TOMPKINS CO., N.Y. — The 4-H club program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is starting a new 4-H Fiber Goat club for youth between the ages of 8-to-18. The goal of the club is to have interested youth select a newborn cashmere or angora goat to bottle feed, gain knowledge and skills in raising a goat, and in training and grooming it for show and exhibition at the all-youth run 4-H Fair in July. The goat kids will remain on the home farm, and youth will work with their project animal during meetings. Youth also will learn about fiber arts and fiber processing.
Meetings will start in mid-March and be held at the Laughing Goat Fiber Farm, 1485 Mecklenburg Road, in Ithaca NY. Laughing Goat Fiber Farm maintains a herd of nearly 90 angora and cashmere goats, alpacas, and sheep, from which they harvest luxurious fibers that are turned into roving, yarns, and finished goods. Farm owner Lisa Ferguson will be the direct leader of the new 4-H Fiber Goat club. For more information about the farm, visit https://laughinggoatfiber.com/ .
In order to adequately manage the risk of working with live animals, youth must be properly supervised at each meeting, and 4-H is seeking additional adults who can assist. These volunteers do not need to be parents of youth members, although parents are welcome to stay and help with activities as a volunteer of the club. Experience with goats and 4-H is helpful but not a requirement.
There is a $15 county 4-H enrollment fee and some additional costs to cover the cost of vet work, vaccinations and expenses associated with the show experience. Youth are expected to attend regularly scheduled meetings, and will learn to demonstrate safe handling techniques prior to bringing the goat to the 4-H Youth Fair. For additional information about the new 4-H Fiber Goat club, please contact Lisa Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more about Tompkins County 4-H and programs it offers, visit http://ccetompkins.org/4-h-youth.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
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