Welcoming March with 4-H Animal and Vet Sciences

Buffalo County 4-H invited members and their families to engage in learning and exploring more about Animal and Veterinary Sciences during the month of March 2021.  The purpose was to engages young people in 4-H project learning and skill development especially related to the responsibility of caring for animals while having a fun educational experience.  Youth 4-H members had the opportunity to select from various categories to learn and expand their previous knowledge of animals.  Those categories consisted of Animal Science, Veterinary Science, and Cultural Arts.  Check out the creativity that youth members from Buffalo County 4-H demonstrated while tending to their animals.


Norah Lisowski, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 4. “My cat Suba needed a tree to rest on by the window. I looked to find one that would be perfect for his size. When we got the cat tree it was missing a part. I built the whole thing by myself using the directions and tools. Then, I worked with my dad to cut a new base for it and stain it for my Suba.”

Korlen Dittrich, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 13, “The piglets were just born in the left image. It was important to keep them warm. There skin is very thin and they have no fur to keep them warm. The right photo the same piglets are a month old.”

William Dittrich, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 3, “This year will be my first year showing a market animal for 4-H at the Buffalo County Fair. I am learning to care for new born piglets and how to handle them.”

Donniejo Dittrich, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 11, “I have learned what nutrients a cow needs to have before and after freshening. My cow felt freshen in the fall and being an aged cow I like to check on her daily. She peaked over 110 lbs. I have assisted in milking cows all winter long. I also have practiced showing her and working with her.”

Cecelia Dittrich, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 8, “I am learning how to take care of and feed new born piglets. They are just getting weaned and are starting grain. They are also learning to drink water.”


Korlen Dittrich, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 13, “This year I bred my own gilt and she had 6 live piglets in January. Two were born that I had warm up and rub for some time, then were returned to their mother. I also had to clip their teeth when they were born. I am now weaning them and starting them on grain and getting them show ready for the fair.”


Macy, Nolan and Keaton Hunger, Hill and Hollow Helping Hands 4-H, show off the piglets they are raising for the Buffalo County Fair. This is the first year the Hunger family tried farrowing their own swine. The mother passed away and the family worked to save the piglets with bottle feeding, a heat lamp and lots of indoor loving until they were big enough for their outdoor pen.


Aidan Lisowski, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 6, “I worked with my family to learn more about my cat’s urinary health. I made changes to his litter and his diet so he stays healthy. Echo likes to dash out of the house, so he’s vaccinated for cat leukemia, too.”


Julia Moats, Hilltop Climbers 4-H, Grade 10, “It is important to keep our furry friends clean and healthy. I give my dog a bath weekly. I think he looks forward to getting a bath and feeling clean. He always knows that he will get a treat after his bath. This is one way that I keep my dog healthy.”

Alan George, Hilltop Climbers 4-H, Grade 10, “I have learned how to castrate our bull calves. I use elasticator bands when they are a few hours old.”

Alan George, Hilltop Climbers 4-H, Grade 10, I vaccinate our new calves shortly after birth. It get squirted in their nose. It helps prevent pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses.”

Alison George, Hilltop Climbers 4-H, Grade 8, “My duck project started last spring after I researched what ducks needed for food and shelter and convinced my parents to let me get 4 Rouen and 4 Pekin ducks. I got them when they were just 2 days old. My brother built a shelter for them and I painted it. During the winter I had to insulate it and hang a heat lamp. They still went outside during the day and waddled around. They are really liking the spring rains now. I have learned a lot about how to care for ducks.”

Alison George, Hilltop Climbers 4-H, Grade 8, “I have been training my Hereford heifers since they were weaned last fall. I start by tying them up and brushing them so they get used to me. After a few times of doing that, I lead them around in the pen. That way if they get loose they won’t go far. Then I walk them up and down the driveway and practice setting them up.”

Barbara Dittrich, Golden Hornets 4-H, Grade 13, “I have learned the breeding cycles of sheep. When to breed for a market lamb and also what to watch for when a sheep is ready to lamb. I have also learned abut hoof care for sheep. How to trim there hoofs and how feed can affect the growth of their hoofs.”

Kyan Rosenberg, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 8, “In the fall before COVID-19 I went to training class at Fox Hollow Retrievers with our family dog, Muzzy. We ran the exercises for weeks and took the Junior Field Test, which we did very good on as shown by the ribbons. We continue to run through the exercises in our yard at home.”

Bray Wilkerson, Cheerful Workers 4-H, Grade 4, “I made healthy dog treats for our family dogs. The treat recipe only had four ingredients and I cut them out with cookie cutters…a bone and a paw print, before baking. The dogs were hanging out in the kitchen and really enjoyed the healthy snacks.”

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