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May 1, 2020 4-H Friday News

Wyoming county 4-H

Friday News

May 1, 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…

Wyoming County 4-H Leaders’ Association Zoom Meeting – May 4th

In an effort to connect with our volunteer leaders, we still plan to have a Leaders’ Association meeting on Monday, May 4th at 7pm.The meeting will be via Zoom and connection details have been emailed to all enrolled volunteer leaders through our 4-H online email system.If you have questions, topics, or DID NOT receive an email invite email Holly at

Meat animal updates…

Meat Animal Project Registration Forms Due May 15th

One more reminder that all 4-H members participating the 2020 Meat Animal Lamb & Swine projects MUST submit a Lamb or Swine Registration Form by May 15th.Forms were included as the last page in the rule packets that were mailed last week.They can also be found on our website: Holly with questions at

Online Animal Science Learning Opportunities

The Cornell Department of Animal Science has put together a great list of online learning resources for Beef, Dairy, Dog, Equine, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Swine and Farm Tours.Take a look:

Horse updates…

Reminder - All rider evaluations will be postponed. Youth are asked to fill out the following fillable form so the 4-H office can better assess the needs of those who need evaluations, and then schedule them at the appropriate time and location. These registrations are due by June 1st, and evaluations will take place late June and early July.

Horse certificates are due June 1st if youth want to remain eligible to show at the NYS Fair. Otherwise, for 2020 only, certificates will be accepted until June 30th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many youth may have not have the opportunity to ride their horse until activities resume, so this provision is to allow for those few circumstances to be accepted for the 2020 program year.

Fair Entry forms will still be due July 15th to the 4-H office, with legible Coggins & Rabies health forms, ATTACHED!

Although the Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio could not be held this year, the organizers have put together a virtual event with many learning opportunities. Click the link to view

Dessert and Discussion: Talk Horses With Dr. Amy Leibeck and Dr. Lauren DeGennaro 

Monday May 4, 2020 Virtually via Zoom, 7 - 8 pm, Meeting ID: 823 7575 8104, Password: 236939

Drs. Leibeck and DeGennaro would like to connect with GVEC's horse loving kids in this Zoom meeting designed for the under 18 crowd. Many of you have not been able to go see your horses, brush them, ride them, or just hang out at the barn with your friends. Here's an opportunity to enjoy some discussion about whatever the group would like to cover! Send your questions to ahead of time if you like or just grab some dessert and zoom on into the discussion to ask your questions there! You are sure to see some familiar faces! Be sure to invite a friend!! You can join the Zoom meeting on your cell phone, tablet, or computer (if it has a camera and microphone). You do not need an account. Go to and put in the meeting information or just click on this link:

Dog updates…

A reminder about the changes to this year’s program!!

We will not be holding any formal dog obedience classes this spring, and both scheduled trials have been cancelled. We are encouraging youth to work at home with their dog as much as possible at this time. Please see the following webpage for our training guide & other resources.

Any 4-H youth that have not participated in the dog project in the past, unfortunately will not be allowed to participate in the dog program this year – due to time constraints for proper training. We highly encourage youth to access our training guide, work on your obedience skills at home this year, and join our program next spring.

Youth who have completed the dog project in the past, may participate this year IN THE SAME CLASS YOU LAST GRADUATED. This stands for obedience, rally obedience, and agility. We highly encourage youth to contact available leaders to work on training remotely, and in person once 4-H activities resume.

Fair entries will be due July 15th, along with copies of a rabies certificate, to the 4-H office.

If youth or families have any further questions or concerns regarding the dog project, please do not hesitate to contact me via email If circumstances change, the dog committee will be meeting again to make further changes to this year’s program.

Family & Consumer Science updates…

Are you cooking or baking since being home? Email Sarah your recipes and pictures! Submit by May 31st. These will be compiled for a virtual cookbook that will be posted on our website – to celebrate that while we weren’t able to be together, we can share the delicious creations we made at home!! A 2020 update of a Wyoming county 4-H cookbook, we invite 4-H friends and families to submit recipes that mean something special to them, and their family.

The Wyoming County Cooking Club is not going to hold a formal meeting, but wants to celebrate Cinco de Mayo virtually! On May 5th, plan a special Mexican themed meal to share with your family at home. Tacos, enchiladas, guacamole, salsa, the possibilities are endless! We will be sharing on Facebook, or email Sarah if you do not utilize that platform. Share with the hashtags #cincodemayofromhome #4hgrowshere

CCE is currently seeking mask donations to distribute to local farms. If a club, leader, or you are interested in donating, please contact Sarah to coordinate pickup!

Natural resources…

Check out this website from Cornell Lab of Ornithology that uses “bird cams” to capture some beautiful birds. They show some really amazing birds you might see in your backyard at a feeder. Also, they recently had a video of baby hawks hatching from their eggs!

Market Goat reminders…

Market Goat Registration Forms are due by May 15th

You can access the full set of rules and Project Identification forms on our website at: Contact Stephanie with questions at

Dairy reminder…

Grade and Lease Paperwork are due by June 1st

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 1, 2020. You can find the lease paperwork on our website at Contact Stephanie with questions at

At home activities…

  • Video Production 101—Thursday, May 7th, 3:00pm… Do you want to learn how to make your own videos? You are all invited to participate in this workshop being hosted by CCE Erie. We highly encourage young people to attend—appropriate for ages 10 and up, or someone younger if they are a budding videographer. Join 4-H teen leader Rifat Chowdury of "Produced by Rifat" on Thursday, May 7 from 3:00 to 4:30pm for this workshop to learn the skills to make videos using only your smart phone! Workshop brought to you by 4-H Healthy Youth Positive Energy (HYPE), Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County. The main workshop will be from 3:00-4:00. Q&A with Rifat will be from 4:00-4:30. Learn more about the workshop by checking out this video:
  • NYS 4-H Virtual Forestry Series….. Every Saturday at 6:30pm; May 9th—June 6th, 2020.....Join youth from across the state in a virtual series and learn about the various forestry topics and activities typically covered at Forestry Weekend. Join CCE educators for the 5 part series. Open to youth aged 10 and up (as well as staff and volunteers) interested in learning more about forests. Topics for each program are listed below. Contact your local CCE office to register. (May 9th- Introduction, May 16th- Tree Identification, May 23rd- Map & Compass, May 30th- Invasive Species & Pests, June 6th- Forest Ecology)


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

Last updated May 1, 2020