Opportunity for a Sheep Project

Are you interested in lambs? Have you ever wanted to exhibit one, but didn’t have the means to do it? You may be in luck. Cordell Jeffcoat of the Sandy Sheep 4-H Club is so passionate about this project that he is willing to sponsor two lambs to a fellow 4-H member.

The object of this program is to provide new and current Cherry County 4-H members the opportunity to start or add to an existing sheep project. It is also designed to promote the number of sheep that are shown at the Cherry County Fair, thus increasing the number of 4-Hers participating in livestock projects. A sheep project can provide a youth and those that do not have large areas to house an animal the opportunity to participate in showing livestock and all of the benefits that come from raising animals.

If a 4-Her is interested in applying for this opportunity all that is required is to write an essay explaining why you want a sheep project or why you would like to start a breeding program. After the essays are reviewed, top essays will be chosen for interviews. Essays need to be turned in to Jody Dexter at the Cherry County Extension Office by May 15.

Two lambs will be provided to the winning 4-Her. The lambs will be picked from a local flock at the end of May. The 4-Her will be responsible for IDing, tagging and showing it at the Cherry County Fair. The 4-Her will have assistance in care and feed management, fitting and showing. This project can either be a breeding or market project.

4-H Expo

The Cherry County 4-H Council is hosting a 4-H Expo on April 26 from 6 to 8 PM at the Cherry County Fairgrounds 4-H Building. 4-H Clubs and groups of independent family clubs are hosting booths showcasing some of their favorite 4-H projects. This is a perfect opportunity to see what 4-H has to offer. The public is welcome, so don’t forget to invite all of your friends and family to a fun evening of sharing. Join the Nebraska 4-H Revolution of Responsibility!

Beef Ambassador Contest

The Nebraska CattleWomen (NCW) will host the 2013 Beef Ambassador Contest on June 18 in Valentine, NE. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of three age divisions (8-11, 12-16, and 17-20). Winners of the junior and senior contest may be eligible to participate in the National Beef Ambassador contest in Bentonville, AR. All Nebraska Beef Ambassadors will be invited to promote the beef industry at events such as the Nebraska State Fair. Contest rules and registration forms (due May 15) will be available at the NCW website at www.nebraskacattlewomen.org. For more information, contact Kelli Loos at 515-333-1215 or Judy Reece at 402-376-1879.