Web site helps 4-H’ers keep records

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As spring arrives, it’s time for young people who plan to raise a 4-H market livestock project to select their animals.

In addition, they must also begin to keep detailed and accurate records to ensure a true picture of the costs of raising an animal for market.

Keeping those records just got easier and more fun, thanks to a new online record-keeping system available through Penn State’s ANGEL course management Web site, https://cms.psu.edu/frames.aspx.

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In addition to keeping online records, the site offers links to Web-based reference materials to make the job more educational and more rewarding.

Bob Mikesell, senior instructor in Penn State’s Department of Dairy and Animal Science, said in addition to employing it as a record-keeping system, young people will be able to communicate with each other using embedded chat rooms and message boards.

He noted that Extension educators and 4-H leaders are being trained on the system, and will be able to track record-keeping records online — another way of establishing and maintaining communication with 4-H’ers.

These online record systems will be available for both market and breeding meat project species: sheep, meat goats, swine and beef cattle.

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