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4-H and Kids!


Hey everyone!

Today I finally feel like I can breathe. We have been so busy with 4-H and now that fair is over its time to relax. I wanted to talk a little bit about 4-h and why I think it is such an awesome project for kids to do. I personally have never done 4-h as a kid but we decided to sign my middle daughter up because she is such and animal lover and felt it would be a great outlet for her. Let me just say she has found her calling and totally loves doing this. This is her second year doing 4- h and she decided to raise a market goat again. One reason I like 4- h is because you sign up and have meetings and book learning through out the year but the actual raising of the animal is about 5 months. This is perfect for my daughter you usually tires of taking care of her goat by the time fair rolls around. Don't get me wrong she loves her goat so much and actually the hardest part about raising market goats is that you have to auction them off at the end of fair. It's a great way for the kids to earn money for their project and hard work, but it is very bitter sweet and yes we cry every year at the end of fair when we have to say goodbye. But it is so good for kids to truly understand where their food comes from. It teaches children that the food we buy in the store, was an animal that had to be raised and cared for in order for us to consume it. For us it is  important for our children to know this. We raise our own beef so our children are familiar with the process and we teach them to give the animal the best life possible until it is time for them to be processed. Is it easy? No we love and name our animals and treat them as pets until their time has come, but we feel we have given them the best life possible. So if you want to teach your children about raising animals but don't necessarily want to keep livestock all year round then this is a great opportunity for your children. 4-h offers so many other projects if your child just wants to show a pet or sew or take pictures and enter them at fair they can do that as well. We love 4-h! I hope you found this post encouraging and informational . God Bless!
            Auction Day 
 Before the auction
Bracing her goat!
Durning Show!


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