WAYNE COUNTY — The Wayne County 4-H Program hosted an Animal Science Camp for all of the local 4-H’ers on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

A total of 97 4-Her’s attended on Saturday to complete their Quality Animal Management training requirement in order to bring their project animals to the fair in August.

The Quality Animal Management training is required for each 4-H member enrolled in an Animal Science project, and includes topics such as animal management, production practices, animal health, proper handling guidelines, and show ethics.

After the 4-H’ers completed their QAM training, roughly 60 of the individuals spent the rest of the day participating in afternoon activities such as the Stockman’s or Dairy Quiz Bowl competitions.

These competitions allow the children to showcase their knowledge on the agriculture industry. Each of the 4-H’ers took an exam on questions relating to animal breeds, quality assurance, animal feeds, meat science, animal health and much more!

All of the children who participated received quality prizes to utilize for their project animals.

Lastly on Saturday the 4-H’ers were able to watch and participate in livestock specie demonstrations of their choosing.

Demonstrations were available to 4-H’ers on the species of beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and dairy cattle. Demonstrators discussed with the children about proper animal nutrition, welfare, health, and reproduction.

During these demonstrations the 4-H’ers were able to ask questions and gain more knowledge about a particular species, in which they are or plan to show at the Wayne County Fair in the future.

Following Saturday’s events, on Sunday roughly 40 4-H’ers attended to participated in the Animal Science Camp Mock Show.

Participants were led by veteran showmen within the 4-H program on how to properly prepare their livestock projects for the show ring.

The children were assisted in how to properly bathe, clip, and walk their project species. They were also taught proper show ring etiquette and tricks of the trade in showing off their prized project animals.

The final event to the weekend consisted of a “Mock” Showmanship competition where youth involved in the morning activities got the opportunity to “show” their newly gained knowledge in a real show environment in front of two different official judges.

Jim Woodmansee of Jericho Dairy judged the dairy competition, and Dr. Jessica Sheruda VMD who judged all of the livestock species.

A special thank you to both of these judges for taking the time during the show to explain to each member ways in which they could improve on their showmanship skills.

We would also like to thank the following for their donations to this year’s Wayne County 4-H Animal Science Camp: Propst Sawmill, Tractor Supply Co. in Honesdale, Chyland Dairy, Rutledgedale Farm, Mark and Robin Mead and family, Allen and Michelle Eccles and family, Joan Sweighofer and family, Jonathan Bates, the Beach Lake Fire Company, the Pleasant Mount Go Getters 4-H Club, the Wayne County Holstein Club, the Wayne County Jr. Livestock Sale Committee, and the Wayne County Fairboard.

Thank you for helping to make this weekend a success for our local 4-H program!