A Study to Determine the Influence of Economics on the Junior Livestock Show Program in Texas
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Texas 4-H livestock projects provide exhibitors with life skill development and enhanced expertise in livestock systems and animal science knowledge. Livestock projects range from small animal species such as rabbits and poultry, to larger species such as lambs, goats, hogs and cattle. Raising and showing livestock projects incurs expenses unique to each species depending on size and scope. The purpose of this study was to investigate the comparative economics of Texas 4-H livestock projects in an effort to more fully understand the economic impact the program has on local and state economies. Researchers also sought to measure perceptions of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agents to increase understanding of how the rising cost of inputs affects livestock project participation. Objectives were achieved by distributing two separate Qualtrics surveys, one to livestock exhibitor families and one to County Extension Agents. Results garnered indicate that an estimated average of $108,774,353.75 is generated by market livestock projects in Texas. These monies are going directly into local and state agricultural sectors, and it is imperative to communicate this impact with stakeholders and donors to increase awareness and support of the Texas livestock show industry. Recommendations were made to both Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas major livestock shows to increase understanding and financial support of livestock projects.
Cook, Dottie Ann (2015). A Study to Determine the Influence of Economics on the Junior Livestock Show Program in Texas. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from