April 13, 2018 – Nevada County 4-H recently held their annual Goat Camp at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. 4-H, FFA, and independent youth goat enthusiasts from across northern California gathered for a day of educational presentations to help them be successful in their goat raising projects. Featured presenters were Elaine N. Krieg, D.V.M., who discussed goat care, disease prevention and biosecurity; Pat Ariaz of La Grange about Boer goats; Garrett and Landry Otterson of Willows about dairy goats; and Lisa McClelland about pygmy goats. Nevada County 4-H project leaders and 4-H youth leaders also led sessions about various aspects of goat care.

Carl McCosker, Event Coordinator, and a goat project leader with the Penn Valley 4-H Club, said: “Goat Camp was created to provide new youth exhibitors, their families, and 4-H leaders a preview of the basics in a meat, dairy, or Pygmy goat project. It has grown into an event attracting people from all over California and is filling an important role in youth development.”

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In animal science projects, 4-H members learn about animals and their behavior, health, and reproduction. They learn animal husbandry skills, share acquired knowledge with other 4-H members, and share their animal science projects at county fairs and expositions. In 4-H, young people learn and practice leadership, public speaking, community service, and record-keeping skills.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is an educational program of the University of California Cooperative Extension, where young people ages 5 to 19 learn citizenship, leadership, and life skills. Youth complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture, and citizenship, in a positive environment, where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. All 4-H programs are accessible and open to all youth.

For more information about the Nevada County 4-H Program, email Jill Simmons at , or visit the website at