Editor's note: The Del Norte 4-H column appears every four weeks. Today's column was written by Christine Jones.
Earlier this month 4-H members and leaders traveled to Ukiah for a youth livestock exposition.
Eight youths and six leaders from four 4-H clubs attended. The expo was put on by Mendocino County 4-H and FFA.
Many youths and adults attended an ethics workshop. Attendance at an ethics workshop is mandatory for all local youths who show market animals at the Del Norte County Fair.
Participants also attended market animal workshops for meat goats,
sheep, poultry and rabbits. They also attended learning labs on bio
security, dissection, carcass evaluation and horse-shoeing.
Most of our 4-H projects are up and going. Some of our non-animal
projects are complete, while many of the market animal projects are just
starting up. There are a wide variety of animal projects to choose
from, including market, breeding and show/pet.
While most of the 4-H market animal projects are short-term, there
are some that are year-round projects.
Members raising market beef have had their animals since the fall.
Most market goat, lamb and swine project members will be buying their
animals in March and April. Some poultry and rabbit project members have
their market animals, while others will be buying their animals later
in the spring.
For some their animal projects are year-round, mostly small animal
projects (dog, guinea pig, poultry, pygmy goat and rabbit) and dairy
goats. A few youths raise their own market rabbits and show and auction
fryer rabbits at our county fair. A handful of local 4-H'ers breed and
raise their own market animals for fair. A few 4-H'ers even travel
outside the county to show their animals at other fairs and breed shows.
Many of these animals will be going through the auction at the Del
Norte County Fair in August. We would like to invite past, present and
future buyers to attend and bid on locally grown animals.