ovsfarm said:I am kind of ambivalent about 4-H animal projects. Because we tend more toward the organic and natural side of things, we will not do/feed much of what it takes to make weight or win at the shows. We favor a slower, more natural growth rate and will not feed Paylean or any of the other chemical or medicated feeds. My dd can learn a lot and raise animals that sell well at our local farmers market, but her project animal is rarely competitive. Also, 4-H favors the philosophy of the large commercial producers and not the small homesteader. For example, they offer classes for suffolks, hamps, and other large meat breeds of sheep, but have nothing for our smaller Soay, which are much easier to raise on a homestead without major chemical intervention or lambing and medical assistance.