Youth in 4-H Animal Science projects learn and practice life skills with an emphasis on decision making, acquiring knowledge, and taking personal responsibility through participation in 4-H animal science opportunities such as project animal care, judging, and bowl events.
Youth develop competencies in animal science, including an understanding of animal sciences and animal management as well as an awareness of agricultural issues in society (e.g. concern for animal well-being and increasing public agricultural literacy.)
Youth have opportunities to learn about the parts of an animal, breeds, costs to raise animals, how to care for animals, and much more. Youth can learn about animals without owning one!
|January 31||4-H Online enrollment & GCLA Contract|
|January 31||Record Books due|
|April||Schedule veterinarian health checks for animals attending Spring Weigh-In or be shown at the Western Maryland District Show|
|May||Western Maryland District Show at GC Fairgrounds|
|June||Schedule veterinarian health checks for market animals that have not previously been completed|
|July-August||Garrett County Agricultural Fair|
|July||Entry of all market animals|
|August||Pictures of all market animals|
|August||4-H & FFA Livestock Sale|
|August-September||Maryland State Fair|
|September 1||Thank you card/letters to buyers must be turned into the GC 4-H office to receive your check|
|September 1||Fair premium and livestock checks cashed within 30 days of receiving|
|November||Fall Beef Weigh In|
|December||Complete market animal record sheet & record book|
Maryland 4-H Animal Husbandry and Quality Assurance Program
Click here to start the program: AHQA
The site will open in March 2022 and remain open through August Completion of this program is required to show your project animal(s) in County and State 4-H Shows. The deadline to complete the training is July 1, 2022, for Garrett County 4-H members. Click here for Program Guidelines and Tips.
Maryland Livestock Registration Forms (available only at the GC 4-H Office)
Please contact the 4-H Office to obtain leasing forms.
- Maryland Dog Identification Card
- If you are planning to show or participate in any dog show events during the year, you need to register your dog with your local 4-H Office by completing a Maryland 4-H Dog Identification Card. File with the Extension Educator one card for each dog prior to June 1 of the current year.
- Maryland 4-H Club Horse & Pony Identification Card
- If you are planning to show or participate in any horse show events during the year, you need to register your horse with your local 4-H Office by completing a Maryland 4-H Club Horse & Pony Identification Card. File with the Extension Educator one card for each horse prior to June 1 of the current year.
The Diamond Clover Award Program engages 4-H youth in a variety of projects and activities that will enable them to acquire skills related to leadership, community service, civic engagement, and advocacy. The award consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and accomplish a broad range of age-appropriate goals with supportive volunteers and community members. The Diamond Clover Project is one-way 4-H youth can make a lasting difference in their community.
All Diamond Clover Forms can be found here:
Complete the attached form to track your service-learning hours. Service hours should include efforts to help others who are outside of your family and to improve your community. Your work can be as an individual or as part of a group project. This could include club service projects, volunteering your time to help at community events, fair clean-up, and serving as a teen leader such as a camp counselor or workshop coordinator. Hours must be completed during the calendar year. Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. To earn the service award you must have completed the hours listed below:
|4-H Age (as of Jan 1st)||Bronze||Silver||Gold|
Completing a 4-H record book is a good way to learn the "Life Skill" of record keeping. Your Record Book is a record of all your 4-H projects and activities for the year. The year runs from January 1st through December 31st. All 4-H club members are asked to submit a 4-H record book. Clover members are not required to complete a record book but are allowed to submit a memory/scrapbook and will receive a participation gold seal.
Any member who sold a market animal this year must complete their record book to be eligible to have a market animal in the coming year. These record books are reviewed by the Garrett County Livestock Association at their February meeting.
Give your book to your 4-H Club leader by mid-January or the date they suggest for them to review/sign and submit to the UME Garrett 4-H Office.
General Project Guides
- 4-H Record Book Guide for Garrett County 4-H
- Maryland 4-H Summary Project Form - Submit only one for the current 4-H year.
- Maryland 4-H General Project Record - Submit one for each general project completed. (Do not use it for animal projects. Animal project forms are below.)
ANIMAL SCIENCE PROJECT RECORDS
- 4-H Dairy Project Record Go to 4-H Dairy Record Page (link is external)
- 4-H Large Animal Breeding Record Download Word version, Download PDF version - Complete one per species for Breeding Animals (Beef Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Meat Goat, and Dairy Goat).
- 4-H Market Livestock Project Record Download Word version, Download PDF version - Complete one per species for Market Animals (Beef/Dairy Steer, Market Goat, Market Sheep, and Market Swine).
Join Ann Sherrard, 4-H Educator as she walks you through how to complete a record book in this 6 part series on our University of Maryland Western Cluster YouTube Channel. Click on each button to see the video.
Each year many local, county, and State organizations award current Maryland 4-H members who will be enrolled at an accredited college, university, or post-high school vocational program in the fall of the year in which they apply. Our scholarship opportunities are listed below.
Fred VanSickle Memorial Scholarship
4-H Club Organizational Leaders
Welcome to the 4-H Organizational Leader Page!
4-H Club Required Annual Forms
The following items are due by January 31st:
- Program Plan & Club Roster-given at fall County Council Meeting
- 990 Authorization Release-given at fall County Council Meeting
- Club Secretary Book and Club Recognition Form
The following items are due by September 1st:
- Annual Financial Summary Report (Office will prepare the IRS 990 for your club)
- Treasurers Books (Bank Statements, receipts, and deposit records)
- Property Inventory
4-H Club Organizational Leader Timeline