Why does 4-H have animal projects?
Our animal science projects are meant to teach science to youth in an inviting hands on way! 4-Hers learn biology, physiology, nutrition, husbandry, agribusiness, entrepreneurship, record-keeping, communications and responsibility. Summer fairs and other opportunities are available for youth to show what they have learned, gain recognition for their work and have fun with friends. Rhode Island 4-Hers can participate in four local fairs and also in the Big E (Big E Animal Packets). Youth do not necessarily have to own their own animals. Many of our 4-Hers manage (borrow) and animal from a local farmer, a neighbor or a family member and work on training that animal. Youth just have to fill out and send in the Animal Management Form by the deadlines stated on the form. Below you will find information on specific species.
Animal Health Guides (designed to help clarify each species)