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Livestock Clinic Teaches 4-Hers
County Farm Tour A Success

Livestock Clinic Teaches 4-Hers
Submitted By Michelle Kowalewski, Dairy Ag/Enterprise Educator

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County

The Susquehanna County 4-H Livestock Leaders and Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County organized a 4-H Livestock Clinic on Saturday, June 27 at the Harford Fairgrounds for all 4-H members taking livestock projects. Sixty-seven 4-Hers took advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about raising, showing, and fitting their 4-H livestock projects.

Livestock specialists for each project area were on-hand to help members learn the proper ways to show and fit a market hog, market steer, dairy beef feeder steer, market lambs, and market goats. Doug Koontz and his wife, Ashley from Shippensburg taught the swine showmanship and fitting workshop. Tyler and Megan Galloway from New York spent the day with the 4-H beef and dairy beef project members working on showmanship and fitting. The final workshop was led by Dana and Denise Hardisky of Hop Bottom teaching members about market goat and sheep showmanship and fitting.

4-H members also participated in educational workshops on project animal selection presented by Michelle Kowalewski, Montrose; meat quality led by Jason Corey, Hop Bottom; animal health led by Dr. Mike Kowalewski, Montrose; and animal nutrition presented by Abby Onyon, New Milford.

The Livestock Clinic was made possible by the generous donations received at the 4-H Livestock Sale. The Clinic is held every other year to help members “learn by doing” - the 4-H slogan.

The Livestock Clinic is one of the many 4-H activities offered in Susquehanna County. For more information about the 4-H program in Susquehanna County, please contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at 570-278-1158.

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County Farm Tour A Success
Submitted by: Michelle Kowalewski, Dairy Ag/Enterprise Educator

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County

Seven farms took part in the second annual Susquehanna County Farm Tour on Sunday, July 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The self-guided tour allowed over seventy-five visitors and their families to take in the sights of the various aspects of local agriculture in our county. The following farms and families participated and opened their homesteads to the public for the tour: Alpacas of Sunshine Farm, Ardith Mae Farmstead, Franklin Hill Farm, Hepler Beef Farm, Kessler Tree Farm, Painter Hill Farm and Willow Tree Homestead.

Next year’s tour will feature the southeast part of Susquehanna County including Lawton, Rush, Dimock, Springville, Auburn Center, South Auburn, and surrounding areas. If you live in this area and would like more information about begin part of the tour in 2010, contact Michelle Kowalewski at Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County at 278-1158. Watch for more information about this new Susquehanna County tradition next summer.

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