Junior Herd Builder

Program Overview:

The Junior Herd Builder Program is open to FFA or 4-H members currently enrolled in 8th-12th grade.

Participants will develop a pen of heifers for the purpose of future production or sale. Participants will be responsible for securing three (3) heifers of similar age and genetics to develop through the beef production cycle utilizing the UGA Extension Beef Management Calendar as a guide.


  • Expose youth to the beef industry of Georgia
  • Educate and serve the beef industry of Georgia
  • Enhance leadership, decision-making and management skills of youth participants
  • Promote animal and environmental stewardship

Important Dates:

  • Program Registration Deadline: September 15, 2023
  • Orientation: September 18, 2023
  • Module Deadline: October 21, 2022
  • Live Animal Deadline: November 10, 2023
  • Recordbook Deadline: May 3, 2024
  • Live Program Evaluation: May 14, 2024

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