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Plant & Animal Science

4-H members enjoy a wide variety of animal species, as well as horticulture, and other food system project areas.

4-H Dog Project Resources

Oregon 4-H Dog Advancement Program

The Dog Advancement Program guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set personal goals and learn at their own speed.

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4-H Sporting Dog Project Member Guide

This guide helps youth learn the sport of hunting with dogs. It provides "learn by doing" activities that teach basic sporting dog training methods, including basic obedience, training for the field, and training in the field. It also includes an overview of sporting dog training equipment.

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A Guide to the Livestock-Working Dog

Welcome to the fascinating world of the livestock-working dog. This publication contains four sections: 1) Selecting the working dog, including review of the common working breeds. 2) Basic training methods and tips. 3) The International Sheep Dog Rules with course pattern. 4) List of resources...

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Parts of a Dog Puzzle

Crossword puzzle for 4-H dog project. Answers on Page 2.

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Dog Obedience, Showmanship, and Contest Guide

Obedience and showmanship contests provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate how well you've trained your dog and how you and your dog work as a team.

By Candi Bothum | OSU Extension Catalog

Dog Obedience Lesson Plans for Graduate Novice Training

Dog obedience lesson plans for graduate novice training. For use in the Oregon 4-H dog project.

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Dog Obedience Lesson Plans for Open Challenge Training

Dog obedience lesson plans for open challenge training. For use in the Oregon 4-H dog project.

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Dog Obedience Lesson Plans for Utility Training

Dog obedience lesson plans for utility training. For use in the Oregon 4-H dog project.

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4-H Horse Project Resources

The PNW 4-H Horse Contest Guide

The definitive compilation of rules for 4-H horse contests in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, including General Rules, Clothing and Equipment, Contest Guidelines, Performance Guidelines, Driving, Ground Training, Western Games, and The E.L. "Dad" Potter Award (Oregon), the Washington State Medals...

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Oregon 4-H Ranch Horse Manual

This 4-H member manual begins with a short history of the American Western cowboy and includes descriptions of and brief instructions for maneuvers a well-trained ranch horse can do: working, caring for, and branding or tagging cattle, and practical roping for ranch work.

By Dana Martin, Roberta Lundeberg, Amy Derby, Candi Bothum | OSU Extension Catalog

Oregon 4-H Ranch Horse Contest Guide

A 4-H horse contest guide for a ranch horse competition. Contains descriptions of six classes: Ranch Horse Showmanship, Working Ranch Horse, Ranch Horse Trail, Cow Working, Roping, and Identification and Skills test. It also includes sample patterns and/or score sheets for most classes listed above....

By Dana Martin, Roberta Lundeberg, Amy Derby, Candi Bothum | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Driving Manual

This publication will help 4-H youth members learn how to train your animal, properly fit the harness, and safely drive your animal. The manual outlines one of several accepted ways of training and includes references to other publications for research and increasing knowledge.

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4-H Dressage Manual

This publication briefly introduces the concept of dressage, terminology, levels of competition, how to ride a test, how the test will be judged, and equipment and general rules used in competitions.

By Roberta Lundeberg | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Horse Project

This is a basic resource for 4-H members doing a horse project in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Book sections cover horse breeds, psychology, and how to choose a horse; the horse's health, care, and management; raising a foal and basic colt training; tack and equipment, both general and specific to...

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Oregon 4-H Horse Advancement Program

The Horse Advancement Program guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set personal goals and learn at their own speed. Click the "view it now" button to view or download the entire guide. Or use the supplemental links below to view or download each chapter separately.

By Roberta Lundeberg | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Horse Judging Manual

This illustrated publication includes the following topics: horse anatomy, unsoundnesses and blemishes; halter horse judging, descriptions and regulations for the different horse breeds; judging the performance horse including: pleasure, halter showmanship, stock seat and English equitation, Western...

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Hunt Seat and Jumper Manual: Learning to Jump with Your Horse

For 4-H'ers and those with a desire to develop their hunt seat equitation and jumping skills, this manual provides clear drawings and understandable directions. Topics include equipment, training both horse and rider from cavaletti poles to the different jumps, style troubleshooting, warm-up...

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Breeds of Horses Puzzle

Crossword puzzle for 4-H horse project.

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4-H Horse Leader Resources

4-H Horse Project Leader Guide

This guide will help you organize and lead a successful 4-H horse club. If you emphasize positive youth development through learning and fun, leading a 4-H club will be a rewarding experience for you and your club members. Contact your local office of the Oregon State University Extension Service...

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Parts of a Horse Teaching Aid

Use this worksheet to practice labeling the parts of a horse and hoof. Answers provided on the second page.

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4-H Horse Chart Leader Guide

Horse wall chart for 4-H clubs. Two-sided. One side has horse parts labeled; the other side has parts marked but not labeled. Ships folded, unfolds to 17 x 22 inches.

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4-H Market Animal Project Resources

Keeping Your 4-H Market Animals Healthy

4-H members have the same responsibility for growing a safe, wholesome product as the livestock producer who sells hundreds of animals—and must abide by the same laws. This publication can help you produce healthy project animals and ensure a safe, wholesome product for the consumer.

