Cabot participated in the Susquehanna County 4-H livestock auction at the 160th Harford Fair recently purchasing a goat and two pigs, one of which was a reserve champion. 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 healthy living. Many people don’t make the connection that farming, agriculture, and natural gas development go hand-in-hand. If you look across Susquehanna County, the number one producing region in all of the Marcellus shale, many of Cabot’s wells are developed, responsibly, on high-quality farmland. Cabot is proud to join businesses from across northeast Pennsylvania in rewarding the hard work of the 4-H participants through bidding & purchasing their livestock each year. Congratulations to all of the 4-H livestock auction participants for another great year!
About Susquehanna County 4-H Livestock
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.