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Huntington County 4-H Animal Science Projects

November 15, 2018

Enrollment is open October 1 - January 15 each year. 

There is benefit to enrolling (or re-enrolling each year) between October 1 - 31.  You will be better informed and more likely NOT to miss out on important information.  Please consider enrolling as soon as possible! Click here for the 4honline website.

Enrollment is accepted after January 15 - Contact the Extension Office for information on how to enroll.

Animal enrollment – all animals (except cat, dog, and small pets) must enroll in 4honline by May 15.  **Beef Steers and unregistered heifers are due April 1.**

Class/Fair Entry – members must sign up for ALL projects they plan to exhibit at the Huntington County 4-H Fair.  FairEntry is open from June 1 – 30 of each year.  4-H members are NOT to add new animals to the FairEntry system – use existing animals (will transfer from your 4honline account) to sign up for classes. 

Member MUST sign up by June 30.  

YQCA - Youth for the Quality Care of Animals certification is REQUIRED to exhibit livestock at any 4-H Fair and/or the Indiana State Fair.  Certification is required each year.  "Face-to-Face" classes are offered in every county at the cost of $3.00 per person.  There is also an online option at $12.00 per person.  

This is required to exhibit Beef, Starter Calf, Dairy, Goats (all), Sheep, Rabbits, Poultry, and Swine.

You must sign up on the YQCA website to attend a face-to-face class or for the online class.  Be sure to use your 4honline login.  DO NOT create a new account.  The website for YQCA is:  Click Here.

Huntington County 4-H Animal Science Projects

"Pet Projects"

Aquatic Science- this project allows youth to explore taking care of fish in their home.  Options allow for species which may or may not require an aeration system.

Cats- youth learn how to care for their cat including keeping them healthy.  4-H members also have the option for a poster project.  A 4-H Cat Show is hosted as part of our 4-H Fair activities.  See the Fair Schedule or additional information.  There is also a poster exhibit option available.  4-H members do NOT have to have a cat to take this project.  It is a great way to learn about how to care for and the responsibilities associated with a cat before one is selected.

Dogs- youth learn how to train their dog in basic obedience.  There are also options for showmanship (judged on how well the 4-H member exhibits their dog).  Agility is a part of the program where the dog and their handler put the obedience skills to the test by running through an obstacle course.  There is also the option of exhibiting a poster.  4-H members do NOT have to have a dog to take this project.  It is a great way to learn about how to care for and the responsibilities associated with a dog before one is selected.  Members are STRONGLY encouraged to join our 4-H Dog Club – Canine Capers where you will receive assistance with training your dog.

Goats as Pets- are for youth who have a goat that they keep as a pet.  It is not raised for breeding stock or for meat production.  These goats can be any age and showed year after year.  How well cared for and the knowledge of the 4-H member are part of the exhibit expectations.

Llama & Alpacas- youth have the opportunity to learn about these animals and to exhibit a poster sharing what they have learned.  Youth are NOT required to own a Llama or Alpacas to take this project.

Rabbits as Pets- are for youth who have a rabbit that they keep as a pet.  It is not raised for breeding stock or for meat production.  These rabbits can be any age and showed year after year.  How well cared for and the knowledge of the 4-H member are part of the exhibit expectations.

Small Pets- this project allows youth to learn and share about the pet of their choice.  Pets can range from reptiles, hermit crabs, gerbils and much more. 

Vet Science- offers youth the opportunity to explore the world of a Veterinarian.  What types of skills are needed?  What does a Veterinarian do?  How do you become a Vet?  You do NOT have to own animals to be in this project.  Youth can exhibit poster/notebook options to showcase what they have learned.

"Livestock Projects"

Important information to ALL youth in Livestock projects…

To exhibit any of the projects listed below youth are required to be either PQA (Pork Quality Assurance) or YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) certified by the date announced by your county. 

April 1 Commercial Heifers, Beef and Dairy Steers MUST be enrolled in 4honline by April 1.  All other animals (except Poultry, Dog & Cat) must be entered into 4honline by May 15..  4honline link   Instructions can be found at the bottom of this page under "Related Files".  

