Ten Morgan County 4-H members recently began their 2000-2001 Catch-It-Dairy calf project activities.

This is the 10th year that this Cooperative Extension youth program has been in operation.

The Catch-It-Dairy program is an educational program, in which the contestant will receive a dairy calf, raise it and then show it for the following two years, at the Morgan County Fair. The purpose of the program is to educate youths about raising, breeding and marketing dairy heifers. It also is designed to make the dairy industry more recognizable, along with increasing the size of the Morgan County Fair Dairy Show.

The Catch-It-Dairy contest consists of six categories: record keeping, interview judging, sponsor relations, show ring placings, showmanship, workshop attendance and meeting the industry standards for body growth. The champion Catch-It-Dairy heifer participant will be determined by achieving the highest score based on these six categories.

Youths will pay for a portion of the cost of the animal and sponsors provide the remainder of the cost. The participants for this year's program include: Heidi Brandenburg, Snyder; Doug Clapper, Fort Morgan; Chelsea Darrell, Fort Morgan; Dustin Evans, Snyder; Jenna Florian, Snyder; David Kitzman, Wiggins; Jacob Kitzman, Wiggins; Katie Mohrlang, Brush; Heather Warner, Brush; and Derek Weiderspon, Snyder.

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