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The Alabama 4-H animal science curriculum grid provides a snapshot of what we teach. Please note, not all programs are available in every county.

Growing Alabama’s Future: Alabama 4-H seeks to empower youth with the skills to lead our communities, our state, our nation, and our world. Alabama 4-H will reflect the population demographics, vulnerable populations, diverse needs, and social conditions of the state.

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Delivery Modes: CL=Clubs, I=Independent

4-H Curriculum–Animals

Animal Events: State 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon, State 4-H Avian Bowl, State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest, State 4-H Golden Egg Contest, State 4-H Poultry Que Contest, State 4-H Egg Cookery Contest, Small Animal Showmanship and Dog Show, State 4-H Horse Show, Alabama National Fair, 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, Alabama Junior Beef Expo, Senior Achievement: Animal Production and Equine Science

Alabama 4-H Supported Curriculum/ResourcesProgram DesciptionSuggested Ages
Beef It UpThis low-cost program offers the basics in raising a market beef animal for meat production. The emphasis is aimed at hands-on learning, knowledge of issues important to the commercial beef industry, record-keeping, and personal growth as a communicator. (CL, I)Beginner
Pig SquealA short-term, 4 month long program for beginner level members. They learn how to care for and raise a market hog for meat production, show personal growth and knowledge gained through showmanship, make good decisions about their animal's nutrition and health, demonstrate basic record-keeping skills, and challenge themselves to find and persuade suitable buyers to make a purchase of the enterprise animal at the auction to ensure project profitability. (CL, I)Beginner
Chick ChainA short-term, 22 week program for beginning members. They learn to care for and raise a flock of laying hens from chicks to pullet age, show personal growth and knowledge gained through showmanship, make good decisions about their flock's nutrition and health, demonstrate basic record-keeping and biosecurity skills, and challenge themselves to find and persuade suitable buyers to make a purchase of the enterprise hens at the show/auction to ensure project profitability. (CL, I)Beginner
Good DogBeginner Program: The 4-H Good Dog Program is a 12 week, short-term obedience training program. Intermediate Project: The 4-H Good Dog Project is a year-long project where members meet monthly to learn how to train their dogs in obedience and showmanship, learn about canine health and nutrition, and participate in community service and outreach with their dogs. (CL, I)Beginner, Intermediate
Rabbit ProjectLearn how to raise pet rabbits and show rabbits for either food, fiber, or fun. Members learn about rabbit care, terminology, anatomy, breeds, health, nutrition, and participate in community service and outreach with their rabbits. (CL, I)Beginner, Intermediate
Poultry ProjectA long-term project with monthly meetings for members of all skill levels. They learn how to care for and raise a poultry flock, show personal growth and knowledge gained through showmanship, make good decisions about their flock's nutrition and health, excel at biosecurity and food safety, participate in team and individual activities, and demonstrate record-keeping skills and profitability through table egg or hatching egg production. (CL, I)Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Horse ProjectYouth learn horsemanship, horse development, and training. (CL, I)Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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