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Animal Science

4-H Animal Science Resources


Recommended Curricula for Animal Science

Talking Points for Exhibitors at Fair

2013 Compendium of Measures to Prevent Diseases Associated with Animals in Public Settings

APHIS Factsheet - Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot & Mouth Disease - Guide for Producers

Foot & Mouth Disease - Livestock Producers, Allied Industries, Foreign Travelers, and Visitors







Animal Health Alert: Swine Flu Update, visit http://ucanr.edu/4Hsafety/

Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions, 3-11-13

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:

FDA VFD Overview (Video): http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/AnimalFeedSafetySystemAFSS/ucm529868.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery 

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

Yuba and Sutter County 4-H’ers Participate in MZAD Bio-security Research Project

4-H participants in the MZAD Project

Youth from 4-H programs in Yuba and Sutter counties participated in the recently-completed Mitigating Zoonotic and Animal Disease (MZAD) Project by...

California 4-H Team Goes to Nationals

From left to right: Zachary S, Jesiah N, Tara Schnetz {coach}, Dr. Francine Bradley Ph.D. Extension Poultry Specialist Emerita, Hannah N, and Kyle S

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:

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Birds: Consider joining a poultry, game bird, embryology, or exotic bird project.

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.

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Dog: This project teaches about dog care, handling, and training. The Guide Dog project allows 4-H members to assist in training service dogs.

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.

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Rabbits: This popular project is great if you have space limitations for keeping animals. Learn about health care, showmanship, and different breeds. 

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 dtenhunfeld@ucanr.edu


Animal Science-4-Her at Madera County Fair 05-07

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