Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Marshall County Office
126 Barn Drive
P.O. Box 309
Moundsville, WV 26041-0309

Phone: 304-843-1170
Fax: 304-845-2355
Office Hours 8:30 – 4:30 Mon-Fri
Driving Directions

4-H News

NEW POLICY ON LAMB TAILS 2017

Sheep Rectal Prolapse Policy for 4-H and FFA Sponsored Exhibits

Youth as livestock producers, are in a unique position. While 4-H and FFA livestock projects are a small part of the livestock industry, as a whole, they often are the window through which the public sees animal agriculture. It is essential that the view seen by the public is a positive one. The ethical treatment of animals and the elimination of unethical practices are important to our youth programs and the entire livestock industry. The West Virginia University 4-H Program and the West Virginia Agricultural Educators support the current American Veterinary Medicine Association official policy for tail docking of lambs below: Lambs’ tails are docked for cleanliness and to minimize fly strike, but cosmetic, excessively short tail docking can lead to an increased incidence of rectal prolapses and is unacceptable for the welfare of the lamb. We recommend that lambs’ tails be docked at the level of the distal end of the caudal tail fold. Beginning January 1, 2017 market lambs or breeding sheep entered in 4-H/FFA sponsored youth fair exhibits will be observed by Extension and/or FFA personnel for evidence of rectal prolapse. Any lamb exhibiting any signs of rectal prolapse will be disqualified from the event, any official tags removed, and the animal removed from the premises.

NEW CLUB YEAR

The new 4-H Club Year begins on October 1st—please explore our website to learn more about 4-H and the opportunities available to you in Marshall County! Contact the office at 304-843-1170 to find a club near you.

MARSHALL COUNTY 4-H AND FFA DRESS CODE FOR LIVESTOCK SHOWS

The posted show attire is required for all Exhibitors participating in Marshall County 4-H/FFA shows in Fitting & Showmanship, Conformation, breed classes, market classes and the livestock sales. The attire must be worn throughout the entire show. Exhibitors not adhering to the show attire requirements will be excused from the show ring. This attire is prescribed in order to uphold a professional appearance in the ring, maintain a fair show ring environment, and to provide for the exhibitors’ safety in the show ring. Please click for full dress code .

WVDA GUIDELINES FOR LIVESTOCK

All 4-H/FFA members are responsible for understanding and following the WVDA Guidelines for importing livestock across state lines (this means purchasing your market or breeding animals outside of WV) and for the Fairs and Festival requirements for exhibiting your animals. Please review as this is your responsibility to have these documents and/or tests in order. Failure to follow procedures may result in the inability to exhibit your animal.

LIVESTOCK QUALITY ASSURANCE

All 4-H/FFA members enrolled in any beef, dairy, goat, horse/pony, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and/or swine project (breeding or market) are required complete the online QA training to be eligible to exhibit their project animals at any West Virginia county and state 4-H/FFA shows and events.

West Virginia 4-H/FFA members will have access to the AH&QA program from April 15th through July 1st, 2017. Exhibitors must complete the online QA training no later than July 1, 2017 in order to show at any 2017 Fair in the state of West Virginia.

All details are available on the website under Youth Livestock Quality Assurance.

THANK YOU TO CHEVRON!

Marshall County 4-H recently received a donation from Chevron to assist with STEM programming in the county. Lee Ann Wainwright, who manages policy, government, and public affairs with Chevron made the presentation.

Congratulations to the Marshall County 4-H Leaders’ Association!*

The Marshall County 4-H Leaders’ Association was named the Outstanding Partner at the WVU Extension 2014 Partner Appreciation Awards at Jackson’s Mill on October 21st.