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4-H Livestock Programs in Manistee & Benzie Counties

Youth in Manistee and Benzie County can pick from any of the following Livestock project areas, currently established within our program. Select from the drop down menu above to learn more.

If you don't see your area of interest listed, please contact us or our 4-H Program Coordinator, Ali Olson. Our program is constantly growing and changing, we'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas about what interests you about 4-H Livestock!

Unique Marketing Options for 4-H Youth at Manistee Co. Fair

Youth in Manistee and Benzie County who choose to participate (show and market) at Manistee County Fair, compared to Northwest Michigan Fair, have the option available to them to market three (3) livestock projects.

The three (3) market livestock may be the following combinations:

  • One (1) Large Animal & Two (2) Small Animals

  • Two (2) Large Animals & One (1) Small Animal

  • Three (3) Small Animals

Goats are considered small animals. Feeder Calves & Sheep are considered large animals.

Rabbits & Cavies
Sheep
Dairy Cattle
Poultry & Fowl
Swine
Feeder Calves
Goats
Beef Cattle
Veal

Project Paperwork

4-H Livestock Projects and the Fair experience is not just the time and effort of raising the animal, it's the paperwork and deadlines that come with it.

The current rules, under the by-laws of the Manistee County 4-H Livestock Council, state that all 4-H participants MUST complete one year of SHOWMANSHIP ONLY before they can market an animal. Cloverbud years DO count towards this requirement. No 4-Her may market ANY animal until 4-H age 8.

All the the required forms and deadlines are listed and linked below:

December 31, 2023

Beef & Dairy Steer Project Registration Due

March 1, 2024

Beef & Dairy Feeder Calf Project Registration Due

June 25, 2024 
All Other Species Project Registration (Show & Market) Due

Minimum Three (3) Buyer Slips Due per Youth

June 25, 2024 

4-H Class Registration Due for Manistee County Fair 2024

June 25, 2024 

Pen & Stall Forms Due - For 2023 Club Leaders will submit.

Drug Free Statements & Proof of Origin Forms Due

August 12, 2024

Fair Check-In Day

August 13 - 17, 2024

Manistee County Fair at Manistee County Fairgrounds

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