The Moffat County Farm Bureau has developed a program to award a breeding cow to a local 4-H or FFA (Future Farmers of America) member.
The program is designed to provide a youth with a breeding cow in the fall of the year. The cow will remain with the recipient for two years in which time it is expected to produce two calves. The calves will become the property of the youth. The cow will be rebred and passed on to a new participant.
The idea came from Farm Bureau board member Glenda Bellio who brought the proposal to Bureau president Steve Andrew and vice-president Genie Voloshin. Along with other board members, the three developed and introduced the project in May of 1999.
Farm Bureau has partnered with ranchers Randy and Becky Menge of Moffat County. The Menges have donated a 4-year-old, registered black angus to launch the program.
Randy will be working closely with the 4-H recipient. This year, the recipient is Jake Haskins. Haskins who received the cow last week.
Those interested in participating were required to submit an application to the Moffat County Extension Office prior to July 1, 1999.
For more information on this program and others offered by the Bureau, stop by their office at 525 Yampa Ave., in Craig. Farm Bureau is a national and state federation working on several issues, bills and policies in the Legislature. It will hold a district meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Craig Holiday Inn.