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Animal Science Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2020 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Animal Science Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Animal Science merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

https://scoutmasterbucky.com/merit-badges/animal-science/

Scout's Name:

Avian Option

Requirement 1: Example table for you to copy and paste.
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Requirement 1: Name four breeds of livestock in each of the following classifications: horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, hogs. Tell their principal uses and merits. Tell where the breeds originated.
Requirement 2: List five diseases that afflict the animals in each of the classifications in requirement 1. Also list five diseases of poultry. Describe the symptoms of each disease and explain how each is contracted and how it could be prevented.
Requirement 3: Explain the differences in the digestive systems of ruminants, horses, pigs, and poultry. Explain how the differences in structure and function among these types of digestive tracts affect the nutritional management of these species.
Requirement 4: Select one type of animal-beef cow, dairy cow, horse, sheep, goat, or hog, or a poultry flock-and tell how you would properly manage it. Include in your discussion nutritional (feeding) concerns, housing, disease prevention, waste control/removal, breeding programs, and biosecurity as appropriate.
Requirement 5: Explain the importance of setting clear goals for any animal breeding program. Tell how purebred lines of animals are produced. Explain the practice of crossbreeding and the value of this practice.
Requirement 6: Complete ONE of the following options:
Requirement 6a: Visit a farm or ranch where beef cattle are produced under any of these systems:
Requirement 6a1: Feeding market cattle for harvest
Requirement 6a2: Cow/calf operation, producing cattle for sale to commercial feeders
Requirement 6a3: Producing purebred cattle for sale as breeding stock to others
Requirement 6b: Sketch a plan of a feedlot to include its forage and grain storage facilities, and loading chute for 30 or more fattening steers; or sketch a corral plan with cutting and loading chutes for handling 50 or more beef cows and their calves at one time.
Requirement 6c: Make a sketch showing the principal wholesale and retail cuts of beef. Tell about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) dual grading system of beef. Tell the basis of each grade in each system.
Requirement 6d: Define the following terms: bull, steer, bullock, cow, heifer, freemartin, heiferette, calf.
Requirement 6a: Tell how a cow or a goat converts forage and grain into milk. Explain the differences in feeds typically used for dairy cows versus those fed to beef cows.
Requirement 6b: Make a chart showing the components in cow's milk or goat's milk. Chart the amount of each component.
Requirement 6c: Explain the requirements for producing grade A milk. Tell how and why milk is pasteurized.
Requirement 6d: Tell about the kinds of equipment used for milking and the sanitation standards that must be met on dairy farms.
Requirement 6e: Define the following terms: bull, cow, steer, heifer, springer; buck, doe, kid.
Requirement 6f: Visit a dairy farm or a milk processing plant. Describe what you saw and explain what you learned. If you cannot visit a dairy farm or processing plant, view a video from a breed or dairy association, or research the Internet (with your parent's permission) for information on dairying. Tell about your findings.

Scouts choosing to view a video or review information from the internet for this requirement component, will need to be able to share the link(s) with the counselor who will determine whether the resources utilized fulfill the requirement to their satisfaction.

Requirement 6a: Make a sketch of a useful saddle horse barn and exercise yard.
Requirement 6b: Tell about the history of the horse and the benefits it has brought to people. Using the four breeds of horses you chose in requirement 1, discuss the different special uses of each breed.
Requirement 6c: Define the following terms: mare, stallion, gelding, foal, colt, filly; mustang, quarter horse, draft horse, pacer, trotter; pinto, calico, palomino, roan, overo, tobiano.
Requirement 6d: Visit a horse farm. Describe what you saw and explain what you learned. If you cannot visit a horse farm, view a video from a breed association, or research the Internet (with your parent's permission) for information on horses. Tell about your findings.
Requirement 6e: Outline the proper feeding of a horse doing light work. Explain why the amount and kind of feed will change according to the kind of horse and the work it does. Describe what colic is, what can cause it, and its symptoms.
Requirement 6a: Make a sketch of a live lamb. Show the location of the various wholesale and retail cuts.
Requirement 6b: Discuss how wools are sorted and graded.
Requirement 6c: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 6c1: Raise a lamb from weaning to market weight. Keep records of feed intake, weight gains, medication, vaccination, and mortality. Present your records to your counselor for review.
Requirement 6c2: Visit a farm or ranch where sheep are raised. Describe what you saw and explain what you learned. If you cannot visit a sheep farm or ranch, view a video from a breed association, or research the Internet (with your parent's permission) for information on sheep. Tell about your findings.

Scouts choosing to view a video or review information from the internet for this requirement component, will need to be able to share the link(s) with the counselor who will determine whether the resources utilized fulfill the requirement to their satisfaction.

Requirement 6d: Describe some differences between the production of purebred and commercial lambs. Then select two breeds that would be appropriate for the production of crossbred market lambs in your region. Identify which breed the ram should be.
Requirement 6e: Define the following terms: wether, ewe, ram, lamb.
Requirement 6a: Make a sketch showing the principal wholesale and retail cuts of pork. Tell about the recommended USDA grades of pork. Tell the basis for each grade.
Requirement 6b: Outline in writing the proper feeding programs used from the breeding of a gilt or sow through the weaning of the litter. Discuss the feeding programs for the growth and finishing periods.
Requirement 6c: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 6c1: Raise a feeder pig from weaning to market weight. Keep records of feed intake, weight gains, medication, vaccination, and mortality. Present your records to your counselor for review.
Requirement 6c2: Visit a farm where hogs are produced, or visit a packing plant handling hogs. Describe what you saw and explain what you learned. If you cannot visit a hog production unit or packing plant, view a video from a packer or processor, or research the Internet (with your parent's permission) for information on hogs. Tell about your findings.

Scouts choosing to view a video or review information from the internet for this requirement component, will need to be able to share the link(s) with the counselor who will determine whether the resources utilized fulfill the requirement to their satisfaction.

Requirement 6d: Define the following terms: gilt, sow, barrow, boar.
Requirement 6a: Make a sketch of a layer house or broiler house showing nests, roosts, feeders, waterers, and means of ventilation. Explain how insulation, ventilation, temperature controls, automatic lights, and other environmental controls are used to protect birds from heat, cold, and bad weather.
Requirement 6b: Explain why overcrowding is dangerous for poultry flocks.
Requirement 6c: Tell about the grading of eggs. Tell how broilers (fryers) are graded. Describe the classes of chicken meat.
Requirement 6d: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 6d1: Manage an egg-producing flock for five months. Keep records of feed purchased, eggs sold, medication, vaccination, and mortality. Present your records to your counselor for review.
Requirement 6d2: Raise five chickens from hatching. Keep records of feed intake, weight gains, medication, vaccination, and mortality. Present your records to your counselor for review.
Requirement 6d3: Visit a commercial avian production facility. Describe what you saw and explain what you learned. If you cannot visit a commercial facility, view a video from a poultry association, or research the Internet (with your parent's permission) for information on poultry production. Tell about your findings.

Scouts choosing to view a video or review information from the internet for this requirement component, will need to be able to share the link(s) with the counselor who will determine whether the resources utilized fulfill the requirement to their satisfaction.

Requirement 6e: Define the following terms: hen, rooster, chick, capon; tom, poult.
Requirement 7: Find out about three career opportunities in animal science. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.