Lamb barn project keeps growing

Two conservation groups and Landus Cooperative provide support

The Greene County Fair is approaching and the Greene County Lamb Barn Project 4-H youth are working hard to have their lambs ready to show. This year the project has grown to 19 4-H members who will be showing 29 lambs, which is the largest group so far.

With the numbers increasing each year the job of conducting the program for the Greene County Lamb Producers becomes more challenging. This year they received help from the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Environmental Habitat Corporation, and Landus Cooperative. With these donations they were able to obtain large fans and an additional lamb stand. These are being used both in the barn where the lambs are housed, and then also at the fair.

To prepare for the fair the Lamb Producers have been conducting workshops each Wednesday night. Then the 4-H youth will learn how to wash and shear their sheep before the fair in July.

A spokesman for the group said, “It has been fun to watch these kids take on the responsibility of feeding and caring for the lambs.”

But even more than that, they have seen the connection with an animal making such a difference to the youth. This opportunity gives these young men and women the chance to do something they may never have been able to do.

The Lamb Producers thanked the three groups for their assistance. “Without this community support, continuing the program would be very difficult,” the spokesperson said.

Pictured with the new lamb stand are (front, from left) Colton Mobley, Maya Telleen, Taylor Mobley, Sydney Schiltz, Caden Etherton and Dustin Nordin; and (back, from left) Cayden Stream, Caden Telleen, Naphtali Hoyt, Sadie Gilbertson, Noble Hoyt, Justin Stream, Taylor Gierstorf, and Madison Mobley. Not pictured are Conner Allender, Dalton Ostrander, Katrina Heupel, Makayla Kafer and Kasha Lansman.
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