2014 Outstanding Breeder Award
Sponsored by McAsey Farms
One junior exhibitor will be named the 2014 Outstanding Breeder at the Mendocino County Fair and
awarded a silver buckle and $250 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.
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.
Outstanding Breeder Award
2004 - Michael Zeni – Anderson Valley FFA Swine
2005 - Miranda Lucier – Willits FFA Swine-Poultry-Rabbits
2006 - Jenna Berry - Laytonville 4-H Swine
2007 - Melinda McAsey - Ukiah FFA- Sheep
2008 - Hannah Foster - Potter Valley FFA Sheep
2009 - Veronica Weaver - Fort Bragg 4-H Goats
2010 - Jessica Crowhurst - Redwood Valley 4-H Goats –Rabbits
2011 - Breanna Ramsey - Willits 4-H Sheep
2012 - Chayton Johnson - Potter Valley FFA Sheep
2013 - Emma Braught - Laytonville 4-H Goats
Download Past Winners List
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
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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