The 4-H program provides youths from all backgrounds the opportunity to raise, care for and show livestock. If youths understand how to take vitals, properly administer antibiotics, and understand vaccination programs, they will be better prepared to raise a healthy animal.

It is important for youths involved in the 4-H livestock program to have a basic understanding of what signs and symptoms to watch for to prevent illness in their steers or heifers. Recognizing animal behaviors and signs of illness can greatly help 4-H participants and their parents become b…

Weaning is among the most stressful periods in a beef production system for calves because they are subjected to stressors including removal from their mothers, new diets, processing (vaccination, dehorning, castration etc.) and possibly new environments.