4H large animal expo ahead

— Suzanna Gonzalez, Coarsegold 4-H Reporter

April 22, 2014 

The 4-H Large Animal Expo is a competition for 4-H members, who are actively enrolled in a meat goat, swine, sheep, dairy cattle, dairy goat and/or beef projects, to showcase what they have learned at their animal project meetings. There are four different skill levels for each project animal.

There is a feed identification table, where competitors must identify the different types of grains; an equipment identification table, where competitors need to identify the equipment used within their project; a livestock judging station, where you must properly judge four animals from within your project, ranking them from best to worst; and a skills ring, where competitors must demonstrate the proper techniques for catching, mouthing, carding, and the set-up of their project animal.

Savanna and Suzanna Gonzalez are first year participants in the Coarsegold 4-H Sheep Project and Large Animal Expo. Local Coarsegold 4-H had nine excited competitors and this is how they did: Emma and Eden Hussey (Level 2 medals), Larissa Garcia, Alexis Ayala, Suzanna and Savanna Gonzalez (Level 1 medals), Shayleen Garcia and Katie Cohan (Level 1 certificates), and Jenna Annis (Level 2 Certificate).

Anyone interested in joining a great program, contact the Madera County 4-H Office, (559) 675-7879 ext 7202. Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are 9 years old or who have have completed third grade and up to 19 years of age.

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