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Wyoming 4-H/Youth Development Program

Cooperative Extension Service

Livestock Committee Meeting - February 4, 2006

Casper, Wyoming

The meeting was called to order by Steve Schafer, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, at 5:00pm. 

The minutes of the previous meeting (February 19, 2005—Sundance, Wyoming) were presented to all of the attendees.  They were approved as presented.

A request was made to see if the minutes could be posted on the Wyoming 4-H Website.  Steve said that he would check into this.  He also indicated that he did not think this would be a problem and that he thought it was a good idea.

A question of where to place pygmy goats in the goat show was brought forth. It was stated that pygmy goats are actually a meat goat breed from Africa, and as such they would show in the Meat Goat Breed Show…..even though they are not considered a meat goat in the US.  They are also permitted to show in the Market Goat Show as long as they meet the age and weight requirements.

For the next 45 minutes, the meeting discussed the new rule for the Wyoming State Fair concerning the tail docking of lambs.  The rule states that the tail must contain at least three full coccygeal vertebrae (also known as caudal vertebrae) and that this must be documented by a Licensed Wyoming Veterinarian. The question of how to determine if the tail does or does not have three vertebrae (and then teaching this to youth) was asked.  According to the Wyoming State Vet, there is not way to determine this without an x-ray.  However, according to the Wyoming State Vet, when docking….if the lamb is docked at the distal end of the caudal fold, then the lamb will contain a minimum of three vertebrae.  Steve indicated that we need to take a different educational approach with the youth.  Rather than determining the number vertebra, we need to educate the youth about: (1) what the caudal fold is, (2) what the distal end is, (3) asking producers how they dock the lambs, (4) having a positive relationship with producers, and (5) the options they have if they still end up with a lamb that has less than three coccygeal vertebrae, which is typically to work with the producer to offset this in the future.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:10pm.

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