Dog Obedience Project will start in May. Please attend the dog less orientation meeting April 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mergelmen 4-H building.
Other General Projects are rolling along. Please check the Calendar.
Changes to Swine Show and Contests for 2014
There will be no Swine Breeding Show in 2014 due to the recent heightened risks associated
with the outbreaks of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV). This doesn’t really affect
anyone since there are no members enrolled in Swine Breeding.
There will be no Swine Rate of Gain contest.
At this time, the Jr. Livestock Committee is researching how to safely ID/tag project pigs and
make a determination if the 2014 Cattlemen’s Day’s Swine Show will be terminal for all entries.
Market Swine members will be informed how to ID their project pigs for 2014 by the end of the month.
The reason for the cancellation and other changes this year is because pigs are being bought from multiple states from multiple sources right now. If a youth brings a weaned pig home and it was exposed to the PED virus their premises, and other pigs coming in contact with the pig, could get the disease. This virus is mainly spread in manure; so any animal coming to show could leave with the disease. The virus is not transmittable to people or other species of livestock. It is much like a bad stomach flu which causes vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea. Most young pigs infected do not survive. This has been a devastating new virus for many farrowing units in the US and Colorado. I encourage all members and families to think about biosecurity this year! Please call Eric if you have questions about anything. Each family can research PEDV further by visiting: www.pork.org/pedv
and Colorado State University Veterinarian Extension.
Market Goat & Market Sheep Weigh-In, Sunday May 4
–Market Lamb and Goat Weigh-in 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please walk your animal to the scale
–State Fair nominations or ids will also be done at this weigh-in.
–Swine members will be informed how and when to ID their swine project animals.
Public confidence in our meat products is extremely important to the success of the livestock industry. Maintaining healthy animals should be a top priority with any breeding or pet animal project. Youth livestock projects play an important role in building or losing the trust of our consumers and the public. It is important that youth livestock exhibitors exceed the standard in producing quality, defect-free livestock for consumers and have a basic understanding or proper animal care.
4-H members, and a parent or guardian, participating in any livestock project (market or breeding) are required to attend the yearly Meat Quality Assurance/Animal Care Program at least once if they are ages 8-13 or a first year exhibitor in each species. Each exhibitor who is 14 must also have attended as a review. Anyone can attend as a review every year.
The program is new and improved. They will be scheduled for early May.
Horse Members: Be looking for your Horse Packet in the mail. Horse ID’s are due May 1.