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Swine Weigh-In on Saturday
The Saline County 4-H Swine Weigh-In will be held Saturday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m. at the Livestock Building at the Saline County Fairgrounds. 4-H members enrolled in swine projects who want to participate in the Rate of Gain Contest and/or have their market animals tagged for the county or state fair should plan to attend.
Swine exhibitors who anticipate attending the Illinois State Fair in August must know the ear notch numbers on their animals. Bring the numbers to this weigh-in. Swine will NO longer have to be blood tested for Brucellosis and Pseudorabies to show in Illinois. They will only need a health paper/certificate of vet inspection and an ear tag. Registered Purebred Market Swine must be ear-notched or tagged. Crossbred Market Swine must be tagged.
For those who do not want to participate in the Rate of Gain Contests, Swine market entries are due in to the Extension Office 10 days after the weigh-in, Tuesday, April 17.
Generations Can Learn From Each Other
(The following is a special release from University of Illinois Extension.)
When children, teens and younger adults spend time with older adults, there are many benefits to everyone involved. Older adults can be great role models for children, while also passing on family stories, historical information and teaching the rituals and traditions of earlier times. Children can also improve their practical living skills and ability to problem-solve when applying the wisdom and life experiences gained from those that have lived for many years.
Older adults can also benefit from their interactions with youth. They too can learn new skills, like technology, and often feel rejuvenated and energized after spending time with young ones. The more time spent with each other can also bring greater understanding and appreciation of each generation & their beliefs, values, and behaviors.
There are many activities that are ideal for various generations to do together. Some of these activities include: genealogy, storytelling, scrapbooking, art, gardening, music, community service projects, technology, cooking, crafts, games, traveling, fishing, nature walks, movies and sports. Many of these provide opportunities for lessons learned and taught for everyone involved.
There is a wonderful 4-H project called “Walk in My Shoes” that teaches aging awareness to youth. Check out the website http://extension.illinois.edu/wims/index.cfm and see some of the activities that youth can participate in to learn more about getting older.

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