Beef-learn how to raise and take care of cattle. 4-H’ers will have a opportunity to show their animal in county, district, and state level livestock shows throughout the year.
Dog Care and Training-learn how to raise, care, and train your dog(s). Dogs can be any age and breed (including mixed) and they all can be shown in county, district, and state level dog shows throughout the year. Shows include obedience, rally, conformation, showmanship, agility, costume, drill, and trick classes . If you are not interested in shows, it is definitely not mandatory to enter them and you can just participate in training classes, workshops, and camps throughout the year to make your dog ‘paw-fect’.
Clothing and Textiles-Learn how to sew projects from scratch, make fun arts and crafts, and how to buy clothes based on price and quality. We do projects from quilting to sketching and everywhere in between. There are county, district and state level 4-H fashion shows to enter where the 4-H’ers can buy or sew an outfit to enter. They will have an interview with three or four judges about their outfit and then have the opportunity to be in a fashion show with everyone else. There is also a new category called fashion story board where the 4-H’er designs and sketches an outfit but they do not have to actually make it. If you are interested in sewing but don’t have a machine or any knowledge of sewing, come on out because we can teach you everything!
Sheep/Lambs-A person usually starts going to lamb sales in May/June to pick out their lambs. The main thing you need to raise lambs is a barn with a fence so they are protected from the weather and predators. You should try to go to as many prospect shows and lambs clinics as you can. Lamb clinics really help you to learn about feeding, exercising, showmanship, etc. Prospect shows are practice shows so you and your lamb can become comfortable in the show ring. Major shows start in January and go through March, with the Brazos County Youth Livestock Show (BCYLS) being at the end of March.
Rabbits-There are two ways to show rabbits. You can choose to show breeding rabbits, or meat type rabbits. Breeding rabbits are usually kept year round while meat type rabbits are no longer needed after you show them, unless you want to keep them. Generally, meat rabbits are sold to individuals or in an auction after shows.
Clover Kids-A fun group for kids ages 5-7 year olds that might be interested in becoming a 4-H member. Clover Kids give an opportunity for the younger kids to be able to be a part of the 4-H community while still having a BLAST! We plan on having a lot of great and fun meetings for the Clover Kids!
Poultry-involves raising broilers (chickens) and/or turkeys for the major livestock shows (San Antonio, Austin, and/or Houston) and for the local county show. Entries into the shows are not a requirement. A participant can be strictly involved in properly raising the birds for processing. Participants will learn the correct way to house, feed, water, prepare, and show birds for competitive events. Participants also have the option of learning how to process the birds for meat. Poultry judging and the Poultry Biathlon (in San Antonio) are other competitions that are available to those participating in this project.
- Foods and Nutrition-involves a host of topics related to the nutrition and preparation of various foods. Competitions include county, district, and state level Food Show and Food Challenge. Meetings are commonly over My Food Pyramid, Nutritional Analysis, Food Groups, Food Chemistry, Leavening Systems, Starch Systems, Breads, Garnishes, Dairy, Meats, Fruits and Vegetables, Basic Cooking Skills, Preparation of a Main Dish, Table Settings, Proper Food Handling Techniques, Preparation for the Food Show, Interviewing Skills, and more.
- Consumer Decision Making-learn how to become a smart shopper. You learn how to determine what your “needs” are for a purchase, not just your “wants”. At each practice the youth study a “class” of products, such as GPS units, sun protective clothing, or credit cards. There are several contests each year including different district contests, the San Antonio Livestock Show, State Roundup, and the Star of Texas Rodeo.
- Photography- a great and simple project to add to your 4-H year. If you have access to a camera, you can join the photography project! There are many different contests that you can enter which means you can be as active as you want! Grab your camera and start taking some shots!
- Shooting Sports– provides many events and activities for 4-H members to gain and demonstrate skills in archery, hunting, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle and shotgun. Events include Shooting Sports Extravaganza, 4-H/Jaycee BB Gun Championship, Roundup Indoor Rifle Match, Indoor Archery Match, Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Games, postal leagues, leader training workshops, and many others.4-H’ers shooting Clout at State Ourdoors.
For a complete list of the over 150 project 4-H offers, go to http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/ and look under “project areas” in the right sidebar.