All 4-H members MUST sign up their projects to EXHIBIT between June 1-30 of each year in FairEntry.  FairEntry link.  Enroll all your projects in FairEntry (link above).  For animals – enter the classes each animal will show in.  Do NOT add a new animal.  Select your animal from those enrolled in 4honline by May 15.

All livestock projects have the option to exhibit their animal or a poster exhibit.  See the fair schedule (2019 schedule has not been posted yet) for check-in times, show times, and release times for animals.

See the 4-H Fair Rule Book (found at the bottom of this page) for complete rules for exhibiting all livestock.  Information on the 4-H Auction is also available in the 4-H Fair Rule Book. 

4-H Clubs:  Members are STRONGLY encouraged to join and attend 4-H club meetings.  It is a GREAT way to make new friends, have fun, and learn about your projects.  Help is also available from the 4-H Club Leaders.

4-H Beef Project

The 4-H Beef Project is for youth in grades 3-12.  It is designed to give youth experience breeding, raising, and taking care of cattle.  They will learn about beef projects in the food industry as well as possible careers.  Youth will have the opportunity to develop responsibility, organization and decision-making skills.

Youth do not have to have a beef animal to be part of this project.  There are non-animal exhibits available.

Manual: Beef Resource Handbook from Ohio Extension.  One copy per family is provided.

Completion: Complete the 4-H Livestock Record Sheet.  Turn it into your 4-H Club Leader by the announced date or June 30 at the latest..

Exhibit Options:  Poster or animal exhibit.  See 4-H Rulebook below for additional information.

Superintendent:  Joe Thompson  260-433-7134

Animal ID Deadline: April 1 - You need to have your Beef and Dairy Steers and any Commercial Heifers signed up through the 4honline system.  Instructions are mailed with the 4-H Beef Weigh-In and Tagging information.

4-H Dairy Project

The 4-H Dairy Project is for youth in grades 3 – 12.  It is designed to give youth experience breeding, raising and taking care of Dairy animals.  They will learn about dairy products in the food industry as well as possible careers involving this species.  Youth will have the opportunity to develop responsibility, organization and decision-making skills.

Youth do not have to have a dairy animal to be part of this project.  There are non-animal exhibits available to youth that do not have animals but would like to showcase what they have learned about the project.

There are also LEASING options available in this project.  Contact the superintendent for information on leasing a dairy cow.

Manual: The Dairy Resource book is available 1 per family.  

Completion: Complete the 4-H Livestock Record Sheet.  Turn it into your 4-H Club Leader by the announced date or June 30 at the latest.

Exhibit Options:  Poster or animal exhibit.  See 4-H Rulebook below for additional information.

Dairy steers are shown as part of the 4-H Beef project.  More information is available from the Extension Office.  Please see the requirements under the Beef project.

Starter Calf are a separate project.  Please see the Starter Calf section for additional information.  

Superintendent:  Paul Jacobs  260-358-6083

Animal ID:  Animals must be enrolled (ID'd) through the 4honline system by April 1 for Dairy Steers.  May 15 for Registered Heifers.  Starter Calf online ID will be open April 2 - May 15.  Instructions are found at the bottom of this page under "Related Files".  There is also a worksheet (found under "Related Files") that will help you collect the information you will need to do your online animal ID.

Class Entry:  Is completed through the FairEntry program.  This process must be completed by June 30.

Indiana State Fair 

To exhibit your project at the Indiana State Fair as a 4-H exhibit you must enroll (identify) your animals by April 1 for Dairy Steers or May 15 for other dairy animals through your 4honline account.  You must have a 5 digit county tag and a RFID tag. You must have a registration number for registered animals.  

You must sign up for the Indiana State Fair 4-H Dairy Classes online through the Indiana State Fair web site.  This must be done by June 1 to avoid late fees.

4-H Goat Project

The purpose of the 4-H Goat Project is for youth in grades 3 - 12.  It is designed to give youth experience breeding, raising and taking care of goats.  They will learn about goats in the food industry as well as possible careers involving this species.  Youth will have the opportunity to develop responsibility, organization and decision-making skills.

