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Aim High with 4-H Shooting Sports

The 4-H S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness Fun Education) programs build great character, self-confidence, and self-discipline while developing marksmanship skills. Franklin County 4-H offers two shooting sports clubs: archery and shotgun. Both clubs meet at Cedar Hill Trap Range (4021 Highway 84, Russelleville) on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.

Archery: Learn and practice archery safety and skills using a compound or recurve bow. Bring your own bow, at least 6 arrows, and an arm guard; wear closed-toe shoes. A finger glove is required for archers that do not shoot with a release. New to the sport or don’t have your own equipment? 4-H has some Genesis bows, arrows, finger guards, and arm guards that you can use; please call ahead. State Competition: April 28, Alabama 4-H Center

ShotgunLearn firearm safety & responsibility with the shotgun sports of skeet & trap. Participants need to bring a .12 or .20 gauge shotgun, target load ammo (at least 2 boxes of 25), safety glasses or sunglasses and hearing protection. The cost is $5 per round and is paid directly to the shooting club. Please bring cash and correct change!  State Competition: April 13-14, Childersburg

For more on 4-H S.A.F.E. programs in Alabama, go to http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/resources/nature/recreation/safe/index.php  or call the Franklin County 4-H Office (256-332-8880).

4-H Livestock Projects

There are many opportunities for youth to learn about animals and to explore different types of livestock with the 4-H Animal Science programs. There are also many great reasons to be a part of livestock clubs! These clubs and programs help build self-confidence, teamwork, leadership skills, and more!  Several of the projects are short-term and can be done with a large yard!  You can do Quizbowl, Skill-A-Thon, and Judging without even owning animals. Livestock projects are open to youth ages 9 – 18. Participants must enroll in 4-H. For more information about any of these projects: Contact the Franklin County 4-H Office (256-332-8880)

Livestock Club

Join us the 2nd Tuesday of every month as we work on our knowledge of various livestock, as well as work on our judging skills. The Club meets from 5p-7p at the Franklin County 4-H Office. You do not have to own livestock to be a member of the club!

  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8

 Chick Chain

With Chick Chain, 4-H’ers will receive 10 birds to raise through the summer. Participants bring 2 to the show and auction and keep the other birds.

Project requirements:

  • Attend project meetings
  • Record keeping
  • Chick Chain show

Project timeline: 

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 – project meeting, 5p, Franklin 4-H/Extension Office
  • Monday, March 19, 2018 – project meeting, 5p, Franklin 4-H/Extension Office
  • Monday, April 2 – project training – all NW AL participants – North Alabama State Fairgrounds, 6p
  • early May – project meeting and chick delivery (to be announced, based on hatchery schedule)
  • early Summer – home visits
  • June 25-29 – compete at State Poultry Events
  • Saturday, August 18 – project training: showmanship
  • September 23 – show and auction

Market Lamb

The 4-H Market Lamb project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising beef. Your participation in the 4-H Market Lamb project will help you:

  • Develop sheep management skills
  • Learn to produce a healthy finished lamb product
  • Develop an awareness for business management
  • Develop record keeping skills
  • Realize the pride of accomplishment

NOTE: This project is a stand-alone Lamb project; not connected with the previously established Alabama Show Lamb Project.

How the Market Lamb project works:

  1. Participants must enroll in 4-H and pay a program fee.
  2.  In late May 2018, youth will receive one market wether, approximately 2 months old. The lamb will come from a reputable farm and will be properly vaccinated.  Participants will care for this lamb for approximately 5-6 months.
  3.  Lambs will be selected by the participant through a random drawing on delivery day.
  4.  Each participant will be required to schedule a home visit with his or her Extension Agent(s) during the project.
  5.  At the end of the project (around September), participants will bring the lamb to the Alabama 4-H Market Lamb Show. Lambs will be shown by weight on the day of the show.
  6.  Average Daily Gain will be calculated using the animal’s weight at delivery compared to the weight at show weigh-in.
  7.  Record books will be an integral part of this project. Completed record book and a knowledge test will be a significant portion of the youth’s overall showmanship score at the Alabama 4-H Market Lamb Show.

