As the forecasts turn cold for the winter season, it is important to remember the safety and comfort of our four-legged friends when they spend time outside. Here are tips to ensure their well-being this winter.
Elizabeth Droke, the Agility Committee Chair for the South Dakota 4-H Dog project, shares these reminders and clarifications about the agility discipline.
This article features a synopsis of the changes approved at the November Dog Project meeting, and demonstrated at the workshops held earlier this month. 4-H members will find this chart useful in seeing which exercises are new and which skills may need to be developed to continue progressing in their 4-H Dog Obedience project.
The 4-H Dog Project ID and Vaccination Verification form is now available. All 4-H dogs need to have this form completed BEFORE they participate in local county 4-H training classes and shows. Note that the Vaccination Verification includes a veterinarian signature. The ID form will replace the veterinary certificate previously required for admittance to county and state dog events.
The 4-H Dog Committee has completed the South Dakota 4-H Dog Project Leader/Member Handbook. This guide includes the objectives of the dog project, addresses risk and responsibility, the aggressive dog policy, ineligible dogs, competitions, 4-H requirements and a dog show planning guide.
Forty-one 4-H members from 11 South Dakota counties including Brookings, Clark, Clay, Hanson, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Miner, McCook, Turner, and Yankton Counties participated at the annual Area Livestock Judging Contest held June 29 at the 4-H Grounds in Howard. 4-Hers evaluated livestock classes of market steers, commercial heifers, market lambs, meat goats, breeding gilts and market hogs.
As a precautionary measure to control potential disease transmission of H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), the South Dakota Animal Industry Board (SDAIB) issued a Board Order suspending all South Dakota bird exhibitions effective May 21, 2015 until further notice.
All four areas of the 4-H Dog program have rulebooks, which are available on-line. Now is a great time to review the rules for the different events and to set goals for achievement during the upcoming season. Leaders, members and parents will find these resources a must have during training, fun shows and competitive events.
Many youth dream of working with pets as a career, mostly as veterinarians. However, there are a wide variety of careers available for those who love companion animals, and most of them do not require eight years of college, as the DVM does.
With State Fair fast approaching youth are gearing up to compete at the State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. This year the contest will be held on August 31st in the Open Class Dairy Complex at the State Fair in Huron, SD. Kids will show off their skills in dairy cattle selection and ability to defend their decisions through oral and check type reasons.