4-H Club Activities Abound

human knot

Members of Blue Mt. 4-H livestock participate in the “Human Knot” activity.

The Blue Mt 4-H Livestock Club will be reorganizing On Monday November 16 at 7PM in the home of the Morgan household.  The club will be electing officers for the club as they plan programs and activities for the 2016 year.

The Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club is an active group of youth breeding and raising livestock for the Schuylkill County Fair and the PA Farm Show.  The club geographically covers territory from Pine Grove to Tamaqua and areas of northern Berks County.  The club is open to youth ages 8 to 18 interested in learning about how to raise livestock for the market place.  Members learn the important characteristics and real-world application of raising livestock in an ever changing industry.  Staying current on industry trends as the consumer demands dictate the industry standards.  The learning is done informally through hands on life learning experiences.  Club members raise animals from rabbits and chickens to steers and pigs along with goats, sheep, dairy beef and alpacas.  Diversity is what makes these learning experiences meaningful for the 4-H members.

At their recent monthly meeting which was a fall picnic the 4-H’ers learned how to prepare new born pigs for a healthy life by vaccinating, providing supplements and clipping teeth.  This meeting was held at the Noecker Farm on a sunny Sunday afternoon in October.  The club normally holds their monthly meetings on a Monday evening at 7PM.  The meeting combines an agenda that facilitates and disseminates vital information about various livestock projects.  The meeting has an educational component that allows participants to raise healthy livestock that will be able to go into mainstream markets.  The meeting includes a physical element of activity where 4-H’ers can participate in like at the recent meeting where members participated in the “Human Knot.” The Human Knot is an activity where participants hold hands with other members and a giant human know is formed.  The objective is to untie the knot without breaking hands.  Cooperation, team work, and leadership skills develop out of such activities.   Refreshments always round off each meeting where members may select healthy snacks made with fruit or vegetable gown here in Schuylkill County.  Members are encouraged to drink water as the beverage of choice.  Learning can be fun is this type of environment.

Interested youth between the ages of 8 and 18 may contact one of the club leaders at 570.739.2627 or at kamorgan11@gmail.com

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