Office Information

Address

542 County Farm Road, Suite 206
Lysock View Complex
Montoursville, PA 17754-9621

Contact

Phone: 570-433-3040

Fax: 570-433-4331

Email: LycomingExt@psu.edu

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Animal Science

Learn about safe handing and care of animals. Some eligible for exhibit in county fair and other local shows.

Beef

Members will select and care for one or more market steers or breeding beef and keep records each year. Members will use the Livestock Animal Project Record for Lycoming County 4-H members for all livestock species animals, and Individual Breeding Animal Lifetime Record for Lycoming County 4-H members for each breeding animal.

Dairy Beef Project:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members will learn the fundamentals of being a good beef producer and build skills that will prepare them for life. Members will select and care for one or more dairy beef calves to feeder weight and keep a record each year. Using the same book throughout their 4-H Dairy Beef career, members complete and check off a given number of activities every year in each of these categories: Beef Activities, Life Skill Activities, Quality Assurance Skills and Activities. Members will use the Livestock Animal Project Record for Lycoming County 4-H members for all livestock species animals.

Goat:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members will select and care for one or more market or breeding goats and keep records each year. Members will use the Livestock Animal Project Record for Lycoming County 4-H members for all livestock species animals, and Individual Breeding Animal Lifetime Record for Lycoming County 4-H members for each breeding animal.

Sheep:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members will select and care for one or more market or breeding sheep and keep records each year. Members will use the Livestock Animal Project Record for Lycoming County 4-H members for all livestock species animals, and Individual Breeding Animal Lifetime Record for Lycoming County 4-H members for each breeding animal.

Swine:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members will select and care for one or more market or breeding swine and keep records each year. Members will use the Livestock Animal Project Record for Lycoming County 4-H members for all livestock species animals, and Individual Breeding Animal Lifetime Record for Lycoming County 4-H members for each breeding animal.

Small Animals, Pet Care and Veterinary Science

 

Veterinary Science:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members increase their veterinary science knowledge and skills by doing chosen activities from the books. Each book contains chapters on The Normal Animal; Diseases, Pests and Problems; and Investigating Careers. Members do at least 7 activities, including Booster Shots, each year, and use any book up to 3 years. Members complete “Whaddya Know?” survey before starting and again upon completion of each book. Level 1 is designed for grades 3-5; Level 2, grades 6-8; Level 3, grades 9-12.

Cats:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members will learn about cat parts, breeds, cost to raise a cat, how to care for a cat and much more. Members work at their own pace to complete seven activities intended to develop cat and life skills. Each level can be completed over a period of up to three years.

Dogs:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members will learn about dog parts, breeds, cost to raise a dog, how to care for a dog and much more. Members work at their own pace to complete seven activities intended to develop dog and life skills. Each level can be completed over a period of up to three years.

Pets:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members will practice life skills (decision-making, communicating with others, leading self and others, planning and organizing, and learning to learn), identify and select appropriate pets, demonstrate good pet management and health practices, develop pet showmanship skills, and explore careers in the pet industry.

Rabbits:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members should select and properly care for one or more rabbits, either as pets or for meat, fur, breeding or exhibiting. Members should keep records, show and/or give a demonstration.

Dairy (Cattle):

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Member will select and care for one or more registered or grade calves, heifers, or cows and keep records each year. They may choose to exhibit (registered only), market, or breed their cattle when appropriate. They will learn about dairy cattle breeds, selection, care, feeding, health, behavior, fitting, showmanship, record-keeping and dairy products. Members work at their own pace to complete sets of activities intended to develop dairy and life skills. Members should complete one 4-H Dairy Project Story and Score booklet annually.

Dairy Goat:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members will select and care for one or more dairy goats and keep records each year, spending up to 3 years in each level activity book.

Horse and Pony

 

Horse Performance:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members will select, care for and work with a horse or pony and keep records of their accomplishments. Most importantly, members will:

  • learn and practice safe horsemanship skills
  • learn and apply principles of horse care and management
  • explore interests in horses and the horse industry
  • develop life skills for today and the future.

Horseless Horse:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

 

This project is for 4-H members who want to learn about horses and horsemanship without owning or leasing a horse. It also is intended for 4-H members who want to learn more about horses before getting a horse. The Horseless Horse Annual Record is used in conjunction with the Level 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 project guide to provide activities for all levels of learners. While learning about horses, the development of life skills will be stressed.

Junior Horse:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Members learn about phases of horse management that deal with breeding, foaling, raising, and development of young horses or ponies. The member may start the project by acquiring and breeding a broodmare or may purchase or lease a weanling or yearling to raise and develop. (Weanlings may not be shown at Junior Horse Championship Show.)A member may work with any number of project animals. Members are expected to complete the 4-H Horse Production Annual Record. 4-H members must be 12 years of age or older or have passed handling skills of the Level 1 Horsemanship Skills Program with each production project animal to show at county, regional, or state 4-H productions shows. For 4-H members under 12 years of age, a copy of the Level 1 Horsemanship Skills Evaluation Sheet must be included with entry forms or submitted at the show for each animal. The Evaluation Sheet must include signatures of three certified Horsemanship Skills examiners and indicate that the youth has passed all applicable handling skills. Youth under 12 years of age who have not passed Level 1 handling skills may be enrolled in the production project but will not be allowed to show until they are 12 years of age (4-H age: before January 1 of current year) or meet the handling skills requirement. A 4-H member may enroll any project animal through 5 years of age in the Junior Horse Project; however, only horses that are yearlings through 5 years of age are eligible to be shown. For possible show classes, contact your Extension Office or reference your current rule book.

Competitive Trail Riding:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

Competitive trail riding demonstrates the teamwork between the horse and rider. Trail riding competition requires long hours of hard work and conditioning for the horse and rider alike. Working on the requirements for this project, the 4-H'er learns the selection of a horse, conditioning required, riding the ride, judging the ride, and safety rules for trail riding. All horses must be at least four years old, and conditioning must begin at least three months prior to the trail ride competition.

Poultry: Eggs and Meat

Poultry:

8-18 years old (before January 1)

In Poultry 1, members learn about poultry parts, breeds, cost of raising poultry, how to care for poultry, and if they don’t already have poultry, it will help them decide whether or not they want to raise poultry. In Poultry 2, members will develop a budget, discover pecking order, explore retail poultry products, judge poultry, use a candler, explore marketing and careers, recognize health and disease, and more. In Poultry 3, members will conduct a poultry judging clinic, reconstruct a bird’s skeleton, manage a small flock of laying birds, process a chicken, conduct experiments with eggs, further explore poultry careers, and more.

Embryology:

8-14 years old (before January 1)

Members and 4-H school enrichment students will learn about the avian egg, study the reproductive system and fertilization, comprehend the incubation process, and understand embryo development and how to care for live chicks by sharing responsibility for incubating eggs and hatching chicks in the incubator.