Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | January 29, 2011

4-H Projects

Living in a rural area affords us the opportunity to participate in many of the fine projects offered through 4-H and our loca extension.  If you have an interest in raising animals there are projects that can give a you an introduction to livestock. Take a look at the list of up coming events and see what catches your attention. As a homeschooling family, we often integrate 4-H projects with various school projects and benefit greatly from the experience. 

Reminder of upcoming 4-H Events!!

Regional Livestock Fun Day – Jan 29

Come join us at Livestock Fun Day. Rabbit Races, corn hole and tractor driving will kick off the afternoon. Lunch is sponsored by Ag South, followed by rotations to: beef, dairy, swine, poultry, rabbits, and goats. Learn about animal care, handling and showing in the ring. $5 registration can be paid at the gate. Orangeburg Fair Grounds from 12:00-4:00, ages 5-17, including lunch sponsored by AG South Farm Credit. Go to the county 4-H webpage for more information.



Lowcountry 4-H Shooting Sports Club Meeting- Jan 30

First meeting of the year! For Ages 10 – 19.  Will meet at the Webb Wildlife Center Shooting Range from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Bring your own 20 or 12 gauge shotgun or the Club owns 2 of their own.  Shells are provided.  $25 yearly membership fees. 

Portfolio/Presentations Workshop – January 31

National Congress Alumni Valerie Moody will present how to do an award winning portfolio and her experience at National 4-H Congress. Michael Singletary will present a 4-H presentation and steps to putting one together. Pizza will be served for supper. Please call or email Shannon to pre-register.  Workshop is 5:00–7:00 pm. Cost: $5


4-H Livestock Projects

Youth interested in raising a project animal will learn to feed and care for the animal, keep records of expenses and weight gains, and prepare animal for the show ring. Projects can last from 3 months to 18 months depending on the type of project. Many of the livestock projects are designed for non-farm youth. For more information about livestock projects, go to the 4-H Livestock Project page at:

Hampton County 4-H Club Meeting – Feb 2

Come join a great group of youth learn about a variety of project areas! This month we will continue our basic sewing project.  Club meets from 3:30 pm to 5 pm at the B.T. Deloach Building in Hampton.

Email for more information

4-H Horse Leaders Symposium – Feb 5

Pullet Chain Orientation Meeting – Feb 12

The 4-H Pullet Chain Orientation meeting will be held on Saturday, February 12, at 10:00 am in the Hampton Extension Office. Youth ages 9-19 will have an opportunity to receive and raise twenty-five day old pullet chicks until they are 24 weeks of age. No baby chicks will be given out at this time. Contact the Hampton Extension Service office at 803-943-3427 Ext. 0.


SCDNR & SC 4-H Range Day- Feb 12

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina 4–H program will be conducting an introduction to shooting sports field day on Saturday, February 12 from 1 pm. – 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Webb Wildlife Center located in Garnett, SC.

The event is a field day of instruction and a variety of archery and firearm shooting stations designed for those interested in learning about shooting sports. Sessions are conducted by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources with the support of the South Carolina 4-H Shooting Sports program.

This day is perfect for the novice shooter, both youth and adult. It is primarily for those that are interested in learning about hunting and shooting and how they can get started in these outdoor pursuits. Shooting experts will provide individual shooting instruction with shotguns, .22 rifles, air rifles and bows.

Firearms, ammunition, targets and bows will be provided free of charge at all of the shooting stations. Participants may bring their own firearms and bows if available but should not bring any ammunition. No centerfire (high-powered) rifles will be allowed at the range on this day. 

**** All firearms and bows must be unloaded and cased at all times at the event except when on the ranges. Participants not following this requirement will be escorted off the grounds. ****

For more information contact the Webb Center at 803-625-3569 or the Hampton County 4-H office at 803-943-3621 Ext. 112. 

2011- 2012 4-H Dairy Heifer Project – Registration due Feb 14

The 2010-2011 4-H Dairy Heifer Project Kick-Off has been scheduled for April 30, 2011 at the Saluda County Fairgrounds. Youth ages 9-17 can raise a dairy heifer for 18 months. Youth from a non-dairy background will be given priority for a calf.  Anyone interested in participating in this project should submit his or her name to the local County Extension Office before February 14.  The cost of the heifers will be $650 for Jersey and Guernsey heifers and $700 for Holstein. Project animals will be sold at the Bred Heifer Sale in October 2012. 

Market Steer Project – Nomination due May 15

Youth ages 9-19 will nominate at steer by May 15, weigh in the first week in June with a terminal show at the State Fair October 2011. Youth will keep records and turn in as part of the project.   

Meat Goat Project  – Registration due May 6

Youth ages 5-16 can raise a meat goat. Registration is due May 6. The Kick-off event is June 18 at Newberry County Fairgrounds. Youth will raise the goat over the summer months and keep a Data Book which must be turned in at the final show to be judged and scored. The State Goat Show is held in the fall. Cost of goat is $85. 


Backyard Rabbit – Registration due May

Youth ages 5-19 who would like to raise a rabbit, or for the experienced rabbit owner, an opportunity to compete.  All participants will be required to complete a 4-H Backyard Rabbit Project book and participate in an interview and showmanship class at the Orangeburg Fair.  Complete project is $100 and includes: hutch, feeder, water bottle, pan, bag of feed and rabbit; $35 for one rabbit and bag of feed; $10 for rabbit owner to participate in the project.

Performance Tested Barrow Project –Registration due mid June

Purchase a barrow for market price ($50-60) weighing in by first of July. Raise to show at the Junior Barrow Show at the South Carolina State Fair in October. For Rules and Regulations, Premiums and Awards go to State Fair Website at:>swine department.


4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

The Clemson University Extension Service offers its programs to any youth between the ages of 5-19 regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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