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)
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
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.
- Attend project meetings
- Record keeping
- Chick Chain show
- 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
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:
- Participants must enroll in 4-H and pay a program fee.
- 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.
- Lambs will be selected by the participant through a random drawing on delivery day.
- Each participant will be required to schedule a home visit with his or her Extension Agent(s) during the project.
- 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.
- Average Daily Gain will be calculated using the animal’s weight at delivery compared to the weight at show weigh-in.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
Explore the world of robotics, computers, rockets, and Maker with 4-H!
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: 4:30p – 6:30p at the Franklin County Extension Office (Courthouse basement)
January 16 and 30, February 20, March 6, April 17
February 24 – Robotics Challenge at UNA
March 8 – Regional 4-H STEM Showcase event
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 23, February 20, March, 20, April 17
March 8 – Regional 4-H STEM Showcase event
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.
Drought meeting 11/15/16 at Posey Farms; 1020 County Road 274; Town Creek, AL 35672 6:00 p.m. (light snacks will be served)
Topics: “Cattle Feeding program”; “Program Assistance Available”; “Hay and Forage Inventory”; “Agronomic Impacts”; “Post Drought Planning”; “Herd Inventory Recommendations”; “Weather Outlook”
Directions From Russellville: From intersection of 43 and 72 in Tuscumbia, travel East on Highway 72/AL20 to Town Creek, approximately 14 miles. Turn right onto County Road 274 (gravel road, looks like a driveway). Posey Farm is about 4/10 of a mile.
4-H Youth Council members for 2016.
Become a member. Next meeting is November 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension office.
New Drought Website for Farmers
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.
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
Up-to-date research information in areas of livestock, poultry, forages, pesticides, small animals is offered through educational programs by regional agents and publications. Promotion of area gardens through county and city farmer markets.
For more information on these and other related topics, contact information or to view our upcoming events calendar, visit the Franklin County Extension office’s Agriculture page.
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.