Youth Business Guide to Success: Make the Most of Your 4-H Market Animal Project
What does it cost to raise a market animal? How can raising a market animal teach positive financial management? What does learning how to present and market have to do with an animal project?
Most young people in 4-H market animal projects are focused on basic animal science, care and management. But market animal projects also have the potential to teach youth valuable life skills.
Through this curriculum, youth will gain knowledge about marketing and advertising their products. Participants will also explore and practice production, management and distribution skills. In addition, it provides a venue to explore what it takes to be successful in business and view the world of animal science and agribusiness as a viable career option.
Intended for 12-19 year olds, the Youth Business Guide to Success (YBGS) curriculum is very adaptable to 4-H and non-4-H audiences working with animals. Purchase your copy now in the MSU Extension bookstore!
Lessons and Life Skills
Curriculum units include goal setting, record keeping, budgeting, communication (verbal and non-verbal) and marketing. These lessons help to foster important life skills such as:
- Goal setting
- Planning and organizing
- Budgeting and financial management
- Problem Solving
- Decision Making
- Marketable Skills
- Communication (written and verbal)
“This is great for kids with an animal project. I had two new kids without prior fair/market knowledge who were able to link the concepts with an entrepreneur class from school. I was able to link SMART goals to what I do at my job, giving the lesson more of a “true to life” feel.” - Pilot volunteer facilitator
“It was easy to understand and a really good way to learn.” - Pilot youth participant
Buy it now!
Purchase your copy now for just $40 in the MSU Extension bookstore!
For more information, contact:
Janice Zerbe, Extension Educator
Also view the Careers & Entrepreneurship page for more information on career exploration!
September 8, 2017 | Deb Barrett | New 4-H entrepreneurship curriculum enhances experience of 4-H volunteers and members working with market animal projects.
April 24, 2017 | Betty Jo Krosnicki | Start your record book for your 4-H project animals at the beginning of the project.
November 28, 2016 | Beverly Przystas | To prepare Michigan’s youth for the future, a new curriculum is available to provide hands-on learning for their market animal project.
October 21, 2016 | Julie Thelen | Recognize successes, set SMART goals and achieve club success each year with the help of MSU Extension resources.
September 8, 2016 | Dave Radloff | Thanking everyone who bid on your market livestock animal can influence your potential market and provide a good networking opportunity for next year’s sale.
August 22, 2016 | Debra Barrett | This newly released MSU Extension curriculum provides unique learning opportunities for all involved in 4-H market animal projects.
June 1, 2016 | Debra Barrett | Soon-to-be released curriculum on making the most of your 4-H market animal project provides unique learning opportunities for all involved.
May 4, 2016 | Katie Ockert | Everyone who has an animal science project is involved in the agriculture industry. Check out these tips on how to become an effective ag-vocate.
April 13, 2016 | Beverly Przystas | 4-H provides youth with opportunities to learn and explore agriculture-related jobs and careers.
February 26, 2016 | Laurie Rivetto | Using a marketing flier can expand the outreach of your business.