Resources for Livestock during shelter-in-place
The 4-H Youth Development Program is committed to high-quality learning experiences for young people, and (considering the potential effect of Covid-19 on fair schedules) we are looking at coordinating virtual showmanship and skill-a-thons in lieu of junior livestock shows so members can complete their 4-H goals for the year.
While virtual showmanship and skill-a-thons do not address the fiscal considerations or concerns associated with livestock projects, we know youth participation in livestock projects create opportunities to enhance skill in accepting responsibility, setting goals, develop[ing] self-discipline, self-motivation, and knowledge of the livestock industry1, as well as [developing] responsibility, relating to others, spirit of inquiry, decision making, public speaking, maintaining records, and building self-esteem2. While finances are certainly a component in making this decision, we encourage each family to weigh the options and make the decision to best meet their needs.
- Boleman, C.T. & Cummings, S.R. & Briers, G.E.. (2004). Parents' perceptions of life skills gained by youth participating in the 4-H beef project. Journal of Extension[On-line], 42(5). Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2004october/rb6.php
- Ward, C. K. (1996). Life skill development related to participation in 4-H animal science projects. Journal of Extension[On-line], 34(2). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/1996april/rb2.html
Additionally, UC ANR Livestock Advisors have updated the "Market Animal Sale Options and Regulations" document, which you will find attached here.
Although not a 4-H event, the Santa Clara County Fair is an annual exhibition where many 4-H members participate. To review fair updates, please visit the fair website directly.
With the cancellation of many county fairs and junior livestock auctions, due to the novel coronavirus situation, UCCE livestock and natural resources Advisors worked to create a fact sheet on "Market Animal Sale Options and Regulations". This document is designed to guide youth looking to sell their projects outside of the traditional junior livestock auction at a fair. The rules and regulations in the document are those that California livestock producers comply with everyday when selling animals. There is also a section on the illegal aspects of raffles in California and the use of "4-H" (and how it applies to tax donation rules).
Please note this update does not allow for new 4-H sponsored livestock auctions to take place, as communicated in Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty's April 3, 2020 communication to families
"Due to the rigorous food and consumer safety standards set forth by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for market animals which are sold at junior livestock auctions, and the time, expertise and preparation needed to meet these standards, the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program is not granting permissions for new 4-H sponsored livestock auctions to take place. This is in accordance with long-standing 4-H policy CA 4-H Policy Handbook, Chapter 7, Part V. http://4h.ucanr.edu/Resources/Policies/Chapter7/#V."