A roundup of 4-H news for the week of July 2, 2009

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NORTH LIMA, Ohio — The Pinelakers 4-H club held its fifth meeting in May.

Members discussed upcoming events, including the Canfield Fair Sept. 2-7, the “Streetscape 2009” annual program, which focuses on cleaning up downtown Youngstown, the camping trip at Chaparral campground the second weekend in August and candy fundraising.

Clover Bud is working on different projects. Emma Kemp demonstrated how to make a healthy trail mix snack.

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NEWBURY, Ohio — At the last Geauga Beef and Swine 4-H meeting, the club started to work on their project books.

The last Jr. Fair Program was June 20, and everyone should have attend one of those meetings.

Members were told they made $800 on the Little Ceasers fundraiser.
The next meeting will be at 4 p.m. July 19.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Northwest Regional 4-H Livestock Committee presented a two-night series of educational programs for 4-H livestock youth June 15-17 at the Mercer County 4-H Park.

The first night kicked off with an appetizer dinner, sponsored by four local livestock commodity groups. The social time gave attendees an opportunity to visit with the organizations to learn how families involved in the livestock industry could benefit from commodity groups and associations.

Each of the commodity booths were set up and manned by Northwest Pa. 4-H members who are also actively involved in local livestock organizations.

Representing the Northwest Pa. Lamb and Wool Growers was the current queen, Becky Hyde, a 4-H member from Crawford County, and one of her princesses, Lexi Hyde, also from Crawford County.

Shelby Dean, a 4-H member from Lawrence County, is a Jr. Angus Sweetheart and was on hand to discuss what the Angus Association has to offer.

Steven Fox, a Venango County 4-H member and 4-H ambassador for the Western Pa. Dairy Goat Association, was on hand to discuss dairy goat topics.

Wyatt Dean, a Lawrence County 4-H member, represented the Western Pa. Pork Producers Association.

Dr. Baver, a Mercer County veterinarian, presented a veterinary science workshop to youth, emphasizing proper health care of animals. Baver displayed a variety of veterinary medicine instruments used in practice and described their utilization in everyday practice.

Discussion on the correct procedures for back grounding and how it relates to caring for project animals was included, as well as safe procedures for handling common health issues in livestock.

Dave Hirsch of Hirsch Meats in Kossuth, Pa., presented a workshop on meat science. Hirsch discussed the cuts of meat using a pork carcass provided by a 4-H family.

As he broke down the carcass, the group talked about how proper handling of animals was one key to producing a quality carcass for consumption, how youth could increase the quality of the product they are raising and which cuts came from what part of the carcass.

The second part of this series was a Stockman’s Contest, coordinated and implemented by Mercer County 4-H livestock leaders. Youth and adults from the northwest evaluated four classes of livestock, completed a management quiz, evaluated a safety display and had to identify feed, equipment, breeds and cuts of meat.

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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Sharp Shooters 4-H club met June 21 with 27 members in attendance.

Members need to finish their books and posters for judging.

Knowledge judging is July 18. Volunteers are needed to work at the shooting trailer during the fair.

Advisers signed members’ books for judging.

Kady Wendell gave a demonstration on a wasp trap; Anthony Costerella gave a demonstration on fire extinguisher safety and Wilbur Weaver gave a demonstration on how to identify different trees.

Health and safety talks were given by James Harback on smoking and shotgun safety.

The next meeting will be from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 1 at Brown Township Sportsmans Club.

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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The East Township Young Producers 4-H club met June 17 and 19 with 24 members in attendance.

Members decided on the theme for their fair booth and will participate in the fair’s flower pot decorating contest.

The club voted to donate money for the buyer’s dinners and the upcoming chicken barbecue.

Demonstrations were given by Calie Husted on how to clean a wound; Jacob Roberts on how to take a reel off a fishing pole; Rachel Massey on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and power tool safety and Luke Leslie on how to keep your finger muscles stretched when playing basketball.

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NORTH JACKSON, Ohio –The Jackson-Milton Livestock Club held a meeting June 18.

Club members Joe and Will Walters showed the club how to tie knots that they learned from their 4-H fishing project.

Members are to start writing and sending out buyers letters. Their buyers lists must be turned in by July 9 at the 4-H ice cream social.

The club will participate in the North Jackson Fourth of July parade.
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 14 at Liberty Park. Members must bring their shirt order forms to this picnic.

Also, on this date, there will be a rabbit skillathon from 9-11 a.m. and a sheep shearing and showmanship clinic from 9-11 a.m.

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NORTH BENTON, Ohio — The Village Varieties 4-H club met June 23 at the North Benton Presbyterian Church with 31 members and 14 Cloverbuds in attendance.

Mary Savage from the Salvation Army came to the meeting to speak about the ‘Red Kettle’ campaign the club takes part in each year. This year, the club collected the most out of the four groups that participate in the area.

In new business, Kathy McCracken was announced as the 2009 Mahoning County Dairy Princess, the Beloit Ruritan Club has requested the club paint the pavilion at the Ruritan Park as a service project and the club shirts arrived at the meeting.

Ideas were given from members about possibilities for the fair booth.

Health reports were given by Olivia Jarvis on dehydration, Lance Thompson on poison ivy, Valerie Weingart on mosquito bites and Megan Winters on the food pyramid.

Safety reports were given by Wesley Miller on snakes, Kristen Plocher on using power tools, Cami Tuel on horseback riding and Peyton Zamarelli about bee stings.

Demonstrations were given by Haley Davis on diabetes testing and Mary Matuszak on emergency wound care.

John Wilson, Olivia Jarvis, Lea Bock and Cami Tuel led the Cloverbuds to Churchside Dairy to learn about raising pigs.

The next meeting will be July 7. Members are to bring their project books to work on and their small projects.

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WINTERSVILLE, Ohio –The Sunrise Rascals 4-H club met June 26 with six members in attendance.

Demonstrations were given by Robert Daly on starting a fire with flint and steel and Dustin Huggins on walking pigs for show.

Safety talks were given by Amber Fiala on curling iron safety and Robert Daly on muzzleloader safety.

Health talks were given by Krystal Fiala on hair health, Hunter Huggins on dog health and Kaleb Morrison on being a fit kid.

The skillathon will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4 p.m. July 7. Project judging day is July 18 at JCC.

The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. July 25 at the Morrisons.

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