4-H livestock programs and projects have a long history in Kentucky.  These livestock activities provide youth with opportunities to learn about livestock and develop the life skills that are needed to be positive contributors to society.  Through livestock programs and projects youth learn about livestock selection and evaluation, nutrition and feeding, health and daily care, reproduction, marketing, and much more.  In addition, youth learn the importance of hard work and responsibility, and also develop important life skills such as critical thinking, decision-making, and communication.

Youth involvement in 4-H livestock programs also nurtures relationships, by allowing parents and other caring adults to be a part of a young person’s life. Positive family communication is generated as youth seek the advice and counsel of adults’ experiences. This not only encourages parents to be a vital part of the 4-H program, but often sparks more parental support in schools and other activities.

Livestock programs and projects also begin preparing youth for a wide variety of careers that are available to those with interest in livestock.  Although many only think of the actual production of livestock as a livestock career, there are hundreds of other livestock-related careers available.  These include careers in the fields of livestock specialists, sales, feeds, animal health products, feedlot operators, environmental specialists, market reporting, animal research, teaching, and many others.

The Christian County 4-H Livestock Club meets at 6pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month September through May at the Christian County Extension Office. For more information contact Matt Futrell at 270-886-6328.