City kids get a taste of the farm
New 4-H program helps young peope raise pigs for Fair
Does your child want to learn about and work with livestock, but you don't live on a farm? Then the Buena Vista County Extension 4-H Special Swine Project is just what you are looking for.
Families should sign up now, the registration deadline is fast approaching.
"The purpose of the 4-H Special Swine Project is to increase learning opportunities and participation of swine projects at the county fair" said Debbie Erpelding, Buena Vista County Youth Coordinator. "The opportunity to participate in the 4-H Special Swine Project is open to all B.V. County 4-H'ers regardless of where they live, they may reside in town and still participate in this special project."
The project will consist of three pigs per 4-H'er. The pigs will be purchased as a group, and fed as a group by the person from whom the group of pigs was purchased. The purchase price will be figured off the average beginning weight of the whole group. The selling price will be figured off the average final fair weight of the whole group. Thus all the participants will have the same expenses and same risk for profit or loss.
Each participant will also receive B.V. County Fair ribbon premiums as well as a portion of the livestock premium from local businesses.
B.V. County Bankers Association will finance the project through a group loan to pay for the purchase of the pigs, notes Erpelding. 4-H'ers will be required to sign a borrowing note, which is part of the learning experience. A $15.00 project fee will be required upon registration for the project and will be applied to the total cost of the project expenses. The $15.00 fee is due by Friday, February 29, 2008 and is non-refundable. All checks need to be made out to B.V. County Special Swine Project.
4-H'ers will pick their 'own' pen of 3 pigs at the fair. The 4-H'er is responsible for the care and feeding of their pen of 3 project, as well as the upkeep of the pen housing the pigs during the fair.
The educational program will be provided by Jerry Weiss, ISUE Field Specialist and Lyle Rossiter, ISU Allee Farm Superintendent. Participants and their parent/guardian need to make a commitment to attend three of the monthly meetings.
The schedule of required meeting, topics and location are:
4 Tuesday, March 11, from 7-8 p.m. The program will be called "Getting Ready to Have Pigs" held at the Extension OfficeTuesday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. FSQA and Bio-Security - Extension Office
4 Monday, June 9, from 1-3 p.m. The program is called "Hands-On with Swine" ath the Allee Farm
4 Saturday, June 28, from 9-11 p.m. The program is called "Showmanship with Swine" Allee Farm
4 Wed., July 16, at 9:30 a.m. The program will be called "Pick your Pens/Getting Ready to Show the BV Fair Grounds"
4 Wed., Aug. 6, from 7-8 p.m. The program is "Financial Report Profit/Loss"at the Extension Office.