The 2012 Routt County Fair & 4-H Livestock Sale was held in Hayden, Colorado the third week of August. Each year, the fair hosts the 4-H Junior Livestock Competition where youth from 8 – 18 years of age are taught valuable life and work skills by learning how to apply new concepts in science, engineering and technology though a “learn by doing” approach for problem solving and obtaining goals.
A variety of 4-H programs are used around the United States – all designed to emphasize the important of developing passionate, well-informed citizens who are involved in their communities and who want to grow up making a difference and foster positive change. Civic engagement and going through the process of setting a goal, making and implementing a plan, using successes and failures along the way and working alone as well as with 4-H peers and mentors to reach a goal helps members of 4-H understand the “big picture” and learn skills that encourages them to become engaged, responsible citizens and successful leaders in their communities.
“The 4-H Junior Livestock Program teaches kids these valuable concepts by giving them the skills they need to make independent choices in selecting the right animal to raise, caring for it properly to achieve an ideal finish and weight for the 4-H competition and the necessity of keeping and managing accurate records and other paperwork and responsibilities associated with being a 4-H Competitor,” says RMA Broker Associate and 4-H Supporter, Christy Belton.
In addition to sponsoring the 4H royalty jackets at this year’s competition, Ranch Marketing Associates purchased Tate Montieth’s market hog and brought up the floor in support of two other local 4-H Competitor’s hogs. “Local businesses and ranches have supported this auction for a century and Ranch Marketing Associates was proud to be a supporter in 2012,” Belton adds.