Diane Prather: A busy summer for the Extension Office

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Diane Prather

There’s always a lot of excitement surrounding the summer activities that go on through the Moffat County Extension Office, and plenty of hustle-bustle too.

This summer is no exception.

First of all, the Extension Office has welcomed a new Moffat County Extension and 4-H Agent. He’s JD Sexton. JD and his wife, Lacey, have lived in Moffat County for four years. They have a little daughter, Laramie. JD looks forward to working with Moffat County producers and their families.

Currently, JD is busy putting together a Drought Management Workshop for Agricultural Producers. The workshop is coming right up so mark Thursday, July 12, on your calendar. It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

JD says that you don’t have to register; just show up. There is no charge.

Among the topics to be covered during the workshop are BLM recommendations and restrictions, local fire evacuations and emergency management plans, USDA designated programs, and management plans for herd reductions. For more information, call the Extension Office at 824-9180.

Extension Office personnel also are busy getting information out to 4-H members about finishing up their projects. That includes dates for exhibiting projects.

The shooting sports competitions will take place on July 25 and 28, and Completion Day for 4-H General Projects will be held on July 31, with Fashion Revue and Recognition Night on August 2. The Moffat County Fair follows, beginning August 3 and August 4 with Horse Show competitions.

There’s information concerning Moffat County Fair for 4-H members in the July/August 4-H Newsletter. For example, entries in 4-H horse, breeding beef, sheep, goat, rabbit, poultry and dog are due July 16, 2012. That goes for 4-H livestock pen assignments, too. Members are urged to carefully study the newsletter concerning this and other fair information.

The Extension Office also reminds 4-H members about project completion requirements, such as:

• For General, Consumer Science Projects: The completed project with record book is due at the fairgrounds on July 31st between 8:00 and 9:00 A.M.

• For Livestock Projects(Horse, Beef, Swine, Goat, Rabbit, and Poultry): Record books (at least 70% completed) are due September 10, 2012. Horse members must pass at least level 1 to participate in showmanship at County Fair.

• For Dog Projects: All dog record books are due September 10, 2012.

• For Junior Leaders: A written summary of the Junior Leader experience is due September 10, 2012.

• Club Secretary and Treasurer Books: Due September 10, 2012.

The 2012 Moffat County Fairbooks are now available at the Extension Office.

During the month of June 2012, some of Moffat County’s 4-H members participated in two annual events. The first was the Northwest Colorado Livestock, Horse, and Dog Exposition held June 11 through 14.

This year the Expo was hosted by Routt County, and it was held at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The schedule was set up to accommodate project areas on different dates. For example, the 4-H Dog Expo was held June 11th -12th while the 4-H Livestock Expo (Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Swine) was held June 13-14, etc.

The purpose of the Expo is for 4-H members to get a “hands-on” learning experience rather than to serve as a mini fair. Therefore, the first day of the Expo is spent in workshops with resource specialists from each of the industries. Then the second day of the Expo, 4-H members get to show what they learned by participating in various classes which include showmanship, prospect, dog obedience, and riding.

Expo attendees from Moffat County for 2012 were Jaci McDiffett, Kayla Hall, Colton Hall, Mitchell Davidson, Bryson Davis and Chase Davis in the dog category; Emaleigh Papierski, Samantha Pearce, Grady Anson, Taylor Duzik and Mattie Jo Duzik in horse; Jentry Bacon and Grady Anson in sheep; Grady Anson in beef; Lexi Weber in swine; and Torin Gray, Hannah Coy and Bryson Davis in goats.

The other annual event for June was the Colorado State 4-H Conference, held in Fort Collins. This year’s conference was June 18 through June 22. Moffat County 4-H members attending the conference were Will Pilgrim, Seth Morgan and Austin Luker. The chaperone was Michelle Pilgrim.

During the conference, attendees might be found engaged in contests (such as livestock and horse judging, hippology, giving speeches, and consumer choices), attending Senate Meetings and participating in Youth Workshops.

It is an exciting summer, indeed, for 4-H members and the Moffat County Extension Office!

Copyright Diane Prather, 2012.

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