We have had some great weather in Western Oregon this year. Very strange for us. Gardens are up, and we don’t even usually plant until Memorial Day. Flowers are gorgeous this spring and the fruit trees already have fruit on them (very strange). We usually get a late frost but not this year, in fact we have been having to water the garden already. New plants do not like 80 plus degree weather.
Cows , of course, are fat and happy. My neighbor came home and one day my cows didn’t. When I went to find them they were very happily munching in his field. His daughter-law was feeding the chickens just as I got there and I asked how they got in those fields, she informed me that Obviously John wants them eating that grass—whoops could have told her that a month ago. Oh well so far they haven’t eaten the chickens or the little boy that she says they chase. They do wonder home every few days to say hello and see if I just might give them a bite of grain.
I have a problem that I wondered if anyone out there has a solution to. I have been a 4-H leader for, well over 40 years, yikes!! I am on a livestock committee and we have a Youth Fair every year in May. Everything is sent out early so everyone is aware of what is going on. Last night we had a meeting and only 14 kids are signed up and Youth Fair is this weekend. This is not a competition but more of a learning day for the kids. They bring an animal and we have qualified people to help them show their animals as well as workshops for things like records, herdsmanship, clipping, etc. We have door prizes, food and everything that should make this a great event for the kids. When I started it years ago we had it as a competition and it was a two day event, but then somewhere along the line they changed it to just a learning day with livestock one day and horses another. We used to have so many kids that we didn’t even have barn space for everyone, now we wonder if it’s worth going to all the work to put it on and have kids not show up. Any ideas out there on how to get kids involved again?? I know kids are involved in a lot of spring sports anymore but with my own kids I always told them somewhere along the way 4-H had to be first, if just for a couple of days.
Anyway hope all of you are having as good a spring as we are, enjoy and have a great summer