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Oregon 4-H Meat Animal Advancement Program

Advancement guide for the Oregon 4-H Meat Animal Advancement Program.

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Oregon 4-H Meat Animal Wholesale Cuts Series

This series of crossword puzzle teaching aids is designed to be used by the 4-H leader when teaching about wholesale cuts from beef, sheep, and swine.

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Oregon Carcass of Merit Procedures and Guidelines

The Oregon 4-H Carcass of Merit Program offers recognition to Oregon 4-H members who breed and/or buy, feed, and raise animals whose carcasses meet the "ideal" for red meat: lean, early maturing, high yielding, and containing minimal external fat.

By Gene Pirelli, Chad Mueller | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Beef Project Resources

Judging Beef Cattle and Oral Reasons 101

This publication will help youth and beginning cattle producers to understand the five basic criteria for selecting a beef animal. It will also help beginners in 4-H and FFA livestock judging to understand proper note-taking format and the structure of oral reasons.

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Beef Wall Chart Leader Guide

Beef wall chart for 4-H clubs. Two-sided. One side has beef parts labeled; the other side has parts marked but not labeled. Ships folded, unfolds to 17 x 22 inches.

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How to Make a Rope Halter

This publication is a guide for 4-H members on how to make a rope halter.

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4-H Dairy Cattle Project Resources

Dairy Cattle Showmanship Guide

It's a pleasure to show a well‑trained dairy animal. Judges appreciate the chance to observe and handle well‑mannered dairy animals. They can't properly judge unruly animals that can't be controlled. Train your show animals to lead, walk, and pose correctly. A properly trained and shown animal...

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Oregon 4-H Dairy Advancement Program

The Dairy Advancement Program guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set personal goals and learn at their own speed.

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Judging Dairy Cattle: Giving Reasons

When you want to talk about dairy cattle with someone, you need accurate, meaningful vocabulary words (terminology or terms) in order to understand each other. When you give a set of reasons, an accurate set of terms is just as important as it is in conversation. Also, to compare one cow with...

By Troy Downing | OSU Extension Catalog

Owning a Dairy Cow or Goat

Discusses how to choose the best type of animal for your needs and briefly mentions issues related to feeding and breeding. Provides information on safely using milk, either fresh or in cheese, butter, or yogurt.

By Lisbeth Goddik, Troy Downing | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Goat Project Resources

Judging Meat Goats and Oral Reasons

This publication will help youth and beginning meat goat producers to understand the four basic criteria for selecting a meat goat. It will also help beginners in 4-H and FFA livestock judging to understand proper note-taking format and the structure of oral reasons.

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4-H Meat Goat Advancement Guide

The Meat Goat Advancement Program guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set personal goals and learn at their own speed.

By Lynette Black | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Pygmy Goat Advancement Guide

The Pygmy Goat Advancement Program guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set personal goals and learn at their own speed.

By Lynette Black | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Dairy Goat Crossword Puzzle

Crossword puzzle for 4-H dairy goat projects.

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Owning a Dairy Cow or Goat

Discusses how to choose the best type of animal for your needs and briefly mentions issues related to feeding and breeding. Provides information on safely using milk, either fresh or in cheese, butter, or yogurt.

By Lisbeth Goddik, Troy Downing | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Sheep Project Resources

Judging Sheep and Oral Reasons

This publication will help youth and beginning sheep producers to understand the four basic criteria for selecting a sheep animal. It will also help beginners in 4-H and FFA livestock judging to understand proper note-taking format and the structure of oral reasons.

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Sheep Wall Chart Leader Guide

Sheep wall chart for 4-H clubs. Two-sided. One side has sheep parts labeled; the other side has parts marked but not labeled. Ships folded, unfolds to 17.5 x 22.5 inches.

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4-H Swine Project Resources

Judging Swine and Oral Reasons 101

This publication will help youth and beginning swine producers to understand the five basic criteria for selecting a swine animal. It will also help beginners in 4-H and FFA livestock judging to understand proper note-taking format and the structure of oral reasons.

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Swine Wall Chart Leader Guide

Swine wall chart for 4-H clubs. Two-sided. One side has swine parts labeled; the other side has parts marked but not labeled. Ships folded, unfolds to 17.5 x 22.5 inches. Please order from WSU.

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4-H Cavy Project Resources

4-H Cavy Advancement Program

The Cavy Advancement Program guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set personal goals and learn at their own speed.

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4-H Cavy Project Leader Guide

The 4-H Cavy Project is an animal science curriculum for youth in grades K-12. It consists of the curriculum introduction, cavy project information, and experintial (hands-on) activities.

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4-H Avian Project Resources

4-H Pigeon and Dove Project

This manual introduces 4-H members and their leaders to the possibilities of raising pigeons and/or doves as a 4-H project. Pigeons and doves can adapt to nearly all conditions. You may raise them in rural, suburban, or urban areas; they seldom are restricted by zoning. They are easy to raise,...

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Oregon 4-H Poultry and Pigeon Advancement Program

The Poultry and Pigeon Advancement Program guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set personal goals and learn at their own speed.

