Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Project Orientation Meeting Cancelled

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Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Project Orientation Meeting
Monday, March 16, 2020

**CANCELLED**

As you may be aware, Extension along with the UW-Madison community, UW-Oshkosh Fond du Lac Campus, and our county, have been keeping a close eye on developments around the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

At this point in time, UW- Madison Extension has asked us to cancel all upcoming events between now and April 10 that:  expect to draws more than 50 individuals; smaller events to be reconsidered if they draw from a wide geographic area; and/or that this will be disappointing as our young people miss out on positive youth development opportunities. At this time, we need to follow the guidance of experts to keep our youth, volunteers, staff, and everyone safe.

 Due to the possibility and risk of infection and the directive we have received, Extension Fond du Lac County and the Market Livestock Project Committee are required to cancel the Monday, March 16th Project Orientation Meeting.  The meeting will not be rescheduled.

Minimum points need for sale change from 8 to 6 points:  We realize many of our livestock youth were counting on this meeting to help them achieve the minimum 8 points needed to qualify for the Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Sale.  Because of this opportunity being cancelled, the Market Livestock Committee has reduced the qualifying points from 8 to 6 points to qualify for the sale.

Please remember YQCA training is still required.  The training can be taken online anytime at http://yqca.org.  At this point we may have a May YQCA face-to-face training; a date has not been determined and will be shared when available.

Many of you have planned on attending 4-H sponsored livestock project meeting in other counties or industry sponsored events.  Please verify with them prior to attending to make sure the event is still being held.  In the case of 4-H sponsored events, they also fall under guidance stated in the second paragraph.

If you are having a difficult time achieving the now 6 minimum points to qualify for the sale, please feel free to contact me for ideas and assistance.

Distribution of Ear Tags for Swine, Meat Goats, and Sheep:  Once a plan has been developed, follow up correspondence and details will be provided in the distribution of ear tags for project members.  Animal self-identification documentation for these species will be due April 15th to Extension Fond du Lac County.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we work together to minimize the spread and risk of infection of COVID-19 within our community.

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