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Animal Sciences Overview

  • Applied biological sciences, production and pets.

  • Practice leadership skills and roles, take part in community affairs, and demonstrate citizenship responsibility. 

  • Explore career, job and productive leisure opportunities.  Develop skills, knowledge and attitudes for lifelong use. 

  • Learn to use accepted practices for mental, physical and emotional health, and to respect yourself and others. 

  • Develop personal integrity, a sense of sportsmanship, and team cooperation, and 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.


Animal Sciences Projects

 


Angora Goats
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
Members: 

  • Acquire an understanding of angora goat breeding, production and management practices and acquire skill in executing them by owning, caring for and keeping records of one or more head.

  • Demonstrate sound angora goat breeding, feeding and management practices on the home farm and the community.

  • Identify the grades of mohair and employ efficient methods in marketing.

  • Become aware of chevon and its potential for human consumption.


Beef Cattle
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
 
Members:

  • Learn basic principles of animal science by owning and or caring for and keeping records on one or more head of livestock.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of sound breeding, feeding and management practices.

  • Identify types and grades of animals and employ efficient marketing methods.

  • Identify quality in wholesale and retail cuts of animals and animal products and understand their relationship to management practices.

  • Learn the value of scientific research in its influence upon animals and the meat industry.


Bees
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Teen Leader:
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Members:

  • Become aware of the scope of the beekeeping industry and its economic significance.

  • Acquire understanding of beekeeping practices and skill in executing them through ownership and care of hives of bees.

  • Learn to appreciate the nutritive value of hone, the use of hone and beeswax in the industry.

  • Become acquainted with the marketing, processing, distributing, consumption, and utilization of honey, the use of bees in pollinating crops, and the production and sale of queens.

  • Learn to appreciate the contribution of science and its application to the beekeeping industry.


Cat Care
Project Leader: Annette Keenberg
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader: Nick Keenberg
 
Members: 2

  • Learn about major cat breeds and be able to identify their characteristics.

  • Study the responsibilities of cat ownership.

  • Demonstrate cat care and management in feeding, care, handling, grooming and fitting.

  • Keep records of all costs and management practices.

  • Learn and follow cat health regulations, including first aid and simple treatments for ailments not requiring veterinary attention.

  • Learn about the important breeds of large felines, their characteristics, and be able to identify them.

  • Understand the role of scientific research in feline husbandry.

  • Understand the role of rescue facilities, zoos and breeders in bringing back nearly extinct species of felines.

  • Study the results of over-breeding of felines for entertainment purposes such as circus's and films.


Cavies
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Teen Leader:
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Members:

  • Learn about the important breeds and varieties of cavies, their characteristics, and be able to identify them.

  • Demonstrate sound care and management practices including feeding, care, handling, grooming, and showing.

  • Keep a complete financial record.

  • Acquire an understanding of the scope of the industry.

  • Learn how to market the animals for breeding or pets.

  • Develop an understanding of the values of scientific research and its influence upon the industry.


Dairy Cattle
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Teen Leader:
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Members:

  • Become aware of the scope and economic significance of the dairy industry.

  • Acquire skills in dairy production through ownership and care of dairy animals.

  • Learn marketing, processing, distribution, consumption and use of dairy products.

  • Learn and practice principles of cleanliness and sanitation as applied to the production and care of dairy products.

  • Learn nutritive value of dairy products and promote their use.

  • Appreciate contributions and applications of scientific research to the dairy industry.


Dairy Goats
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
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Members:

  • Become aware of the scope of the dairy goat industry and its economic significance.

  • Acquire information and an understanding of dairy goat production practices and skill in executing them through the ownership and care of dairy goats.

  • Become acquainted with the marketing, processing, distribution, consumption and utilization of dairy goat products.

  • Understand the full meaning of cleanliness and sanitation as applied to the production and care of milk products and to practice these principles at home as well as demonstrate them in the community.

  • Learn to appreciate the nutritive value of dairy goat products and promote their greater use in the family and community.

  • Learn to appreciate the contribution of science and its application to the dairy goat industry.


Dog Care & Training
Project Leader: Annette Keenberg (Co-Leader Needed)
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
 
Members: 1

  • Learn about major dog breeds and be able to identify their characteristics.

  • Study the responsibilities of dog ownership.

  • Demonstrate dog care and management in feeding, care, handling, grooming and fitting.

  • Keep records of all costs and management practices.

  • Learn and follow dog health regulations, including first aid and simple treatments for ailments not requiring veterinary attention.

  • Train a dog to follow simple commands.

  • Understand the role of scientific research in dog husbandry.


Embryology
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Teen Leader:
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Members:

  • Provide opportunity to work with living, growing chick embryos.

  • Learn to make observations.

  • Stimulate thinking about observations and the marvels of nature.

  • Learn to place newly found knowledge in orderly and useful categories.

  • Learn to make wise decisions based on observations.

  • Learn how to use resources to confirm findings.


Entomology
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Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
 
Members:

  • Identify insects.

  • Study insects and their relationship to agriculture products, public health, and natural resources.

  • Learn effective, safe methods of insect control and management.