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4-H Poultry Project Member Guide

Member guide for the 4-H poultry project. Learn how to brood, feed, and care for chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, pheasants, or other wild game birds. Learn responsibility by having a flock of your own. Develop business ability by having a business enterprise of your own. Learn how to...

By James Hermes | OSU Extension Catalog

Poultry Wall Chart Leader Guide

Poultry wall chart for 4-H clubs. Two-sided. One side has poultry parts labeled; the other side has parts marked but not labeled. Ships folded, unfolds to 17.5 x 22.5 inches.

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4-H Rabbit Project Resources

Oregon 4-H Rabbit Advancement Program

The Rabbit Advancement Program guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set personal goals and learn at their own speed.

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Rabbit Wall Chart Leader Guide

Rabbit wall chart for 4-H clubs. Two-sided. One side has rabbit parts labeled; the other side has parts marked but not labeled. Ships folded, unfolds to 17.5 x 22.5 inches.

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Living on The Land: Raising Rabbits for Meat—Getting Started

This publication is part of the Living on the Land series. It provides concise information on raising rabbits as a source of meat. Topics include choosing which breed to raise and selecting your initial breeding stock. Use the button below to download this publication as a PDF. Listen to the Living...

By Elli Vanderzanden, Brian Tuck | OSU Extension Catalog

Living on The Land: Raising Rabbits for Meat—Providing Basic Care

This publication is part of the Living on the Land series. It provides concise information on raising rabbits as a source of meat. Topics include choosing the correct feed, nail care, and breeding. Use the button below to download this publication as a PDF. Listen to the Living on the Land podcast...

By Elli Vanderzanden, Brian Tuck | OSU Extension Catalog

Living on The Land: Raising Rabbits for Meat—Managing Animals' Health

This publication is part of the Living on the Land series. It provides concise information on raising rabbits as a source of meat. Topics include protecting your animals from predators and disease, and providing proper housing. Use the button below to download this publication as a PDF. Listen to...

By Elli Vanderzanden, Brian Tuck | OSU Extension Catalog

Living on The Land: Raising Rabbits for Meat—Marketing

This publication is part of the Living on the Land series. It provides concise information on raising rabbits as a source of meat. Topics include legal considerations for selling rabbit meat, classes of meat, processing, and inspection and grading. Use the button below to download this publication...

By Elli Vanderzanden, Brian Tuck | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Flowers and Ornamentals Project Resources

Oregon 4-H Flower and Ornamental Grower's Handbook

This handbook will help you become acquainted with the growing and use of plants in gardens and home yard landscaping. It also describes how to make cut flower arrangements that you, your friends, and family can enjoy.

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Oregon 4-H Horticulture Contest Guide: Vegetables

This publication describes how to plan and prepare vegetable exhibits for 4-H horticulture contests.

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Sustainable Gardening: The Oregon–Washington Master Gardener Handbook

Provides information about gardening techniques covering topics in home horticulture, botany, soils, plant pathology, and entomology. The handbook is 3-ring binder ready, published as a package with full-color slip cover and spine and 3-hole-drilled body. Binder not included. This publication is...

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Basic Floral Design

This publication describes the basics of floral design and gives patterns that 4-H members can follow.

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4-H Vegetable and Herbs Project Resources

Oregon 4-H Horticulture Contest Guide: Vegetables

This publication describes how to plan and prepare vegetable exhibits for 4-H horticulture contests.

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Select and Prepare Herbs for Exhibit

This publication gives general guidelines for how to exhibit fresh, dried, and potted herbs and the qualities and characteristics judges look for. It also includes a chart of instructions for exhibiting specific herbs.

By Judi Peters, Lynette Black | OSU Extension Catalog

Flowers and Ornamentals

In this project, members learn the fundamentals of growing flowers and ornamental plants. The life skills practiced through participation in this project include learning to learn, communicating, planning and organizing, making decisions, leading self and others, and planning your life.

Learners study seeds, plant parts, and their functions. They will have opportunities to learn to plant and grow ornamentals in gardens or containers. Topics include plant propagation techniques, soils, light, water, fertilizer, composting, crowding, hydroponics, mulches, and identification of plant pest damage.

In the advanced unit, learners build and use a cold frame, learn about the horticulture business and careers, analyze a planting site and make a landscape plan, divide perennials, and study organic and chemical fertilizing and insect control.

Member Materials

Exhibit Materials

      For Volunteers, in Addition to Member Materials

      Vegetables and Herbs

      In this project, members learn the fundamentals of growing vegetables in gardens and containers. Herb gardening is an additional option. The life skills practiced through participation in this project include learning to learn, communicating, planning and organizing, making decisions, leading self and others, and planning your life.

      The Leader/Helper’s Guide for Vegetable Garden Curriculum provides a teaching matrix to assist the leader in matching tasks in this project with the age level of the member so that they may all succeed at vegetable and herb gardening. Unlike some other 4-H materials, these member materials are designed by Purdue University for the age of the learner:

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      First Year

      Second Year and Beyond Includes All Materials Above, in Addition to:

      Exhibit Materials

      For Volunteers, in Addition to Member Materials

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