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Thomas Keele memorial livestock award recognizes outstanding 4-H member

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Submitted photo of Madelynn Pimm with one of her 4-H Swine Project animals.

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The Genesee County 4-H Program proudly announces Madelynn Pimm as the recipient of the 2023 Thomas Keele Memorial 4-H Livestock Award. This award recognizes Madelynn's exceptional achievements in both the 4-H Beef and Swine Projects.

The Thomas Keele Memorial 4-H Livestock Award, made possible by generous donations in memory of Thomas Keele, aims to honor 4-H members who have demonstrated excellence and dedication in livestock projects.

Madelynn Pimm, this year's deserving winner, embodies the spirit of the award through her continuous commitment to learning and her passion for building connections within the agricultural community. Her enthusiasm for showing beef and swine extends beyond the arena, fostering new relationships and connections.

Madelynn's notable accomplishments include winning the title of Grand Champion 4-H Hog Showman at the Genesee County Fair last year. At this year's fair, she further showcased her expertise by winning her 4-H Beef Showmanship class, highlighting her consistent dedication to excellence. Her achievements are not only a testament to her hard work but also an inspiration to fellow 4-H members aspiring to excel in livestock projects.

In her own words, Madelynn expresses her favorite aspect of participating in livestock projects: "I love constantly learning and making new connections. Meeting new people and connecting with them over agriculture is what makes these experiences so meaningful."

For more information about the Thomas Keele Memorial 4-H Livestock Award or to inquire about other Genesee County 4-H programs, please contact the Genesee County 4-H Program at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 101. Genesee County 4-H is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18.  New 4-H youth members, adult volunteers, and clubs are always welcome to join. 

Registration now open for Genesee County 4-H youth tractor safety program

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The Genesee County 4-H Program is now accepting registrations for its 2024 4-H Youth Tractor Safety Program. The program is open to youth aged 14 and over and covers farm safety, tractor safety, tractor operation, and other related topics.

This program is a part of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, which is a certification program that allows youth ages 14 and 15 to be certified to legally operate farm equipment for hire. After completing the training course, youth will need to pass a written knowledge test and driving test to receive the certification.

The program is scheduled to run Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., January through April at farm machinery dealerships throughout Genesee County. The fee for the program is $25 and youth must also be currently enrolled 4-H members. Registrations are due Jan. 27. To register for the program or receive more information, please contact the Genesee County 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 101.  Registration forms are also available online at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/4htractorsafety.

Genesee County 4-H announces project area awards winners

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Congratulations to the Genesee County 4-H members who were selected to receive an award for their excellent work during the 2022–2023 4-H Club Year.

Project Area Awards are a form of recognition for 4-H members who have excelled in a certain project area. 4-H members must be nominated in order to receive this award. 

Award criteria include the 4-H member’s accomplishments in the project area, the length of time the 4-H member has worked in the project area, and the 4-H member’s leadership.

Project Area Awards Recipients:

  • Arts & Crafts: Kasey Pagels
  • Beef Cattle: Cody Carlson, Makayla Sugg
  • Cavy: Layla Baker, Evan Winspear
  • Citizenship: Amelia Brewer, Justin Hart, Maggie Winspear, Evan Winspear
  • Dairy Cattle: Rachel Best, Amelia Brewer
  • Gardening: Brook Pagels
  • Goat: Ellie Hudson, Liam Baker
  • Livestock: Madison Lowe, Maggie Winspear, Bing Zuber, Chase Zuber
  • Poultry: Mildred Kendall, Clare Mathes, Kasey Pagels, Brook Pagels, Alyssa Pimm, Raelyn Pimm
  • Rabbit: Layla Baker, Amelia Brewer, Nico Faulks, Mae Grimes, Maura Grimes, Brook Pagels
  • Sheep: Katelynn Rumsey, Colten Sugg
  • Swine: Jillian Weaver
  • Waterfowl: Brook Pagels, Kasey Pagels