Beef It Up!

Participants raise a steer of their choosing, then bring the steer to a show. The steer can be shown on a halter or in a pen. Registration is due by November 1, 2017. 

Project requirements:

  • Enroll youth in 4-H through 4HOnline, select Beef It Up! Club
  • Register steer(s) at validation site in your area (Cullman County on October 14 is the closest for us!)
  • Record keeping
  • Poster presentation
  • Enter steer in state show

Beef It Up! State Show – Regional workshops will be offered to help members prepare for the state show, which is April 7, 2018, in Autaugaville.

Pig Squeal

The 4-H Pig Squeal Project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising swine:

Important project dates:

  • October 30, 6p – project kickoff meeting
  • November 17 – registration and program fee due
  • November 27, 6p – project training (required to receive pigs)
  • January 13 – Pig Quality Assurance training and pick up pigs at Lauderdale 4-H Barn
  • February – schedule a home visit with your 4-H agent
  • March 3 – showmanship clinic at the Fairgrounds (Muscle Shoals)
  • April 28  – NW Alabama 4-H Pig Squeal show and auction


Livestock Judging

Livestock judging is developing evaluation and decision-making skills using animals and animal products as tools. For Skillathon and Quizbowl, participants showcase knowledge through a team activity and through solving and analyzing real-world livestock issues. The fun includes…

  • Learning the parts and purpose of livestock (cattle, lamb, swine, goat)
  • Developing your public speaking strategies and skills
  • Build analysis and organizational skills

Some regional workshops will be offered, but most project work is done on your own.

4-H STEM Clubs

Explore the world of robotics, computers, rockets, and Maker with 4-H!

Robotics Club 

Join us as we learn more about computers and engineering while building and programming Lego Robot kits. Members also work on projects they can use in 4-H and UNA  robotics competitions. The Robotics Club meets at the Extension Office in the Franklin County Courthouse.

 Club meetings: 5:00 – 7:00 pm  at the Franklin County Extension Office (Courthouse basement)            

Tuesday, January 23 and Monday, January 29

Monday, February 5 and Monday, February 12

Monday, March 5

February 24 – Robotics Challenge at UNA

March 8 – Regional 4-H STEM Showcase event


GigaKids Club 

Learn computer programming through both “unplugged” activities and online programming with lessons from CS First and using MIT’s Scratch software.  4-H’ers will showcase projects at a STEM Showcase in Russellville in March. This is a regional club, and is open to youth ages 9-18 in Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale Counties.

December 4 – Hour of Code challenge

Club meetings: 4:30p – 6:30p at the Colbert County Extension Office (Courthouse basement)

January 16, February 20, March, 20, April 17

March 8 – Regional 4-H STEM Showcase event


Maker Projects

Look for more information coming about a 4-H Maker Club! We’ll give you the materials and the challenge, and you figure out how to make it happen. It will be great fun – and learning! – for all of our budding engineers and artists.



4-H Pig Squeal Registration


What is Pig Squeal?  The Pig Squeal project is designed to teach 4-H members management practices for growing and raising swine. It will help develop swine management skills, learn to produce healthy hogs, develop business management and record keeping skills and pride of accomplishment.

To participate:

Must be enrolled in 4-H (age 9-19 as of January 1, 2016)

Will receive 2 feeder pigs (barrows), 60 days old   Care for pigs approximately 120                            Mandatory home visits

Mandatory meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Lauderdale County Extension Office; 802 Veterans Drive; Florence, Alabama

Registration form (must be signed by parent and participant)                                                                            $150 fee (check or money order made out to ACES (non-refundable)

Due at the Franklin County Extension office by Tuesday, November 15, 2016



The Franklin County 4-H program’s goal is to prepare youth with hands-on-activities that will be crucial in development with a focus on leadership, citizenship, community service, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and life skills.