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April 2017 4-H Newsletter

County News

sheep and meat goat
April 10, 2017

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members who intend to participate in the market sheep and meat goat classes at the 2017 county fair must qualify their projects at the weigh-in on Saturday, April 29. The weigh-in will be from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National.  Animals will be weighed and ear-tagged at the site.

April 10, 2017

38 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members weighed in 222 head for the 2017 swine derby show at the Clayton County Fair.  The Derby competition uses the rate-of-gain and lean-gain-per-day along with visual appraisal by the judge for evaluation. There is also a non-derby division in which 4-H and FFA members can participate in Clayton County. Those pigs are not weighed in April, but do need to be identified with official ear tags by May 15. The tags are available at the Extension Office in Elkader. The 2017 Clayton County Fair Swine Show will be Saturday, August 5.

April 4, 2017


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conducted a fruit tree pruning and pollinator workshop on March 29 at the Erling and Mary Bilden Orchard. Despite the rainy weather, 22 attendees from all over northeastern Iowa enjoyed a light meal and then started the workshop.

Beef Workshop
March 30, 2017

Over 90 youth and adults attended a hands-on 4-H beef project workshop on March 18 at the Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun Farm, Farmersburg.  The workshop featured a tour of the MonoSlope Building at Jared Walz’s farm near Farmersburg.   Guest speakers included Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Program Specialist; Dr. Ryan Royer of the Elkader Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Larry Moore of the Postville Veterinary Clinic.  

March 27, 2017

The broiler project is an opportunity for a 4-H or FFA member to gain valuable experience in raising chicks       to broiler-weight through partnership with a local sponsor. The sponsor will buy the chicks and the 4-H/FFA   member raises the chicks and presents the best five birds to the sponsor as payment for the opportunity.       4-H/FFA member is responsible for whatever is necessary to raise the chicks to healthy broiler weight and    processing of the birds.Participants must notify the Clayton County Extension Office by May 1 to purchase birds.  All birds will be purchased from the same hatchery and will be available for the exhibitors to pick up in June. 

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