Heifer Chain project for youth is under way

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By The Staff

The Taylor County Cattleman's Association and the Taylor County 4-H Council is starting a new livestock project for the youth of Taylor County. This livestock project is called a Heifer Chain for Beef and Dairy.

This is how the project would work. Any youth, ages 9-15, who are Taylor County 4-H or FFA members can participate. After the youth have been selected - this year's participants have already been selected - then they would be given a heifer free of charge.

The youth will be responsible for raising and caring for the heifer. The youth participating in the project will receive educational materials and assistance with the heifer and must show the heifer in the Taylor County Fair beef or dairy show in June. When the animal's first heifer is weaned, then that animal would be returned to the Taylor County Cattleman's Association. This new heifer calf would then be given to another selected youth. This is how the project would be kept going. After the youth gives back a heifer calf, then their original heifer would become theirs.

The following is what the Taylor County Cattleman's Association needs from Taylor County Angus and Hereford seed stock producers.

The heifer must be registered and transferred to the youth.

A September heifer calf weaned around Jan. 1 that weighs about 300 pounds.

The heifer would be weaned for two weeks and on feed.

At weaning, the heifer would receive clostridium - 7 way (blackleg); IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV; dewormed with internal/external pour on.

Provide a copy of registration papers on the sire and dam of heifer(s) at site visit of Heifer Chain committee on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Notify the Taylor County Extension Office of potential heifer(s) by Thursday, Dec. 6, at 465-4511.

The Taylor County Cattleman's Association would like the animal to be the quality that seed stock producers would keep in their own herd.

The Taylor County Cattleman's Association will pay a fair price for these heifers.

Again, if you would like to nominate a heifer or heifers for the Heifer Chain program to help 4-H/FFA youth with this livestock project or would like further information on this program, contact the Taylor County Extension Office by Thursday, Dec. 6.

Application for dairy modernization accepted beginning Dec. 10

Applications for Phase I Cost-Share Dairy Modernization Program will be available beginning Monday, Dec. 10, at the Taylor County Extension Office. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 17.

Producers will be eligible for 50 percent cost-share funding with a $4,000 maximum. First time applicants are given first priority.

Applicants must meet the following guidelines for funding in the program:

Maintain ownership of capital construction projects for five years.

Own an operating farm in Taylor County and be at least 18 years of age.

Provide a Social Security number and Taylor County Farm Service Agency number.

Cost share requirements are a maximum of 50 percent from program and a minimum of 50 percent from applicant.

Funds will reimburse material expenses and vendor labor. Labor provided by the individual applicant can only be considered for project match. Documented grower labor may be used as match ($16 per hour), not to exceed 25 percent of total project cost. Applicant labor is not eligible for cost-share.

Any individual receiving $600 or more will receive a 1099 IRS form.

The maximum cost-share benefit to any farm (FSN) shall be $15,000 for the lifetime of any particular program.

All funding will be based on application evaluation.

A complete list of cost-shareable items for each program and prerequisites may be obtained from the Taylor County Extension Office.

If you have any questions regarding any of these programs or for a complete list of eligible cost-share items, feel free to give us a call at the Extension Office at 465-4511 or stop by at 1143 South Columbia Avenue.