April 10, 2020 Friday News

Wyoming County 4-H

Friday News

April 10, 2020

During COVID-19 we want to make sure we are keeping all of our 4-H families up to date as much as we possibly can! During this time we will be releasing the “Friday News” where we will hopefully answer any questions you may have; these will also be available on our website to view. The entire Wyoming county 4-h staff is here for anything you and your families may need during this time so please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us with your question(s)!

4-H Leader’s Corner…

We understand that each of you are juggling a lot of different things right now between family, work, school, media, and many more untold challenges.Remember that we are here to help you be successful with your 4-H clubs through this time!Clubs are currently not allowed to meet in person until June 1 st but that does not mean that you can’t function still as a group.

If your club would like to meet virtually we can help you!We can set up and facilitate Zoom meetings for your group and even offer learning topics or assistance in some cases.This might not be the answer for everyone and that is ok!Just reaching out to your members and saying “we are on pause” till things get back to normal is certainly acceptable too.

So far, we have tried to be mindful of how much we have shared because there are an overwhelming amount of resources on-line and we know not everyone has the resources to access all of these things. If there are resources that 4-H staff can provide to you, please let us know!If you want more online content pushed out, we are happy to try!Just let us know what you are looking for!

Poultry & Rabbit Projects….

Spring is traditionally a time where families think about poultry and rabbit projects.These potential 4-H project animals provide a great opportunity to learn important life skills such as self-motivation, decision making, cooperation, and record keeping; just to name a few.They are a good place to start for younger members that are unsure of larger animals or families that do not have the facilities/resources for larger species.Just keep in mind, like any other pet, these projects will require daily care.Whether you have poultry or rabbits at home or are considering this as a new project this year, here are some resources to help you out:

American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) recognized breeds: https://arba.net/recognized-breeds/

Michigan State University Starting a Rabbit Project: https://www.canr.msu.edu/uploads/resources/pdfs/4h1436_4-h_rabbittracks_starting_rabbit_project.pdf

4-H Rabbit Project Book: http://cceoneida.com/resources/rabbit-project-manual

Oklahoma State University chicken breeds: http://afs.okstate.edu/breeds/poultry/chickens/chickens.html/

4-H Poultry Project Book: http://cceoneida.com/resources/poultry-project-manual

Don’t forget that when we are able to meet together again, there are countywide 4-H clubs for both poultry and rabbits.The Wyoming County Eggers 4-G Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the 4-H office.The Rabbits Ears 4-H Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the 4-H club.If you are interested in joining them, please call ahead to the 4-H office at (585) 786-2251 and we can connect you with the clubs you are interested in.

Cloverbud Activities…

Here is a shout out to our youngest 4-H members!You are most likely already doing lots of great crafts and projects at home but here are ideas for some 4-H fun:



Livestock Updates….

4-H Meat Animal Program Packets which include new dates, rules, and registration forms are being mailed this week to home addresses.Please email Holly at hmh62@cornell.eduif you don’t receive one and need the information to participate in this year’s meat animal beef, lamb or swine program.

Did you know… You do not have to participate in the auction program in order to show 4-H beef, sheep, or swine at the fair!Many of our members show breeding or market animals without selling them at fair.We have separate 4-H shows that include showmanship, breeding animal classes and market classes.I encourage anyone that is interested to contact Holly at hmh62@cornell.edu before the June 15th ownership deadline.

Goat updates…

Listed below are changes to the Market Goat Rules and Regulations for the 2020 Wyoming County Fair. You can access the full set of rules and Project Identification forms on our website at: http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development/projects-activities/goats

  • There WILL BE NO weigh-in or tagging at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds for GOATS on Thursday, May 14 th. In place of the weigh-in, participating members must complete and return the appropriate Project identification form via email or US Postal service to the 4-H office by May 15 th in order to register project animals.
  • Please do not take cell phone pictures of the Project Identification form and email them as they are extremely hard to read or print. Scan and email or mail originals.
  • One form must be filled out for each 4-H project member where they will list all of their project animals, including family animal options. We are requiring a photo of each project animal as another form of identification. They must be emailed to Stephanie by May 15 th.
  • Animals will be assigned 4-H Meat Animal Program tag numbers after identification forms are turned in. We hope to be able to distribute program tags for individual families to tag their own animals before the end of June. Stay tuned for details.

Please reach out to Stephanie Luders via email sal294@cornell.edu if you have questions about the market goat project after reviewing all of the new information.

Natural Resources……

Do you ever wonder about the birds that are flying around or stopping by your bird feeders? Check out Sapsucker Woods at the Cornell Lab’s Facebook page, here they post information about song birds. They have some great resources to help you learn about birds! Below is the link to the page: https://www.facebook.com/sapsuckerwoods/

Dairy update……

Stephanie will be hosting a dairy Jeopardy game night, via zoom, for youth who want to test their knowledge on dairy breeds, dairy products, judging, herd health, and dairy nutrition. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 22 nd at 6:30 pm. To register for the game night, please email Stephanie at sal294@cornell.edu and she will send you a link to connect. Attached is a link to some great study materials if you want to freshen up on your dairy knowledge!


Remembering Jeff True…

One of the benefits of being involved with the Wyoming County 4-H Program is having the opportunity to work side-by-side with exceptional volunteers. Jeff True, who recently passed away of cancer at age 60, was undoubtedly one of those volunteers. Jeff touched so many lives with a spirit of positivity and kindness within our 4-H program, our community, and far beyond!

With permission from the True family, we are collecting memories of Jeff since during these trying times we cannot gather together in person to reminisce. We will compile all of the remembrances, reflections, and media to share with Jeff’s family. We thank everyone in advance and send our deepest condolences to Jeff’s family.

Please share this post freely and encourage friends who have a memory, picture, or video of Jeff to email them to: jefftruememories@gmail.com

If you prefer mail, please send to Wyoming County 4-H Program, Jeff True Memories, 36 Center Street -Suite B, Warsaw NY 14569.

You can also use #jefftruememories for Facebook tributes so we can capture as much as possible for his family.

A Message from the Director………

Please know that that the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is committed to the well-being of our program participants, our volunteers, our staff, and our communities. We are in regular communication with our COVID-19 Team at Cornell University, along with the NY Department of Health office and Wyoming County officials in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that this is truly an unprecedented situation, and we are here to support you throughout the coming weeks.

We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our community. Given the quickly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and due to an abundance of caution, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is announcing the suspension of all programming, events, and volunteer activities until June 1, 2020. This includes ALL 4-H club meetings and the annual 4-H Cookie Sale. We will do our best to reschedule as many of these programs as possible.

Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates. This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to provide daily guidance in the coming days as we receive new information. We will continue to provide digital programming and support via web and phone.We can be reached at (585) 786-2251 or wyoming@cornell.edu should you have any questions or concerns.

We are committed to keeping you updated on any changes in our plans, policies, or procedures. Please be aware that as of 3/18/2020, employees are working remotely, and it may take a little longer than usual for you to receive a response. Your questions, ideas, and concerns are important to us, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times. We look forward to an amazing summer and fall. See you soon!


Abby Griffith

Lead Executive Director

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County

36 Center Street, Suite B, Warsaw, NY 14569 | http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu

agg79@cornell.edu | 585-786-2251 x127/ fax: 585-786-5148


Alesia Ackerman
4-H Administrative Assistant
585-786-2251 ext 110

Last updated April 10, 2020