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Minnesota 4-H Science of Animals

Poultry career display

Science of Animals at the Minnesota State Fair is designed to expose 4-H animal project youth to the many dimensions of the industry. 4-H youth will attend and participate in an educational session prior to the judging. This required activity might include a panel discussion from industry experts or a workshop focusing on issues such as bio-security, animal health/welfare, production, or career opportunities. The educational session and judging process will likely take about two hours. And remember, participation in the educational process is required for youth to be considered for a purple ribbon or champion consideration.

Science of Animals is offered in one of four topic areas (animal health, breeding, production and other) for all livestock species (beef, dairy, dairy goat, meat foat, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine).

Judging times at state fair are:

If you cannot participate during the assigned times due to 4-H conflicts, then report to the Science of Agriculture office in the 4-H poultry/rabbit building on Wednesday (anytime) or Thursday (before 9 a.m.). Hopefully, you can be assigned to the other judging slot, if neither time works for you because of 4-H conflicts, an alternative time will be offered.

Poultry truck

Who can attend?

Minnesota 4-H exhibitors at the county and state level.

More information and registration

You must qualify at your county fair in order to participate at the state fair. Some Minnesota State Fair rules:

How do I participate?


Brad Rugg
4-H program director

Karen Nelson

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