The workshop will cover several poultry science related topics such as nutrition, care and management, show techniques, entrepreneurship opportunities and careers.

Sign-ups begin for the market projects.

Program includes updates on current subject matter, information to assist leaders in youth development, leadership skills for youth, youth activities, and other opportunities.

Join us for the tenth annual celebration of MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development at the Spartan Women’s basketball game.

This one-day event open to all Michigan 4-H members is held annually at MSU in East Lansing, MI. Free to public in the MSU Pavilion Exhibit Area.

Youth Pork Quality Assurance Training Session for youth

Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animals species.

Learn about animal health, management, care and nutrition, livestock, meat evaluation, animal management and much more!

Learn about real-world dairy management topics, like nutrition, reproduction, welfare, health, and dairy cattle evaluation.

Join other Michigan teens as they participate at 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp this summer.

Animal Science

Think you have to live on or near a farm to work with animals in 4-H?
Think . . . again!

4-H Animal ScienceLots of people think 4-H is all about living on a farm and raising a cow or a pig, taking it to fair, winning a blue ribbon and maybe selling the animal to earn money for college. For some youth, that’s true, although there’s a lot more to it than that!

But thousands of kids in 4-H work with animals and have never set foot on a farm. They’re working with dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, birds, fish, snakes, turtles—you name it. Not only do you get to be with animals that make great companions, you’ll understand them so much better when you learn about what to feed them, how to train them and how to enhance their environment. By the way, all of those things? That’s why it’s called animal science!

Caring for an animal is a big deal, so you’ll definitely learn to be responsible. If you could use a boost in confidence and want to get better at communicating, working with an animal could be right up your alley. And there’s nothing like working with an animal to help you feel connected to another living being.

It can be fantastic, but it can also be hard. Seeing an animal being born is like….wow! Losing an animal friend could hurt, though. It’s all part of life, and working with animals let’s you learn to cope with all kinds of experiences.


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:


Melissa Elischer, 4-H Dairy Educator

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Phone: (517) 432-4306


Katie Ockert, 4-H Animal Science Educator

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Julie Thelen, 4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science Educator

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Phone: 517-432-1626


Karen Waite, 4-H Equine Specialist

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Phone: 517-432-0383 or


Taylor Fabus, Instructor

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Phone: 517-353-1748


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