The Erie County Fair is now just a great memory for the members of the Erie County 4-H Livestock Program. Exhibiting their livestock projects at the fair was the culmination of hours of care and work, and the fun and comradery were bonuses to a successful show. This year, 4-Hers in the sheep program were able to help with a great community project as well.
For the past two years, the Erie County 4-H Sheep Program used funds raised from a project ‘funder’ lamb to purchase training materials and equipment for the educational program. The ‘funder’ lamb was donated by an area producer and the feed supplied by a local mill. The lamb was raised by a member selected via an application process. This year the ‘funder’ lamb was caringly raised by Jordan Harzynski, a second year member to the program. The lamb was donated by Jane Roalsvig of Kelkenberg Farm, Clarence Center, and the feed for the lamb was donated by Shamel Milling of East Concord.
The ‘funder’ lamb was sold at the 4-H auction on the first Saturday of the fair this year. Phillips Family Farm/Shining Star Cattle Company of North Collins purchased the lamb, thus contributing funds to the 4-H Sheep Program, and then requested the lamb be resold in support of a community foundation.
Proceeds from the second sale of the lamb will go to the Butterfly Foundation to support Butterfly Athletic Park at Wales Primary School in memory of Katie Durkin, a Wales Primary student who lost her life in July in a car accident. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H Program is pleased to share that a donation will be made to the Butterfly Foundation in the sum of $6,000 with sincere thanks to Apex, LLC and Tony’s Roadside Service for the resale purchase of this 4-H market lamb.