In animal science projects, 4-H members:
- Learn about animals and their behavior, health, and reproduction.
- Practice leadership skills and roles, take part in community affairs, and demonstrate citizenship responsibility.
- Explore career, job, and productive leisure opportunities.
- Learn to use accepted practices for mental, physical, and emotional health.
- Develop personal integrity, a sense of sportsmanship and team cooperation, and an ability to speak in public through participation in related activities, such as demonstrations, talks, judging events, field days, tours, and exhibits.
- Share acquired knowledge and skills with other 4-H members.
- Show their animal science projects at county fairs and expositions.
- Develop skills, knowledge and attitudes for lifelong use.
The Animal Science Education Advisory Committee develops guidelines for 4-H animal science projects.
State 4-H Contact: DeAnn Tenhunfeld at email@example.com.
Veterinary Feeding Directives
As of January 1, 2017, all medically-important antibiotics for use in or on feed and in water now require a veterinary feed directive (VFD) or a prescription. This new requirement will affect many livestock producers including 4-H members.
The State 4-H Office, in coordination with the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture will be presenting a one-hour webinar on multiple dates to further explain the new regulations and their implications.
January 11th 10:00-11:00 am
January 17th 10:00-11:00 am
February 6th 10:00-11:00 am
February 28th 10:00-11:00 am
The webinars will be hosted in Zoom Conferencing. Please join one of these webinars from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/174735292.
The recordings will be made available following the webinars. Additionally, an FAQ document will be put together with questions stemming from the webinar.
If you cannot attend any of the webinar dates, please feel free to watch the recording of the January 17th recording below.
Additional information and resources can be found at the links below:
CDFA, Safe Animal Education Program: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/safe.html
Finding a Veterinarian in California: http://4h.ucanr.edu/files/254570.pptx
Animal Science Resources
4-H Animal Science Projects
Livestock judging is a process of evaluating, selecting, and placing various livestock species. Selection of project animals is actually judging livestock, comparing the merits of one animal against the merits of other potential project animals. Livestock producers, breeders, feeders, buyers, and packers evaluate livestock for their potential as well. In 4-H, livestock judging contests are held to test the knowledge of 4-H members. Click here for information on: State Qualifiers for National Events
Service animals are trained to do work for persons with disabilities other than blindness or deafness. Therapeutic animals are trained to provide comfort and emotional support to persons in need. Although dogs are primary used as service and therapeutic animals, some types of capuchin monkeys, horses, and domestic cats are also used. Guide Dogs allow 4-H members to assist in training service dogs.
Equine animals have been among the most economically important domesticated animals. Horses and humans interact in many ways, not only in a wide variety of sports and non-competitive recreational pursuits, but also in working activities such as agriculture, entertainment, assisted learning, and therapy. Horses can carry humans or perform work such as pulling carts or plows. Hundreds of distinct horse breeds were developed, allowing horses to be specialized for certain tasks: lighter horses for racing or riding, heavier horses for farming and other tasks requiring pulling power. Some horses, such as the miniature horse, can be kept as pets. 4-H horse projects allow members to raise, train, and show horses. Click Equine Education for more information.
The California 4-H Youth Development Program offers a wide variety of equine projects including breeding, draft, drill, driving, English & western, gymkhana, judging, miniature, trail riding, and ponies. The Animal Science Education Advisory Committee develops guidelines and curriculum for 4-H horse projects.
California 4-H horse projects help youth:
- Acquire skills in horse management by owning a horse or pony and being responsible for it.
- Appreciate riding as recreation.
- Learn horsemanship skills.
- Understand breeding, training, and raising of horses as a business.
- Acquire safety skills to prevent injury to persons and animals.
- Promote love and humane treatment of animals.
Goats are a longtime domesticated species. For thousands of years, goats have been used for their milk, meat, hair, and skins. 4-H members may elect to learn and care for angora, dairy, pygmy, meat, or nigerian dwarf goats.
Check out this video on Tail Docking
Swine (pigs) are farmed for their meat, called pork. Pigs are exhibited at agricultural shows, where they are judged either as stud stock or as meat animals. Pigs are known to be intelligent animals and have been found to be more trainable than dogs or cats. 4-H members in swine project select between market or breeding projects.
The dog has developed into hundreds of varied breeds. Dogs are highly social animals who are trainable, playful, and have an ability to fit into human households and social situations. 4-H members may engage in dog care and training 4-H projects.
Entomology is the scientific study of insects. Insect identification is an increasingly common hobby, with butterflies and dragonflies being the most popular. 4-H members may choose to take an entomology or beekeeping project.
Historically, rabbits have been used as a food and clothing source. However, many people now keep rabbits as pets. Rabbits can live indoors in a pen and are fairly easy to train. Rabbits are a favorite project for 4-H members with space limitations.
Animal Health Alert: Swine Flu Update, visit http://ucanr.edu/4Hsafety/
Below is the link to the Pork Board’s updated “A Champions Guide to Youth Swine Exhibition.” http://www.pork.org/filelibrary/NPBAChampionsGuidetoYouthSwineExhibition.pdf.
Please note that UC Cooperative Extension personnel in collaboration with scientists in the UC School of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Extension developed the Bio-Security in 4-H Animal Science curriculum. The FREE curriculum is available at http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/Search/biosecurity.aspx. The Bio-Security Proficiencies Project teaches 4-H youth about animal health, disease transmission, risk analysis, risk reduction and disease prevention.