Sibley County 4-H Newsletter

March 2023

Extension 4-H

Fruit Is Coming!

The fruit will be delivered on Monday, March 20 starting approximately at 8:30 a.m. We will be looking for 2 - 4 volunteers from each club to help unload the fruit. Please let your Key Leader know if you can help out that day. Fruit will be delivered to the Sibley County Highway/Sheriff’s Department Shed in Gaylord across the street from the Prairie House restaurant. Each club will need to have ALL fruit picked up by 11:00 a.m. from the Sheriff's storage shed.

Dog Project 2023 Kickoff

We will be having a Dog Project 2023 kickoff to get to know each other and talk about the upcoming 4H dog training season. We will be doing a short activity, talk about equipment, forms and the schedule.

When: Thursday March 9 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: Sibley County Service Center (SCSC) in Gaylord

Who: Anyone in 4H who wants to train a dog. Bring a friend!

Do not bring your dogs. This is an informational meeting.

Please bring on the 9th:

  • Yourself

  • Your parent or an adult

  • $25

  • Excitement for the upcoming season!

The cost to participate in the dog project for the summer is $25. Please make checks out to Sibley County Dog Project. Interested in the dog project, but still a Cloverbud? Please contact Cathy for ways to participate. You may be able to still train your dog as long as your parent is always with you. If you cannot make it to this meeting, please contact Cathy at 612-868-6771 or

Multi County LQA&E Training

Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics (LQA&E) training helps youth provide excellent care for their animals and ensure a high level of food safety to consumers. This training was designed to enhance the educational experience of 4-H animal science projects.

All youth participating as a Minnesota State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits, meat goat, dairy goat and llama - alpaca must have completed a livestock quality assurance and ethics training, for which there are two training options 1) a three hour in-person workshop (LQA&E) or 2) a one hour online training (YQCA). Youth completing either quality assurance training option will receive a certificate of completion. Please review the full LQA policy.

Livestock Quality Assurance training is required for all state fair exhibitors (grades 6+) and is optional for all other members grades 3+. Youth must complete the training by the deadline set by your county to be eligible for a state fair trip.(The deadline is BEFORE your county fair--check with your Extension educators for the exact deadline.) Contact the Extension staff to determine if your current LQA&E training will expire by the 2022 county fair (or if you haven't previously taken it).

Details about the two options to complete the LQA certification:

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) refers to the online training. The online training is one hour long and must be taken using a desktop computer or laptop – it is not available with ipads or on other mobile devices. The Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training is one hour long and can be accessed through members’ 4Honline account. There is a cost of $12 that must be paid by credit card. A copy of the member’s certificate of completion should be turned in to the Extension Office.


Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA&E) refers to the in-person, face to face training. This training is 3 hours and offered in various locations across the state. Certification is good for three fair seasons. The level of training required is determined by the grade of the youth at the time the training takes place. Depending on the location of training, there may be a cost to attend.

  • 4-Hers completing grades 3-5 must be certified in Level I.

  • 4-Hers completing grades 9-13 must be certified in Level II.

  • 4-Hers completing grades 6-8 may be certified in either Level I or Level II. The determination of which Level to certify at for grades 6-8 should be based on the livestock project experience the 4-Her possesses. It is expected that 6-8 graders with very little exposure to livestock projects will certify in Level I.

Event details: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 5:30-8:30 (Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m.)

Johnson Hall, Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 Union Street in St. Peter

Registration: The registration deadline is Monday, June 5, 2023. Watch for registration to open in the next couple of weeks. You will register through 4H Online.

Important Dates

March 7, 2023 - Auction Committee Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. and PDC Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center

March 9, 2023 - Dog Project Meeting @ 7:00 p.m at Sibley County Service Center

March 14, 2023 - Horse Project Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Courthouse Basement

March 18, 2023 - Regional Project Bowl Competition @ 8:00 a.m. at Redwood Falls

March 20, 2023 - Fruit Delivery @ 8:30 a.m. at Sibley County Sheriff's Shed

March 27, 2023 - Federation Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center

May 2, 2023 - PDC Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center

May 15, 2023 - Animal ID and Project add/Drop Deadline

July 17, 2023 - Demonstration Day, Food Revue, Clothing Judging, Public Fashion Revue, Share the Fun, Performing Arts

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