The Genesee County 4-H Program is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18. New 4-H youth members, adult volunteers, and clubs are always welcome to join.  For information about how to join the Genesee County 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 101. Enrollment information is also available on our website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu

Genesee County 4-H members attend 4-H ABC trip

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Submitted photo of Genesee County 4-H members Justin Deleo and Bing Zuber attended the NYS 4-H ABC Trip and met up with fellow 4-H member and SUNY Cobleskill student Ian Keberle. (Left to Right: Justin Deleo, Bing Zuber, Ian Keberle)

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Genesee County 4-H members Bing Zuber, Justin Deleo, and Kylie Paddock attended the New York State 4-H Agri-Business Career Conference (ABC Trip) last week. Forty youths from across NYS met in Cobleskill on Oct. 19 & 20 for the 46th annual 4-H ABC Trip. This trip for 4-H teens is in collaboration with SUNY Cobleskill and gives youth an up-close look at different agri-businesses as well as an opportunity to tour the college and meet with professors to learn what a college experience in their desired program area would look like.

Youth were able to choose which agri-businesses they toured on Thursday. Participating businesses included: Schoharie Valley Farms, Sweet Tree Farm, Hessian Hill Farm, Jack Miller’s Tractor and Truck, Fairbanks Stable, and Black Willow Pond Farm. On the SUNY Cobleskill campus, tour options included Speaking with A Veterinarian, The Dairy Processing Center, the Meat Processing Lab, and the Milk Quality Lab. Following their tours, teens worked together to create presentations to share with the rest of the group following a dinner on campus.

Friday was spent on campus starting with breakfast in the dining hall followed by campus tours led by SUNY Cobleskill Ambassadors. Following the tours, teens visited their academic area of interest which allowed them to meet with professors in that field and learn about the program area. Areas to choose from included Ag Business, Floriculture/Nursery Management, Equine Studies, Biotechnology, Ag Engineering, Livestock, Canine, Dairy, Fisheries & Wildlife, Histotechnology, and Ag Communications. 

The event culminated with lunch in the dining hall giving participants another opportunity to experience the food on campus. The ABC Trip is offered each fall to NYS 4-H members 14 years of age and older. For more information on this trip and other 4-H offerings, contact the Genesee County 4-H Program at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 101. The Genesee County 4-H Program is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18.  New 4-H youth members, adult volunteers, and clubs are always welcome to join. Enrollment information is also available on our website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu

Photos: 4-H Livestock Auction at the Genesee County Fair

By Howard B. Owens
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Photos by Debra Reilly.

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Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society. 

If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverage by signing up today for Early Access Pass.

Photos: 4-H beef show at the Genesee County Fair

By Staff Writer
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The 4-H beef show at the Genesee County Fair was held on Tuesday.

Photos by Debra Reilly.

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Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society. 

If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverage by signing up today for Early Access Pass.

Photos: Tuesday's 4-H goat show at the Genesee County Fair

By Howard B. Owens
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Photos by Debra Reilly.

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Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society. 

If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverage by signing up today for Early Access Pass.

Photo: 4-H hog show at the Genesee County Fair

By Staff Writer
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Photos by Debra Reilly.

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Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society. 

If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverage by signing up today for Early Access Pass.

Photo: 4-H livestock shows at the Genesee County Fair

By Howard B. Owens
Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society.   If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverag

Photographer Laura Luft shared with us some shots of 4-H activities at the Genesee County Fair.

Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society.   If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverag
Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society.   If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverag
Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society.   If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverag
Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society.   If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverag
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Genesee County Fair 4-h livestock

Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society. 

If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverage by signing up today for Early Access Pass.

Photos: 4-H Market Sheep Show at the Genesee County Fair

By Staff Writer
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The 4-H Market Sheep Show champion is Colton Sugg, and the reserve champion is his sister Makayla Sugg. 

Photos by Debra Reilly.

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4H Sheep Show Genesee County Fair

Editor's Note: The Batavian has a booth at the fair in partnership with WBTA as part of the official Genesee County Fair Media Center. Stop by to say hello and enter our eagle-drawing contest in the Exhibition Building. We are an exhibitor and are providing coverage of the fair all week long as a proud supporter of the county fair, 4-H and the dedicated volunteers of the Ag Society. 

