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Crop Production

(Grades 6-12)
Youth will plan, plant, grow and harvest a crop. Corn and sunflower projects teach about crop production by growing corn or sunflower plots.

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Gardening

(Grades 3-12)
Youth who like to work outdoors and get their hands dirty, plant seeds and watch them grow, will enjoy using this series. Youth learn to plan a garden as well as plant the seeds, use garden tools safely and harvest crops.

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Beef

(Grades 3-12)
The Beef Skills for Life Series is packed with project information and fun, learn-by-doing activities.  Level 1 engage youth in activities to identify breeds, locate parts, judge, halter break and show a calf, fit a steer, recognize a healthy animal, select feed ingredients and shop for beef and beef by-products.

Level 2 challenges youth with activities related to leg structure, presenting oral reasons in judging, feed ingredients, behavior, nose printing, parasites, fitting, ethical issues, beef carcass composition and retail meat cuts.

Level 3 focuses on selection and judging, feeds, careers, health, reproduction, and meats and marketing encourage youth to deepen their learning. The helpers is filled with a variety of group learning activities, including skillathons, quiz bowls, games, presentations, Beef Bingo and several management skill activities.

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Cats

(Grades 3-12)
As youth begin their learning about cats, they engage in activities to select a cat, identify breeds, name the parts of a cat, handle and groom a cat, care for its’ health and budget for its’ care.  

Youth step up their learning in level 2 through activities on cat senses, the meaning of cat sounds, tricks they can teach a cat, signs of illness and health emergency situations, feeding, special diets, traveling with a cat and showing it.

In level 3, youth explore veterinary procedures, cat body systems, diseases, reproduction, genetics, older cat needs, behavior, showmanship, community laws, animal welfare and personal strengths. Helpers will find the group activities in the guide an excellent way to involve everyone in learn-by-doing cat project sessions.

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Dairy Cattle

(Grades 3-12)
Youth explore dairy cattle breeds, select calves, identify parts of dairy cattle, recognize desirable traits, identify stages of calving and care, pack a show box, and groom and show a calf. Youth deepen their learning in level 2 by focusing on housing, hay quality, milking, keeping animals healthy, parasites, behavior, and food safety. They explore ethical decision making, judging and careers.  Advanced youth practice mastitis detection, balancing a ration, pregnancy detection, delivery of a calf, body condition scoring, selecting cattle through records, promoting dairy products and exploring career opportunities in level 3.

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Dogs

(Grades 3-12)
Every youth who has a dog will enjoy this series. Not only are the activities fun and educational, but they also help the dog become a perfect member of the family. Level 1 teaches the basic skills for dog care and training. Activities include knowing breeds, selecting a dog, knowing the parts of a dog, keeping a dog healthy and groomed, training and much more.

Level 2 explores more about dog health, nutrition care, genetic problems, population control, showmanship, training, ethics and budgeting. And level 3 investigates responsible breeding, diseases, caring for geriatric dogs, training, service dogs, dog roles and careers related to dogs.

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  • Educational Trunks (the trunk related to the Dogs project is "Dog Learning Laboratory Kit")

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Goats

(Grades 3-12)
Dairy
Whether youth own a dairy goat or are just curious about goats, these activities provide enjoyable, hand-on experiences to introduce them to goats. Selection, feeding, management, fitting, showing and responsible goat ownership are emphasized.  Youth with goats explore how to keep their goats healthy, feed them for maximum production, prepare for kidding, develop judging skills, milk goat properly and much more. Exciting activities for teams and individuals are included. Experienced goat project youth will find these advanced activities challenging and fun as they delve into genetics, careers, national industry issues, diseases, biosecurity, body condition scoring, linear appraisal, breeding programs, pedigrees, dystocia, quality assurance and leadership opportunities.

Meat
Youth learn goat breeds and selection, feeding and management, goat health, goat body parts, record keeping, meat goat and dairy conformation, show preparations and sportsmanship. In level 2, youth actively explore goat diseases, identifying poisonous plants, determining body condition, water quality, goat predators, kidding, goat reproduction, the veterinary profession, selecting stock and showing meat goats. Youth will enjoy planning a program, completing project records, developing a management calendar, conducting a meat quality assurance program, participation in quiz bowls, skillathons and tours, giving a presentation and exploring goat related careers in level 3.

