Calves and the Cold

Calf losses due to cold can result from both severely frost bitten parts as well as from freezing to death or hypothermia. Appropriate management can help cattle producers avoid many of these losses for those operations that have calves born during the cold season.

Frostbite is the damage to body tissues that occurs when these tissues freeze. The extremities are most at risk. Frozen ears and tails result in changes of cattle appearance but do not affect cattle performance significantly. Frozen feet generally result in a calf that must be put to sleep or will die. Occasionally teats of a recently calved cow freeze resulting in mastitis and frequently loss of milk production in at least one quarter of the udder.

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Campbell County 4-H is a comprehensive youth development program for youth ages 5-18 years of age. 4-H programming is age specific and covers a wide variety of curriculum areas. The Campbell 4-H program utilizes several different delivery modes to incorporate 4-H programming into the community.4-H offers traditional 4-H clubs such as project clubs and community clubs as well as residential camps, day camps, and in-school clubs. Leadership opportunities for teenage youth are offered through the competitive teen counselor program. This is a great starting point for exploring other opportunities offered on the state, national, and international level. The program is also supported by staff member Cherie Roberts in the role of 4-H Technician. Please feel free to contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension- Campbell County Office with any questions related to 4-H programming in Campbell County!

Campbell County 4-H has several active 4-H clubs in the area.  4-H clubs are led by trained volunteer leaders that prepare educational activities throughout the year.  Most clubs have elected youth officers that conduct club meetings with the guidance of volunteer leaders.  4-H clubs can be a wonderful opportunity to build leadership skills, learn about an area of interest, and make new friends.  Consider joining a 4-H club today! 

Types of 4-H Clubs

4-H Community Clubs—The most traditional type of 4-H club.  Community clubs involve 4-H members interested in a variety of project areas. 

4-H Project Clubs—Members concentrate on one project area through the club, but also enroll in other projects under the supervision of a volunteer or parent.

4-H In-School Clubs—Clubs that occur during the school day and usually occur in a classroom setting.  It is recommended if possible to train teachers to lead these clubs otherwise they can become very time consuming for the 4-H Agent

4-H After-School Club—After-school programs should provide safe, engaging environments that motivate and inspire learning outside of the regular school day.

Campbell County 4-H could not have 4-H clubs without wonderful adult volunteers to lead them! Volunteer leaders are an essential part of 4-H.  If you have in interest in changing the lives of youth as a volunteer leader, contact the Campbell County Extension Office at (434) 332-9538.

The Campbell County 4-H Livestock Club is open to youth ages 9-18.  The livestock club meets once a month usually on the second Thursday of each month.  Meetings take place at the Campbell County Extension Office or at local farms or businesses. 4-H members do not have to own a livestock animal to participate in the club, they just have to have an interest in learning about livestock. 4-H Livestock Club members with animals may choose to compete in the spring Central Virginia Livestock Show and Sale held the first Saturday in May each year. Cloverbud 4-H members ages 5-8 may attend meetings under the close supervision of volunteer leaders and parents. Cloverbuds are restricted from handling livestock animals at 4-H meetings due to safety reasons.  4-H members must be 9 years of age to participate in the Central Virginia Livestock Show. 

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Contact the Campbell County Extension Office for more information on the Campbell County Livestock Show (434) 332-9538 or Todd Scott, Campbell ANR Extension Agent, todds08@vt.edu.

Have a horse of your own or just want to learn more about horses.

 

Join the Campbell Bits N Pieces 4-H Club!

 

The Bits N Pieces 4-H Club meets twice a month on the second and third Tuesday of the month.  The club normally holds a business meeting and an educational program meeting.  Bits N Pieces is a very active club that offers opportunities for 4-H members to participate in field trips and clinics.  4-H members with their own horse may choose to participate in horse shows and a week long horse camp that is sometimes offered in the summer.

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Club Members Compete in a Horse Show For more information, contact Bits N Pieces club leader Peggi Johnson (434) 907-0308 or peggi.johnson@hughes.net

Come join us for science classes, field trips, and more! 

The Campbell Homeschool Clover 4-H Club is open to youth ages 5-18.  Business meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month and additional activities such as science classes or field trips on the third Thursday of every month.  The club plans community service projects and participates in 4-H competitions. Competitions include Science Fair, Presentation/Speech contest, and Dairy Poster Contest.  There is no fee to be in the Homeschool Clover Club.  

The Homeschool Clover Club is a great way to learn valuable life skills and meet other homeschoolers in the area!

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Campbell County 4-H Homeschool Clovers

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