County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Judging 4-H Livestock Projects Suggestions for judging beef, sheep and swine youth exhibits. Includes information on how judging a project might affect a 4-H member.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Sheep Project. Just follow these links!

 Annual Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium
Program dedicated to beginners and potential dairy sheep producers. The basics of sheep dairying are presented by current producers and by a milking machine specialist directly on the farm of one member of the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative.

 Dairy Sheep Association of North America
Serves the interests of all current or future sheep dairy producers, farmstead cheese producers, sellers, suppliers, industry professional, academic researchers with an interest in sheep dairying, dairy genetics, sheep milk cheese production, and sheep milk based product development.

National Animal Identification System
Information on how this important new livestock animal identification system is being implemented in Wisconsin.

Saddle and Sirloin Club: Sheep
UW-Madison student club that organizes and administers the Little International Horse Show, Badger Kick-off Classic Steer and Heifer Show, and the Badger Bonanza Lamb Show. The group also sponsors Swine Project Awards to help beginning 4-H or FFA members get started in the swine industry.

UW-Madison Extension Animal Sciences: Sheep
Provides UW-Madison Extension links including sheep management programs, upcoming events, publications, Wisconsin Ram Test, and more.

UW-Madison Extension Animal Sciences: Youth
UW-Madison Extension Animal Sciences Youth Extension site with additional links to the State Specialist, the calendar, MAQA information, State Fair results, and more.

Project Materials and Support

Sheep Project Materials

For more information on the 4-H Sheep Project, contact the following:

UW-Madison Extension Youth Livestock Specialist: Bernie O’Rourke