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Horse/Hippology

(Grades 3-12)
Youth will develop life skills while exploring horse science. Units 1-3 are designed for use without owning a horse. Youth learn more about acquiring and raising a horse including selecting a horse, horse nutrition and care, equine teeth and bones, judging, including giving oral reasons and much more. Youth explore horse reproduction, diseases and health care, pasture management, providing appropriate shelter and building a financial plan. 

Units 4-5 address riding skills. They will learn the basics of horse behavior, breeds, and safety around horses through a variety of activities, including teaching others. Youth learn nine basic riding skills along with more advanced skills, 10 horsemanship skills, training techniques, trail riding and selection and use of tack, the Quarter System, horse showmanship, ethics and leadership. 

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**Check the Events Calendar for information on other contests.**

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Pets

(Grades 3-12)
Youth learn about pets through activities such as selecting a pet, identifying pet parts, pet art, handling pets, providing the right kind of housing and meeting the daily needs of pets. In level 2, youth develop planning and  decision making skills as they practice feeding and caring for their pets, observing pet behavior, exhibiting pets, debating pet sayings and creating a story about a pet. In level 3 youth will explore genetics, pet issues, reproduction, caring for newborns, starting a business and entering exciting careers.

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Poultry

(Grades 3-12)
Youth participate in activities such as identifying poultry species and breeds, selecting poultry, feeding and handling, washing and showing poultry, exploring an egg and cooking eggs.  Youth will select layers, keep their poultry healthy, identify pecking order in a flock, read a feed tag, explore retail products, identify poultry bones, grade carcasses, use the Standard of Perfection to evaluate poultry, make a budget and examine an egg using an egg candler.  Youth develop leadership skills in level 3 by managing a flock, processing chickens, exploring careers, planning a judging clinic, conducting poultry games and discussing values and ethics.

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Rabbits

(Grades 3-12)
Youth learn selection, handling, breeds, parts, management, equipment, feeding, health, breeding and kindling. Through activities, youth learn to select a rabbit, detect diseases, tattoo their rabbit, keep records, show rabbits, and judge rabbits, including giving oral reasons.  Advanced youth fully explore rabbit management practices through breeding genetics, culling, designing a rabbitry, marketing rabbits, preventing diseases and registering a rabbit.

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Sheep

(Grades 3-12)
Youth who own sheep or are just curious about them will learn about sheep parts, breeds and how to care for sheep through hands-on experiences in level 1. In level 2 youth with sheep will explore how to keep their sheep healthy, feed them for optimal production, prepare for lambing, develop judging skills, develop a business plan and explore genetics, careers and national industry issues. Experienced sheep project youth will find the level 3 advanced activities challenging and fun as they develop leadership and teaching skills, develop a business plan and explore genetics, career and national industry issues.  

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Swine

(Grades 3-12)
Youth will go hog wild over these swine activity guides. The Swine Facts section in each activity is filled with subject matter for those who want to know more. Level 1 includes activities on naming breeds, learning body parts, judging market hogs, exploring a digestive system, examining a healthy pig, identifying pork cuts, practicing fitting and showing are just a few of the activities for youth. Exciting challenges for youth in level 2 include managing baby pigs, balancing a ration, exploring swine diseases, preparing pork, discovering swine careers and packing a show box. Advanced youth in level 3 plan a breeding system, judge breeding gilts, design a swine operation, complete a job application plus many more activities.

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Biological (Veterinary) Science

(Grades 3-12)
The Veterinary Science project is designed to help you better understand animals. Veterinary science goes beyond dealing with just the animal. It involves the protection of human welfare by applying the arts and science of medicine to animals. The improvement of animal health safeguards our food supply. Inspection of meat and poultry, along with the care of all food and pet animals, controls diseases which already affect mankind.

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Interested in a project?
Contact your local extension office to enroll in the project. Some project books are available online and will be listed under "Resources & Links". Other project books and materials can be ordered through your local extension office.

 

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:50:12 AM