AZ 4-H Ag at Home
Webinar Series - AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects
This webinar series focusing on providing solid, educational information on a variety of animals used in AZ 4-H Animal Projects has concluded. Topics included health, nutrition, well being, disease prevention and more. The webinars are appropriate for anyone with interests in animals. Find recordings of the webinars posted further down on this page.
Past Webinars in the Series
- Nov 19, 2020 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Rabbits
- Dec 3, 2020 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Swine Basics
- Dec 17, 2020 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Horses
- Jan 14, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Chickens
- Jan 28, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Beef
- Feb 11, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Horses
- Feb 25, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Sheep
- March 18, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Turkeys
- March 25, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Goats
- Apr 8, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Cavies
- April 22, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Carcass Judging
- May 6, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Beef Cattle (EPDs)
- June 3, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Horse Judging
- July 1, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Dairy
- August 5, 2021 6:00 pm MST AZ 4-H Ag at Home: Animal Projects - Working Dogs (Special Edition!)
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Animal Projects - National Presentation
Successfully Using Webinars to Engage 4-H Youth with Equine and Animal Science Information
Dr. Betsy Greene and Ashley Wright presented data and experiences from the AZ 4-H Ag at Home Animal Projects Webinar Series at the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA). Check out their presentation slides to get a behind the scenes look at how they created and hosted this series.
Animal Projects - Horse Judging (6/3/21 webinar)
This presentation will help you learn how to evaluate a horse’s conformation. This includes: Selecting a horse for purchase, competing in horse judging contests, understanding how conformation impacts a horse’s quality of movement, and more. Plan on some extra time to practice evaluating.
- Watch this video on note taking for horse judging prior to the webinar
- You'll get a chance to practice your new skill during the evaluation portion of the webinar
Animal Projects - Carcass Judging (4/22/21 webinar)
Dr. Sam Garcia, Associate Professor of Practice and Manager of the Food Product and Safety Laboratory at the University of Arizona, talks about the basics of carcass judging and what standards and grading are used to evaluate beef, sheep, and swine carcasses. Carcass data can be used by 4-H members and breeders to evaluate and improve their feeding, exercise, and breeding programs. If you’re interested in learning more about the science behind carcass judging join us for this webinar! We finish with a brief discussion about the 4-H Carcass Contest.
Animal Projects - Cavies (4/8/21 webinar)
Cavies 101: Care and Showing Basics with Ashley Wright (Area Assistant Agent, Livestock). What’s the difference between a cavy, a guinea pig, and a rabbit? Come find out as we discuss Cavy Basics and learn how to keep your cavies healthy. We cover breeds, nutrition, common diseases, and how cavies differ from rabbits. Josh Moore (Assistant Agent, 4-H Youth Development) finishes with a brief discussion about the 4-H cavy project.
Animal Projects - Goats (3/25/21 webinar)
Marcy Harris, a goat breeder in Greenlee County, is our guest presenter taking us through the process of building your herd and touching briefly on kidding. If you’re interested in learning more about raising goats join us for this webinar! We finish with a brief discussion about the 4-H goat project.
Animal Projects - Turkeys (webinar 3/18/21)
Turkeys are not chickens! During this webinar we discuss the unique aspects of turkey-keeping that differ from raising chickens. This discussion is especially pertinent for those folks not familiar with rearing these fun and productive birds. Dr. David Frame, a poultry veterinarian who is currently a faculty member at Utah State University, talks about proper health, feeding, management, and care of turkeys. Besides learning the basics of turkey-raising, participants will be able to impress friends by knowing what a snood is, that baby turkeys are not called chicks, and how the humble turkey became a Thanksgiving national icon. Josh Moore (Assistant Agent, 4-H Youth Development) finishes with a brief discussion about the 4-H turkey project.
Animal Projects - Sheep (2/25/21 webinar)
From Sheep to Sweater: The importance of wool and it’s history with mankind. Dr. Joselyn Beard (University of Nebraska) talks about the journey wool takes starting from the sheep it grew on then how wool is used for specific jobs. Then we discuss how to judge wool based on its unique character and the job it’s intended for. Ashley Jeffers-Sample (Assistant Agent, 4-H/FCHS) finishes with a brief discussion about the 4-H sheep project.
Animal Projects - Horses (2/11/21 webinar)
Physical Evaluation of Hay and Reducing Waste - Hay makes up the majority of most adult horses diets. In this presentation, Dr. Krishona Martinson (University of Minnesota), focuses on how to physically evaluate and select the best hay for your horse. Plus, we will discuss proven, research-based ways to reduce hay waste during feeding. Ashley Jeffers-Sample (Assistant Agent, 4-H/FCHS) will finishes with a brief discussion about the 4-H horse project.
Animal Projects - Beef (1/28/21 webinar)
Beef in the Desert – Ashley Wright (Area Assistant Agent, Livestock) teaches you how Arizona ranchers select cows that will do well in our desert environment. We talk about conformation and genetics, and then you can try your hand at judging a group of heifers with Pima 4-H Agent Josh Moore! Ashley Jeffers-Sample (Assistant Agent, 4-H/FCHS) finishes with a brief discussion about the 4-H beef project.
