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Nancy Lambert: Goat and lamb project info, weigh in coming up

By Nancy Lambert
Contributing writer
updated: 4/26/2019 3:03 PM

Lamb and meat goat weigh-ins Saturday

The Saline County 4-H Lamb and Meat Goat Weigh-Ins will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Saline County Fairgrounds. 4-H members enrolled in Market Sheep or Market Meat Goat projects who want to participate in the Saline County 4-H Rate of Gain Contests for those species must attend.

Market Sheep and Market Meat Goat projects will be weighed for the 4-H Rate of Gain Contests. These animals, along with beef and swine projects, are weighed out during Fair Week in July. The exhibitor of the animal of each species with the greatest daily weight increase will receive a traveling trophy, presented prior to the start of the 4-H Livestock Auction in July.

For those who do not want to participate in the Rate of Gain contests, market entries for lambs and goats are due to the Extension Office 10 days after the weigh-in, Tuesday, May 7.

Goat showmanship clinic on April 27

Attention Saline County 4-H goat exhibitors! Are you a new exhibitor? Have you shown goats before but need some pointers?

The Saline County 4-H Livestock Committee will hold a Goat Showmanship Clinic from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the fairgrounds. The clinic will immediately follow the Lamb and Meat Goat Weigh-in.

Even if you are not participating in the Weigh-in, bring your favorite meat or dairy goat and come out to the Fairgrounds Livestock Building to learn all you will need to know to have success in the show ring this summer!

Goat Superintendent Rachel Parish and Lyndsey Watson will discuss show basics and help youth as they practice in the show ring. Lyndsey is a vet tech and a top goat showman at the state level.

Youth will take home some great information on nutrition, parasite control, fitting and more! Call the Extension office if you can attend.

Obedience classes begin on April 30

Attention all 4-H Dog Exhibitors! Saline County 4-H Dog Obedience, Showmanship, and Agility classes will begin on Tuesday, April 30. Classes will be held behind instructor Cheri White's Shop at 613 W. Elm St. in Harrisburg.

Classes will continue each Tuesday for 11 weeks, concluding on Tuesday, July 16, with the Saline County 4-H Dog Agility Show at 7 p.m. at Cheri White's arena.

The remaining portions of the 4-H Dog Show -- Obedience, Showmanship and Dog Care -- along with Cat Care will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at the fairgrounds.

On April 30, first year exhibitors should arrive by 6 p.m. for an introduction to the course. Please bring your dog's shot records, but leave your dog at home. Exhibitors attending classes for their second year or more should arrive by 7 p.m. with their dogs and shot records.

Classes are free for 4-H youth. If you have questions about these classes, please call Cheri White at (618) 926-0787.

• Nancy Lambert is the program coordinator for the Saline County 4-H.