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Animal Project Record Sheets



Youth can gain a wide variety of knowledge and skill by being involved in 4-H, especially through 4-H club work and long-term projects. A majority of the time youth are so busy having fun, they often don't recognize the life skill they learn while participating. One of the most important life skills a 4-H member will learn is to keep good records. Record-keeping helps 4-H members, along with their parents and leaders, realize more of the value of their involvement in clubs, camps, projects, and other education activities. 

Unfortunately, completing a 4-H record book often has become a mundane, outdated chore or something youth do at the last minute as a requirement to take part in competitive events. Despite this, there are many positive reasons to integrate record keeping into 4-H projects throughout the year. Keeping a 4-H record book helps youth to: 

  • Learn how to organize themselves
  • Set reasonable goals for themselves
  • Appreciate what they've learned each year from the goals they reached
  • Explain what they've learned
  • Keep track of costs of their project
  • Gather info needed to apply for awards and scholarships
  • Complete applications and resumes for jobs and college
  • Meet requirements to participate in some county, state, or national 4-H events

Tips for Success

Handwritten will give any 4-H member a leg up. This shows that they have taken the time to fill this out themselves and lessens concern of, "Did someone else do this for them?" Use complete sentences and be descriptive! By using complete sentences, the 4-H member is likely to give more detail about the project which all helps the judge determine how much work and time that 4-H member has put into that exhibit.

Animal Record Sheets

Click the linked headings to download the record sheet! 

Horse Interview Record Sheet

  • This sheet is judged at the Tri-County Horse Show

Livestock Interview Record Sheet

  • Record sheet for beef, beef calf, dairy, swine, sheep, and goat

Pet Interview Record Sheet

  • Record sheet for any animal brought as a pet

Poultry & Rabbit Interview Record Sheet

  • Record sheet for production poultry and rabbits
  • Pet rabbits do not fall under this category, pet rabbits need a pet interview record sheet

****Livestock record sheets are required for each animal brought in. A completed livestock record sheet for your animal is required to be turned in prior to the scheduled event. If the completed record sheet is not turned in you will not be eligible to participate in the premium sale and dropped one ribbon placing.**** 
This information can be found in the Achievement Day Handbook

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