s growing, too!

"My involvement in 4-H has taught me responsibility, teamwork, and leadership skills.”—4-H'er Noah Carpenter, Tishomingo County

Join Mississippi 4-H and grow your knowledge and skills with

  • beef cattle.
  • dairy cattle.
  • meat goats.
  • dairy goats.
  • sheep.
  • swine. 

Junior and senior 4-H’ers can share what they have learned at

  • judging contests.
  • quiz bowls.
  • presentations.
  • individual and team demonstrations.
  • public speaking contests.
  • premier exhibitor contests.
  • art and photography contests.

You will learn how to

  • treat animals ethically.
  • win and lose graciously.
  • communicate clearly.
  • work with others.

Discover responsibility by

  • being a reliable team member.
  • caring for an animal that depends on you.
  • participating in competitions.

Mississippi livestock competitions for 4-H’ers are held at

  • Mississippi State Fair.
  • Dixie National Junior Round-Up.
  • District livestock shows.
  • District and state 4-H horse championships.
  • County fairs and jackpot shows.

"Joining 4-H was life-changing. I’ve learned how to warm up to new people, and I’ve made new friends.” – 4-H’er PEYTON BELL, Adams County

For more information on 4-H livestock programs, contact your local Mississippi 4-H office at

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Produced by Agricultural Communications.

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Extension Service of Mississippi State University, cooperating with U.S. Department of Agriculture. Published in furtherance of Acts of Congress, May 8 and June 30, 1914. GARY B. JACKSON, Director M1522 (500-10-19)

Department: Ctr 4-H Youth Development
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