Southern Plains 4-H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - Dec. 1, 2021

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Note From Kylie

We're reflecting on 2021 and making plans for workshops and contests in 2022 (sign up details are in this newsletter). 4-H Online 2.0 has launched and enrollment for 2022 is OPEN, which is very exciting.

As a reminder, PLEASE cash your livestock booster checks and help both Councils close their 2021 books.

May you all have a wonderful Christmas season!

2022 4-H Enrollment is Live

Thank you for your patience as Nebraska 4-H transitioned from 4-H Online 1.0 to 4-H Online 2.0. The new platform is now working, and while the steps are mostly the same, the "look" is a little different.

We encourage all 4-H youth and volunteers (club leaders, project leaders, 4-H Council members, Extension Board members) to enroll in 4-H on 4-H online as soon as possible so you don't miss any contest entry deadlines, workshop information, or event details. All direct volunteers are required to enroll as volunteers in 4-H Online each year (the DHSS screening is every 5 years) to be compliant with Nebraska 4-H volunteer screening rules.

The Nebraska 4-H statewide enrollment deadline is June 15, 2022, but please enroll at your earliest convenience because you will miss out on events, activities, workshops and 4-H news if you wait until June to enroll.

For step-by-step 4-H Online 2.0 enrollment instructions with photo guides, check out this PDF or visit the Enroll a New Member or Enroll a Returning Member. As always, if you have any questions or technical difficulties, please reach out to your local extension office.


4-H Council Elections

Nuckolls County 4-H Council

The Nuckolls County 4-H Council had 2 open adult seats. The ballot closed Monday, November 15 at 12:00 pm. Please welcome your new council members:

Alishia Ostdiek

Sam Rempe

Your officer team for 2022 is:

Lea Rempel - President

Seth Going - Vice President

Alesia Bauer - Secretary

Russ Kohmetscher - Treasurer

Thayer County 4-H Council

Your officer team for 2022 is:

President - Michelle Dick

Vice President - Chance Gerdes

Secretary - Shawna Peterson

Treasurer - Wade Heinrichs


Southern Plains Early Beef Weigh-In


This year, Southern Plains 4-H Early Beef Weigh-In is on Saturday, January 22 from 9-11am. It will be held at the Kile Veterinary Clinic located in Superior. To sign-up for a time, use this link:

Babysitting Clinic January 3 in Deshler

We’re hosting a babysitting clinic with the Jennifer Reinke Public Library on Monday, January 3 from 10am-3pm. Join us to learn new games, recipes (you will make your own lunch), basic first aid, and how to market your babysitting business. $10 by Mon. Dec. 27 reserves your spot; you can register by calling either the Thayer or Nuckolls County Extension Offices. All Nuckolls and Thayer County Youth ages 11+ are welcome. No babysitting experience required!

Recruiting for Cattlemen's Classic Livestock Judging Feb. 12

We are recruiting for teams for the Cattlemen's Classic Livestock Judging Contest on Sat. Feb. 12 in Kearney. Let your local office know if your 4-H member would like to judge; we will try to arrange car pools like in previous years.

BEEF only contest. Open to 4H & FFA Youth, Plus College Teams. Over $5,000 in awards will be presented. $1,000 UNL Animal Science Scholarship to the Top Senior Youth.

Culinary Challenge & Favorite Food Review Workshop Feb. 16

Have you ever wondered how the Culinary Challenge contests works? Do you want to learn to plan, feed and host a meal for family and friends? Join us for a workshop in Davenport on Wed. Feb. 16.

Wed. Feb. 16 2-5 p.m.

RW's Catering Space - Davenport

$10 per youth; learn to plan, cook & host a meal and prepare for fair contests. Please sign up by February 9 so we can purchase supplies.

All Nuckolls and Thayer 4-H youth welcome

NE Fed Steer Challenge 2022 deadline extended

NE Fed Steer Challenge 2022 is now accepting applications through December 15th! Applications are submitted via Qualtrics. Please find the flyer attached along with a social media graphic to share on your social media channels and in your county newsletters/email blasts/FFA chapter communications. All other information, including the application link, can be found at Fed Steer Challenge | Nebraska 4-H (

2022 YQCA Training

We currently have 4 dates scheduled for YQCA training. You are also welcome to take the course online. As a reminder, all youth planning on showing livestock (rabbits, poultry, goats, sheep, swine, and beef) are required to take YQCA annually.


