A roundup of 4-H news from the week of March 31, 2011:


NORTH JACKSON, Ohio — The Jackson-Milton Livestock 4-H Club met March 22.

Some of the members gave presentations on by-products of their species of animal they take to the fair.

Also, the members received their project books that will need to be completed and turned in at the Canfield Fair this year. The club now has a group on Facebook that will have reminders posted on it regularly to keep its members updated.

Mike Woloschak gave presentation on feeder calf projects.

This year the club has 63 members.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 13 at the North Jackson Township Building.

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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. –The Marshall County 4-H and FFA Goat and Rabbit Club held its Rabbit Round-up at the Marshall County Fair Grounds March 26.

The Round-Up was held to register breeding rabbits for the 4-H and FFA market rabbit projects. Each member could register two does to breed for their market pens for fair. Fifty-four members checked in does, an increase of about 20 more projects over last year.

Since the number of rabbit projects is now estimated to be at a minimum of 108 rabbit projects, the club has to enlarge their barn capacity. Last year they had room for approximately 80 rabbit projects to be housed. Fundraisers will be held in the near future to help pay for the expansion.

Members will begin to breed for their market rabbits April 3.

The next event for the club will include an annual overnighter April 8-9 and market goat weigh-in at 10 a.m. May 14 at the fairgrounds.

The club will also sponsor a meat, dairy, and pygmy goat fun show to be held starting at 1 p.m. May 14 .

Club information can be found on their webpage at http://www.highhillacres.com/goatrabbitclub.html or by calling the WVU Extension Office at 304-843-1170.

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NEW SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Sara Cummings, 18-year-old daughter of Ken and Tina Cummings of New Springfield, has been named to the 2011 Ohio 4-H Fashion Board. A student at Youngstown State University, she is majoring in fashion merchandising. She was one of 14 members chosen from county candidates following an interview process earlier this month.

Selection is based on clothing construction, fashion know-how, leadership and community service. This will be Sara’s 11th year in the 4-H Program and she is active in Western Reserve Rangers, Mahoning County 4-H Livestock and Ellsworth Junior Farmers 4-H Clubs and a past member of the Mahoning County Junior Fair Board.

Her 4-H achievements at the Ohio State Fair include two “Outstanding of the Day Rosettes” in the 4-H Style Revue for Historical Costumes and Dress Up Daywear.

In 2010 she designed and created a prom dress and matching tuxedo for the “Stuck At The Prom Contest” sponsored by Duck Tape International. Sara’s design won her a fourth place in this national competition and a $500 college scholarship and another $500 donation to her high school alma mater, Cardinal Mooney High School.

At the 2009 Canfield Fair Sara won “Best of Show” in the Open Class Sheep Lead Line Show while modeling an 1890s wool walking suit.

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NORTH BENTON, Ohio — The 4-H Mahoning County Goat Herders meeting at the O’Brock Farm in North Benton March 14. A welcome was given to our newest member Hannah Knauf.

The group learned how to dehorn a goat and members that never fed a baby were able to bottle feed a baby goat.

The club discussed what supplies you would need when your goat has kids. Some of these items included molasses, water, towels, bottles, nipples and strainers.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. March 28.

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MEDINA, Ohio — The Country Classics 4-H clubs held its meeting March 16 at 7 p.m. at A.I. Root Candle Company. The club talked about livestock changes, new rules on livestock and 4-H project books. The clubs used plastic crafting lace to make key chains. The Cloverbuds did a painting activity.

The next meeting will be on April 14 at 7 p.m. A.I. Root Candle Company.

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ELYRIA, Ohio — The Pitchfork Pals had their third meeting of the year at the Henrietta Township Hall. Members made birdfeeders were made in conjunction with the meeting

Members were encouraged to meet at Second Harvest Food Bank March 9 for community service. Club members will meet at the Kipton Park, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. to pick up trash on the Lorain County Metroparks bike trail.

Safety officer Cora Born talked about how to prevent choking and how to react if someone is choking.

Four members also held demonstrations: Elizabeth Schofield talked about her camera; Megan Kudela showcased her English bulldog; Morgan Wransky did a presentation on nail care; and Hayden Matus did a presentation on customizing toy tractors.

The next meeting will be April 10 at 3:30 p.m.

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CANFIELD, Ohio — The Mahoning County 4-H Junior Camp dates are set for July 17-23 and the theme is “pirates.”

Camp registration forms and financial assistance forms can be found on the county Extension website at http://www.mahoning.osu.edu under “4-H Youth Development.”

For more information call the OSU Extension office in Mahoning County 330-533-5538.

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