Hello 4-H Community!
We are at the end of another week of quarantine and still busy as ever!
I would like to keep the updates coming, so I am including some information below for our 4-H families.
Just some FYI’s:
Senior Fair Board met Thursday night via Zoom and wanted to let everyone know that they are still moving forward with planning fair. Fair might look different but it is really still too early to tell what is going to happen. Much of the decision in in the hands of the governor’s office. The Senior Fair Board is making a point to be proactive and start thinking about Plan B options, if we cannot have our fair as normal. They are trying to do whatever they can and keeping our youth and community’s safety in mind. They will be organizing more meetings via Zoom and I will try to keep the lines of communication between us all open as best as I can.
As for livestock registrations, please keep an eye out on email, Facebook, Instagram and this blog for the link to be posted next week. Registrations will be posted early next week for market hogs, rabbits, market lambs, market goats, horses and beef & dairy feeders. At this point in time, I can tell you there will be no lamb and goat tag-in and that all market ID tags will have to be picked up at the office after July 13th when we HOPEFULLY return to the Extension office. To which all market lambs, goats, hogs, and feeders will be self-tagged at home. There will also be required picture identification for animals. We will be asking for a head shot and side view of your animals you are registering. For lambs and goats, we also need an up close picture of the scrapie ID in the animal’s ear!
The poultry letter is posted on the link below and has the information we typically send youth to order from hatcheries.
*Note- this will be the same link you will go to for registrations when they are posted next week!
Registrations will be collected via mail to the Extension office or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Original copies can be supplied once the Extension office staff returns to working in the office.
If there are families that absolutely cannot access the forms due to internet or printing issues, please let us know. We can work with those who need accommodations.
Registration Due Dates are as follows:
Hogs, Horses, & Rabbits – June 1st
Lambs & Goats – June 6th (the previously scheduled tag-in day)
Beef & Dairy Feeders – June 15th
Committees that will be meeting via Zoom in the coming weeks:
4-H Council Scholarship Interviews – 5/5/2020
4-H Council Meeting – 5/7/2020
Jr Fair Board – 5/28/2020
Senior Fair Board – 5/28/2020
4-H Teen Ambassadors – TBD
4-H Horse Committee – TBD
I just wanted to let you know how appreciative I am of all the support and understanding you have shown during this difficult time. It has been a learning experience for us all and navigating a virtual 4-H program is not easy for all of us. We are in this together and I hope that if you have questions, please reach out. Just remember, when reaching out, keep mindful of how you come across when presenting concerns to those around you. Other’s are very much in the same boat and are trying to come up with solutions to the problems. Please, know that if you call in on an angry rant, it will not get you anymore help than what we can provide. We are doing what we can to accommodate the needs of our youth and community with the means that we have available.
To our new families that are joining us in this adventure of a year! This is not a typical 4-H year for any of us and if you feel the need to reach out; my office door may not be open right now, but I am still just a phone call away!
Stay safe & stay healthy!
4-H Program Assistant