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Animal Crackers 2017 – Horse Diggity Dog

Held on Saturday, May 6th, the 27th annual educational spring outreach event, affectionately known as “Animal Crackers” hosted by the Department of Animal Science, filled Morrison Hall with over 200 participants traveling from nearly 34 different counties in New York State. The workshop series was once again organized by a planning committee of campus and county based Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators in cooperation with Department of Animal Science staff and was designed to encourage youth to engage in science themes related to animals.

2017 Animal Crackers: Horse Diggety Dog!

Livestock Team Results

livestock_team16Congratulations to our 2016 NYS 4-H Livestock Skillathon and 4-H Livestock Judging Teams for representing New York 4-H at the North American International Livestock Exposition, November 12-16, 2016!

Team members representing Ontario, Erie and Oneida county were among 20 teams at the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest in KY on November 14, 2016. In addition to placing 10th overall as a team, Morgan DePue placed 7th high individual in the nation.

Skillathon Team coaches, Diane Barber (Erie) and Sarah Hardy (Oneida), not pictured MacKenzie Waro (Otsego)

Team members representing Wyoming, Genesee and Ulster county were among 32 teams at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in KY on November 15, 2016.

Livestock Judging Team coaches, Holly Harwood and Scott Milhollen (Wyoming)

For complete results, visit NAILE


Poultry Team Results

poultryteam16Awards presented at the 2016 National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference in KY on November 17, 2016 included:

  • NY 4-H Avian Bowl Team members placing 6th overall in the nation, travelling from Clinton, Tioga and Greene counties.
  • NY Turkey BarBQ contestant, Gracie Nicol, received top honors
  • NY Chicken BarBQ contestant, Madeline Chairvolotti placed 2nd overall
  • NY Egg Prep contestant, Camille Ledoux placed 3rd overall

Congratulations and much appreciation goes out to coaches/chaperones: Michele Ledoux, Sue Thomas, Lance Sayward and Jessie Shields Zurawel for supporting our NY youth!

For complete results, see:

Also see: Morning Ag Clips Article

Tioga County 4-H Alumni Marlie Lukach

4-H Alumni and current Cornell Animal Science freshman recently joined forces with Jarra Jagne, D.V.M. ’90, a senior extension associate at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine for a Science Cabaret lecture called “THE HUMBLE CHICKEN, GALLUS GALLUS DOMESTICUS”.   Jagne and Lukach offered technical details on the physiology of chickens, chick embryonic development, the wide variety of breeds and discussed the importance of 4-H – a New York statewide youth development program that Cornell manages.
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easternnationalsgrouppic2016Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, and the NYS Horse Program are proud of all the youth who participated in this educational event…they were all winners before they got here…they are the best in NYS!!  The youth, parents, coaches, and staff were all wonderful – we had a GREAT DAY!!

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