If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverage by signing up today for Early Access Pass.

Photos: A visit to the 4-H livestock barns

By Howard B. Owens
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Lilia Buckenmeyer, from Elba, braids the tail of her cow, Becky, in preparation for showing the cow at the Genesee County Fair.
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Here are some photos today from a walk-through of the 4-H barns to see the livestock that members are showing during the Genesee County Fair.

If you appreciate our fair coverage, as well as all of our coverage of Genesee County, you can help us continue news coverage by signing up today for Early Access Pass.

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Brooke Wiater with her goat Tater.
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Batavia police officers Adam Tucker and Wesley Rissinger also visited the 4-H livestock while on duty at the Genesee County Fair. 
Photo by Howard Owens

Genesee County 4-H Goat Club participates in Goat Bowl

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The Genesee County 4-H Goat Club participated in the Regional 4-H Goat Bowl Contest on Saturday, April 1, at Oakfield-Alabama School. The club was very well represented at the event, with sixteen club members participating. Goat Bowl is a Jeopardy-style competition that tests participants' knowledge of goat facts, including breeds, judging, nutrition, and more. 4-H youth from across Western New York participated in the contest.

Genesee County Goat Bowl Results:

  • 1st Place Senior Team: Lily Haacke, Riley Henning, Clare Mathes, Brooke Frega
  • 1st Place Junior Team: Ellie Mangino, Layla Baker, Riley Smith, Levi Miller
  • 2nd Place Cloverbud Team: Jase Miller, Mya Mangino, Lexton Baker
  • Honorable Mention Juniors: Juliet Miller, Liam Baker, Adeline Mangino, Eleanor Hudson, Jamison Smith

Congratulations to all of the 4-H members who competed in the contest, and special thanks to 4-H Goat Club Leader Joanna Miller, for all of her hard work organizing the event.

The Genesee County 4-H Program is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18.  New 4-H youth members, adult volunteers and clubs are always welcome to join.  For information about how to join the Genesee County 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 101.  Enrollment information is also available on our website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu

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Genesee County 4-H members compete at regional equine contest

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The Genesee County 4-H Horse Program was well-represented at the Finger Lakes Region 4-H Horse Extravaganza on Saturday, March 4th at Honeoye Falls Intermediate School. 4-H youth from across the Finger Lakes region competed in Horse Bowl and Hippology Contests at the event. Horse Bowl is a Jeopardy-style competition that tests participants' knowledge of equine facts, including breeds, equipment, nutrition and more. Hippology is a hands-on test of identifying equipment, feeds and other equine facts. Top-placing participants will have the opportunity to represent the region at the state-level contests later this year. 

Horse Bowl Results:

  • Brynlee Amend – 8th Junior, 1st Junior Team
  • Lexi Witmer – 1st Senior
  • Eva Rhoads – 2nd Senior
  • Tori Kruppenbacher – 4th Senior
  • Wyatt Witmer – 10th Senior
  • Eva Rhoads, Tori Kruppenbacher, & Lexi Witmer – 1st Senior Team
  • Wyatt Witmer, Leah Amend, & Lydia Page – 6th Senior Team

Hippology Results:

  • Brynlee Amend – 9th Junior, 1st Junior Team
  • Eva Rhoads – 2nd Senior
  • Tori Kruppenbacher – 11th Senior
  • Lexi Witmer – 14th Senior
  • Lydia Page – 16th Senior
  • Leah Amend – 20th Senior
  • Eva Rhoads, Tori Kruppenbacher, & Lexi Witmer – 2nd Senior Team
  • Wyatt Witmer, Leah Amend & Lydia Page – 7th Senior Team

 

Congratulations to all of the 4-H members who competed in the contest and special thanks to Coach Sara Witmer for all of her hard work and dedication to the 4-H Horse Bowl Club.

