Get a taste of show biz…the livestock show biz, that is. The Accokeek Foundation is partnering with 4-H to offer the first Livestock focused 4-H club in Prince George’s County in decades. Club members will meet the animals of the National Colonial Farm, care for them through hands on learning experiences, and show off their knowledge at the Prince George’s County Fair.

 

4-H is the largest youth organization in the United States with over 7 million participants. 4-H is best identified by its green four-leaf clover with an H on each leaf. The four H’s on the emblem stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 4-H is the only youth organization based within the land-grant university system, and the first experience many youth have with higher education.

Read more about the Maryland 4-H Program

This unique club is engaging youth with the care of Heritage Livestock and offers an opportunity to students for whom livestock ownership is not feasible a chance to work with animals through hands-on experiences.

Through a series of monthly meetings focused on animal education and scheduled “chore times,” youth will learn how to care for these unique animals. Additional activities throughout the year will include:

  • Birthing Season: assisting with the new arrivals to the herd in the spring
  • State and Nationwide 4-H Competitions: Including public speaking contests, the Livestock Skill-a-Thon, and the Dairy Bowl
  • Mock Shows at the Accokeek Foundation to practice grooming, judging, and leading animals
  • Prince George’s County Fair: training and showing a sheep or cow at the annual county fair

What are Heritage Breed animals?

Many people are aware of endangered species in the wild, but few realize that domesticated livestock species are also threatened. The livestock seen grazing in the fields of Piscataway Park are rare breeds of animals that no longer conform to the needs of industrialized agriculture. But they have an important role to play in the future of farming as they adapt well to sustainable practices and are important sources of genetic diversity.

The 4-H club will work with several breeds of heritage livestock, including: American Milking Devon cattle, Ossabaw hogs, Hog Island sheep, silver rabbits, and various breeds of heritage poultry.

Participation Guidelines

  • Must be between 8-18
  • Families must have at least 1 adult enroll as a UME volunteer
  • 60% attendance at all meetings
  • Youth must participate in direct animal experiences 2-4 times/month
  • Maximum of 15 showing members/season

4-H Club Membership Dues

  • 4-H Annual Fee

    $10/year

    Paid annually to the Maryland 4-H Office. $10/per child up to 3 children (for a maximum of $30 per family).

  • Monthly Club Dues

    $10/month

    $10/ participating child, due to the Accokeek Foundation to support club costs associated with animal care, vaccinations, registrations, and supplies.

  • Show Dues

     $50/show season

    $50/showing member, this fee covers the cost of entering the fair, transporting the animals, and additional supplies involved with participation in the fair. This is only due if a youth member decides to lease an animal and show at the fair.

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