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4-H seeking participants for Special Lambs Project

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 06:53 PM

WINFIELD — The Putnam County 4-H Special Lambs project is seeking participants for 2013.

The Special Lamb Project for Putnam County pairs youth with disabilities with a 4-H’er experienced in raising livestock. Together, this pair shares the duty of feeding and caring for a lamb, and showing it and selling it at the Putnam County Fair in July. Each member of the team receives part of the proceeds from the sale of the lamb.

This program offers realistic experiences to youth with disabilities, with the goal of developing their physical and mental potentials.

“For the non-disabled 4-H member, this program will establish a greater understanding of persons with disabilities and establish a friendship bond that will last for a lifetime,” according to a news release.

Participants must be between the ages of 9 and 21 and have the ability to perform certain tasks and handle situations such as showing lambs and taking part in the livestock auction. Both participants are expected to commit to basic care of the lamb, and participants with special needs are expected to work with their lamb at least once a week. The lamb will be housed at the non-disabled participant’s house, or whichever partner has the best capacity and facilities to care for the lamb.

Lambs and necessary items for care will be provided at no cost to participants. Opportunities to attend Putnam County 4-H Camp are also available.

Registration deadline is Feb. 15, 2013. For more information, call the Putnam County 4-H Office at 304-586-0217.