The theme for this year’s Colorado 4-H Leadership Development Conference was “4-H Has Got the Magic.” The conference was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver from Jan. 25 to 28. The conference was attended by 4-H members from throughout Colorado. Representing Moffat County’s 4-H program were Will Pilgrim, Seth Morgan, Mitchell Davidson, Austin Luker and Samantha Pearce. Michelle Pilgrim was chaperone for the Moffat County group.
Feathers were ruffled in August when eight irrigation ditches in the Elk River Valley were shut down because they didn’t have flow-measuring devices. This year, the Routt County CSU Extension is working to get ahead of the drought.
As I look out on Pipi’s Pasture, I’m reminded of winter days when I was a child growing up on the ranch at Morapos (south of Hamilton). Memories take me back to when I was in the elementary grades, around 7 to 9 years of age.
There are lots of talented young people in Moffat County, and this year 4-H members have a chance to use their artistic talents to vie for the cover of the 2013 Moffat County Fair Book. Each year’s book features a unique cover design. Past covers have been designed by Moffat County Extension Office personnel, but this year the Fair Board has decided to try something different. They are having a contest for the 2013 Moffat County Fair Book cover, and they’ve opened it to 4-H members. The deadline to enter is Feb. 28, so if you’re a 4-H member who’s interested in entering the contest, you’ll have to hurry.
This week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” is a reflection on the accomplishments of the young people who competed in two winter livestock competitions—the 2013 Arizona National Livestock Show and the 2013 National Western Stock Show. One evening during the last week of the Stock Show our granddaughter Megan (Prather), of Bailey, called to tell us that her registered Columbian ewe, Jolie Chose, was selected as the Supreme Ewe in the Natural Colored Sheep Category, winning over other Champions in their wool breed classes. (The Natural Colored Sheep Category places emphasis on wool production.)
The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act was reintroduced last week in Congress, according to a U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., news release. Bennet serves on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, which is responsible for reintroducing the bill in the 113th Congress.
The 2013 federal grazing fees will not change from last year, according to a joint Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service news release. This year’s fee on BLM has been set at $1.35 per animal unit month, and $1.35 per head month on lands managed by the Forest Service.
Six Moffat County 4-H/FFA members competed in livestock competition during the National Western Stock Show hosted last month in Denver. Competing were Andrea Maneotis, Alexi Goodnow, Jerica DeLong, Brice White, Call Camblin, and Mackenzie Camblin. The results of competition are as follows:
Raising hogs is an enterprise as dirty and physically demanding as it sounds. Regardless of the type of operation hogs have never been widely regarded for their sanitary existence by the general population. Though breeders in the industry are quick to dispel the myth that hogs are filthy, and tout the animal as being the smartest found on the farm, hog barns are notoriously foul smelling places, and are famous for dropping ill prepared visitors to their ever-loving knees.
This month local youth and adults are exhibiting animals, competing in the rodeo, or otherwise participating in events at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. My granddaughter Megan is competing in livestock competitions, too, and when she talks about the Stock Show it brings back memories of the years (and years and years) ago when I was a 4-H member. As a teenager, I exhibited steers at the National Western.
It’s cold outside, and everybody’s talking about it. Here at Pipi’s Pasture it is a little warmer than in Craig, but no matter whether the thermometer reads -24 degrees or -30 degrees, one thing is for sure—it’s plenty cold. There are signs typical of the changing seasons on a ranch or farm. You know that it’s a cold winter because:
Four Moffat County 4-H members and one 4-H member formerly of Moffat County competed in the 2013 Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, held the last week of December 2012. Exhibiting livestock were Call and Mackenzie Camblin of Maybell, Andrea Maneotis and Jerica DeLong of Craig, and Megan Prather of Bailey, formerly of Craig.
When my sisters, brother, and I were growing up on the ranch, it was tradition for Dad to cut the Christmas tree. Before he left to get the tree, we kids always reminded him that we wanted a tall tree. Our sister Charlotte Allum remembers at least one time when Dad came back and teased us that he couldn’t get through the deep snow to find a tall tree so he had to bring a short one. We were pretty worried, but, of course, the tree was tall as usual. I remember decorating the tree the same day that Dad brought it home, but Charlotte recalls Dad putting the tree in water for a couple of days before he brought it into the house and set it up. By that time we had gotten down the box of decorations. We could hardly wait until the tree warmed up and the icicles and snow in the branches melted.
This time of year my memories go back to those years when my brother, sisters and I were growing up on the ranch. Perhaps my fondest memories are associated with the Christmas tree. During those years we didn’t put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving as many families do today. That’s because our parents grew up with the tradition of decorating the tree on Christmas Eve. It was also a tradition that Dad cut our evergreen tree. My sister, Darlene Blackford, remembers that it was “kind of hard to get Dad going” when it came to cutting the tree. That’s probably because he didn’t see any reason to get in a hurry until at least a couple of days before Christmas. (As memory serves, there may have been times when he didn’t cut the tree until December 24.)
This is part three of a three-part story concerning awards and recognitions presented at Moffat County’s 4-H Achievement Night, which took place Nov. 14 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. High Point Shooting Sports Awards were based on project score and shooting score. The 2012 High Points Awards went to: • .22: Senior Grand Champion- Natasha Sloan and Senior Reserve Champion- Dylan Villa; Junior Grand Champion- Kaitlyn Ahlstrom and Junior Reserve Champion-Lane Tuck. • Air Pistol: Senior Grand Champion- Dylan Villa and Senior Reserve Champion- Dakota Lee.