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4-H Sheep Lease Program

4-H Sheep Lease Program

What is the 4-H Sheep Lease Program?

The purpose of the 4-H Sheep Lease Program is to give Eddy County 4-H members, who may not other-wise have an opportunity to participate in a livestock enterprise, an opportunity to carry out a livestock project.  The 4-H Sheep Lease Program will also increase livestock exhibits at the Eddy County Achievement Day.

We Agree To:

  1. Obtain and provide quality feeder lambs in late April.
  2. Lease the feeder lambs to Eddy County 4-H members for the months of May, June, and July.
  3. Provide all of the feed, bedding, medication, etc., necessary to feed out the lambs, at a fixed cost of $50.00/lamb.
  4. Provide all of the necessary housing and equipment: pens, feed troughs, self-waterer, etc. The lambs will be housed in the Auction Barn of the Eddy County Fairgrounds.  They will be housed in one small flock.
  5. Reserve the right to reprocess the lamb if determined the project is being neglected by the 4-H member.

 The 4-H Member Agrees To: 

  1. Sheep exhibits must be leased, with daily management, by May 1 of the current year.
  2. Assume responsibility for the care and management of the lamb upon lease of the lamb. 
  3. Take their scheduled turn in checking the lambs. 
  4. Prepare the lamb for exhibiting in the 4-H Sheep Show of the Eddy Achievement Day.
  5. Participate in the Eddy County 4-H Livestock Clinics.
  6. 4-H member will incur all expenses in transporting and exhibiting the lamb at the ND State Fair if they so choose to go to the NDSF.    
  7. All animal owners/lessees are responsible for the welfare of their animals. Exhibitors are expected to provide adequate feed, water, bedding and housing for the comfort of their animals. Exhibitors are responsible for making arrangements for appropriate care if they are unable to be present. The humane treatment of animals is expected and abuse will not be tolerated. The comfort and safety of the animal must be addressed throughout the fair. Nonstressed animals will perform better for the handler. Exhibitors are expected to handle their animals in a gentle and calm manner and not create undue excitement in the vicinity of other livestock or people.
  8. Keep any premiums or awards earned while exhibiting the lamb during the duration of the contract. This includes any premium money earned from the 4-H Livestock Premium Sale.
  9. 4-H members choosing option #1 of the sheep lease program will select their lamb in a lottery process. 
  10. A $20.00 per animal fee will be deducted from your premium to maintain the fitting equipment.
  11. Be Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certified.
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