The activities in Swine Level 1 are for youth who may or may not have
The Incredible Pig, BU8065 $4.00
4-H Member Guide
Swine Helper's Guide, BU8068 $4.00
4-H Leader Guide
4-H Swine Production, 2B1198 $3.00
4-H Member Guide
Swine Resource Handbook for Marketing and Breeding Projects, 4H134R $15.50
Starting a 4-H Pig Project, 2C1234 $3.00
4-H Livestock Feed Sheet - [download now]
Robots on the Range...
Myles Gardner lives on an 18,000 acre ranch and his buddies Justin and Jarret live a convenient 95 miles away. But all that open space doesn’t keep them away from the robotics action. With help from the Powder River County MSU
Myles Gardner lives on an 18,000 acre ranch and his buddies Justin and Jarret live a convenient 95 miles away. But all that open space doesn’t keep them away from the robotics action. With help from the Powder River County MSU Extension office, Myles, Justin, Jarret and other
4-H’ers developed a plan to boot up a robotics club. The boys wrote a grant proposal to buy five robotics kits and presented it to funders. With community support, they rounded up Lego MindStorm robot kits, batteries and a small herd of borrowed and donated computers that serves as mission control.
Jerry Strobel, a seed wheat farmer who is also experienced in engineering, was the perfect fit as a leader. Cascade County’s robotics program gladly shared project materials, and soon little wheeled critters started crawling in Broadus. With computer software that comes with the kits, Strobel helped the kids learn to program basic commands, such as causing the robot to turn by commanding just one wheel to rotate. Programming a robot isn’t as easy as communicating with a person, said Justin, since robots can only do exactly what you tell them to do.
As the robot programmers gain skills, Strobel adds new challenges. Using light and touch sensors, the kids can make the robots move along a line of black tape, respond to lights, pick up pop cans and skeedaddle on back home. It looks easy, but behind the antics are pages of programming and problem solving. “It’s not fun to get stumped,” said Myles, “but it is fun to know that you’ve built it from scratch and to see that you have figured out how to actually do it.” Myles said that thinking through steps to make the robots perform tasks helps him understand bigger systems, too. He hopes to major in agribusiness and return home to put his technical talent to good use on complex ranching machinery. After demonstrating robotics at the county fair and sharing their knowledge with younger boys and girls, the 4-H robotics gang has built more than just a fistful of bots.
The Swine Project is an excellent way to learn about the pork industry.
Through this project, you can learn about all aspects of the pork
industry, either by directly caring for a hog or by learning about swine
through the 4-H achievement program in each level. At any level you
may carry either a market pig or manage a sow and litter. Depending
on your area of interest in the swine project, you must enroll in one of
the three levels as well as for either the market hog (2501) or breeding
(2502) option within each level. If you enroll in the independent study
phase, you are expected to have already completed the three levels
of the swine project and to have set some learning goals for your
Swine, Level 1 — 2510 get details...
Swine, Level 2 — 2520 get details...
Swine, Level 3 — 2530 get details...
Animal Project Waiver
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4-H project information can also be found in the project selection guide published each July. Check with your 4-H leader or Extension office to see what projects are offered in your area. Not all projects listed may be available in your county. Projects listed on this site and in the Clover are those in which Montana State University provides support.