December 22 - YQCA Training @ Nelson - 7pm

December 28 - YQCA Training @ Hebron - 7pm


February 7 - YQCA Training @ Hebron - 7pm

February 10 - YQCA Training @ Nelson - 7pm

Enroll in an in-person or online training at this link:

Thayer County: Don't Forget Thank-You's, Trophies and Checks

Cake Auction Checks: Alyssa Malchow, Avery & Addison Eitzmann Family

Livestock Booster Checks: Braelynn Renz, Tobby Voss, Carter Voss, Leon Clauson, Trevor Clauson, Avery Drohman, Savannah Drohman, Alyssa Malchow, Seth Ridolfi

Trophies to be Claimed: Logan Easton, Laiden Heinrichs


Nuckolls County Premiums Checks That Still Need Cashed

Booster checks from the following individuals have not been cashed:

Cashlie Corman, Sequoia Wulf.

Prompt attention to cashing these checks is requested to prevent them being voided 90 days after they were written. DON’T MISS OUT!

If you have misplaced your check, please contact our office as soon as possible so arrangements can be made. Thanks for your attention in this matter.


Achievement Night Awards Pick-Up

We have several awards and record books/achievement applications from Achievement Night that need to be picked up. If you turned in a book or applied for an award and did not attend achievement night, please swing by the office at your earliest convenience!

We still have books/honors for: Harms Family, Voss Family, Gausman Family, Alyssa Malchow

Thayer County Food Stand Meat Sale

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Livestock Booster Support Checks

All large animal exhibitors will shortly be receiving a letter in the mail. In this letter, the 2021 livestock booster process will be outlined. You will need to write your thank you(s) to the donor(s) listed on your sheet, return them to the Extension Office with a stamp on them, and collect your check.


Are you a parent, 4-H leader, horse trainer, or volunteer that would like to be more involved in the 4-H Horse program? Check out the Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee!

Nebraska 4-H is looking for passionate and involved people to add to our committee. The Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee serves as a group of representatives who provide guidance, solicit support, and assist in carrying out program activities in the interest of the 4-H youth development and horse program.

Read more about the Horse Advisory Committee at:

Applications are open from November 1st to December 3rd at 5pm central time.

Nebraska 4-H is excited to announce the second year of the Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program. This additional opportunity for enrolled livestock project youth, is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose, or they can identify their own with approval of their local educator.

Applications/Sign up are due June 15th through the application form link on the website. Plan and Reports, as well as Project Records will be due August 10 via the completion form on the website. Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair.

For more information or to apply, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (

Livestock Production Educational Resources

Are you interested in learning more about livestock production and meat science? Are you studying for a FFA contest? Check out UNL's livestock information series webpage.

There are a number of activities, lessons and videos that can be used in 4-H club meetings or in the classroom already available. The page will be updated as more content is created.


2022 Special Garden Project

The 2022 Special Garden Project will be the Rubenza Cosmos, whose flower petals change color as they age. What is the Special Garden Project? This project gives youth the resources to try growing a new or unusual plant. Learn more at


Nebraska 4-H & Omaha Fashion Week Partnership Seeking High School Designers

Nebraska 4-H is pleased to announce that we are once again partnering with Omaha Fashion Week during their Spring Showcase. OFW Student Night will take place on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, and will exclusively feature high school designers, including a 4-H collection. This collection will consist of 10-12 garments from across the state and modeled by the 4-H member who made it. In order to create a complete and dynamic collection, interested 4-H members are invited to apply to participate in the show. The 4-H collection will be curated based upon the selection criteria as listed below.

Student Night Details:

When: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Where: The Omaha Design Center

Hair and Make-up will be scheduled for all models starting at 2:00 p.m.

Runway rehearsal will take place at 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Ticket information will be available in January.

Selection Criteria:

Participants must be 4-H members.

Garments must have been exhibited at your County Fair or Nebraska State Fair in 2021.

Garments should be fashion forward, runway appropriate and display high quality construction.

To Apply:

Complete the following application form:

Applications are due January 3rd.



December 2 - Holiday Cupcake Decorating Workshop @ Hebron 4-5:30 p.m.

December 22 - YQCA Training @ Nelson - 7pm

December 28 - YQCA Training @ Hebron - 7pm


January 3 - Babysitting Clinic @ Jennifer Reinke Public Library in Deshler @ 10a.m. - 3p.m.

January 22 - Beef weigh in at @ Kile Vet Clinic - Superior - 9-11am


February 7 - YQCA Training @ Hebron - 7pm

February 10 - YQCA Training @ Nelson - 7pm

February 12 - Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Livestock Judging @ Kearney - 7am

February 16 - Culinary Challenge Workshop @ RWs Catering Space Davenport - 2-5pm


April 24 - Small Animal Showmanship Clinic @ Nelson Fairgrounds - 2-5 p.m.


June 22-23 - Premiere Animal Science Events @ UNL East Campus

June 24 - State 4-H Public Speaking Contest @ UNL East Campus

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.