Livestock

Local Highlights

June 22, 2016

Seven 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 20 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood.  Animals were weighed and ultrasound scanned, and the youth worked with Extension and feed industry representatives to calculate their total cost of production.  The youth were then interviewed by a judge while the carcass results of their calves were calculated.   A “show” was then held to exhibit their animals for the audience with the participants explaining the performance and costs for their project, and the judge sharing his comments and thoughts.

June 21, 2016

A pasture walk will be held at the Paul Mohlis farm near Fayette on Tuesday, July 12, starting at 6 pm.

May 4, 2016

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 76 lambs and 54 meat goats at the weigh-in held April at the fairgrounds in National.  These lambs and meat goats are now eligible to compete in the market show at the Clayton County Fair.  There were 15 4-H’ers and FFA members who tagged market lambs this year.  This is up 4 youth and up 23 lambs from last year.  20 youth participated in the goat weigh-in, which is down 1 youth, but up 3 goats from last year.

April 15, 2016

On April 9 43 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members weighed in 253 head for the 2016 swine derby show at the Clayton County Fair. This is up 13 youth and 69 head from last year. The Derby competition uses the rate-of-gain and lean-gain-per-day along with visual appraisal by the judge for evaluation. The 2016 Clayton County Fair Swine Show will be Saturday, August 6.

April 1, 2016

The Clayton County Dairy Promotion Committee is seeking candidates for Clayton County Dairy Princess, Little Miss Squirt and Junior Dairyman. Winners will be crowned at the annual banquet on Friday, June 3 at Johnson's Reception Hall in Elkader.

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