Youth do not have to have a goat to be part of this project.  There are non-animal exhibits available to youth that do not have animals but would like to showcase what they have learned about the project.

Manual: Goat Resource Handbook 4-H 135-R from Ohio Extension.  One copy per family is provided.

Completion: Complete the 4-H Livestock Record Sheet.  Turn it into your 4-H Club Leader by the announced date or June 30 at the latest.

Exhibit Options:  Poster or animal exhibit.  See 4-H Rulebook below for additional information.

Superintendents:
Greg Freck – Dairy Breeds
Luke Vickrey – Meat Breeds
Cortney and Jeremy Farr – Pygmy

Animal ID:  All wethers must attend Goat ID day.  Watch for the date announcement.  All goats that do not have an acceptable ID tag or tattoo must attend ID day to be tagged.  ALL goats wanting to show at the Indiana State Fair must attend Goat ID day to be retinal scanned.  If it is NOT scanned – it cannot show at the ISF.  All goats must be entered in 4honline by May 15 to be eligible to show at the Huntington County 4-H Fair or the Indiana State Fair. 

4-H Poultry Project

The purpose of the 4-H Poultry Project is to give youth experience raising and taking care of poultry.  Youth will have the opportunity to develop responsibility, organization and decision-making skills.  

Manuals:  Youth are required to complete at least 3 activities a year in the manual.  The more you put into your project.  The more you will get from the experience.

Grades 3 - 5 Poultry 1  Scratching the Surface; Grades 6 - 8  Poultry 2  Testing your Wings; Grades 9 - 12  Poultry 3  Flocking Together

Completion: Complete the 4-H Livestock Record Sheet.  Turn it into your 4-H Club Leader by the announced date or June 30 at the latest.

Exhibit Options:  Poster or animal exhibit.  See 4-H Rulebook below for additional information.

Superintendent: Tim Bischoff

4-H Rabbit Project

The purpose of the 4-H Rabbit Project is to give youth experience raising and taking care of rabbits.  You have the opportunity to develop responsibility, organization and decision-making skills.  Members are NOT required to have a rabbit to learn about this project.

Manual:  Rabbit Resource Handbook, OSU  4-H 228R.  One copy per family is provided.

Completion:  Complete the 4-H Livestock Record Sheet.  Turn it into your 4-H Club Leader by the announced date or June 30 at the latest.

Exhibit Options:  Breeding Rabbits, Meat Rabbits, Pet Rabbits, Rabbit Ambassadors, Rabbit Posters, and Illustrated Talk.

Superintendent: Tammy Rush  260-388-9665

Identification:  All rabbits must have a readable tattoo.  Rabbits must be enrolled in 4honline by May 15.  Enter the tattoo of your doe (or does) for your meat been by May 15. Where it ask for the name of the rabbit enter “Meat Pen Doe”.

Signing up to enter the Huntington County 4-H Fair:  Enroll all your projects in FairEntry (link above).  For animals – enter the classes each animal will show in.  Do NOT add a new animal.  Select your animal from those enrolled in 4honline by May 15.

4-H Sheep Project

The 4-H Sheep project is for youth in grades 3 – 12 that want to learn more about raising sheep; sheep in industry; careers involving sheep and much more. 

Youth do NOT have to have sheep to be part of this project.  There are non-animal exhibits available to youth that do not have animals but would like to showcase what they have learned about the project.

Manual:  Sheep Resource Guide.  Ohio State.  One copy is provided per family.

Completion:  Complete the 4-H Livestock Record Sheet.  Turn it into your 4-H Club Leader by the announced date or June 30 at the latest.

Exhibit Options:  Poster or animal exhibit.  See 4-H Rulebook below for additional information.

Superintendent:  Huntington County Sheep Breeders, Luke Miller – Chairman

Identification:  All sheep must have an acceptable tag or tattoo.  Sheep exhibiting at the Indiana State Fair MUST be retinal scanned.  Watch for the date announcement of tagging/retinal scanning.  Link calendar  All sheep must be enrolled in 4honline by May 15. 

4-H Starter Calf Project

The 4-H Starter Calf project is for youth in grades 3-12 that want to learn more about raising cattle.  Both Beef and Dairy breeds are acceptable for this project.

