Farm crawl; Sheep show; Sheep clinic; Horse vaccines
Farm crawl planned July Fourth
Fairfield Farmers’ Market vendors are planning to “Celebrate the American Farmer!” with a farm crawl from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a dinner at the Maasdam Barns from 6-8 p.m. July Fourth.
Eight farms, two county parks and one winery are on the crawl, which winds through about 30 miles of gardens and barns.
The stops on the crawl include: Claude Nicholson of Sharon’s Produce, John Roush of CR Eggs, Kim Keller of Blooming Acres, Cory Klehm and family of K5 Produce, Dawn Hunter of Aurora Farm, Ernie Hinkle of Leslie’s Little Bit of Heaven and several others. The farm crawl will include two places to pick up a lunch.
The crawl is free and open to anyone who wants to visit local farms for the purpose of understanding food production and the farmers who work the land.
At the end of the day, a “white tablecloth” dinner will be served from 6-8 p.m. at the Maasdam Barns.
The menu for the catered meal includes locally grown spinach and strawberry salad; beef, chicken or vegetable kabobs; and fruit pies and homemade ice cream for dessert. The meal will be served in a sustainable way by the youth of the Fairfield community.
Tickets for the catered meal are $35.
To purchase tickets and for additional information, including a downloadable brochure, visit the website www.HometownHarvest SSEIowa.org or call Hometown Harvest at 472-6177.
Open sheep show scheduled July 7
WASHINGTON, Iowa — An open sheep show in memory of longtime sheep producer and mentor Pat Greiner will be July 7 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Washington.
Greiner was a lifetime resident of Keota and actively involved in Washington County 4-H and fair for 35 years. He was a club leader of the Dutch Creek Flyers 4-H Club for 15 years, served as 4-H sheep superintendent and served on the Washington County Fair Board. He was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2010.
Greiner’s family has been very involved showing sheep at the county, state and national level and raising club lambs. He has left a legacy among the 4-H sheep families and volunteers in Washington.
Registration and weigh-in are from 9-11 a.m. The show begins at 1 p.m.
Entry fee is $20 per head. Prizes and payout will be given to grand and reserve champion market lamb and grand and reserve champion commercial lamb.
For more information on the open sheep show, contact Fletcher Flynn at 319-330-2385, Corey Happel at 319-240-4560 or www.heartlandyouthshowlambcircuit.com/shows.html.
4-H sheep showmanship clinic set
WASHINGTON, Iowa — A sheep showmanship clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to noon July 8 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Washington. The event is open to any youth who want to learn more about and make improvements in showing their sheep. Topics to be covered will include: proper handling of lambs, daily care, washing and health issues.
Pete Dempsey a visiting FFA instructor and nationally known judge from Oklahoma, will lead the workshop.
A $10 fee will be collected that day to participate. Bring sheep sheared and ready to practice and apply Dempsey’s suggestions in the ring.
Contact the Washington County 4-H sheep superintendent Ted Greiner for more information at 641-660-6839.
Horse owners encouraged to vaccinate against West Nile virus
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging horse owners to protect their animals from the West Nile virus by making sure their horses are vaccinated and that the vaccination is up-to-date. The first year of vaccination requires two vaccinations to be protective for horses and then annual boosters in following years.
“As we enter mosquito season it is important for horse owners to vaccinate their animals so that they are protected from West Nile virus,” Northey said.
In 2012 Iowa had 36 confirmed West Nile virus cases in horses last year and in most cases the animals had not had any vaccinations and in a few of these cases only had their first dose of vaccine. Iowa had only one confirmed case in a horse in 2011.
West Nile virus has been in the U.S. since 1999, and while it is primarily a disease of birds it can infect horses, dogs, humans, and several other animal species.
It is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most animals and humans do not show clinical signs of being infected, but horses may develop a brain infection with signs such as lethargy, weakness, incoordination/staggering, paralysis or even death.
Horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarian for more information and to discuss vaccination and other preventions measures, such as mosquito control.