Animal Science/Livestock

The Animal Science program is a dynamic and enriching initiative designed to ignite a passion for animal agriculture and production in the youth of today. Whether students dream of becoming veterinarians, livestock managers, or simply want to learn about animals, this program is the perfect fit! Explore nutrition, genetics, behavior, health management, reproduction, and more in hands-on learning experiences. Opportunities to show animals in Region and State livestock shows are shared within this program.

The Animal Science program is more than just learning about animals – it’s about fostering well-rounded individuals. Students are highly encouraged to participate in other 4-H opportunities, communications contests, portfolios, Honor Club, and judging events to become confident, articulate, and community-oriented individuals.

Students do not have to own or show animals to participate! Registration for this program is open year-round.

This program is open to any student from 3rd – 12th grade. 3rd grade students can participate in county-level activities and events. 4th-12th graders can participate in Region and State activities and the Jr. Livestock Expo with their animals. Please see below if interested in participating in animal shows!

There are no capacity limits for this free-to-join program!


August 5, 2024

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October 7, 2024

November 4, 2024

December 2, 2024

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March 3, 2024

April 7, 2024

May 5, 2024

Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Location: Williamson County Extension – 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064

How do I sign up?


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Please read through the eligibility, dates, and policies closely! This information is very important. Free programs like Animal Science, Horse, and Communications are available to join year round.

*if you are also joining a paid class, please start by paying for that class on its page!

What is 4-H?

4-H is a youth development organization dedicated to hands-on educational programming and offers a unique blend of learning and fun! 4-H instills essential life skills like recordkeeping and responsibility, setting your student up for success in academics and beyond. With access to college scholarships and leadership roles, 4-H empowers youth to thrive as future leaders. 4-H’ers get many opportunities to exercise citizenship, which fosters a sense of community and global awareness and nurtures well-rounded individuals.

Through fun, educational experiences and the lifelong friendships forged within the 4-H community, your child will grow both academically and personally, laying a strong foundation for a bright and promising future!

Interested in more classes with Extension?

Doug Berny

Doug Berny

A native of South Texas, Doug grew up on a family owned and operated Dairy Farm and is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Animal Science. Doug has extensive experience in poultry, beef cattle management, communications, and coordinates the Livestock project groups and associated judging teams.

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