For those unfamiliar with 4-H, it is a program designed to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H focuses on teaching new topic and life skills development, science, citizenship, and health living.
In Susquehanna County, there are many different 4-H programs offered. Raising livestock – cow, swine, goat, or sheep – through which youth grow personally and learn the skills that will help them become more responsible, seems to be the biggest. Following many months of hard work raising healthy livestock and taking on the financial burden associated with investing in livestock, youth participate in a Livestock sale. At this actual sale, youth display their livestock projects before a crowd of interested buyers while an auctioneer rambles on trying to drum up the sale price. Many in the audience are local business owners, family and friends of the participants but its clear most are past 4-H participants. Following the sale each youth recoups their investment with the net income going towards a college fund.
It important to note here, not every youth who takes on a livestock project has the opportunity to sell it via the auction. There are strict guidelines each youth must follow to be eligible for the sale. Also, if the animal is over or under a certain weight, it may be exempt from the auction.
At this year’s Sale, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, purchased two pigs. The pigs were raised by Tara Decker and Donna Howell and each weighted 226 lbs. and 245 lbs., respectively. Cabot also bid on but failed to secure two goats earlier in the auction. While we would have enjoyed winning the bid for each, hire bids demonstrates the quality and care youth put in to raising livestock for this auction.
Cabot salutes all of the participants at this year’s 4-H auction and all of the great work 4-H does as an organization.