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Animal Systems

Participants will learn to recognize the most common aerial and ground predators of backyard birds and how to construct proper housing to prevent predators from gaining access to the backyard flock.

This 4-H project for youth producers will increase food safety awareness by educating youth producers of their role in this process and the importance of raising their livestock in an appropriate manner.

Learn about the differences among production methods and beef choices, the safety protocols of getting beef from pasture to plate, how beef is a sustainable food source, and current issues facing the beef industry.

This Basics program is a hands-on learning opportunity that covers general basics of beef production for “new” farmers and/or youth.

Beef Quality Assurance will raise consumer confidence in the food supply through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

This is a program for anyone with an interest in starting a backyard poultry flock, including young people involved with 4-H /FFA

The purpose of the Dixie National Junior Round-Up Livestock Shows and Contests is to educate Extension Agents who will in turn train 4-H youth, parents, volunteers, and others as to what types of livestock shows and educational contests are offered during the Dixie National Junior Round-Up for the youth to show their achievement with their livestock project animals and to provide a platform on which youth are allowed to display their project knowledge in educational contests.

Participants will learn a basic understanding of farm animal welfare, animal handling, best management practices, and Mississippi laws that pertain to farm animals.

This program provides educational information to beef producers to aid in their production of a high quality grass-fed beef product that is currently in demand by local consumers.

Mississippi beef cattle producers will receive comprehensive training in 8 major areas to expand their knowledge base.

This program allows individuals to be educated in 4-H youth, parents, volunteers, and others as to the variety of horse show classes offered, as well as educational contest opportunities for the youth to show their achievement with their horse project and to provide a platform on which youth are allowed to display their project knowledge in equine educational contests.

The Mississippi State Fair Livestock Shows and Contests will educate 4-H youth, parents, volunteers, and others as to what types of livestock shows and educational contests are offered during the Mississippi State Fair for the youth to show their achievement with their livestock project animals and to provide a platform on which youth are allowed to display their project knowledge in...

Livestock Marketing Strategies for Youth will teach youth how oral communication skills, proper writing ability, and creative thinking are important in marketing livestock.

The Poultry Avian Bowl Contest gives participants the opportunity to gain knowledge in different areas of the poultry industry. Through this team-based exercise, participants can demonstrate leadership, team building, and communication skills. The team with superior ratings at the state contest will advance to the national contest.

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The Poultry BBQ Cook-off Contest allows participants to demonstrate their cooking skills while also showcasing their public speaking ability. Through these demonstrations, participants grasp an array of knowledge focused on chicken meat and its impact on the poultry industry. 

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Poultry Biosecurity will assist small poultry producers that are typically not aware of common and reportable poultry diseases, which can have a severe impact on their flocks and on the Mississippi Poultry industry.

The Poultry Chain Project gives participants a hands-on learning experience right in their own backyard. Throughout this 5-month project, participants learn poultry management skills and disease awareness, as well as other valuable life skills such as caring for living animals, budgeting expenses, developing a business, leadership skills, presentation abilities, and so much more. Eligible...

This program will provide information on the most common diseases that may affect backyard birds, symptoms, how they are spread, treatment methods, and prevention techniques.

In the Poultry Egg Chef Challenge, participants learn about the economic impact of the egg industry. They also develop and demonstrate leadership and communication skills through cooking demonstrations and presentations. The state winner of this contest is eligible to attend the national contest.

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Poultry Hatch-out is an educational curriculum-based program that focuses on the importance of the poultry industry and its significance to the world’s food production. This week-long program consists of outlined lesson plans and activities as well as a live hatch of chicks throughout the week. For more information regarding participation in the...

Poultry Judging offers participants the opportunity to use USDA grading criteria and decision-making skills to judge ready-to-cook poultry products and live birds. State team winners are eligible to attend the national contest.

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National 4-H Poultry Judging Contest Manual

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This event will focus on the composition of a balanced diet for backyard flocks and why a balanced diet is important to meat-type, egg-type, and dual purpose birds.

This course provides a Basic Overview will provide an overview of the basics of poultry production and keeping a backyard flock of chickens.

Safety Awareness with Equine will educate participants on general safety around horses and presents research-related data and information concerning helmet safety when horseback riding. This program is for equine enthusiasts and horseback riders. Participants will learn about the potential hazards and related safety issues with working with horses, and how to make decisions on safe practices...

FAMACHA training will educate small ruminant producers about parasite and forage management.