Phillip J. Clauer

Phillip J. Clauer

  • Professor Emeritus in Animal Science
  • Poultry Science Emphasis
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Embryology in the Classroom
  • Poultry Judging
  • Purebred and Exhibition Poultry
  • Incubation
  • Small Specialty Poultry Production
  • General Poultry Production Management


  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Poultry Science/Business and Industry (1983)
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Continuing and Vocational Education/Extension (1985)

Areas of Past Responsibility

  • Advise and Teach for the AN SC Undergraduate Program
  • 4-H Youth Poultry Program
  • Advise for Poultry Science Club
  • Coach for Collegiate Poultry Judging
  • Internship Coordinator for AN SC Major
  • Embryology in the Classroom 
  • Small Specialty Avian Industries

Employment Record

  • 2023 Professor Emeritus , Department of Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 2019 to 2023:  Associate Teaching Professor, Poultry Science, Department of Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 2006 to 2019: Senior Instructor / Assistant Teaching Professor, 4-H Youth and Specialty Poultry Programs, Department of Poultry Science, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2001 to 2006: Senior Extension Associate, 4-H Youth and Specialty Poultry Programs, Department of Poultry Science, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1985 to 2001: Extension Poultry Specialist, 4-H Youth/Small Flocks, Animal and Poultry Sciences Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 1983 to 1985: Program Assistant to Extension Poultry and Small Animal Specialist, Poultry Science Department, University of Wisconsin

Current Professional Activity

  •  USPOULTRY Harold E. Ford Foundation Board of Directors 2024-2026

Past Programing 


4-H/youth Poultry program Leadership.

  1. Traditional rearing and raising poultry projects that provide youth learning opportunities in animal care and life skills. My responsibility is to provide program management, volunteer leader and youth training, and program resource development.
  2. Organize and conduct state and national 4-H poultry judging contests as well as state 4-H contests in Avian Bowl, Chicken-cue Presentation, and Turkey-cue Presentation.
  3. Help organize and conduct state F.F.A. Career Development Event.
  4. 4-H Embryology project. This is mostly a school-enrichment project that enrolls over 40,000 youth in Pennsylvania annually. My responsibility is to conduct leader training, manage, and coordinate program activities at the state level.

Small and specialty flock program.

  1. Aid in the small and specialty poultry program by providing technical assistance to avian operators other than commercial layer, broiler, or turkey producers. This group includes breeders and owners of domestic poultry as well as specialty avian flocks such as game birds, organic and pastured poultry, urban poultry and other small specialty flocks.


  1. Teach AN SC 421 "Poultry Evaluation and Selection"
  2. Teach AN SC 426 "Poultry Judging"
  3. Guest Lecture or assist in teaching other courses and labs as needed.
  4. Developed the Poultry Industry section for the AN SC 100 “Intro to Animal Industries"
  5. Coordinate of AN SC 395 "for credit" internships for the Animal Sciences major
  6. Advise Undergraduate students in the AN SC Major
  7. Advise the Poultry Science Club

Future Plans

  • Aid in transition with Poultry Science Club, judging teams and youth poultry programs as needed.
  • Judge poultry fairs and round-ups.
  • Consult from time to time when time permits.


PA Extension Publications

  • 4-H Poultry Member's Guide and Records.  A0960A 42 pages, 2018
  • Raising Fowl in Urban Areas. Small-scale Poultry Production fact sheet, 2010
  • Management Requirements for Laying Flocks. Small-scale Poultry Production fact sheet, 2010.
  • PA 4-H Embryology Members Guide 1, AO910A, 2005.
  • Preparing for the Poultry Barbecue Contests. Set of PDF publications, 2002
    • "Cooking Basics" covers the barbecuing skills portion of the contest. 3 pages.
    • "Presentation Basics" covers how to prepare and give a presentation for this contest. 3 pages.
  • Helpful Guide for 4-H Leaders in Poultry Project. A PDF publication, 2002
  • Standards for Broiler, Roaster, and Young Turkey Pens. A PDF publication,

Department Publications

  • Brochure for Poultry minor, Poultry and Avian Science Minor at Penn State, 2005, Revised 2009, Revised 2018.

National Extension Publications

  • National 4-H Poultry Judging manual total rewrite and change 2020 National Manual only available on-line
  • National 4-H Poultry Judging Manual. Revisions 1991, 1999, 2002.
  • Embryology in the Classroom. National 4HCCS embryology curriculum. 2001.
  • Experiments in Poultry Science. Advanced Helper's Guide. 2001.
  • Hatching Classroom Projects. Beginner Helper's Guide. 2001.
  • Small-Scale Agriculture Alternative: Poultry. For the USDA Office of Small-Scale Agriculture. 1995.

Other Extension Publications and Materials Developed

  • Embryology in the Classroom  Train the Trainer "Learn Now Videos"   Significant developer as part of The PA 4-H Embryology in the classroom task force that put together 14 learn how videos for use to train teachers as for teachers to use in the classroom. 
  • Raising Waterfowl. Wisconsin A3311 manual on raising small-scale waterfowl. Prepared with John Skinner. 1985. Revised 2003.
  • Agricultural Alternatives: Bobwhite Quail Production. 2002.
  • Beginning of Life School Enrichment Curriculum, VA Tech Publication, 2000.
  • Beginning of Life: A Leader's Manual for Avian Embryology. This manual has also been adapted for use by state programs in PA and MD. 1990, last revised in 1998.


  • College Agricultural Sciences Community of Advising Excellence Award, 2022-23
  • Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences "Excellence in Academic Advising Award," 2010
  • Ag Student Council "Outstanding Club Adviser of the Year," 2006
  • Poultry Science Association "Student Recruiting Award," 2005
  • Agricultural Communications In Education "Outstanding Professional Skill Award," 2001 while at VA Tech

Past Committee Work


  • AN SC Steering Committee, 2003-2022, Chair 2006-2007, 2020-2021
  • AN SC Scholarship Committee, 2001-2022


  • ACT Funds Committee, 2007-2013. 2017- 2023
  • Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Scholarship Selection Committee, 2009-2012
  • Adviser to Ag Student Council, 2004-2006


  • National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference Committee, 1986-2023
  • Chair of National 4-H Poultry Judging Contest, 1990-2013  Co-Chair 2019-2022
  • Poultry Science Association Recruiting Committee, 2002-2006, Chair 2004