The Daily Item
DANVILLE — On July 12, the Penn State Extension Columbia County held a Livestock Day Camp for youth eight years and older at the Montour Delong Fairgrounds in Danville. This first time event focused specifically on sheep and goats.
Thirty-five 4-H’ers from Montour, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, and Columbia county participated in the various hands-on lessons and activities. The day began with Suzette Truax, of Fulton County, along with her daughter Brittany, teaching the 4-H’ers about goat and sheep selection, management, and handling.
Jacqueline Rapp, of the Susquehanna Valley Veterinary came as a guest speaker. She discussed not only how to keep sheep and goats healthy, but also specific diseases that they can contract. Rapp explained what medications should be kept on hand and what actions to take if an animal becomes ill.
In the afternoon, Wayne Nolan, from Cargill spoke on food and nutrition. He informed the participants of the different types of feed that are available for the animals, the difference in nutritional values between the types of feed, as well as how to read a feed’s nutrition label.
The day’s activities ended with a lesson on showmanship and marketing. The 4-H’ers were able to try their hand at combing sheep wool to get the burs out, hand-sheering wool with a sheerer, as well as sheering wool with an electric sheerer. Before leaving, each 4-H’er received a completion certificate for participation in the day camp.
For more information about participating in 4-H or volunteering as a leader, visit the 4-H link at www.extension.psu.edu or call (800) 851-9710.