The Genesee County 4-H Program is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18.  New 4-H youth members, adult volunteers and clubs are always welcome to join.  For information about how to join the Genesee County 4-H Program, please get in touch with the 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 101.  Enrollment information is also available on our website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu

Submitted photo: Genesee County 4-H Horse Extravaganza Participants, Left to Right: Brynlee Amend, Leah Amend, Eva Rhoads, Tori Kruppenbacher, Lexi Witmer, Wyatt Witmer, Coach Sara Witmer, Lydia Page.

 

Youth workshops announced by 4-H

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Join the Genesee County 4-H Program for a series of hands-on youth workshops at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Batavia.

  • Potholder Workshop – Create and take home a potholder with 4-H Volunteer Alicia. Open to youth ages 5-18. Held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Scrapbooking Workshop – Learn tips and tricks for improving your scrapbooking skills with 4-H Volunteer Kim. Open to youth ages 12-18. Participants are asked to bring photos and a scrapbook if they have one. All other supplies will be provided. There is a $5 fee for this workshop. Held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Chapstick & Lotion Bar Workshop – Make a beeswax chapstick and lotion bar with 4-H Volunteer Joy. Open to youth ages 12-18. Held on Tuesday, Fe. 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Barn Quilt Painting Workshop Series – Make a barn quilt-styled wood painting with 4-H Volunteer Melissa. Open to youth ages 11-18. This is a three-part series held at 6:30 – 8 p.m. on March 8, March 22, and April 5.

For more information and to register for any of these workshops, please contact the 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 131. Registration is required and space is limited. Youth must be enrolled in 4-H to participate. Youth who are not currently enrolled in 4-H are welcome to join anytime during the year.

4-H is a nationwide youth program that connects youth aged 5-18 to a variety of hands-on learning opportunities.  For more information about joining the Genesee County 4-H Program, visit our website at  http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development/how-to-join-4-h

Genesee County 4-H members participate in holiday workshop

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Genesee County 4-H members participated in a Holiday Greens Workshop at the Cooperative Extension Office on December 1st.  The workshop was presented by Genesee County Master Gardener Volunteers.  Youth learned about using fresh-cut evergreens to make a holiday arrangement. After the presentation, youth created their own holiday centerpiece to take home.

4-H is a nationwide youth program that connects youth age 5-18 to a variety of hands-on learning opportunities.  For more information about joining the Genesee County 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 131.  Enrollment forms are also available on our website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development/how-to-join-4-h

Registration open for tractor safety program

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The Genesee County 4-H Program is now accepting registrations for its 2023 4-H Tractor Safety Program.  The program is open to youth age 14 and over and covers farm safety, tractor safety, tractor operation and other related topics. 

The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program is a certification program that allows youth ages 14 and 15 to be certified to legally operate farm equipment for hire.  After completing the training course, youth will need to pass a written knowledge test and driving test to receive the certification.

The program is scheduled to run Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, from January through April at farm machinery dealerships throughout Genesee County.  The fee for the program is $25, and youth must also be currently enrolled 4-H members.  Registrations are due January 28, 2023.  To register for the program or receive more information, please contact the Genesee County 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 101.  Registration forms are also available online at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/4htractorsafety

Photo: File photo from 2016 by Howard Owens

Local 4-H members take 3rd place in dairy judging at State Fair

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Genesee County 4-H members Bing Zuber, Tate Zuber and Annalise Sybertz competed at the 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at the New York State Fair on Aug. 26.  Their team placed third in the Junior Division of the contest.  Individually, Annalise also placed in the top ten juniors.

Dairy Judging contests teach youth to critically evaluate dairy animals based on breed standards and gain an understanding of how form affects function. Youth participating in these competitions learn the anatomy and physiology of the dairy animal and gain the capability to choose the proper animal to take in the show ring or keep for breeding on the farm. They also learn confidence and public speaking skills while defending the reasoning for their placements to the judges.

The Genesee County 4-H Program is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18.  New 4-H youth members, adult volunteers and clubs are always welcome to join.  For information about how to join the Genesee County 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 131.  Enrollment information is also available on our website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development/how-to-join-4-h

Submitted photo.  Tate Zuber, Bing Zuber, Annalise Sybertz.

