Workshops for the year will be held the last Friday of each month, January through April.
All dairy clinics previously scheduled are canceled. This will not effect the eligibilty for the Lease A Dairy participants because this is out of your control.
Those who own their dairy cattle that are at your residences, you can continue to practice and care for your cattle as usual.
Lease A Dairy participants – Unfortunately at this time you are not allowed to go to your sponsors farm to select and/or work with selected cattle if already selected as of March 13th until further notice. I know this is disappointing and can make you feel sad, but don't give up! I was informed today by Brittani Kirkland, the 4-H livestock extension agent, that this will be reevaluated in a few weeks. There MAYBE a chance to select and start working with your project calves sooner then the May 15th date. We feel for you all because of what happened last year with the VS virus and you all had to cancel your plans last minute to show your cattle at fair. Hopefully this will not happen again this year with this Covid-19 virus.
I talked to Keith Maxey today about the Dairy Youth Extravaganza. This will be held at Island Grove Park in Greeley, May 31 to June 2. At this writing it is still on. This event is not required but is a excellent opportunity to learn more about the Dairy industry and your Dairy projects. More detailed information will be sent out later date. The Extravaganza is making exceptions for our Lease A Dairy participants. Even though you may have to wait as long as May 15th to select your cattle, you can still enter the event. Entries are due May 8th! If you don't know breed or age of your dairy cattle or how many showing, Keith said to send in your entry form and fill out as much as possible. When you do choose who you are bringing you can update it to Keith as soon as possible. If for some unforeseen reason the Extravaganza is canceled, we will let you know as soon as possible and you will receive refunds.
This would be a good time to do some self study to learn about dairy industry and cattle on your own and maybe do your Informational Posters for fair!
Again, sorry this happened and so many restrictions on the 4-H dairy project and other 4-H projects and events but this is for the good of all people. Prayers for all effected by health or other situations related to this rare event. There could be more changes. Hopefully the virus will end soon and things can return to normal but we all need to do our part.
Take care, Shari Stroup
Note to first year participants: Luckily dairy calves can usually be broke to lead quickly. When we are released to work with the calves we will try help you as much as possible to get them ready for show.
We have 4 meetings during the year and Lease-A-Dairy members are required to attend at least 3 of these. LEASE-A-DAIRY Members - Record Books begin in January. Books are available from Shari and online from the Extension Office.
Thank you to the following dairies/farms for supporting this project: DyeCrest Dairy; Ft. Lupton Dairy, Mountain View Dairy & Shani McBride (Severance)
Here is the link to another good site about getting ready to show. MSUcares