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June 19, 2020 Friday News

Wyoming County 4-H

Friday News

June 19, 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)!

With this edition of the 4-H Friday News, we have an exciting update for our-H families.We are currently working on our first hard copy of the Wyoming County 4-H News since the February/March edition!It will be mailed later next week so keep an eye out for it in your mailbox.In this edition, you will find information on some upcoming opportunities we are planning for our membership this summer.There will also be guidance for in person opportunities as they begin to open up.We will continue with our 4-H Friday News updates as well, as we navigate new opportunities and keep everyone informed on our programs.

Livestock Updates…

  • YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) Training - Coupons are still available for the YQCA training that is required by the meat animal BEEF, LAMB, AND SWINE projects for participation in the online auction. This program can be done online and provides approximately 60 minutes of guided education on food safety, animal well-being, and character awareness for youth raising and showing livestock. Contact Holly for more information at
  • Meat Animal Auction Updates - The annual 4-H Meat Animal Auction will be taking place online this year!We need all youth that originally registered animals for the project to fill out the opt-in/out form found in the mailing that should have arrived last week at your home or online at by June 25th.You can find complete program guidelines at along with record sheets and other program information.
  • Market Broiler Chicken Updates - Final broiler project details along with project record sheets can be found at in addition to the new current auction guidelines found above.Thank you to all the participating families for your understanding this week as we encountered challenges with delivery day!An email will be sent out this weekend to confirm additional orders.
  • Wyoming County 4-H Livestock Auction Scholarship - This scholarship is open to high school seniors and post high school students that meet eligibility requirements, intending to further their education at an institution of higher education or directly entering the workforce. The scholarship provides a one-time award to eligible applicants who will receive an equal share of the monies available for the current year, at the discretion of the scholarship committee. For more information on eligibility and the application packet check out

Family & Consumer Science Updates…

  • UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES!! -The Family & Consumer Science Committee is planning multiple opportunities for youth to engage with our program this summer – including in person exhibit evaluations for youth projects this August, “fair week” follow along activities, and potentially more! Please check back next week for more details regarding these opportunities!

Horse Updates…

  • SAVE THE DATE!! The Wyoming County 4-H Program has been working within our office, the Health Department, and the Sheriff’s Mounted Unit to come together and offer horse project youth a Horse Show at the Posse Grounds on Wilder Rd., Warsaw - Saturday August 8th, 2020. Please watch your mailboxes in the coming weeks for entry forms that will need to be mailed or emailed back to the 4-H office with appropriate health paperwork.
  • To those families that operate Equine Facilities, please see the interim guidelines released by the State Government office last week.

Dog Updates…

  • SAVE THE DATE!! The Dog Program will be also be holding an unfair FUN dog show at Camp Wyomoco, Saturday August 15th. Entry forms detailing guidelines and procedures will be mailed to all project members who have graduated a dog in the past few years. Watch your mailboxes in the coming weeks for more information!!

Dairy Updates…

  • Virtual NYS 4-H Dairy Judging Workshop Series- Since we can’t get you all together to dairy judge, we are bringing it to your living room! Join Dr. Doug Waterman, Kevin Ziemba and Casey Hinz for a workshop series that teaches you the ideas and concepts of dairy judging across the breeds. Regardless, if you are new to dairy judging or a seasoned judge, these workshops will give you the opportunity to grow as a dairy judge, connect with your fellow dairy judgers (via Zoom), and build mastery in your dairy judging skills. Open to all NYS 4-H members, parents, coaches and 4-H Educators. Join us for four sessions with the first session is will include the how to’s and what to look for when judging dairy cattle. Sessions two, three and four you will be practicing judging cattle followed by analyzing them together. Seniors will be able to give oral reasons individually to the instructors via zoom or over the phone to with feedback to grow in their oral reasoning skills.

Session 1 – June 24- 7:00-8:30PM

Session 2 – July 8- 7:00-8:30PM

Session 3 – July 29- 7:00-8:30PM

Session 4 – August 5- 7:00-8:30PM

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Jun 24, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • NYS Junior DAIRY LEADER program (JDL)- Applications due by August 1, 2020 - If youth are interested in the dairy field and want to learn more about careers, personal and professional growth through workshops, tours, and trips… please apply.Applications are done online at and more information about the program can be found here also. The age of youth for the program is 16 to not have reached 19, by Jan. 1st. This year’s class will start out a little differently than it has in the past, but youth will still have the opportunity to attend WDE and the National 4-H Dairy Conference in 2021. Please contact Debbie at if you have any questions.
  • DATE CHANGE for the Grade and Lease Paperwork! - We are extending the due date for grade and lease paperwork. If youth are planning on showing a grade animal (meaning that the calf has no registration papers) or leasing a project animal, the paperwork is due to the 4-H office by June 30, 2020. You can find the lease paperwork on our website at Contact Stephanie with questions at

Goat Updates…

  • If you enjoy outdoor activities and building a close bond with animals then a Working Goat Project may be perfect for you! You can teach your goat to carry a pack and traverse difficult terrain as your hiking companion. You can train your goat to pull a cart or other implements to help with chores or provide recreation. Youth can also train their goats to walk through an obstacle course. Goats will follow and learn but you will need treats to encourage them to learn it. Below are some links to videos of obstacle courses for goats and something you can try at home!

At Home Activities…

  • Weekly Challenge - Week 8...... 4-H Impact - This week we are going to try something a bit different from our weekly "Facebook Challenges." We are asking current members to tell us how Wyoming County 4-H has impacted your life in a positive way.We are asking any and all current Wyoming County 4-H members to reflect on how the 4-H program has impacted their life by emailing a statement that we can share here on our Facebook page. We will share just the first name, years in 4-H, and statement from each youth. You can email impact statements to youth that submits a statement will be entered into a drawing to receive a 4-H themed gift basket full of goodies.We look forward to seeing how 4-H has impacted your life!
  • New York State 4-H - All are welcome! Virtual Statewide Hour of Code APP Building 

Wednesday, June 24 @ 6PM

Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn together the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator!

This program is for youth ages 7-12 and requires an adult chaperone to join.

Use this zoom link to register

4-H Camp Wyomoco…

  • Every Wednesday we will post a fun at home activity for you all to enjoy!
  • Keep checking our Facebook page for fun camp activities and updates


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

Last updated June 20, 2020