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  • 4-H Animal Science

    4-H livestock projects provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.


  • Michigan 4-H Embryology Course

    This course is designed for teachers, homeschool groups, community partners, 4-H leaders, and other caring adults to teach youth about the science of hatching eggs and provide resources for your own hatching if desired!

  • Apr 1

    4-H Ride Across the State Challenge

    April 1, 2021 – May 14, 2021

    Join us for this all new event where you track your miles ridden on horseback for an opportunity to win prizes!

  • Jun 17

    CANCELED: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) & PQA Plus - Berrien County -June 17, 2020

    June 17, 2020 6:30PM – 7:08PM Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds 9122 U.S, Hwy 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

    YQCA and PQA Plus is an annual education and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being and character awareness.

  • Nov 13

    4-H Youth & Dog Antler Shed Workshop

    November 13, 2021 1:00PM – 3:00PM 1-3 pm Lenawee ISD Center For A Sustainable Future 4260 Tipton Hwy, Adrian, MI 49221

    Promote getting outdoors, family event, building a working relationship with your dog and having fun finding shed antlers.

  • Feb 8

    Hippology Academy

    February 8, 2021 – March 19, 2021

    Join us for an all-new Hippology Academy!

  • Apr 14

    CANCELED: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) & PQA Plus - Berrien County - April 14, 2020

    April 14, 2020 6:30PM – 7:00PM Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds 9122 U.S, Hwy 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

    YQCA and PQA Plus is an annual education and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being and character awareness.

  • May 11

    CANCELLED: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) & PQA Plus - Berrien County - May 11, 2020

    May 11, 2020 6:30PM – 7:05PM Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds 9122 U.S, Hwy 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

    YQCA and PQA Plus is an annual education and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being and character awareness.

  • Apr 10

    4-H Horse Judging Contest

    April 10, 2021 9:00AM – 4:00PM Virtual

    Michigan's state-level 4-H horse judging contest!

  • May 1

    4-H Equine Communications Contest

    May 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021

    Join us beginning in April for public speaking and demonstration contests all held virtually on Facebook!

  • Dec 1

    Protecting Animals and People - Understanding Zoonotic Disease

    December 1, 2021 1:00PM – 2:00PM 1-2 p.m. Virtually Via Zoom

    MSU Extension and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will host a webinar highlighting how county fairs, animal exhibitions and Agri-tourism operations can access resources to help them mitigate the risk of zoonotic disease.

  • Jan 29

    State 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Show

    January 29, 2022 6:30AM – 5:30PM MSU Livestock Pavilion, 4301 Farm Ln, Lansing, MI 48910

    The State 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Show will be held on January 29, 2022 at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing. This one-day event is open to participants age 8 to 19. To enter, exhibitors must be Michigan 4-H members and own the rabbits or cavies they enter.

  • Building a Rabbit Cage

    Construct your own rabbit cage. Youth could learn measuring as well as make this a business.

  • Livestock Learning: Sheep and Swine Daily Care

    Published on April 27, 2020

    Taylor Harrison, Stock Show U manager for Sullivan's Supply Co., teaches Michigan 4-H'ers about daily care of their sheep and swine 4-H projects. This sessions covers conditioning, washing, feeding and exercise as key elements in the daily routine for sheep and swine.

  • Animal Science Anywhere and Kahoot Video

    Published on February 17, 2021

    Instructional video covering Animal Science Anywhere lesson plan: Health for One, One Health for All.

  • Livestock Learning: Showmanship Fundamentals

    Published on April 13, 2020

    Kendra VanOrder, a Michigan 4-H volunteer, teaches Michigan 4-H'ers about the fundamentals of beef, sheep and swine showmanship. This session covers what to wear, which equipment to use in the ring, and how to properly handle your animal.

  • Proper Handwashing

    Published on September 26, 2019

    Handwashing is one of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of germs. To wash your hands properly, follow these five simple steps.

  • Livestock Learning: Daily Care of Your Beef Project

    Published on April 16, 2020

    Carla McLachlan, MSU Animal Science Department staff member, teaches Michigan 4-H'ers about the ins and outs of daily care of 4-H beef projects. This session covers brushing, walking, washing and drying as essential elements of beef daily care.

  • Basics of Biosecurity

    Published on September 26, 2019

    Biosecurity is the procedures used to protect humans and animals against diseases or harmful biological agents. By practicing good biosecurity protocols, you will help protect both the people and animals in which you come into contact with.

  • Rabbit Health

    What illnesses can your rabbit get? How do you diagnose and treat these illnesses? Is there preventive measures to take to keep your animal healthy? Learn about rabbit health as part of your 4-H rabbit project.

  • Rabbit Body Types

    Rabbits are divided into five different body types, based on their structure. Learn about the differences in those different body types as part of your 4-H rabbit project.