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From Linda Henderson

By Staff | Sep 9, 2015

Dear Editor,

In response to the Letter to the Editor written last week by Miss Greathouse on The livestock club “letdown.”

I would like to reply that after questioning Miss Greathouse on how she was informed of this so called “dope” of animals, she responded that it came from a “reliable source” (second hand). Not only did she not witness this, she really has no factual evidence that any dope was used.

As far as the health and welfare of the animals: Each member must do a Quality Assurance training before they can come to the fair. No animal is allowed off its livestock trailer until it has been given a health check done on grounds by a licensed veterinarian.

As far as “rules” the Livestock Club has by-laws that are set by the club. Each animal species has an adult and student chair person. If any ?rules? are broken they are brought to the chair. Some guidelines may have been misunderstood but no rules have been broken.

The Wetzel County 4-H and FFA Livestock Club is one of the best things that has happened for the Youth of Wetzel County. The Youth are lead by a hard-working group of highly educated FFA advisors, trained 4-H leaders, WVU Extension Agents and parent volunteers. Their job is to teach and help these youth reach their full potential.

The FFA motto goes, “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve” and the 4-H slogan “Learn by doing,” and motto “To make the best better.” This is some times accomplished by example, especially with the youngest of our youth.

The Wetzel County 4-H and FFA Livestock Club is something that our county communities can be very proud of.

I would like to thank all the 4-H and FFA Youth; Leaders, advisors, volunteers, agents, businesses, individuals and buyers for all their hard-work, dedication and support. Thank you!

Linda Henderson

Vice President Wetzel County

4-H Leaders