Manual: NONE

Completion:  Complete the 4-H Livestock Record Sheet.  Turn it into your 4-H Club Leader by the announced date or June 30 at the latest.

Exhibit Options:  Poster or animal exhibit.  See 4-H Rulebook below for additional information.

Superintendent:  Emma Landrum

Exhibit Options:  Poster or animal exhibit.  See 4-H Rulebook below for additional information.

4-H Swine Project

The 4-H Swine project is for youth in grades 3 - 12 that want to learn more about raising swine; swine in the food industry; careers involving swine and much more.

Youth do NOT have to have swine to be a part of this project.  There are non-animal exhibits available to youth that do not have animals but would like to showcase what they have learned about the project.

Manual:  Swine Resource Handbook for Market and Breeding Projects.  4-H Circular 134R  Ohio State Extension.  One copy of this book is provided per family.

Completion:  Complete the 4-H Livestock Record Sheet.  Turn it into your 4-H Club Leader by the announced date or June 30 at the latest.

Exhibit Options:  Poster or animal exhibit.  See 4-H Rulebook below for additional information.

Superintendent:  Scott Pursifull  260-760-6602

Animal ID:  To exhibit your swine at the Huntington County 4-H Fair you must enroll (identify) your animals by May 15.  This is done through your 4honline account.  Animals can be co-enrolled with family members.  It is recommended that you upload pictures of your pig’s ear notches.  This is optional but may assist you if you read the notches incorrectly or entered them wrong.

Entering classes for the 4-H Fair: Class entry for the Huntington County 4-H Fair is through the FairEntry system.  It is to be completed by June 30. Click here to go to the web site to entry your swine project for the Huntington County 4-H Fair.

Indiana State Fair: To exhibit your swine at the Indiana State Fair as a 4-H exhibit you must enroll (identify) your animals by May 15 through your 4honline account.  You must have a 5 digit county tag, a RFID tag and a hair sample for every hog you plan to exhibit for the Indiana State Fair 4-H Swine.  Tags and hair collection envelopes and instructions are available at the Extension Office.

You must sign up for Indiana State Fair 4-H Swine Classes online through the Indiana State Fair web site.  This must be done by June 1 to avoid late fees.

4-H Horse & Pony Project

Manual:  Beginning Horse Management  4-H 174  Ohio State Extension.  One copy of this book is provided per family.  

The Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Handbook 4-H 661 is available for purchase from the Extension Office for $4.50.  This information is helpful to families planning on showing their horse at the Huntington county 4-H Fair or the Indiana State Fair.  Detailed information on showing horses/ponies is explained in detail.

Completion:  Complete the 4-H Livestock Record Sheet.  Turn it into your 4-H Club Leader by the announced date or June 30 at the latest.

Exhibit Options:  Poster or animal exhibit.  See 4-H Rulebook below for additional information.

4-H Horse and Pony Clubs

Blue Ribbon Riders

Primary Leader: Nancy Kuehnert.  Leaders:  Angie Sunday, Kristin Husband, Kyle Kuehnert, Lance Kreider, Phillip Kreider, Rustie Sunday, Scott Husband, Teresa Updike.

Silver Streak Saddlers

Primary Leader: Leslie Zahm.  Leaders:  Gregory Shearer, Julie Shearer, Liesl Nowlan, Linzy Zahn-Lahr

4-H Horse and Pony Show

You must enroll your horse through 4honline by May 15 to be eligible to show.  Add link.

You must sign up for which classes you are going to participate in for the 4-H fair in order to show through the FairEntry system. Add link.  Sign up for classes is open from June 1-30.  The show bill and entry form will be provided at your 4-H Club meeting.

Superintendent:  Chad Kreider

There are additional Horse & Pony Resources at the bottom of this web page.

Other helpful information:

Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH)

For the latest information from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health please visit their web site

Indiana State Fair

To exhibit animals at the Indiana State Fair, you must have them in 4honline by the required date.  You must then sign up for the classes you plan to show in at Add State Fair Link.  Most animal species must be signed up through the State Fair site by June 1 to avoid late fees.  See the State Fair Web site for the most up to date information.

 

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