4-H and FFA Showmen

The youth that show livestock at the Alameda County Fair are made up of 4-H and FFA members 9 - 19 years of age. Members either purchase or pick from their own herd, an animal(s) to raise and exhibit. Some show only one type of animals, while others show several species.

The members are required to care and train their animals so they can be shown in both market and showmanship classes. In the market class the animals are judged on their carcass merit, while in the showmanship class the member is judged on how well they present their animal to the judge.

Being able to care for and show an animal is a great opportunity for these young people. They are given the chance to learn responsibility, record keeping, management, cooperation and leadership. When all their hard work is complete , they can sell their animal at the Junior Livestock Auction. 

Each exhibitor may sell two animals. This can sometimes be difficult as the members can become attached to their four-legged friends. The money earned goes to paying the debt of purchasing and raising the animals and hopefully there is some left over to save for the future.

About 4-H

4-H is a youth organization for members 5-18 years old that promotes hands-on learning and depends on parent and volunteer participation. 

4-H welcomes all youth (and adult volunteers) from all backgrounds in all locales (rural and urban). The United States 4-H Program is run through county Cooperative Extension offices, the University of California, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and a variety of volunteer councils and foundations at the county, state and national levels. 

4-H has many different programs including after-school programs, horse groups, camping, and 4-H Clubs. The common theme is youth learning and growing in citizenship, leadership and life skills.

California 4-H

Alameda County 4-H
About FFA

FFA is a school based program which uses a thread part model of education. This program consists of classroom instruction, a supervised agriculture experience and the FFA community based activities.

The personal growth, leadership and career success skills developed through FFA serve a student well throughout life regardless of the individual career path

Livermore FFA 

California FFA