Contrary to the notion that 4-H is only a summer activity from 4-H camp to project judging to the Huron County Fair there are many members of the county's 54 clubs who are starting their projects early. And if they're raising animals, they really have to get a jump on the year.
Keeping it all in the family are brothers Logan and Noah Stumpf and Logan Bosley, who along with their cousin, Matt Stumpf, are raising lambs and rabbits. All are veteran 4-Hers and members of the Hartland New Horizons club. Logan Stumpf, 15, is finishing up his freshman year at New London High School, and his brother Noah, 13, is in the sixth grade at New London Middle School. Logan Bosley, 14, is in the seventh grade at Norwalk Middle School and Matt Stumpf, 16, is completing his sophomore year at Western Reserve High School.
Their animals are housed at the farm of Matt's dad, Bill Stumpf, on Ohio 18, and they all take their turn feeding and caring for the rabbits and lambs. The lambs are fed pellets, grain and some hay twice each day. This is the second year they have raised market lambs, obtaining this year's flock in late April when the lambs were 3 months-old and weighed about 70 pounds. During the next few months they will gain another 50-60 pounds and then go to market after the fair.