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  1. Lesson Plan Helps Volunteers Improve Learning Among 4-H Youths in Animal Projects

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    | Contributor(s):: Timothy Ewers, Scott Nash, Alaena Ruth, Julia Piaskowski

    Continued development and delivery of animal science programs for 4-H youths is a critical need in all livestock production regions. The large number of 4-H youth programs, their rural locations, and the small number of 4-H Extension professionals make delivery of new curricula challenging. In...

  2. Goat Yoga: Preliminary Implications for Health, Agriculture, and 4-H

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    | Contributor(s):: Laura E. Balis, Chance Marshall, Alix Malcolm, Samantha M. Hardin

    Goat yoga, an event that combines yoga and interactions with goats, may serve as a cross-initiative program that can promote both health and agriculture. This article describes the potential impact of goat yoga and the results of a pilot program. Adult attendees of the pilot event completed a...

  3. 4-H humane animal care guidelines

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  4. Assessing Youth Perceptions and Knowledge of Ethics at 4-H Horse Shows in Louisiana

    | Contributor(s):: Walker, Neely, Cater, Melissa, Bourg, Brittany, Devall, Hannah, Sarver, Megan

    Due to the increased awareness of animal welfare issues and sensitized attitudes throughout society, youth animal projects provide a unique opportunity to assess and impact youth understanding and attitudes regarding animal welfare. Animal ethics training is not an uncommon requirement for...

  5. Assessment of the Arkansas Horse 4-H Program: Perspectives from Multiple Stakeholders

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    | Contributor(s):: Fawn Lee Kurtzo

    Assessment of the Arkansas horse 4-H program utilized stakeholders’ perceptions to describe inputs, outcomes, preferences and impacts provided by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Stakeholders’ perceptions were captured through three studies. Studies included the...

  6. An evaluation of perceptions of total quality management (TQM) livestock practices of Iowa 4-H' ers who received new instructional materials

    | Contributor(s):: Mukiri wa Githendu, Julie A. Gamon (adviser)

    The purpose of this study was to assess the perceptions of 4-H youth regarding the total quality management of their livestock projects and the production of safe food before and after they received the new Total Quality Management (TQM) Curriculum for Youth Producers;The sample consisted of 800...

  7. Straight from the Horse(man)'s Mouth: Innovative 4-H Camps

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    | Contributor(s):: Fawn Kurtzo, Leslie D. Edgar, Donna L. Graham, Mark Russell

    As 4-H evolves to include a wide breadth of youths' modern interests, innovative educational opportunities and evaluation practices become necessary. Horsemanship and safety-based horse camps were created in response to a statewide challenge to develop competitive 4-H members and retain...

  8. Baby Animal Days: An Innovative Approach to Funding and Marketing Urban Extension Programs

    | Contributor(s):: Justen Smith, Jerry Goodspeed, JayDee Gunnell, Shawn Olsen

    Extension in urban areas can suffer from a lack of exposure in addition to a lack of funding for programs. Baby Animal Days is a 2-day event created to educate the public about agriculture while generating much-needed revenue and providing powerful marketing for Extension. Attendance at the event...

  9. Understanding Life Skills Gained from and Reasons for Youth Participation in the Tennessee 4-H Sheep Skillathon

    | Contributor(s):: Terra Kimes Davis, Christopher T. Stripling, Carrie A. Stephens, H. Dwight Loveday

    The high number of U.S. youth exhibiting at-risk behavior points to a lack of life skills development. We determined the effects of participating in one state's 4-H sheep skillathon on youths' life skills development and the youths' reasons for participating. The target population was...

  10. Texas 4-H Swine Project Guide

    | Contributor(s):: Jodi Sterle

    This guide for 4-H members explains how to select a good animal, build proper facilities, manage an animal's feeding and nutritional requirements, and take care of health concerns. There is also information on training and showing a pig.

  11. 4-H Women and Their Horses: An Extraordinary Relationship with an Extraordinary Animal

    | Contributor(s):: Janet Kiser Lambarth

    There is minimal research on the large animal-human companionship bond. The purposes of the phenomenological study reported here were to identify the meaning of the relationship between women and their horses and the impact on their adult lives of the human-horse bond. Analysis is based on...

  12. Youth Program Risk Management: A Case Study of the 4-H PetPALS Program

    | Contributor(s):: Lucinda Miller, Ryan J. Schmiesing

    Risk management has been an especially important topic in the 4-H youth development program over the past 15 years. Traditional programs face challenges as risks are identified and new programs are under increased scrutiny to ensure that youth and volunteers are in a safe environment. 4-H PetPALS...

  13. 4-H Animal Care as Therapy for At-Risk Youth

    | Contributor(s):: Randy R. Weigel, Brenda Caiola, Lise Pittman-Foy

    Encouraging nurturing traits through the interaction of animals and at-risk youth can help reduce antisocial behavior. A 4-H animal-care program was initiated at The Wyoming Girls School as part of the rehabilitation process for the School's residents. Self-assessments by the young women...

  14. Life-Skill Development Found in 4-H Animal Judging

    | Contributor(s):: Scott A. Nash, Laura L. Sant

    A study was conducted in Idaho to determine the impact of the 4-H animal judging program on the life skills of former participants and how judging influenced their lives. The results of the study show that the judging program has affected the development of animal industry knowledge and is at...

  15. Indiana 4-H Horse and Pony adult volunteers' valuation of equine welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Rappaport, Natalie M.

  16. Iowa 4-H Livestock Show Requirements: Animal Identification, Weighing, and Exhibiting Requirements for County, State, and Interstate Shows

    | Contributor(s):: Michael C. Anderson

    This publication has two purposes: (1) to summarize regulations relating to exhibiting animals at 4-H shows, and (2) to provide additional suggestions for staff members and county program committees as they plan 4-H shows. It is the expectation that all 4-H shows will comply with...

  17. Animal Ambassadors ... 4-H teens learn to lead science program for kids

    | Contributor(s):: Martin H. Smith, Richard P. Enfield, Cheryl L. Meehan, Donald J. Klingborn

    To improve science literacy among school-age children in the United States, educators must receive effective training and support, and children must be engaged in science at a young age. Animal Ambassadors is a science-education outreach program of the UC School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary...

  18. 4-H'ers and Guide Dogs: Preparing for Adulthood

    Though hundreds of 4 -H'ers in other states have raised guide dog pups, Stacy Keesler and Kim Kallsen of Cottonwood are among the first 15 Arizona 4 -H'ers to try it. Youngsters in six Phoenix families recently said difficult goodbyes to dogs they had lived with since June 1980. Earlier...

  19. You're Never Too Old for Pets

    OIder people and youngsters share an affinity for animals. A few 4- Hers in Yuma County rediscover that every month when they visit the Desert Manor Convalescent Center. The weather was warm and inviting when the 4 -11 teens recently brought horses to the center's parking lot. Clair...

  20. Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center

    In February 1980, representatives of the Franklin County Easter Seals Society and the county’s 4-H program met to establish a horse therapy center. After investigating several locations, committee members decided that a new facility should be built, and the Franklin County Commissioners...