Livestock, Small Animals and Horse Projects
4-H Members 8 – 18 years old (age as of December 31st) can participate in livestock, small animal and the horse project. These program areas are a unique opportunity for the 4-Her to use animals in a way to enhance their youth development. While working with the animals is a great experience, we believe this is just a tool to work with our 4-H youth. These projects teach them life skills and help them become more productive citizens of our society.
4-H Livestock Projects
Our 4-H youth can work with breeding & market beef, breeding & market sheep, breeding & market swine, and/or dairy cattle. These projects help them to learn about agriculture and helps them develop an appreciation for the livestock industry. When a child owns and works with their animals, they learn about selection, care, feeding of livestock, animal health, and importance of good record keeping and this information will help them do well in their project. All livestock projects require the youth to take the Meat Quality Assurance (MQA) training that is provided each year.
4-H Small Animal Projects
Our 4-H youth can work with breeding & market rabbits, breeding & market rabbits, turkeys, ducks and/or pigeons. These projects deal with similar issues as our livestock projects but on a much smaller scale. Youth also learn about selection, care, and feeding of small animals, animal health, and importance of good record keeping. This gives them a well-rounded education about their animals and what it takes to raise them. All small animal projects require the youth to take the Youth for the Quality Care of Animal (YQCA) training that is provided each year.
4-H Horse Project
Our 4-H youth can work with and learn about their horses. Youth in this project need their own horse (s) or have the ability to lease a horse for their use from October through September of the 4-H year. The horse project gives our youth the opportunity to work in the divisions of English, Western and Ranch horse riding. The basic skills they learn about selection, care, and feeding of horses, animal health, and importance of good record keeping, will help them succeed in this project. The 4-H Horse project incorporates a horse levels program that consists of both riding and written exams for levels 1 through 4, this is required for this project.
If you are interested in one or more of these project areas, come check them out!