|Livestock show entries point to changing interests|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:57|
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
Comparing entry numbers from the 2013 Chase County Fair to this year shows 4-H and FFA participation interests have changed over the past year.
Overall, numbers remain relatively steady, but changes can be seen in how many participants are in each species.
The Clover Kids program is also showing increased interest. Clover Kids is open to those between the ages of 5 and 7 (as of Jan. 1). The minimum age for 4-H is eight years old. Connie Griess of the Extension Office said the program offers kids a chance to “try out” 4-H without the pressure of competition.
The biggest increase is seen in the poultry division, according to the Chase County Extension Office.
The swine, goat and sheep shows will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13. Market hogs, goats and sheep show a similar trend, each are down from last year but remain up from 2012.
The swine show starts off the morning with a total of 78 entries–68 in market swine, nine Clover Kids and one open class entry. That compares to 79 entries in market swine last year.
Next up on Wednesday will be the goat and sheep show. Numbers for the goat division dropped slightly with three registered for market goat and one Clover Kid registered. Last year there were four entries in the show.
The sheep entries dropped this year with 11 breeding ewes and 22 market lambs registered. Last year the show had 17 breeding ewes and 44 market lambs.
Wednesday afternoon the poultry and rabbit show will be a busy one.
Poultry entries are up significantly from last year with 42 4-H entries, six Clover Kids entries and four open class entries expected. In 2013 there were four 4-H entries and eight Clover Kids entries.
Griess said there has not been an increase in the number of exhibitors, but a large increase in the number of breeds represented.
The show will also see an increased number of rabbits with eight 4-H entries and 4 Clover Kids entries. That compares to six and three entries last year respectively.
The beef show will be held first thing Thursday morning, Aug. 14
Expected entries in the beef show remain similar to those last year with 35 registered in the market beef division. There were 36 entries in 2013.
The show will be busy with a total of 11 Clover Kids and open class entries in the bucket calf division. Five Clover kids will also show stocker feeders. Attendees can also expect to see 11 prospect steers and heifers and eight breeding beef at the show.
This Sunday’s horse show is the first of the youth events. It starts at 8 a.m. MT/9 a.m. CT in the rodeo show arena.
Twenty-four 4-Hers will participate in horse showmanship. Events for the horse show include halter classes, showmanship, pleasure, horsemanship, reining, pole bending, barrels and trail. The 4-Hers will compete in junior, intermediate and senior divisions.
There are 48 registered for the halter class.
Due to state regulations and liability issues, there will be no Clover Kid or open class divisions at the show.
The fair will also host dog, cat, pocket pet and companion animal shows. Five Clover Kids and four 4-Hers are registered for the dog show. The cat show will feature two Clover Kids and four 4-H entries.
The pocket pets division has four entries and the companion animal has two entries.