Animal science projects
Animal Science projects provide opportunities for youth to develop responsibility, patience, and understanding by regularly caring for birds or other animals. In addition to feeding and caring for animals, 4-H members in Animal Science projects learn about animal health, nutrition, physiology, and reproduction. They also learn the important breeds of animals, their characteristics, uses, and how to identify them. Members in the 4-H Animal Science area learn to understand marketing and the economic importance of the livestock industry as well as how to keep and use records.
Because so much of the Animal Science experience involves the daily care of project animals, it is desirable that 4-H members own their animals. Under certain circumstances, members may participate with a leased, borrowed, or shared animal, or without an animal. Grade, crossbred, and registered animals are acceptable for 4-H projects.