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June 5, 2020 Friday News

Wyoming County 4-H

Friday News

June 5, 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)!

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 project.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 for Beef, Goats, Hogs, Lambs & Poultry - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve.Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution, the 2020 Wyoming County 4-H Meat Animal Auction will be an online-only auction beginning at 12:00pm on Monday, August 10, 2020 and will conclude at 6:00pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 with a rolling-soft close. CCE Wyoming is working with WM Kent, Inc. to host the online auction. This year we will offer high quality beef, dairy beef, hogs, lamb, in addition to meat goats and processed market broiler chickens for sale.All live animals will be sold by the head, while broiler chickens will be sold as usual by the pair. The decision to move to an online auction wasn’t an easy one.CCE Wyoming staff and volunteer members reviewed multiple options for our traditional auction programs.In the best interest of safety and in accordance with local, regional and state recommendations we will not be conducting in person programming at this time. We ask for your understanding as we have come to this difficult decision and ask for the community to continue to support our 4-H program youth in this way.Information will be made available closer to the auction date regarding registering for the auction using the WM Kent, Inc. auction website. Current 4-H youth are not required to participate in the 4-H Meat Animal Sale. Youth who opt-out will receive no penalty as long as they complete a project record sheet by October 15, 2020 and it will not affect their eligibility to participate in 4-H in the coming year.Youth who want to participate will need to complete an “Intent To Sell Form” after reviewing the complete guidelines found on our website: market poultry guidelines will be shared early next week online.Hard copies will also be mailed to all registered participants next week. Please remember that raising quality market ready animals is one of the main goals of this 4-H project.Without our typical parameters in place, it is extremely important to stay on top of your feeding program, charting animal growth, and recording expenses.Our buyer base expects a high level of quality and we need to deliver on this expectation to ensure the future success of our 4-H Meat Animal Program. The 4-H Office will happily answer questions youth and buyers have regarding sale changes by contacting Holly Harwood at 585-786-2251 ext. 118 or watch your email and our weekly Friday 4-H Updates for online meeting opportunities related to this year’s 4-H Meat Animal Project.The first meeting will be a question and answer session for families on this year’s program.It will be held Thursday, June 10th at 7pm.Zoom connection details will be emailed to participants by Monday, June 8th. Topics such as marketing, photo submission, etc. will also be offered. CCE Wyoming would like to thank WM Kent, Inc. for their help in offering this opportunity to 4-H youth in Wyoming County in addition to all of the local businesses and volunteers that help us each year!

Family & Consumer Science Updates…

  • Thank you to all that picked up the 4-H activity packets assembled by staff and volunteers on May 27th. We still have about 10 bags available! Please email Sarah at sac347 if you’re interested to schedule a pickup time from our CCE office.

Horse Updates…..

  • A Horse Leaders Meeting – Scheduled for Thursday, June 11th, 7pm. A zoom link will be sent via email to all members. Major discussion will be alternative equine activities since fair has been cancelled. The 4-H office is going to make every effort to work with all programs to make some form of programming available for all project areas, the horse project included!
  • Despite the cancellation of fair, if you’re unsure if equine project youth require a rider evaluation, please sign up here (Registration has been extended to June 30th)

Dog Obedience Updates…

  • Dog Committee Meeting – Scheduled for Monday, June 8th, 7pm. A zoom link will be sent via email to all committee members.

Dairy Reminder…

  • 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.

  • 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 sal294@cornell.eduDATE 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

At Home Activities…

  • Facebook Challenge - Week 6

We are on to our next Wyoming County 4-H Challenge.This week we want you to join us for a virtual scavenger hunt! We are encouraging our 4-H members to find the 3 items and share a picture of your finds. Below are the 3 items they must find:

- An item/thing that starts with the first letter of your name.

- Something made of wood.

- Something that smells good.

Take a picture of what you find and place it here in the comments.

Remember this is for Wyoming County 4-H members, keep it 4-HA (4-H appropriate) and have fun!

We will randomly choose one photo participant to receive some 4-H swag next Saturday evening! (last week’s winner can be found in the comment section from that challenge post)

  • 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…

Each week 4-H Camp Wyomoco offers virtual activities, here are this week’s activities…

Every Wednesday we will post a fun at home activity for you all to enjoy!

Join us this Friday, June 12th at 3:30pm for a Virtual campfire!

    4-H Update…

    As you know the 2020 Wyoming County Fair has been cancelled because under State guidelines, fairs fall under the last phase of the plan to re-open the state. The uncertainty of the timing for the re-opening of fairs under New York's Phase IV for mass gatherings weighed into that decision. More importantly, additional safety requirements and preparation to the buildings and grounds, and limiting the number of guests throughout the fairgrounds as required to maintain the current six foot social distancing rules were major considerations.With that being said, the Wyoming County Fair is not able to host activities or events at the present time.We respect that decision and look forward to working with the Fair Association to host Wyoming County 4-H Youth Development events as soon as they are feasible.

    The Wyoming County4-H Program just learned earlier today, the Erie County Agricultural Society announced they will be hosting a series of youth shows called the WNY Youth in Ag Bonanza.Please know that while these are “open” show opportunities for youth in our area, they are not 4-H sanctioned events.We encourage each family to investigate these opportunities on your own.Please feel free to reach out to us in the 4-H office if you have any questions about this topic.

    (As CEO of the Erie County Agricultural Society, Jessica Underberg, mentioned in the press conference following the cancellation of the 2020 Erie County Fair... "Our Ag Team is meeting as we speak to come up with an event for the youth"... and here it is folks! The WNY Youth in Ag Bonanza will be a “reduced spectator” series of livestock and animal shows that will take place on the Erie County Fairgrounds over the course of three weekends in August (8/6-8/8, 8/13- 8/15, 8/20-8/22). The goal of the program is to provide youth, who have had limited opportunities this summer to show and compete with their animals, a venue to keep the ag community growing during 2020. This event will not be open to the public but only for competitors and their immediate families. “Despite historic and unprecedented changes to summer traditions, the ECAS is committed to the youth of Western New York State who have worked with their animals for months,” said Underberg. Children involved in agriculture have invested their hearts, minds and financial resources into these youth development projects. It is our goal that the WNY Youth in Ag Bonanza will provide a hands-on learning experience that will continue to develop and recognize these hard-working children for their efforts. The show will take place in the designated agricultural zones on the Fairgrounds and will be open to all youth competitors from the eight Western New York Counties. These include Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and Wyoming. Competitors will be able to compete in livestock judging and showmanship with dogs, horses, dairy cattle, dairy goats, poultry, rabbits, beef cattle, llamas, swine and sheep. We are excited to be able to bring you this opportunity this summer! Stay tuned to this page and the website…/ for more information!)


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

    Last updated June 5, 2020