Livestock programs are one of the most recognized aspects of 4-H, but many people do not know these programs help young people develop positive character traits and become the leaders of tomorrow. These programs introduce many youths to animals, but more importantly, youths learn many life skills through their participation.
There are many ways youths can be involved in livestock programs through 4-H. Owning an animal is not a requirement for participation. Programs offered through 4-H include quiz bowls, skill-athons, livestock judging, projects and shows.
Mentally challenging programs such as quiz bowls, skillathons and livestock judging provide young people with skills they can use throughout their lives. Skills learned through these programs allow 4-H'ers to become more informed consumers, team players, better employees and community leaders, regardless of whether they ever own an animal. Quiz bowls and skillathons are competitions that test youths' knowledge in various aspects of livestock production.