4-H kids learn skills and have fun raising livestock
July 15, 2016
For 4-H kids who raise livestock, the Moffat County Fair is the big show — the culminating point for a lot of hard work.
It's plenty fun, too.
Sarah Bacon is the club leader for the Sand Springs 4-H group and her kids Jentry Bacon, 12, and Joslyn Bacon, 10, are heavily involved in the organization.
This year, Jentry and Joslyn will both be showing off their sheep and heifers at the fair in market and showmanship categories.
"It's fun, I can learn from it and I get to make money," Jentry said.
But raising animals is a big responsibility, especially with a mother who is a 4-H club leader.
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Sarah Bacon's kids are tasked not only for caring for the animals, but keeping track of all the involved expenses.
"I'm super thorough," said Sarah, adding on all the intricate expenses she makes sure her kids keep track off.
Anytime a young one does a project in 4-H, he or she is required to keep a log of all the expenses. This can be as simple or as complex of a process as it is made by the participant
Kids who take part in raising livestock are responsible for recording all the costs of raising the animal and how that affects the final profit when the animal is sold at market.
Sarah said as a club leader, her favorite part is working with the kids. She was involved in 4-H as a youth and even met her husband, Jason Bacon, through the organization.
"I enjoyed 4-H growing up and want the same experience for the kids," she said.
In addition to her own children, Sarah is responsible for 35 other members in her Sand Spring 4-H community club.
"We love 4-H because it’s brings our family together," she said. "Also, another thought is 4-H is a great leadership building."
Being involved in the club certainly teaches a plethora of life skills, but it's always a good time.
"It's a fun hobby to take away the summer and I like animals," Joslyn said.