Results from June 20 Swine Field Day
Hello 4-H & FFA members,
Welcome to summer. I hope you and your project are staying cool and unstressed during these days of high temperatures. School is out and fair is sneaking up on us. At this point you should be evaluating your animal and making any adjustments to your feeding program for the next few weeks. Here are some standard questions you might ask yourself:
- How much does my animal weigh?
- Is it gaining too fast or too slow?
- Is it too soft or too lean?
- Does it have enough muscle or should I enhance it?
- How many days to my fair?
- What can I do to make it look better?
If you’re really on the ball, you have already asked and answered these questions. But if time has gotten away from you, please take a few moments to look this over and give me a call at Rainbow if you need any assistance on your feeding program. We have Purina’s Honor High Octane show supplements to help in any feeding situation. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE
2013 J & S Swine Field Day
The 12th Annual J&S Swine Clinic with Susan Pierce took place at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds this year. There were over 57 kids from Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Sonoma Counties in attendance. That’s pretty impressive. The kids listened to presentations given by David Furtato and Shelby & Megan Weinrich on clipping, training and showmanship techniques…..Exhibitors had the opportunity to clip pigs and compete in showmanship and skill-a-thon contests. During this event, the Redwood Valley/ Calp 4-H Club provided lunch and sold raffle tickets. Over $950 was collected with the proceeds going to the Jane Amundson Scholarship fund, Born And Raised in Mendocino County, REF Fair Junior Awards, and Friends of Wyatt Phillips Leukemia Foundation .
Congratulations to all that participated in this event. Also a Huge thank you to Susan Pierce of the Redwood Valley Calpella 4-H Club, who puts herself out there for these kids each and every year. Her commitment is truly appreciated.
Field Day Results
Guess The Weight Contest
1st- Laynie Wright- Scotts Valley 4-H
2nd – Kylie Kornegay – Ukiah Shamrock
1st Rebecca Pierachini – Potter Valley FFA
2nd – Kevin Amundson – Redwood Valley/ Calp 4-H
3rd – Ashley Edwards – Covelo FFA
4th _ Wyatt Smith – Scotts Valley 4-H
5th – Garrett Campbell – Long Valley 4-H
Advanced Showmanship (18 Exhibitors)
1st - Kevin Amundson – Redwood Valley/ Calp 4-H
2nd - Hannah Whitely – Long Valley 4-H
3rd – Trenton Williams - Redwood Valley/ Calp 4-H
4th- Scott Dailey – Potter Valley 4-H
5th – Wesley Fox - Redwood Valley/ Calp 4-H
Novice Showmanship 9 & 10 olds (6 exhibitors)
1st - Laynie Wright- Scotts Valley 4-H
2nd – Angel Mann – Potter Valley 4-H
3rd – Wyatt Wilson – Hydesville 4-H
4th – Kylie Kornegay – Ukiah Shamrock
5th – Collin Rawles – Long Valley 4-H
Novice Showmanship 11 & up (6 exhibitors)
1st - Emma Ziegler – Warm Springs 4-H
2nd – Kenzie Kornegay – Ukiah Shamrock
3rd – Alyssa Johnson - Redwood Valley/ Calp 4-H
4th – Kylah Salinas – Potter Valley 4-H
5th – Ethan Ferguson – Willits 4-H
FFA Novice Showmanship
1st- Dawson Tangermann – Middletown FFA
2nd – Julia Almind – Forrestville FFA
Intermediate Showmanship (25 exhibitors)
1st- Wyatt Smith – Scotts Valley 4-H
2nd – Mac Osmond –Alexander Valley 4-H
3rd – Hannah Brown - Redwood Valley/ Calp 4-H
4th – Kyle Rogers - Redwood Valley/ Calp 4-H
5th – Tyler Ault - Redwood Valley/ Calp 4-H
Sheep Showing Essentials
Story and photos by Micky Burch
As club lambs have become increasingly Hamp-influenced over the last few years, shearing and fitting sheep has evolved into an art form. Where it used to be popular to use Super Surgical blades to prepare a sheep for show, many fitters now prefer to use Fine or even Medium blades to accomplish a more natural look. But before the fun of fine-tune fitting comes into play, sheep need their baby wool knocked off. Following are the basics for roughing out, shearing for shows and fitting club lambs.
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Health & Happiness
Outstanding Breeder Award
Sponsored by McAsey Farms
This award is dedicated to Chuck Ream, a prestigious livestock breeder in Mendocino County. Chuck is
known for his continuous support of youth projects at the local, state and national levels. He has served
as a 4H leader, FFA advisor and as Youth Advisor for the California Suffolk and Hampshire Sheep
Association and the National Junior Suffolk Sheep Association. Through his mentoring, many young
individuals have succeeded in the livestock field as breeders, ag instructors, livestock judges and 4H
leaders. It is because of his vision of the importance of youth in agriculture that we choose to honor Mr.
One junior exhibitor will be named the 2013 Outstanding Breeder at the Mendocino County Fair and
awarded a silver buckle and $500 cash. All FFA, 4H and independent junior producers who have
livestock breeding projects in beef, dairy, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits or poultry are eligible. Previous
winners may not re-apply. The winner will be announced at the Exhibitor’s Dinner on Saturday night of
the Mendocino County Fair in Boonville, CA.
More information and application coming soon.