A sheep project is particularly well adapted to the rural family home with a small plot of land or even to homes with large yards in suburban areas that permit animals. Market lamb projects are particularly desirable youth activities in many areas of New York State. The sheep project also provides opportunities for youth to develop responsibility, decision making, patience and understanding by regularly caring for their project animals. In addition to feeding and health care, 4-Hers learn about nutrition, physiology, reproduction, marketing and the economic importance of the livestock industry as well as record keeping skills.
Youth doing a sheep project also have the opportunity to participate in sheep and livestock contests, such as quiz bowl and skillathon.