EAST AURORA, N.Y. — On Sunday, July 24th at 6 pm, thirty-one 4-H youth will come to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County’s new property on Burton and Powers Road in Orchard Park, with their 4-H project chickens and turkeys in tow. The 4-Hers will come from across the county to have their birds judged at the 2022 4-H Market Poultry Show, and to have their own skills at showing the birds evaluated in a showmanship competition.
These youth have been hard at work raising their market chicken and turkey projects in preparation for the July 24th show, and for the market sale that will take place at the Erie County Fair on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 2 p.m. After the chickens and turkeys are judged on the 24th, they will be sold at the 4-H and FFA youth auction already processed and ready for the purchaser to take home that night. Contact our office at 716-652-5400 ext. 131 if you would like more information about the 4-H and FFA youth auction at the fair.
Also, 2022 marks the fifth year that the 4-H poultry program has offered a community service project, where each member raises and donates an extra 2 chickens and/or 1 turkey to FeedMore WNY. The 4-Hers hope that their donated birds will provide anyone who receives a chicken or turkey, with a nutritious main dish for a meal with family and friends.
Throughout this project year, 4-Hers have participated in meetings to learn about feeding, handling, selection, showmanship, and the history of meat birds along with keeping financial records, participating in public presentations and a livestock interview. The livestock interview, introduced this year to assist members with employment and career preparation, is done with a local business professional, in a learning environment for the youth.
For more information about the Erie County 4-H Program, visit: erie.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development.
More about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County and the Erie County 4-H Program
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) uses local experience and research-supported solutions to build stronger communities. CCE Erie provides educational programs to county residents in 4-H Youth Development; Agriculture and Food Systems; Nutrition and Community Health; Environment and Natural Resources, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change; and Consumer and Economic Vitality.
The 4-H Program is the youth development branch of CCE Erie. 4-H gives young people ages 5 to 19 hands-on experiences to teach them leadership, citizenship, and life skills by working with volunteers, youth organizations, and school districts to put research-based knowledge to work in homes, schools, and community centers. 4-H works with young people from urban, suburban, and rural areas of Erie County.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County