4-H Animal Science

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Currituck County 4-H Animal Science Programs are open to all youth – with or without a farm background. In Currituck, these programs include events and activities, both individually and in groups, focused on livestock, equine science, poultry, and small companion animals. They offer youth the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in animal care, health & nutrition, breeding & genetics, career options, and the emerging technology being used in support of environmentally sustainable systems. More importantly, youth learn compassion and responsibility for living things, perseverance, decision making, initiative, detail organization, and effective communications and record keeping; all while having fun at the same time. Animal science program events and activities include judging teams, skill-a-thons, quiz bowls, arts and crafts contests, livestock and equestrian shows, and photography contests.

Upcoming Animal Science Events

Horse Bowl and Horse Judging:

Horse Bowl is an opportunity for youth to learn and demonstrate knowledge of equine related subject matter in a friendly competitive setting. Horse judging is a competitive contest, for individuals and teams, designed to provide youth with the opportunity to learn and recognize the desirable and undesirable qualities of horses. A key element of horse judging is that youth learn to make logical decisions and then defend that decision with sound evidence-based knowledge. The first meeting and practice for both events is September 14, 2018 at 6 p.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center. Extension Point of Contact is Tom Harrell: tpharrel@ncsu.edu  232-2262

Animal Science Informational Meeting

Please join the 4-H staff for an Animal Science informational meeting to learn about all the animal science programs that are offered through Currituck County 4-H. This meeting will be held October 26, 2018, at 6 p.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center located at 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917. A key focus of this program will be the 2019 Albemarle Area 4-H Livestock Show and Sale; an event which affords youth ages 5-18 the opportunity to raise, exhibit and sell a market quality animal (goat, sheep, hog and or steer). Information about Poultry Projects (both Turkey and Chicken) and Small & Companion Animals (dog, cat, rabbit, etc..) will also be presented at this meeting. Extension Point of Contact is Stephanie Minton: stephanie_minton@ncsu.edu  232-2262

4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 263,000 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.

For more information about any of the animal science projects or for accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center at 252-232-2262 no later than five business days before the event.

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