The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Steve Schafer, 4-H/Youth Specialist for Livestock, Equine, Poultry, and Rabbit Educational Programs.
The agenda items included: meat/market goats, sheep showmanship contest, livestock judging contest, manual update, exotic newcastle disease, showring code of ethics, and an update on the state fair.
Meat/Market Goats-------a request had been received to expand the Market Goat Show into a Meat Goat Show (meaning that Meat Goat Breeds would be shown in classes, in addition to the Market Goat Show). Steve said that he felt this might be a positive move in a few years, but that since the Market Goat Show was still growing and developing....he felt this move was premature. Other discussion echoed these sentiments and the recommendation was voted down.
Sheep Showmanship Contest-----a request had been received to have two completely separate Sheep Showmanship Contests (one for market and one for breeding) at the State/County Fairs. They would run like any other showmanship contest, meaning that each county could have a representative in each age group of each contest. The recommendation passed....and Barney Cosner said that this new format had already been implemented for the 2003 State Fair.
Livestock Judging Contest----a request had been received to keep the Junior Contest and the Senior Contest as one event and keep it at the State Fair. Discussion included increased recognition for the Junior Contestants, having it at the State Fair created more incentive for Juniors to be on the County Team, and more interaction between Junior and Senior Contestants. Steve stated he felt it was a mistake to move the Junior Contest to the State Fair, but that due to the positive input he had received about the move....he had to reconsider his thoughts and feelings. The recommendation passed.
4-H Manuals------three new introductory manuals have been written and are currently being edited. The new manuals (Dairy Cattle, Poultry, and Rabbits) are suppose to be ready for the next Club Year, which starts on October 1, 2003.
Exotic Newcastle Disease-----a question was raised concerning this disease and its affect on the State Fair Poultry Show. Steve and Barney said that the disease was currently in Californian and a couple of other Western States, but that it had not been reported in Wyoming. Therefore, the State Fair Poultry Show is still going forward, but this could change if the disease was detected in Wyoming. Steve said that he would put an article about the disease in the May issue of 4-H Animal Science News.
Showing Code of Ethics----due to the increase in requests for this information, a copy of this document was provided to each attendee. Steve said that he would also make copies and send one to each county office.
State Fair Update----Barney Cosner, Wyoming State Fair Director, discussed several items and passed out several handouts that covered: (1) Changes and Reminders for 2003, (2) Pen allocation for pigs for the 2003 State Fair, (3) Foreign Substance Prevention and Residue Avoidance Program, (4) pages 97-116 of the Premium Book which pertain to the Junior Livestock Show, and (5) a copy of the proposed budget for the improvement projects proposed for the grounds at the State Fair. Barney also invited everyone to his presentation (which immediately followed this meeting) on the Wyoming State Fair.
Llamas------a question concerning the inclusion of llamas as a 4-H Project was the last item of business brought before the group. The process (the tier system) of how to get a 4-H Project listed was reviewed and discussed. No action was taken on the issue of llamas.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm.