This year’s drought has brought a change to the rules for Saskatchewan
4-H livestock clubs.
Traditionally, the clubs require 4-H members to show a live animal at
the spring achievement days. But with the feed shortage and dry
pastures causing some ranchers to cull their herds, some 4-H members
might be without an animal.
“We want to encourage members to stay in 4-H,” said Valerie Smith,
executive director of Saskatchewan 4-H.
Smith said when the provincial board met recently, it discussed this
year’s unusual weather and decided no member should be punished for
Instead, members without animals will be encouraged to do innovative
projects such as displaying photos of a visit to a feedlot, or sharing
an animal and its care with another member or going with a single
animal for a club.
Of the province’s total of 238 clubs, 100 are focused on beef.