Genesee County 4-H seeks volunteers and clubs

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Batavia, NY – Now is a great time to become a volunteer or start a 4-H Club with the Genesee County 4-H Program. 4-H is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18. Volunteers are essential to our program and allow you to share your hobbies with interested youth. 

Projects can be as varied as sewing, arts and crafts, cooking, animal science and more.  4-H volunteer opportunities range from coordinating monthly club meetings to leading a one-time craft project. Whatever you have to offer, 4-H has a place for you!

The new 4-H year begins October 1. New youth members and adult volunteers are always welcome to join. For more information on how to join or start a 4-H club, please contact the 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 131.

Enrollment forms are also available on our website 

Names of 4-H Livestock Shows winners released

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Congratulations to the Genesee County 4-H members who participated in the 4-H Livestock Shows at the 2022 Genesee County Fair.  At the completion of the individual 4-H Livestock Shows, an Overall 4-H Livestock Master Showmanship Contest was held on Friday, July 29th.  The winners of master showmanship in each individual livestock show competed in the contest and Clare Mathes was named the 2022 Overall 4-H Livestock Master Showman. 

4-H Beef Show:

  • Senior Showmanship – Autumn Mathisen
  • Junior Showmanship – Colten Sugg
  • Master Showman – Colten Sugg
  • Supreme Champion Heifer – Colten Sugg
  • Champion Market Steer – Madelynn Pimm

4-H Goat Show:

  • Senior Dairy Goat Showmanship – Ella Christ
  • Junior Dairy Goat Showmanship – Adeline Mangino
  • Novice Dairy Goat Showmanship – Eleanor Hudson
  • Master Dairy Goat Showman – Ella Christ
  • Best in Show Dairy Doe – Levi Miller
  • Senior Meat Goat Showmanship – Clare Mathes
  • Junior Meat Goat Showmanship – Emma Tanner
  • Master Meat Goat Showman – Clare Mathes
  • Best in Show Meat Doe – Lily Haacke

4-H Hog Show:

  • Senior Showmanship – Brendan Pimm
  • Junior Showmanship – Thomas Keele
  • Master Showman – Thomas Keele
  • Champion Gilt – Thomas Keele

4-H Market Animal Auction Beef Steer Show:

  • Senior Showmanship – Caleb Carlson
  • Intermediate Showmanship – Kylie Paddock
  • Junior Showmanship – Makayla Sugg
  • Beginner Showmanship – Logan Bezon
  • Master Showman – Caleb Carlson
  • Reserve Master Showman – Makayla Sugg
  • Champion Beef Steer – Caleb Carlson
  • Reserve Champion Beef Steer – Colten Sugg

4-H Market Animal Auction Dairy Steer Show:

  • Senior Showmanship – Maggie Winspear
  • Junior Showmanship – Chase Zuber
  • Master Showman – Maggie Winspear
  • Champion Dairy Steer – Chase Zuber
  • Reserve Champion Dairy Steer – Bing Zuber

4-H Market Animal Auction Goat Show:

  • Senior Showmanship – John Riley
  • Junior Showmanship – Riley Smith
  • Beginner Showmanship – Kiely Coast
  • Master Showman – John Riley
  • Champion Market Goat – Layla Baker

4-H Market Animal Auction Hog Show:

  • Senior Showmanship – Caleb Carlson
  • Intermediate Showmanship – Cody Carlson
  • Junior Showmanship – Thomas Keele
  • Beginner Showmanship – Brynn Weaver
  • Master Showman – Caleb Carlson
  • Reserve Master Showman – Thomas Keele
  • Champion Market Hog – Aiden Warner
  • Reserve Champion Market Hog – Carson Warner

4-H Market Animal Auction Lamb Show:

  • Senior Showmanship – Taylor Fancher
  • Junior Showmanship – Colten Sugg
  • Beginner Showmanship – Adeline Mangino
  • Master Showman – Colten Sugg
  • Champion Market Lamb – Colten Sugg
  • Reserve Champion Market Lamb – Taylor Fancher

Submitted photo: Participants in the 2022 4-H Overall Livestock Master Showman Contest, Left to Right: Ella Christ, Maggie Winspear, Brendan Pimm, Clare Mathes, Thomas Keele, Colten Sugg, Madelynn Pimm, Amelia Brewer, Kasey Pagels.

