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Taking Care of your 4-H Project Animal During the Holidays

With the holidays coming up many of you will be traveling and having fun with your family.  During this time do not forget about your 4-H project animal.

Maintaining your normal routine with your animal is very important even during the holidays. Here are a few things to think about:

  1. Feeding Time – Your animal is used to getting fed at certain times of the day. If you start changing your feeding program, your animal might not adjust well to these changes.
  2. Feeding Arrangements – If you are going out of town. Make sure that you have made arrangements with someone to feed for you.  This person will need to know your feed times, the amount of feed to give each animal, and have an emergency number to call just in case.  If there is going to be temperature changes while you are gone make sure to leave heat lamps or tarps, and the directions for when and how to use them.
  3. Purchasing Feed – If you are planning to go out of town. Make sure you have planned ahead and have left enough feed to take care of your animal while you are gone.  In addition, during the holidays some feed stores will change their hours.  Make sure you have enough feed to make it through without running out.  Running out of your normal feed, and feeding what you can find often times can make your animal slow down on eating.

Taking a little bit of time to plan ahead will make for a great Holiday Season for you and your animal.

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