4-H Livestock Record Book judges needed

The Archuleta County 4-H program is in need of Livestock Record Book judges.

We are asking for anyone who is familiar with 4-H and livestock to volunteer as a record book judge at the 2009 county fair.

The judging is two-fold: first, you interview the 4-H member, then you judge their record book.

The interview process takes place at the Archuleta County Fair — Sunday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to around 1 p.m.

Each judge is assigned a species: beef, swine, sheep, goat, horse, turkey or rabbit. We will provide breakfast and lunch for all the judges on that Sunday.

Prior to the fair, we always have a judges’ orientation luncheon meeting.

We try to limit the number of members for each judge to around 10 members. We are looking for three volunteers to judge swine, two each to judge beef, sheep, horse and goat, and one volunteer each to help judge rabbit and turkey. If you think this is something you are interested in, call Sandy at the Extension Office, 264-5931.

Fair volunteers needed

We are currently seeking volunteers of all ages and abilities for the Archuleta County Fair on July 30-31, Aug. 1-2.

Without the help of our volunteers, the fair would not happen. If you are interested in lending us your talents and abilities, you may go online at www.archuletacountyfair.com to find a PDF version of our volunteer form or contact the Extension Office at 264-2388.

Colorado Hay Directory

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2009 Colorado Hay Directory. This annual publication helps market Colorado hay to buyers in the state and around the country. The listing fee is $25 per submission, and the deadline is June 15, 2009. Forms are available at Colorado State University Extension offices or by contacting the Colorado Department of Agriculture. This free directory will be available in August at CSU Extension offices and various livestock associations in the state as well as at agricultural events such as the Colorado State Fair, National Western Stock Show and the Colorado Farm Show. The directory will also be online at www.coloradoagriculture.com and www.coloradohay.org. As an additional benefit to listees, information will be included in the Beef Business Directory, published by the AgJournal.

Since the Colorado Hay Directory was first published in 1987, it continues to be an important marketing tool for Colorado hay producers. Each listing includes the type and amount of hay available, bale type and size, whether or not laboratory analysis is available, certified weed free status and identifies organic hay. Listings are grouped by region of the state. The directory also includes listings for companies that offer hay-related products or services. Advertising is also available at $50 for a half-page ad or $90 for a full-page ad.

Members of the Colorado Hay and Forage Association receive their listing for free as a benefit of membership. If you would like to become a member of CHFA, contact Jared Anderson at (970) 903-5229, e-mail chfa@coloradohay.org or visit www.coloradohay.org. For more information or to receive a listing form, contact the Markets Division at (303) 239-4115, send e-mail to loretta.lopez@ag.state.co.us ?or visit www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Calendar

May 25 — Office Closed for Memorial Day.

May 27 — 4 p.m., Sportsfishing project.

May 29 — 4 p.m., Sailing project.

May 30 — 10 a.m., Dog Obedience and Agility.

Check out our Web page at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.