4-H Animal Science




  • Reducing Land Application Incidents

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Reducing land application incidents – Leslie Johnson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

  • 2020 Virtual Ag-Citing Experience

    Published on November 24, 2020

    The Ag-Citing Experience program was developed as a joint effort between Michigan State University Extension and the St. Joseph County (Michigan) Grange Fair to invite 3rd grade classrooms to the fair to learn about how livestock and crops are raised and where their food comes from. Since the fair was cancelled in 2020, we worked with a host of volunteers to create this virtual version of the tour. Enjoy!

  • 4 H Livestock Virtual Show

    Published on November 24, 2020

    Many county fairs were not able to meet in person in 2020, so the St. Joseph County (Michigan) 4-H program hosted a virtual livestock show where kids could upload a short video of themselves showing their animals. This video includes a selection of those videos including several different livestock species.

  • Emerging Approaches in Swine Precision Livestock Farming

    Published on October 7, 2020

    University of Nebraska professor Tami Brown-Brandl and MSU assistant professor Madonna Benjamin discuss precision livestock applications in swine production.

  • Examining the opportunities of Precision Livestock Farming in Cattle Operations

    Published on October 7, 2020

    University of Wisconsin assistant professor Joao Dorea talks about using computer vision systems to improve animal management.

  • Exploring the Future of Precision Livestock Farming

    Published on October 7, 2020

    MSU associate professor Juan Steibel talks about the added value of data sets in precision livestock farming.

  • Practical Applications of Precision Livestock Farming in Poultry

    Published on October 7, 2020

    Catholic University of Leeuwen (Belgium) assistant professor Tomas Norton discusses applications for precision livestock in poultry production.

  • Introduction to Precision Livestock Farming

    Published on October 7, 2020

    MSU assistant professors Janice Siegford and Madonna Benjamin team up to introduce some of the topics ahead for MSU's Livestock Technology Virtual Field Day.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" August 13, 2020, Pasture water systems

    Published on August 31, 2020

    Farm manager Paul Naasz describes the watering systems in place for grazing cattle at MSU's Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan. Links to additional information on watering systems for grazed livestock are included.

  • Resilience of the Livestock Industry, featuring Dr. Jayson Lusk

    Published on May 1, 2020

    Aleks and Trey talk with Jayson Lusk (Department Head at Purdue University) about the resilience of the livestock industry.

  • Livestock Learning: Goat Showmanship & Daily Care

    Published on April 30, 2020

    Dawn Reha, a Michigan 4-H judge and volunteer, teaches Michigan 4-H'ers about what it takes to own goats, both dairy and market, and how to take care of them each day. Also covered is showmanship for the different types of goats and why these skills are essential to showing 4-H goats!

  • 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.

  • Livestock Learning: Biosecurity at the Show and on the Farm

    Published on April 23, 2020

    Katie Ockert, MSU Extension educator, teaches Michigan 4-H'ers about how to keep their animals and selves safe while attending livestock shows. Also discussed is how to keep livestock projects healthy when traveling back to the farm.

  • Livestock Learning: Livestock Nutrition

    Published on April 20, 2020

    Kendra VanOrder, a Michigan 4-H volunteer, teaches Michigan 4-H'ers about livestock nutrition and how to properly feed your 4-H animal. This sessions discusses different feed stuffs and their advantages and disadvantages, as well as different feeding techniques.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Can My Pets or Livestock Get CWD?

    Published on April 10, 2020

    Published by National Deer Alliance

  • Livestock Learning: Selection and What the Judge is Looking For

    Published on April 9, 2020

    Taylor Harrison, Stock Show U manager for Sullivan's Supply Co., teaches Michigan 4-H'ers about selection of beef, sheep, swine and goat 4-H projects. Learn what to look for while selecting a market project and what the judge is looking for in the show ring with your final product.

  • Sorghum for Cover Crops and Forage

    Published on January 9, 2020

    Michigan State University (MSU) Forage and Cover Crop Specialist, Kim Cassida, explores how dual-purpose use for Sorghum cover crops can benefit both soil health and livestock. Forage sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids (sometimes abbreviated as sudex) are exceptionally heat and drought tolerant annual crops that are often used as cover crops. They also have a long history as livestock feed harvested as hay, haylage, or pasture. This makes them a prime candidate for dual purpose use as both cover crop and forage. Dual purpose cover crops can help crop growers recoup the cost of planting a cover, while providing much needed feed for livestock. Because roots are not harvested, many of the soil improvement benefits remain. Frost-killed pasture can be stockpiled for winter grazing similar to corn stover, while also continuing to provide ground cover and erosion protection.

  • Livestock Basics

    Published on February 28, 2018

    Getting started with livestock basics.