Moffat County 4-H animal handlers gain well-rounded know-how
Here a bleat, there an oink, there a neigh…
The livestock barn at Moffat County Fairgrounds was full of the sounds of animals Thursday afternoon as Moffat County 4-H members participated in round robin practice.
During the Moffat County Fair, which goes into full swing in August, the barn is usually full of one species at a time for the beef show, swine show, sheep show or other events.
However, it’s branching out into different animals that the round robin is all about, said organizer Mardi Anson.
The round robin is a part of the fair that includes the top winners of showmanship awards across the board as they are required to show multiple animals.
The difficulty is that competitors don’t always have experience with certain animals. For instance, an entrant who has spent a lot of time around goats might not yet be able to handle a horse.
For about four years, the practice round has been a way for kids to get comfortable with all the residents of the barnyard and master different handling techniques, including learning from each other.
Among those showing the best ways to gain confidence and trust with animals were 4-H alumnus Andrea Maneotis with goats, and current members Trinity Boulger with pigs, Bryce Tuttle with sheep and Grady Anson with horses.
“This gives them a feel and an idea of what they’re supposed to do, what they feel like and to know it’s OK,” Mardi Anson said. “These animals are trained just like your animal was trained.”
Mardi added that it is “a well-deserved honor” to be selected for the round robin event and that a well-balanced knowledge is in keeping with 4-H’s overall mission to open youths to different experiences.
The Moffat County Fair will feature round robin events for both small and large animals, Aug. 11 and 12, respectively, according to the fair schedule.
Entries are due this Saturday for all competing animals. Animal-related competitions will kick off with the open horse show Aug. 4 with more to follow.
For a full schedule, visit moffatcountyfair.com.
Some years we finish up the calving season with one or two bottle calves here at Pipi’s Pasture; some years we don’t have any. The “not any” years are lucky years because feeding a bottle calf is an expensive business, and it means an extra chore, too.