Livestock Program


After many years of a successful Chore Chart Program, we’re taking The Farmyard experience a step further. We have connected with other local farmers who have years of experience, the animals to lease, and an interest in teaching children about their industries. Together, our team is providing workshops, hands-on experiences, and opportunities for children to participate in local fairs and demonstrations.

Children ages 4-18 can participate in our programs. We will be offering TWO meetings (JAN & FEB ) to discuss our 2024 Lease Program. Families will gather information, can enroll in tour programs, meet partnering farmers, and prepare their calendars for this year’s season. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please complete the form below.

Farmyard Livestock Program (Interest/Emails)

Skills Gained
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Dedication to a Project
  • Networking
  • Showmanship
  • Sportsmanship
  • & MORE
  • Dairy
  • Donkey
  • Horse
  • Meat Goat
  • Rabit
  • Sheep
  • Swine

What are the age requirements? We have designed different programs for different age groups. Children ages 4-6 begin with our Chore Chart Program. Older ages may be matched with a specific species and participate off-site at local fairs.

What is the time commitment? Each program is different. Our simplest option is the Chore Chart Program. It can be a one-time feeding or a four-week session. Others may extend to a weekly commitment for 8-12 weeks. Please make sure to check with your farmer to idenfity the dates of the shows. These are typically full-day commitments or more.

What is the cost? Pricing changes according to species, the nature of the program, and the farm providing the services. Our Chore Chart Program begins at $50. This does not include any off-site shows or workshops.

Are these programs held at The Farmyard? Some programs are held at The Farmyard. Certain species (ie. swine), are held at one of our partnering farms. If a commute is a concern for your family, please let us know and we will coordinate a species that is housed on-site.

Is this a 4-H Club? No, we are not a 4-H Club, however, we are happy to connect your family with a club or an extension agent from your county.

Does my child have to show at the fair? No, although shows seem to be a highlight for most children, there is no requirement to show. If your child is uncertain if they’d like to show their animals, they are welcome to attend and serve as a helper.

Our Partners
The Rockstroh Family
The Taylor Family
Wilson Dairy Farm

Living, Learning & Loving Agriculture

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