Welcome to the Tuscarawas County 4-H Animal Sciences page. You will find event information and resources for all livestock - large and small - in this section of our web site.
In animal science projects, 4-H members:
- Learn about animals and their behavior, health, and reproduction.
- Practice leadership skills and roles, take part in community affairs, and demonstrate citizenship responsibility.
- Explore career, job, and productive leisure opportunities.
- Learn to use accepted practices for mental, physical, and emotional health.
- Develop personal integrity, a sense of sportsmanship and team cooperation, and an ability to speak in public through participation in related activities, such as demonstrations, talks, judging events, field days, tours, and exhibits.
- Share acquired knowledge and skills with other 4-H members.
- Show their animal science projects at county fairs and expositions.
- Develop skills, knowledge and attitudes for lifelong use.
Click on the links, below, for more information.
If a youth wants to take a project to the State Fair that is not available in the county (i.e., swine breeding), the youth must enroll in that project to be able to exhibit at the State Fair.
Click here for the Fact Sheet "Requirements of Livestock Projects for Exhibition in Ohio Fairs." It includes information about QA, project enrollment, etc.
A VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian that authorizes the use of an approved VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. Starting January 1, 2017, you can no longer stop by a feed store and buy a bag of medicated feed containing certain types of antibiotics. Cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, honey bees and fish, as well as other food-producing species, even if they are not intended for food production are required to have a VFD. Read the VFD Fact Sheet here.
Any Tuscarawas County 4-H member who is interested in the 4-H Livestock Judging Team is welcome to join! Contact Terri Specht, DVM, to be added to the email list or if you have any questions.
4-H Livestock Judging Team Flyer
This is an optional book for older youth that builds advanced evaluation skills. Learn to use performance data in oral reasons. Refer to it for information on how to handle market animals and understanding expected progeny differences. Available at ohio4h.org/publications.
All livestock project registration forms are incluced with the project's guidelines.
Please note that all areas of the form must be completed. Submit only one project animal in each photo (as needed). Photo size must be 2-inches x 3-inches (wallet size). Pictures willl be rejected if not in COLOR and clear. All forms require a parent/guardian signature - regardless of member's age. For 2020 only - no advisor signature is needed.
USDA Goat Requirements Fact Sheet - explaining the national scrapie eradication program for all sheep projects (#198, #199) and all goat projects (#135BD, #135BM, #135H, #135P, and #135PY). Contact Kiersten with any questions. Scrapie tags must be in the animal before they arrive at the fairgrounds (including the June tag-in).