Animal Projects - Chickens (1/14/21 webinar)
EGGcellent Eggs: How chickens lay eggs, why they sometimes lay weird eggs, and how you can make sure your chickens lay healthy eggs that are safe to eat. Ashley Wright (Area Assistant Agent, Livestock) talks about how normal eggs are formed and what can go wrong in the process that causes some of the most common egg abnormalities: lash eggs, rubber eggs, fairy eggs, thin shells, and double yolks. Finally, we discuss animal care and management practices to help your chickens lay normal eggs that are safe for you to eat! Josh Moore (Assistant Agent, 4-H Youth Development) finishes with a brief discussion about the 4-H chicken project.
Animal Projects - Horses (12/17/20 webinar)
In this webinar Dr. Betsy Greene (UArizona Horse Extension Specialist) provides basic knowledge on how some diseases are transmitted and easy strategies and practices (and some more difficult ones!) that you can put into action right away to decrease the chances for your horse getting sick. Maddie Officer shares tips that you can use to protect your horse at competitions or group horse activities, and finishes the webinar with a brief discussion on 4-H horse projects.
Animal Projects - Swine Basics (12/3/20 webinar)
Dr. Colt Knight (State Livestock Specialist and Assistant Extension Professor for the University of Maine) was our guest presenter taking us through the process of raising pigs from piglets through bacon. He touched briefly on many aspects of swine care including nutrition, housing, health, and reproduction. If you’re interested in learning more about raising pigs for meat production watch this webinar! We finish with a brief discussion about the 4-H swine project.
Animal Projects - Rabbits (11/17/20 webinar)
In the first webinar in the AZ 4-H Ag at Home Animal Projects Series, guest presenters Dr. Peter Mundschenk (AZ State Veterinarian) and Ashley Wright (Area Livestock Extension Agent) discussed a very important health concern affecting both wild and domestic rabbits in Arizona (and beyond). Until recently, there have been few serious diseases affecting domestic or pet rabbits in the United States. For the first time ever, cases of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (sometimes abbreviated RHD or RHDV) have surfaced in wild rabbit populations in North America (including Arizona). The webinar finishes with a brief discussion of 4-H rabbit projects.
Spinach: Planting Basics
If you want to try your hand at planting spinach at your home or garden site, this video will give you all the information you need to get things started. Juan Arias, UArizona Extension Tribal Agent, filmed a quick, 3 minute video to show you how to get your own spinach planted and growing.
Deworming Your Horse
Tribal Extension Agent Grey Farrell demonstrates how to deworm a horse using paste dewormer. He has worked with University of Arizona Cooperative Extension on the Navajo Nation for over a decade, and with horses for many decades. He describes and demonstrates how taking it slow, gaining the horse’s trust rather than “sneaking” the dewormer into the horse’s mouth will make treatments easier in the long run.
Quick Release Knot
Tying your horse and/or livestock safely – This quick release knot is a little different than many traditional methods. When you “release it”, the rope is completely free from the post or rail. Watch, learn, and then teach it to someone else. If you want, have someone video you show off your newest expertise.
Pumpkin: Planting Basics
If you want to try your hand at planting pumpkins at your home or garden site, this video will give you all the information you need to get things started. Watching pumpkins grow (whether for eating or carving), can be great fun. Juan Arias, UArizona Extension Tribal Agent, filmed a quick, 3 minute video to show you how to get your own pumpkins planted and growing.
DIY Watering Container
Tribal Extension Agent Juan Arias demonstrated how to make a watering container at home with many types of containers. Juan has worked with UArizona Cooperative Extension on the San Carlos Apache Reservation for several years. He demonstrates several methods using several types of containers to make watering cans for use in your home and garden. Always have adult supervision when you do these projects.
Haltering a Horse: Training Tips for Developing Trust
Grey Farrell, Tribal Extension Agent on the Navajo Nation for UArizona Cooperative Extension discusses how to begin to develop trust with your horse through respect. Then he shows how to halter his horse and make sure you tie the knot correctly.
Making Hand Sanitizer
While social distancing is keeping us apart, you can still have some fun creating a useful product at home. Hand Sanitizer has been a very hard to find item at the stores. Luckily, Elisabeth Alden and Betsy Greene took a shot at videoing the process of making your own at home while incorporating social distancing. Watch our video, get the ingredients and items ready, and make a smooth as silk video to top ours.
Building a Nipple Drinker for Chicks
DIY Chicken Project – Create your own chick nipple drinker using items you have around the house! Chick nipple drinkers are an easy way to provide your chicks with water that is always fresh and clean and can help keep the chick brooder drier than traditional chick waterers. All you need is a chicken nipple (available in most feed stores and typically costing less than $2), an empty plastic container with a flat bottom (such as a juice bottle), and an electric drill with an 11/32nd drill bit.
Grooming your Horse
This 22-minute video shows steps for grooming your horse, especially as they shed their winter (yes, even in Arizona!!) coat. Whether it serves as a nice refresher or is new information, you can watch 28-yr old Midnight enjoy her day at the spa and put the knowledge to practice on your own horses.