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The purpose of this lending program is to allow 4-Hers to learn about harness and pack goats and potentially start a “working” goat project by providing equipment for instruction and participation. Equipment is intended only for temporary use while 4-H members decide if they enjoy the activity enough to invest in their own equipment. The program is overseen by the NYS 4-H Working Goat Committee and CCE of Erie County
The NYS 4-H Working Goat Program Committee in cooperation with CCE Erie County has obtained goat driving and packing equipment through a grant from the New York State 4-H Foundation Willman Fund. The purpose of this equipment is to provide goat 4-H groups across the state the opportunity to learn whether “working” goats are for them by temporarily using the equipment to train their goats to pack or “drive”. The Committee hopes to encourage the creation of more Pack and/or Harness Goat4-H groups and “broaden the horizons” for other 4-H goat groups. The equipment is intended for temporary use to allow 4-Hers to experience the thrill of packing/driving with their own goats while deciding whether to invest in their own equipment.
This equipment is housed at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County. Equipment can be borrowed for a maximum of 3 months during the months of March through November. Winter borrowing is not allowed except in special cases requiring prior written approval. The borrower is responsible for the upkeep of the equipment and is expected to return it in the same condition as received. If any damage beyond expected wear occurs during the borrowing timeframe or any parts are not returned, the borrower will be required to pay the costs of repair or replacement. Because the equipment will be used on several animals across the state, bio-security must be practiced. Please spray the equipment with the disinfectant provided prior to use and then air- dry it. Then dust the equipment with the diatomaceous earth provided and again air dry. The equipment is not to be used on sick goats or goats known to have a contagious disease such as CL abscesses, sore mouth, pink eye or foot scald/foot rot. Brush off the equipment and spray and dust it between each use by different goats and follow the same process before returning the equipment to CCE Erie County.Committee Members: Chris and Sam Basile, Kristi and John Milroy, Helen Rowland, Dawn and Nancy Weaver
Use of the borrowed equipment shall be for no longer than 3 months during the months of March through November. Equipment may not be borrowed during the winter unless granted prior written permission. The member is responsible for upkeep of the equipment and for returning the equipment in the same condition as received. If any damage beyond expected wear occurs during the borrowing timeframe or any parts are not returned, the borrower will be required to pay the costs of repair or replacement. Since the equipment may be borrowed by another member at a later date, animal biosecurity must be observed as described in the instructions accompanying the equipment while the equipment is in the member’s possession. Prior to returning the equipment, the borrower must sanitize the equipment with the supplieddisinfectant and dust it with the supplied diatomaceous earth as per the instructions.
I have read and accept the responsibility for the use and return of the borrowed equipment in a condition comparable to when I received it. Any damage or loss shall be reported immediately to the overseeing county (CCE of Erie County) as well as to Tammi Kron at tlk6 [at] cornell.edu or by calling 716-652-5400, ext 132. I understand that should the equipment be damaged or not returned I will reimburse the program for the cost of repair or replacement.
When this form is submitted, the email addresses given above for the youth's parent/guardian and 4-H educator will receive an email with a copy of the equipment request and a request to respond to the email giving their permission. Please let your educator and parent/guardian to look for and respond to this email. If you do not receive it, you can reach out to Tammi Kron at tlk6 [at] cornell.edu directly to let us know you approve the request.