Animal Science is STEM
4-H Animal Science Resources
Animal Health Alert: Swine Flu Update, visit http://ucanr.edu/4Hsafety/
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 here. The Bio-Security Proficiencies Project teaches 4-H youth about animal health, disease transmission, risk analysis, risk reduction and disease prevention.
Veterinary Feeding Directives
As of January 1, 2017, all medically-important antibiotics for use in or on feed and in water requires a veterinary feed directive (VFD) or a prescription. This requirement affects many livestock producers, including 4-H members. 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
4-H Animal Science stories from our blog
Youth from 4-H programs in Yuba and Sutter counties participated in the recently-completed Mitigating Zoonotic and Animal Disease (MZAD) Project by...
When you hear the term “Avian Bowl,” it may conjure up images of rolling a frozen chicken or turkey down a lane to knock down pins. If you are a 4-H member you probably know what Avian Bowl really means, and it is an admirable and...
4-H Animal Science Projects
In animal science projects, 4-H members:
- Learn about animals and their behavior, health, and reproduction.
- Learn animal husbandry skills and share acquired knowledge with other 4-H members.
- Show their animal science projects at county fairs and expositions.
- Learn and practice leadership, public speaking, community service, and record-keeping skills.
Check out our animal science project sheets here. Some Animal Science projects you might be interested in joining include:
Cattle: Raise a market (meat) or dairy (milk) animal.
Cavies: Also known as guinea pigs, cavies come in many breeds and are easy to handle.
Entomology: Learn about insects and much more in this increasingly popular hobby. Consider a beekeeping project!
Equine: Learn about horse care, training, and the many opportunities to compete in the 4-H equine program. You don't have to have a horse to join! Check out the Equine Education page.
Goats: Goats are raised for milk, meat, and fiber. Raise dairy or market goats in this project. Goats are fun, easy to handle, and a great project for those wanting to join a large animal project.
Livestock Judging: Learn to evaluate, select, and place livestock species. Compete at a state qualifier with your team - you could qualify to go to a national competition! Click here for more information: State Qualifiers for National Events.
Sheep: Learn about sheep breeds, wool, cuts of meat, and how to show your animal in this popular project. Select either a breeding or market project.
Swine: Another popular project, learn how to care for and raise a market hog. Pigs are known to be intelligent, highly trainable animals - and they have personality!
Veterinary Science: Learn the basic practices of veterinary medicine as well as information on exotic, wildlife, and production animals.
The Animal Science Education Advisory Committee develops guidelines for 4-H animal science projects.
State 4-H Contact: DeAnn Tenhunfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org.