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4-H Steer Weigh-In U of I Extension Center News – January 25, 2017

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4-H Steer Weigh-In

February 4

Washington County 4-H members will have weigh-in for steers and market heifers on February 4 at Nashville Animal Clinic, 1340 W. St. Louis Street in Nashville beginning at 8 a.m.

All steers and market heifers that are to be shown in Washington County 4-H this year must be weighed-in on that day.

For more information on beef weigh-in, call the Washington County Extension Office at 618-327-8881.

Although the livestock show isn’t until July, the beef weigh-in is a reminder that 4-H members work with their livestock projects year round.

It shows in the lessons they learn along the way. Showing livestock teaches youth many things like responsibility, planning, problem solving sportsmanship, and teamwork.

They have the responsibility of caring for their animal daily.

Feeding, grooming and ultimately getting them ready to show at their best during their county show, and of course showing well doesn’t just happen on it’s own.

Members have to plan in advance, which animals they want to show and what they need to do in order to have them halter broke, healthy and fit.

Even planning how to get to the show, and what they will need to take along.

Anyone who has ever dealt with animals can tell you that problem solving is a daily part of life.

This is a skill members learn in caring for their animals. It carries over to all parts of their life.

4-H youth exemplify sportsmanship and teamwork as they cheer on their friends and family members in and out of the show ring. A member doesn’t get to the show ring alone, there are often lots of helping hands along the way.

Although a supportive family is a key role in 4-H livestock, members help and support each other as well by sharing equipment, helping groom, and giving showing tips.

It may still be winter, but planning for summer 4-H shows is well under way.

Mark your calendar now to watch the Washington County 4-H livestock and dairy shows on July 12 and 13 at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

For more information, or to find out how you can -support Washington County 4-H, call Amanda at 618-327-8881.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.