Exotic Birds
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Teen Leader:
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Members:

  • Acquire an understanding of avian production and management practices and acquire skills in executing them by owning, caring for, and keeping records of exotic birds.

  • Demonstrate sound management practices on a breeding farm, or in the home, and in the community.

  • Understand the scope of the pet industry and how to market birds as pets.

  • Develop an understanding of the methods and values of scientific research and its influence upon the avian industry.

  • Learn about the natural habitats of exotic birds and the problem they face with extinction.

  • Develop ways in which to educate the public about exotic birds, their special needs as pets or breeders, their natural habitats, and the problem of extinction.


Horses & Ponies
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Teen Leader:
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Members:

  • Acquire skills in horse management by owning a horse or pony and being responsible for it.

  • Appreciate riding as recreation.

  • Learn horsemanship skills and 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.


Llama
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:  
Members:

  • Acquire an understanding of the llama and its varied uses by owning and/or caring for and keeping records on one or more llamas.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of sound breeding, feeding, training and management practices.

  • Identify types of animals best suited for uses as guardian, packer, fiber production, and public relations.

  • Learn how to market llamas through quality demonstration of showmanship, training, and humane placement practices.

  • Learn the value of scientific research and its influence upon animals, fiber production and management practices.


Livestock Judging
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
 
Members:

  • Acquire an understanding of livestock reproduction, production and carcass traits.

  • Learn the parts of the animal, purpose of the animal, desirable conformation of an animal that is functionally efficient, conformation problems of an animal that is not functionally efficient, and how to evaluate the factors in selecting the animal with the most of the best.

  • Understand the importance of using correct terminology, taking accurate and complete notes, organizing them, and presenting in a pleasant manner.

  • Demonstrate critical thinking ability by learning to make accurate decisions and defend those decisions with logical reasoning.


Pets & Small Animals
Project Leader: Annette Keenberg
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader: Nick Keenberg
 
Members: 1

  • Acquire an understanding of pet care and management practices and skill in executing them by owning and caring for pets.

  • Understand the scope of the pet industry and how to market pets.

  • Acquire a knowledge of pet ownership and the responsibilities of pet ownership to the home and community.

  • Learn to appreciate the contribution of scientific research to the welfare of pets and their use in research.

Poultry & Game Birds (Avian Science)
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Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:  
Members:

  • Acquire an understanding of avian production and management practices and acquire skill in executing them by owning, caring for, and keeping records of more birds.

  • Demonstrate sound management practices on the farm, or in the home, and in the community.

  • Identify the grades of chicken eggs and of poultry meat, and to employ efficient methods in handling and marketing.

  • Understand the importance of eggs and poultry meat in human nutrition.

  • Develop an understanding of the methods and values of scientific research and its influence upon the avian industry.


Pygmy Goats
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Teen Leader:
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Members:

  • Learn about the history of pygmy goats, their characteristics and their purpose.

  • Acquire an understanding of pygmy goat care and management practices and acquire skill in executing them by owning caring for, and keeping records on pygmy goats.

  • Understand the scope of the pygmy goat industry and how to market them.


Rabbits
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
 
Members:

  • Learn about the important breeds and varieties of rabbit, their characteristics, and be able to identify them.

  • Demonstrate sound care and management practices including feeding, care, handling, grooming, and showing.

  • Keep a complete financial record.

  • Acquire an understanding of the scope of the industry.

  • Learn how to market the animals and products for breeding, fur, meat or pets.

  • Develop an understanding of the values of scientific research and its influence upon the industry.


Service  Animals (Canine Companions and Guide Dogs)
Project Leader: Done With South Bay Guide Dogs Club
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
 
Members:

  • Appreciate the problems of a blind or hearing impaired person and the dependence they have on a service dog.

  • Acquire knowledge of the responsibilities of dog ownership in the home and community.

  • Demonstrate sound dog care and management practices including feeding, care, handling, growing and fitting.

  • Learn and follow all basic regulations for dog health including first aid and simple treatments for ailments not requiring veterinary attention.

  • Train the dog to obey and heed established uniform simple commands.

  • Develop an understanding of the values of scientific research and its influence upon dog husbandry.


Sheep
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
 
Members:

  • Learn basic principles of animal science by owning and/or caring for and keeping records on one or more head of livestock.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of sound breeding, feeding, and management practices.

  • Identify types and grades of animals and fleece to employ efficient marketing methods.

  • Identify quality in wholesale and retail cuts of animals and animal products and understand their relationship to management practices.

  • Learn the value of scientific research and its influence upon animals, the meat industry, and the fiber industry.


Swine
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
 
Members:

  • Learn basic principles of animal science by owning and/or caring for and keeping records on one or more head of livestock.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of sound breeding, feeding, and management practices.

  • Identify types and grades of animals to employ efficient marketing methods.

  • Identify quality in wholesale and retail cuts of animals and animal products and understand their relationship to management practices.

  • Learn the value of scientific research and its influence upon animals and the meat industry.


Veterinary Science
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
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Members:

  • Develop understanding and appreciation of veterinary medicine.

  • Appreciate the importance of good management and sanitation practices in keeping animals and birds healthy.

  • Learn the values of scientific research and its influence upon animals and their health.

 

 

 

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