Making A Difference in Our County
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of Extension’s impact in the county over the past year.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Treutlen County Cooperative Extension office offers services to homeowners and famers alike. In a small community, there are often needs that would go unaddressed if it were not for the Extension office. One such area is in beef cattle production. After a poor 2018 calving season, a local cattle producer contacted the Treutlen County Agriculture and Natural Resources agent. The producer was in search of an early detection method of pregnancy testing cattle. The producer not only gained valuable knowledge from the agent, but also saved a substantial amount of money.
The agent worked with the UGA Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory (UGA Veterinary Lab) to educate a local cattle producer on the availability to submit pregnancy tests through the lab. The agent drew blood from 15 heifers and submitted the samples to the UGA Veterinary Lab. The lab cost for pregnancy testing is $4 per sample. Additional costs included $7 shipping and submitting fees. Vials, needles and syringes were $1 per sample. The total cost for the producer to pregnancy check 15 heifers was $82.
The agent also discussed evaluation of the bull for breeding soundness. A soundness exam had not been done on the bull used in the 2018 season. This evaluation has to be done by a veterinarian. Without access to a vet in Treutlen County, the bull was culled and a replacement bull with a breeding soundness exam was purchased.
By working with the county agent and the UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, the agent not only educated, but also saved the producer more than $5,000. The producer learned the value of proactive management.
4-H Youth Development
The Treutlen County 4-H prides itself on the 4-H motto, “To make the best better.” We take pride in each one of our 4-H’ers and hope we can impact their lives. Treutlen County 4-H’ers have taken part in several community service projects where the worlds of work and play collide. You may see our 4-H’ers at our local nursing home or assisted living facility packing food bags for the elderly, handing out donated goods, or sitting at a piano playing and singing a tune to bring joy and serenity to residents. Our 4-H’ers especially love to visit the Senior Citizen Center to play bingo with Treutlen’s senior citizens. The 4-H Color Run/ 5k was started to raise money for our 4-H club, but turned into a great community gathering where fun is had and leadership and knowledge is gained. This past year Treutlen 4-H’ers made and donated care baskets for cancer patients at the Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center in Vidalia, Georgia, with money raised from the Color Run/ 5K. We not only work inside our county, but we recently visited the Ronald McDonald House in Savannah to donate pop tabs collected by Treutlen residents to help those in need. While at the Ronald McDonald House, 4-H’ers cooked lunch for the current residents, made heartfelt cards, and cleaned up under the supervision of Extension staff, volunteers and Ronald McDonald House staff. While engaging in community service, youth are learning how to become good leaders with the communication skills needed to orchestrate a task to its full potential and to be able to articulate what is being done. This is a great example of the 4-H slogan “Learn by doing.”