The meeting was called to order by Steve Schafer, 4-H Livestock/Horse Specialist, at 5:00pm.
Those who attended this meeting were: Steve Schafer (State 4-H Office), Kay Moyer (Laramie County), Karen Dirks (Crook County), Joyce Kler (Natrona County), Kellie Atkinson (Natrona County), Barney Cosner (Converse County), Gary Grubb (Sweetwater County), Tamara Drake (Washakie County), Rindy West (Campbell County 4-H Agent), Chance Kenstier (???? County), Bonnie Ballou (Crook County), Roy Edsell (Crook County), Warren Crawford (Carbon County 4-H Agent), Larry Stock (Campbell County), Sharon Stock (Campbell County), Curtis Drake (Washakie County), and Stephanie Moore (Albany County 4-H Agent).
The minutes of the previous meeting (February 6, 2004—Laramie, Wyoming) were presented to all of the attendees. Rindy West made a motion to approved the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Bonnie Ballou. The motion passed.
Continuation of the Wool Contest was the first discussion item. The number of participants in this contest have been steadily declining for a many years. Dis-continuation of this contest has been repeatedly discussed....also the possibility of moving it to the Fall to be held in conjunction with the Wyoming Wool Growers Meeting has been discussed. Barney Cosner stated that maybe if it was held with the Wyoming State Fair (like the Livestock Judging Contest) that maybe the number of participants would increase. It was concurred that the contest would be left “as is” for now and that the possibility of moving it to the State Fair would be discussed with the coaches at the 2005 Contest.
Barney Cosner reported that the demolition and clean-up of the Beef Barn and Swine Barn were completed. The construction of new buildings would begin as soon as the Wyoming Legislators finished the session (assuming they voted to continue with the funding for this project).
Warren Crawford asked if there had been a change in the “tail docking rule” for sheep. Barney indicated that the rule would remain the same for the 2005 Wyoming State Fair.
Steve Schafer reported on and explained the new Meat Goat Breed Show for the 2005 Wyoming State Fair. He also passed out a copy of the pages of the 2005 Wyoming State Fair Premium Book that contained the Meat Goat Breed Show.
Rindy West made a motion to increase the number of poultry classes at the Wyoming State Fair since the number of entries had continued to increase. The motion was seconded by Larry Stock. The motion passed. The new poultry classes for the Wyoming State Fair (starting with the 2005 Fair) will be: Standard Poultry (American, Asiatic, English, Mediterranean, Continental, and Other Breeds); Bantam Poultry (Game Bird Breeds, Single Comb & Clean Legged, Rose Comb & Clean Legged, All Other Combs & Clean Legged, and Feather Legged Breeds); Fryer Pens (Cockerels Pens and Pullet Pens); Waterfowl (Ducks and Geese); Turkeys; and Ornamental Birds (Guinea, Peacock, Pheasants, Quail, and Any Other Ornamental Birds).
A question about the availability of the Livestock Introductory Manuals was asked. Steve Schafer explained that they could be order from UW or that they could be downloaded (free of charge) from the Wyoming 4-H Website. Steve also stated that two copies of each of the nine manuals had been sent to each County Office, so they should also be available (at least for viewing) from each local office.
The last item of business was a proposal from Donald Pallesen (Sweetwater County Fair Beef Superintendent) to repeal the 4-H Rule that prohibits the family tagging of animals. After much discussion, a motion was made by Rindy West to adopt the proposal. The motion was seconded by Bonnie Ballou. The motion failed, which means that the current policy would remain in place.
Since the motion failed, Steve Schafer suggested the idea of having an automatic replacement period of ?? days (number of days to be decided at a later date) after each possession/ownership deadline. There was little support for this idea, therefore the current policy of not replacing any animals after possession/ownership deadline (regardless of the reason) will also remain in place.
Larry Stock made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Joyce Kler. The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned at 6:11pm.