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4-H and County Fair June, 16, 2016

County Agent Update

Danielle Steinhoff


4-H and the County Fair

The Upper Missouri Valley Fair is held in Williston on June 22nd-26th. There are a lot of wonderful events going on for everyone every day of the fair. The Williams County 4-H members have been working hard on projects all year long, the final reward is the fair. From sewing, woodworking, baking to livestock there will be projects displayed the whole time of the fair. The rabbit and poultry show will be on Wednesday June 22nd at 4:30, the other species; beef, swine, sheep and goat, will be on Thursday June 23rd.

Williams County 4-H holds a market animal sale on Friday June 25th at 5p.m. this is an opportunity to provide local buyers fresh beef, lamb and swine meat. Williams County holds a high standard for the youth to provide quality product for the buyers. We require minimum weight requirements for each species to meet so  the youth produce market ready animal. For our steers, we ultra sound and hip height each animal to give the information potential buyers to help determine if the steer is overweight, underweight or in the correct range for their age and size. Last year was the first year we used hip height of the steers, providing more information for the buyers. This is a wonderful educational tool for the 4-H’ers. Using information from last year can help the youth determine the proper feed requirements and amounts for their show animals. With the 4-H members starting proper feeding rations moths before the show along with training and working with their animal.


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