The Collections Project will now only have a 2’ x 2’ x 2’ space for display of the project. More emphasis is being placed on the notebook in judging. Students are encouraged to display their more recent items and then have pictures in the notebook of their other parts of the collection.
Several livestock species now have weight limits to sell in the auction. Swine will have to weigh at least 220 pounds to be considered safe and more than 200 pounds or they will go home. Dairy Steers must weigh at least 1,100 pounds to sell in the auction. Goats will need to weigh at least 45 pounds. All these weights have been added because the buyers are not willing to pay for animals they may need to hold onto to get to market weight. All 4-H’ers should note these weights and plan to feed their animals in such a way that they make the minimum weight.
Swine members will now be required to have PQA (Pork Quality Assurance) training for this year. There will be at least three workshops offered in Whitley County during the year to meet this requirement. Several surrounding counties will also offer the program and those dates will be listed in the Extension Educator in the future. If you are 12 or older, you can take a test of the PQA program and it will allow you to have PQA certification until you reach the next level, but you will need to study for the test.
Horse and Pony members must have their “Helmet Release” forms into the Extension Office prior to May 15. You will not be allowed to ride at any 4-H Horse & Pony function without it. Note that this is due to the Extension Office and not to the Leader.
It is recommended that you read all the general rules in the front of the Rule Book, plus all the rules that apply to the projects you are enrolled in. Careful reading will help you not to make a mistake on the day of judging.