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Animal Sciences

Benefits of 4-H Animal Science Programs

Projects are available for horses, sheep, beef and dairy cattle, swine, goats, poultry, veterinary science, and cat & dogs. 4-H animal science projects represent the single largest project area nationally and are popular with Illinois youth as well. Illinois 4-H youth gain many benefits from participating in 4-H animal science projects. The knowledge and skills learned in livestock projects greatly benefit members who decide to produce livestock or enter an allied field. The skills youth learn in presenting animal science projects also apply to many experiences outside the livestock arena, such as how to get along with others, responsibility for living things, perserverance to stick with a task until completed, initiative, detail organization, decision making, coping mechanization, and real-life consequences for choices and actions.