Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 21, 2023 at 1:02 PM by Emily Saveraid

Davis CountyWhat started as a simple invite from a neighbor to visit the local 4-H club turned into a lifetime of involvement in the Davis County 4-H program. Doug started his 4-H experience in 6th grade when he exhibited a pen of exotic chickens at the county fair. His love for exhibiting cattle soon took over and he spent the rest of his years in 4-H learning all he could about raising and showing cattle. He exhibited Simmental steers and heifers at the county, state and regional levels. 

Doug moved into the role of 4-H leader when his sons became old enough to join 4-H, serving as the leader of his own childhood club. During these years, he also served on the 4-H & Youth Committee for many terms, serving as chairperson for several of those years. 

When the cattle barns at the Davis County Fairgrounds needed to be replaced, Doug joined the community effort to raise the money and build a new show pavilion and cattle barn. He also was a part of the effort for the recent expansion of that cattle barn. 

Doug has served as the Beef Superintendent for over 20 years. He is the first one in the barn and often the last one out, hours after the rest of the fair has closed down. Every July, you will find him spending many hours moving gates, hanging stall cards, chasing down exhibitors, working with the Extension staff and doing all he can to ensure each beef exhibitor has the best experience possible. Many years ago, he told his sons that he hoped he could have the same impact on youth that previous leaders and superintendents had on him and his 4-H experience. 

You will find Doug living on the family farm with his wife Lissa, raising his Simmental and Simmental/Angus Foundation cattle and leaning on the fence as he watches the third generation of Jarr Cattle in the show ring! 

Thank you, Doug, for all you have done for Davis County 4-H!

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