older youth showing a beef steer to potential buyers from inside the show ring at the county fair during the livestock auction

Livestock Program

Delaware County 4-H has a wonderful livestock program. We offer educational clinics, shows, auction experience, and more.

Animal Ownership & Registration Guidelines

  • Dairy Goats-owned by June 15
  • Meat Goats-owned by June 15; registered for auction by June 20, 2020
  • Beef-owned by June 15; steers must be registered for auction by January 6, 2020
  • Sheep-owned by June 15; registered for auction by June 20, 2020
  • Swine-owned by June 15; registered for auction by June 20, 2020

Non-Ownership Animal Projects

This option is only available to 4-Hers who do NOT already own stock. Did you know that people who do not live on a farm or do not have registered stock can still have a 4-H animal project? The 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project allows 4-Hers the chance to care for an animal and show it just as their own.

Purpose

The purpose of the non-ownership is to allow youth to care for a 4-H project animal that he/she might not otherwise have had the opportunity to care for.

A completed 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificate is required in order to participate.  It is also strongly recommended that a 4-H Animal Lease Agreement be completed as well.  Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) encourages the use of written lease agreements, however, it is the responsibility of the owner and exhibitor to agree upon the lease terms.  Neither CCE Delaware County or Cornell University is legally involved in writing, implementing, or terminating any lease agreements.

  • Non-ownership IS NOT available to youth already owning an animal of that species
  • Non-ownership Animal Limits: Youth who own no species of this type may register two (2) non-owned animals of this species as their project animal(s) per youth fair, youth exhibition, or 4-H show/exhibition at their county’s discretion.  This applies to the county and state level.
    • DAIRY CATTLE, DAIRY GOAT, MEAT GOAT, BEEF CATTLESHEEP and SWINE: TWO (2) non-owned animal per species – but may only show one animal, per species, per youth fair, youth exhibition or 4-H show/exhibition – this applies to the county and state level
    • HORSEONE (1) – The only exceptions are donkey, mule, miniature equine, and driving equine (used only for driving) – in which case a youth may own or lease an equine and also lease a donkey, mule, miniature equine and driving equine (used only for driving)
  • Non-owned animals must meet all requirements (dates, registration, health, etc.) pertinent to that species
  • Non-ownership deadlines
    • JUNE 1 of the current year for HORSES
    • JUNE 15 of the current year for DAIRY CATTLE (non-milking), BEEF CATTLE (non-auction), DAIRY GOAT, MEAT GOAT, SHEEP and SWINE – Except for horses and beef steers for auction
  • Auction animals ARE NOT eligible for the 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project
  • Completed copies of the 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificate and 4-H Animal Lease Agreement must be on file at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County office by: JUNE 1 of the current year for horses and JUNE 15 of the current year for all other species.
  • Completed copies of the 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificate and 4-H Animal Lease Agreement form, signed by all parties, must be presented at the Delaware County Fair and the Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show, along with appropriate health and registration papers.

Delaware County 4-H Non-Ownership Animal Project Form

Livestock Auction Projects

4-Hers may choose to raise and then sell their animal project in the 4-H Livestock Auction at the Delaware County Fair.  Project areas include meat goats, beef, sheep, and swine. Visit the 4-H Livestock Auction page for important deadlines, information, forms, and other resources.

For more information, contact John Hannum

4-H Team Leader 

jth44@cornell.edu

(607) 865-6531