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Department of Animal Science

Animal Crackers 2019

Horse Feathers – We All Flock Together

The Cornell University Department of Animal Science is pleased to announce Animal Crackers 2019 “Horse Feathers – We All Flock Together” on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Cornell University. The up-coming program will incorporate both horse and poultry topics for youth ages 9-12 or those with a beginner level knowledge of the species. All youth, 4-H and non-4-H, are invited to participate. Adult chaperones are also invited to attend to make Horse Feathers a family affair!

Interesting, educational, hands-on activities are being planned to make Horse Feathers a memorable teaching event. Participants will have the opportunity to learn horse or poultry care, biology, or management while having fun. There will also be some lunch time activities, some special guests and more! Are you ready for an egg and spoon race with stick horses?

Cost of the program will be $15/youth and registration for the event will be done through your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Office.  More information is posted on the Animal Crackers page. Mark your calendars for one the most exciting animal science programs of 2019!

Need to reserve hotel rooms? Reserve before April 19 to get a group discount at the Clarion Inn by the Triphammer Mall.

Friendly reminder: Plan to wear clean clothes and shoes that were not worn for morning farm chores, for biosecurity purposes. Disposable booties will be provided upon request.

2018 NYS 4-H Junior Dairy Management team

On September 17, 2018 the NYS 4-H Junior Dairy Management team won 1st place team at the national contest in Harrisburg, PA held in conjunction with the All-American Dairy Show. In addition to being the 1st place team, team members Danielle Herrick (Wyoming) placed 1st individually winning a $1,000 scholarship, Morgan Depue (Erie) was 2nd, Angela George (Wyoming) was 6th, and Dylan Anderson (Madison) was 14thoverall. The team was coached by Megan Wieboldt, Orange Co 4-H Volunteer.

2018 NYS 4-H Dairy Judging Teams

New York sends out three different teams of dairy judges each Fall. The first team represents NYS Dairy youth at the Invitational contest held in conjunction with the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA. The team members Lydia Chittenden (Columbia), Garrett Proskine(Otsego), Erin Curtis Szalach (Madison) and Aiden Ainslie (Herkimer) all placed in the top 25 and the team won 6th place honors overall. Team was coached by Dr. Douglas Waterman.

The team representing NYS 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging at the National contest in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo in Madison Wisconsin was Bryce Windecker (Herkimer), Rachel Rouland (Ontario), Grace Harrigan (Franklin), and Heidi Moss (Chautauqua). The team placed 9th overall and 4th in oral reasons. Team was coached by Dr. Douglas Waterman. More information can be found at:  World Dairy Expo.

In November NYS 4-H Dairy Judging was represented by Bryce Warriner (Steuben), Adam King (Saratoga), Libby Swatling (Saratoga) and Cassie Menendez (Otsego) at the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest held in Louisville, KY. The team won 6th overall honors with taking 2nd place in oral reasons. Team was coached by Casey Arlig Hinz and Kevin Ziemba. For more information go to: Livestock Expo

4-H Horse Program Clothing and Merchandise is now available for purchase online!

You can now purchase all your favorite 4-H Horse Program clothing and accessories online. We securely accept Credit Card payments through the PayPal system. Some of the items available are hoodie sweatshirts, t-shirts, performance shirts, long sleeved 1/4 zips, hats, sunglasses and travel cups. Check out our 4-H Horse Program Online Order Page for a complete list.

If you prefer to fill out a paper form and send it with your check, the order form may be downloaded here.

To avoid shipping costs, orders may be picked up at Morrison Hall, Cornell University. Contact Barb at for more information.


2018 New York 4-H Animal Science Teams among the best in the nation again!

2018 NYS 4-H Livestock Skillathon team

On November 12th, after practicing weekly for nearly three months, the 2018 NYS 4-H Livestock Skillathon team achieved their goal of being in the top 10 again in several categories in Louisville, KY. Out of 74 contestants from 19 states, NY’s team was 9th Premium High Team overall and 6th Premium High Team in Evaluation.   Representing NY were Alyson Chapman (Steuben), Anna Spoth (Niagara), Chase Gerhardt (Erie) and Jessica Engel (Erie). The coaches were Jason Engel and Carrie Gerhardt (Erie).

For a complete listing of results, see the North American International Livestock Exposition Education Contest Results.

NY delegates at the 2018 National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

Peter Lukach (Tioga), Grace Sayward (Clinton), Rebecalyn Barber (Tioga), Monica Reed (Lewis), Gracie Nicol (Ontario), Merci Nicol (Ontario), Mackenzie Lill (Ontario) and April Washburn (Ontario).

New York’s Avian Quiz Bowl team

Peter Lukach and Grace Sayward, coached by Mr. Lance Sayward, were undefeated and for the first time in NY history celebrated their national championship on November 15!

National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference competition history

New York’s Poultry Judging team

Merci Nicol, Gracie Nicol, April Washburn and Mackenzie Lill placed 4th overall in the nation. This contest consists of 3 divisions and the top 15 youth were recognized. Placing 15th and 14th respectively with a Silver pin and $25 were: MacKenzie Lill and Gracie Nicol.

Placing high overall team in the Ready to Cook division, was NY.

Turkey and Chicken BarBQ Contests

Monica Reed was 2nd in the nation in the Turkey Barbecue Contest and in the Chicken BarBQ Contest, Rebecalyn Barber was 7th place.

Much gratitude goes to team coaches and chaperones from Ontario: Mary Ann Whipple, Ann Lill and Danielle Washburn, from Lewis: Robert Bucci and Clinton: Lance Sayward for developing and preparing these bright youth!

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