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4-H Meat Animal Sale moves to online platform

4-H’ers participated in the 4-H Beef and Heifer Show at the Chautauqua County Fair in 2019.

The 2020 4-H Meat Animal Sale will be an online-only auction beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 and ending at 6 p.m. Friday, July 17. Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua has contracted with Peterson Auction to host the auction. The highest quality beef, goat, chicken, lamb, and hogs will be offered for sale by the head.

The decision to move to an online auction wasn’t an easy one, but was made due to the COVID-19 crisis. CCE Chautauqua Staff and volunteer members of the 4-H Meat Animal Sale committee reviewed multiple options for the sale.In the best interest of safety and in accordance with health officials’ recommendations we will not be conducting in person programming at this time.

The organization asks for understanding as it has come to this difficult decision and ask for the community to continue to support our 4-H youth in this way. Information will be made available closer to the auction date regarding registering for the auction using the Peterson Auction website.

Current 4-H youth are not required to participate in the 4-H Meat Animal Sale. Youth who opt-out will receive no penalty and it will not affect their eligibility to participate in 4-H in the coming year.

Youth who wish to participate in the 2020 4-H Meat Animal Sale must follow these guidelines:

1. Youth must be currently enrolled in the respective animal project and already be raising a 4-H animal.

2. Youth must complete the Intent to Sell form to commit their animal(s) to the 2020 4-H Meat Animal Sale by June 15, 2020. This form can be found online online at https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eyXuhD4… or a paper copy can be mailed to youth.

3. Beef and hogs will need a federal ID tag and goats and sheep will need a Scrapie tag for proof of animal identification. Poultry will use leg bands.

4. Youth can submit a maximum of four photos and one video of each animal to the 4-H Office that they will sell by July 1, 2020. This information will be used to market the animal on the Peterson Auction website. Contact the 4-H Office if you will need assistance photographing or videoing your animal.

5. Youth must complete the required Meat Animal Sale Statement and submit by July 1, 2020.

6. Youth may only sell one animal per species.

7. Trucking to processing facilities cannot be provided by Chautauqua County 4-H. Each youth/family is responsible for transporting their animal(s) to a processing facility. Processing facility assignments will be shared with families no later than 5:00pm on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

8. To better accommodate area processing facilities 4-H meat animals may need to be delivered to the processor on Sunday, July 19 with the majority of animals delivered on Sunday, July 26.

9. The sale commission will remain at 6% per animal.

Please review the 2020 4-H Meat Animal Sale Policy accessible on our website or via the 4-H Office for complete details on the 4-H Meat Animal Sale. The 4-H Office will happily answer questions youth and buyers have regarding sale changes by contacting Kate Ewer at 716-664-9502 ext. 212 or kde32@cornell.edu. CCE Chautauqua would like to thank Peterson Auctions for their help in offering this opportunity to 4-H youth in Chautauqua County.

Complete the Intent to Sell Form Here:

https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eyXuhD4wd9aFtZP

More information on project evaluation day and virtual animal shows can be found here:

http://chautauqua.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth/updates-on-animal-project-shows-and-evaluation-day

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