Meetings are the first Thursday of most months, 7:00 pm at the Extension office. All 4-H large livestock (Beef, Dairy, Goats, Llama, Sheep and Swine) leaders, parents, and older youth members are encouraged to attend.Committee Officers (2016-2017)
Beef - Matt Stewart
Dairy Cow - Lloyd Hansen
Fiber Goats - Cindy Boyd
Dairy Goats - Sandy Lauer
Meat Goats - Diana Thacker / Sally West
Pygmy Goats - Laurie Zeise
Llama - Sarah Geisler
Sheep - Lacey Allen
Swine - Travis Dutton
Important information about VFD – Veterinary Feed Directive
Oregon State 4-H Livestock Specialist Candi Bothum had a recent discussion with Dr. Brett Kayson, a former 4-H Livestock Specialist for Colorado State, and head of their Animal Science Department who now works for Zoeitis (major drug company for animals). Dr. Kayson has been across the Nation presenting information specifically about ways of handling the new directive and shared his expertise with Candi. The following are important points that 4-H youth and their families who work with livestock should be aware of:
¨ The argument that there are no antibiotics in animals when they go to slaughter is not the issue. The concern is about the building of resistance to drugs that are critical to human medical treatment. So, even after withdrawal times, animals (like humans) create a resistance, while there seems to be very little research to prove this point, the experts strongly believe that resistance is transferred to us through the food we eat, thus increasing our resistance to important medications.
¨ We want youth to play by the rules, and work ethically within the system. If they feed any medicated feed (most show feeds, starter feeds, etc. are medicated) they must have a prescription from a licensed veterinarian to purchase it. It is quite possible feed stores will not want to deal with the mandatory reporting, reviewing, verifying, etc. that selling medicated feeds will require. There is NO sign of feed companies changing their formulas. Veterinarians in some cases may go into the feed selling business. It all begins on January 1, 2017.
Dr. Kayson and Candi offer these recommendations:
Have a plan. Have a conversation with your local feed provider, your veterinarian, do some research, there are good alternatives to feeding medicated feeds.
Dr. Kaysen shared a thought he got from another expert/speaker on this topic “We can handle this; if we don’t handle it right, we are definitely not going to like what comes next.”
Candi Bothum, 4-H Animal Science, also stated, “As always, I’m happy to field questions.”
Fair Policy Please share this information with your 4-H members.
During County Fair, the entire time you are on the show grounds, we will enforce our “no adults, 4-H youth only” policy. Only 4-H members are permitted to care for, fit, and show their animals. It is important to note that ALL animals that have been entered by the 4-H member in a 4-H class are included in this policy. Crossover animals that show in both 4-H and Open class, are still ONLY to be managed BY THE 4-H MEMBER throughout the entirety of the fair week. If a member needs assistance, they may get help from another 4-H youth. The helper does not have to be from the same club. If there is an immediate safety concern, it is appropriate for adults to step in until the danger passes. Parents or leaders who think their member needs non-emergency adult assistance are encouraged to contact their superintendent or the Extension office to discuss other options. Abuse of rules will be dealt with in the following manner:
The state 4-H and FFA offices have a Memorandum of Understanding that covers members who show in both organizations. If you show the same species in 4-H and FFA, you need to determine which animals are your 4-H project animals and which are for FFA by June 1. 4-H project animals can not show in FFA shows, and vice-versa. Also, be sure to check with your FFA advisor about additional restrictions they may have. For more information, read the guiding principals for 4-H and FFA members.
Livestock Fair Week Schedule
Livestock Fair Ring Schedule
This is a cash award given to a deserving 4H or FFA member from Clackamas County who exhibits the desire to pursue a beef project. The cash award is to be used toward the purchase of a steer or heifer to be raised and shown at the Clackamas County Fair in 4H or FFA. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for a young person to learn important life skills that will enable them to succeed. Donald Burns Scholarship application