Are you interested in lambs? Have you ever wanted to exhibit one, but didn’t have the means to do it? You are in luck! Cordell Jeffcoat, former 4-Her of the Sandy Sheep 4-H Club, is so passionate about this project that he donated the sale of his 2013 market lamb to the Cherry County 4-H Foundation to set up a Lamb Futurity.
The object of this program is to provide new and current Cherry County 4-Hers 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 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 you are interested in applying for this opportunity all that is required is to write an essay explaining why you want a market 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 1. Priority will be given to first time participants.
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, if needed. This project can either be a breeding or market project.