University of Maryland Extension

Animal Science Projects

 Animal Science Projects

Each year youth enroll in more than 8,000 4-H Animal Science Projects. There are many 4-H Animal Science projects to choose from; they include:

Alpacas

Dogs

Sheep

Beef Cattle

Horse/Pony

Small Pets

Cats

Meat Goats

Swine

Dairy Cattle

Poultry

Veterinary Science

Dairy Goats

Rabbits

 

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Animal Science Project Descriptions

  • Alpacas

In the alpaca project members can learn about alpaca care, grooming, feeding, training, showing and judging alpacas.

Alpaca Project Publications:

The Ohio State University eStore, Llama and Alpacas Project Book, 37 pps, and Resource Book, 96pps.

Purdue University, 4-H Llamas and Alpacas Helper’s (Leader’s) Guide

  • Beef Cattle

In the beef project members can explore the beef industry, learn about breeds of beef cattle, identify signs of sick cattle, learn how to break, fit and show a calf, interview people in agriculture careers.

Beef Project Publications:

Beef 1: Bite into Beef

Beef 2: Here’s the Beef

Beef 3: Leading the Charge

Beef Helper’s Guide

  • Cats

In the cat project members can learn about responsible cat care, identify the breeds of cats, identify cat behavior, understand the signs of a healthy and active cat, and explore careers in pet care.

Cat Project Publications:

Cat 1: Purr-fect Pals

Cat 2: Climbing Up!

Cat 3: Leaping Forward

Cat Helper’s Guide

  • Dairy Cattle

In the dairy cattle project members can explore the dairy industry, learn about breeds of dairy cattle, explore the milk production system, learn how to select, fit and show a calf, interview people in agriculture careers.

Dairy Cattle Project Publications:

Dairy 1: Cowabunga!

Dairy 2: Mooving Ahead

Dairy 3: Rising to the Top

Dairy Cattle Helper’s Guide

 

  • Dairy Goats

In the dairy goat project members can explore the goat industry, learn goat management practices, learn to keep a goat herd healthy, learn to exhibit and judge dairy goats, learn how to develop a herd health calendar and learn about breeding systems.

Dairy Goats Project Publications:

Dairy Goat 1: Getting Your Goat

Dairy Goat 2: Stepping Out

Dairy Goat 3: Showing the Way

Dairy Goat Helper’s Guide

  • Dogs

In the dog project members can learn how to groom, train and show your dog, find out about responsible dog care, identify the breeds of dogs and where they originated, choose the right dog for you, understand the signs of a healthy dog, and explore canine behavior.

Dog Project Publications:

Dog 1: Wiggles and Wags

Dog 2: Canine Connection

Dog 3: Leading the Pack

Dog Helper’s Guide

  • Horse and Pony

In the horse and pony project members can learn about breeds of horses, understand horse health, nutrition, and grooming, understand breeding and genetics, learn about diseases and health care, design a horse health program and explore the financial side of showing horses.

Horse and Pony Project Publications:

Horse 1: Giddy Up & Go

Horse 2: Head, Heart & Hooves

Horse 3: Stable Relationships

Horse 4: Riding the Range

Horse 5: Jumping to New Heights

Horse Helper’s Guide

  • Meat Goats

In the meat goat project members can explore the goat industry, learn goat management practices, learn to keep a goat herd healthy, learn to exhibit and judge meat goats, learn how to develop a herd health calendar and learn about breeding systems.

Meat Goats Project Publications:

Meat Goat 1: Just Browsing

Meat Goat 2: Get Growing with Meat Goats

Meat Goat 3: Meating the Future

Meat Goat Helper’s Guide

  • Poultry

In the poultry project members can learn about breeds of poultry and poultry anatomy, examine the parts of a chicken egg and their function,  manage a small laying flock, learn about diseases and health care and select and show broilers.

Poultry Project Publications:

Poultry 1: Scratching the Surface

Poultry 2: Testing Your Wings

Poultry 3: Flocking Together

Poultry Helper’s Guide

Embryology Project Publications:

Embryology in the Classroom – Helpers Guide for Grades 6-8

  • Rabbits

In the rabbit project members can learn how to select a rabbit, explore the breeds of rabbits, learn how to care for a rabbit, build your own rabbit house, and promote the rabbit industry, and learn how to judge rabbits.

Rabbit Project Publications:

Rabbit 1: What’s Hoppening?

Rabbit 2: Making Tracks

Rabbit 3: All Ears

Rabbit Helper’s Guide

  • Sheep

In the sheep project members can explore the sheep industry, learn sheep flock management practices, learn to keep a flock healthy, learn to exhibit and judge breeding and market sheep, learn about breeding systems and learn how to develop a herd health calendar.

Sheep Project Publications:

Sheep 1: Lambs, Rams and You

Sheep 2: Shear Delight

Sheep 3: Leading the Flock

Sheep Helper’s Guide

  • Small Pets

In the small pets project members can identify hazards for pets, design a shelter or space for a pet, learn about a pet’s nutritional needs, learn to classify animals, care for newborn animals and explore careers in pet care

Small Pets Project Publications:

Pet 1: Pet Pals

Pet 2: Scurrying Ahead

Pet 3: Scaling the Heights

Pet Helper’s Guide

  • Swine

In the swine project members can explore the swine  industry, learn swine herd management practices, learn to exhibit and judge market and breeding swine, learn how to develop a herd health calendar and learn about breeding systems.

Swine Project Publications:

Swine 1: The Incredible Pig

Swine 2: Putting the Oink in Pig

Swine 3: Going Whole Hog

Swine Helper’s Guide

  • Veterinary Science

In the veterinary science project members can learn about different animal species, learn about body systems and organs, understand animal behaviors, explain roles animals have in society, learn about animal reproduction, explore animal health care careers.

Veterinary Science Project Publications:

Vet Science 1 From Airedales to Zebras

Vet Science 2 All Systems Go

Vet Science 3 On the Cutting Edge

Vet Science Helper’s Guide

PUBLICATION ORDERING INFORMATION

  • 2011 4-H Source Book

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Email:     4hstuff@fourhcouncil.edu 

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