Office Information

Address

181 Franklin Farm Lane
Chambersburg, PA 17202

Contact

Phone: 717-263-9226

Fax: 717-263-9228

Email: FranklinExt@psu.edu

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4-H Meat Goat Club

4-H Meat Goat Club gives youth ages 8-18 the opportunity to learn about meat goats. Participants can raise and show both breeding and market animals. The club meets every 2nd Thursday between the months of January and September at the Ag Heritage Center on Franklin Farm Lane.

What’s the club all about?

The Franklin County 4-H Goat Club offers a program to youth who are excited to learn about goats. The club meets once a month to discuss topics concerning goats and uses “hands on” workshops as a learning tool.

Our goal is to provide youth in Franklin County with an opportunity to learn more about goats. In addition members will develop skills that will be beneficial throughout their lives.

Some examples include:

  • Make New Friends
  • Learn Responsibility
  • Develop Self Confidence
  • Create Initiative
  • Decision Making
  • Community Service
  • Citizenship
  • Leadership

Don’t have anywhere to keep a goat?

Good news! You can still become a member. We offer animal-less projects in which the 4-Her participates in all activities throughout the year. The only difference being that they won’t have an animal to sell.

How do I become a member?

You must be 8 years old by January 1st of the current year; and not older than 18 years old as of January 1st of the current year to be eligible to join. You can contact a leader or call the Penn State Extension office at 717-263-9226 for more information.

Club Leaders

  • Karen Knoll 375-2931
  • Sharon Weigle 261-7712

Goat Club Facts and Requirements:

  • All members are required to attend meetings, participate in fund-raisers, community service, and complete a project book, as well as give a presentation.
  • With the help of parents and leaders, members are responsible for selecting their project animal and providing it with proper care.
  • 4-H members must own their goat(s) by May 31 to show at the fair.
  • 4-H members may only show market wethers that are less than one year of age.
  • 4-H members may show market and/or breeding does.
  • Market goats are sold at the sale in August.
  • Members will also have the opportunity to exhibit their animals at the PA Farm Show. Be sure to check the rules for these shows.

Once you become a 4-H member, you will have many opportunities to meet new people and have many fun experiences. All 4-H members are invited to participate in our 4-H county and regional retreats, camps, leadership conferences, etc. You also have the opportunity to be involved in the livestock judging and skillathon teams. There are also a number of other 4-H animal clubs you can join including beef, pig, horse, rabbit and dairy clubs.

Feel free to stop by and join us at a meeting - see what we are all about! We meet at the Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Call the leader for dates and times.

For additional information, please call Jason Goetz at 717-263-9226.