'Record-breaking' hybrid auction to return this year

By Joanne Beck

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This past year’s 4-H livestock auction contained some pretty lucrative creatures, Jocelyn Sikorski says.

The event raised “a quarter million dollars,” and included a pair of pricey foul.

“Two chickens sold for $752. I said, ‘how big are these chickens?’” she said during her report to Genesee County’s Public Service Committee Monday. “I’m excited and looking forward to next week.”

That auction was at the end of the 2021 Genesee County Fair, and, as a result of the pandemic, organizers had opted to go another way with a hybrid model. Sikorski, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension Genesee, believes that was key to offering bidders more flexibility to view the animals and bid on them, versus only being able to attend in person at a particular time and date.

“When COVID hit … in 2020 we had to go completely online for the auction, and our auctioneers were able to work with us and do that. So last year, we did a hybrid. Bidding started and people could actually see the livestock online prior, and start putting in their bids,” she said. “And (the auctioneer) actually operated it both live and virtual last year during the event, and I think that really boosted us.”

There was no fair in 2019, and Sikorski also believes that “people wanted to be back out in the community and supporting what was going on in Genesee County, and, really, the county fair last year was the first really big event.”

Before the pandemic, the auction was done in person at the fairgrounds on Route 5. After the success of this past one, the auction will once again be offered in hybrid form, Sikorski said.

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The 4-H Market Animal Auction Program allows youth to raise poultry, beef steers, dairy steers, hogs, lambs, and goats for the purpose of selling in the auction at the fair, her report states. Youth gain hands-on experience raising animals while learning important life skills, and the program is “highly supported by local businesses and families,” it states.

Gross sales were “record-breaking,” with a total of $256,723.50 that came from the sale of 35 beef steers, four dairy steers, 16 goats, 52 hogs, 12 lambs and 36 pairs of meat chickens. A 4 percent commission is kept by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee to cover costs incurred with the program, and the remainder goes to the youth participants, she said.

Organizers are anticipating strong participation in 4-H during this year’s fair, and a new cycle will begin on Oct. 1.

The participation of kids with hogs, dairy steers and goats has increased from 2021, and the program is expanding to include rabbits this year. Entries include 79 hogs from 39 youth, which is the largest category of animals in 2022. Participation numbers for hogs, dairy steers and goats are increased from 2021, with beef, lambs and chickens remaining level. The program is expanding to include market rabbits this year, according to Sikorski’s report.

The live auction is to begin at 6:30 p.m. July 28 at the main show ring. To check it out online, go to 4-H Auction   

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The fair, hosted by Genesee County Agricultural Society, runs from Saturday through July 30, with pre-event horse shows from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and fair queen pageant at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Daily offerings include a balloon display and demonstration, pig racing, pony rides, Niagara Down Under, chain saw carving, radio-controlled car races and Johnny Muttville Comix.

Music entertainment includes Savage Cabbage on July 23, Wail-On Tribute to Waylon Jennings on July 24, karaoke on July 25 and 26, and Audibull on July 30. Many other attractions include a small fry tractor pull, racing at Genesee Speedway, a midway of rides, and many 4-H animal shows.

For the schedule and other details, go to Genesee County Fair or call the "Fair Phone" at (585) 344-2424.

In other news, Sikorski said that the Ag in the Classroom is becoming a “strong and powerful program,” with four public — Batavia, Elba, Byron-Bergen and Oakfield-Alabama — and one parochial -- St. Joe’s — school districts participating.

“I’m glad to hear it’s coming back,” Legislator Marianne Clattenburg said. “The kids really liked that program.”

File photos by Howard Owens.

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