Alexander County Center Newsletter
December, 2021
Green Thumb Gazette Newsletter- December's Edition is out and available.  To read what garden tasks to do in January, what to be on the look out for around your lawn and garden; or just to stay-in-the know with what our horticulture agent, Cari Mitchell, is offering please click on the following link:  December 2021 Newsletter

Also, if you would like to receive this newsletter by email please contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center.
4-H Update
The Alexander County 4-H Program is having club meetings again.  For a recap and to see what programs are coming up in December please click the following link:  December Newsletter
Alexander Central High School Animal Science classes participated in a Beef Quality Assurance class led by Allison Brown, County Extension Director for Alexander County Cooperative Extension.  Students in JD Sink's Animal Science classes learned about the beef cattle industry and why proper herd management is so important.  Participants were able to practice giving subcutaneous and intramuscular shots and applying an ear tag in a classroom setting before going out to a farm for real life application.  Students operated the head gate, removed fly tags, replaced hard to read identification tags, gave two vaccines, and dewormed cattle.  Many of the students had never been around cattle before, much less gave them a vaccine.  To finish up the BQA certification process, the students completed a 20 question test to achieve their certification.  51 students earned their BQA Certification while gaining a new appreciation for the work that farmers and ranchers do each day.  
Alexander County Offices
will be closed on the following dates:
Wednesday, December 22; Thursday, December 23; Friday, December 24
New Year's - Friday, December 31
NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Cooperative Extension.

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