Otoe County 4-H Wednesday What-Nots

April 16, 2019

Fair Books came out Monday!

The Fair Book was in your Penny Press Monday, April 15th! If you have a Bennet addres it will not be in your Penny Press, but you can pick one up at the First Nebraska Bank in Bennet, the Extension Office in Syracuse or the Palmyra Library.

Register for the Otoe County 4-H Public Speaking Contest!

The Public Speaking Contest will be held on Sunday, April 28th @ 6:30 p.m. Please register with the Extension Office by Wednesday, April 24th @ 4:30 p.m. Guidelines for the contest were in the March TIPS! If you have any questions or would like to register please call the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 or email at otoe-county@unl.edu.

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Lamb Weigh-In & Tagging

Market Lamb weigh-in will be May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the O.K. Pavilion. We will be tagging and weighing all market lambs for the Otoe County Fair. If you are going to the Nebraska State Fair, DNA samples can be pulled at this time!

Animal ID's-Except Horses, DUE June 15th!

We realize this is a Saturday, but the date stays the same. State 4-H entries are due at 11:59 p.m. on June 15. We will accept county entries on Monday, June 17.

You signed up for 4-H now what?

The Extension Office has Project Manuals for sale that go along with the projects you signed up for. These manuals will help you learn more about your project and the things you can do for that project. The Fair Book also will tell you what things you can bring and enter in the fair under each project. Look at the Fair Book before you start making projects so you can be sure that it can be entered! If you have a Clover Kid, you can get a Clover Kid Manual available at the Extension Office. And as always if you ever have any questions the staff at the Extension Office are here to help you along the way! You can reach us at 402-269-2301 or through email at otoe-county@unl.edu.

Robotics Kits

If your 4-H'er is interested in learning about robotics they can check out a Lego Mindstrom NXT kit from the Otoe County Extension Office and sign up for robotics as a 4-H project!

Youth will need a laptop computer available for loading the programming software and agree to unload the software at the end of the loan period. Kits will be checked out for four weeks on a first come first served basis. For more information about this 4-H project, contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301.

Clover Kid Bucket Calves

Important reminder- Bucket Calves must be no more than six months of age and weigh no more than 350 pounds. Clover Kids must purchase and tag the calf and complete Animal ID sheet by June 15th which are all available at the Extension Office.
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Fur Your Information!

This is a new dog camp, put on by the Animal Science Department of UNL. Through three sessions (June 3, 10, & 17), this camp will offer students the opportunity to learn and practice showmanship, rally obedience, and agility with their household dog.

No previous training knowledge or experience? No problem! So long as your dog knows basic obedience and good on-leash control, students between the ages 8 and 18 are encouraged to enroll.

From practicing basic components of training like animal behavior, positive reinforcement, and motivation to learning more about the science behind dog care, this camp has it all!

Spots are limited, sign your child up today!

For more information and the registration link:


2019 National 4-H Raise Your Hand campaign!

The Raise Your Hand campaign, held from April 1 through May 15, is a nationwide call-to-action for 4-H alumni, supporters, and friends to vote for their state to win funding and help more kids in their community benefit from 4-H experiences. The three states with the most hands raised will receive $20K, $10K, and $5K. Last year, Nebraska 4-H, with over 14,000 hands raised, received second place. This year, you can help us reach #1! Raise Your Hand and vote for Nebraska 4-H. Voting is easy, and even if you have raised your hand in the past, your vote will still be counted this year! Raise Your Hand now at https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/.

Learn more about this year’s campaign, Nebraska 4-H’s promotion, and what you can do to help by visiting https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/4hstaff/9410/55321.

Summer Animal Science Contests

We are excited that Wyatt Hubbard, from Elm Creek, will be our 2019 Otoe County 4-H Summer Intern. Wyatt has offered to prepare Otoe County 4-H members to participate in livestock judging, livestock quiz bowl, and the livestock skill-a-thon at PASE. Wyatt competed in the livestock judging. Wyatt and his team members competed at the National Skill-A-Thon competition in Louisville, Kentucky after winning the Nebraska 4-H Skill-A-Thon competition at PASE.

PASE, Premier Animal Science Events, is designed to help youth learn about issues related to the animal industry, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state and have FUN! The event is sponsored by Nebraska 4-H, the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Nebraska Investment Finance Authority.

We would like to form teams that would practice during May and June. These teams would represent Otoe County at PASE Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18. Age ranges are 10 to 18 as of December 31. For the livestock judging, livestock quiz bowl and the livestock skill-a-thon, there are two divisions – intermediate (10-13) and senior (14 and older).

If interested in practicing and competing at PASE, please contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 or via email at otoe-county@unl.edu. Practices will begin Wednesday, May 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Flood Relief Fund

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has created a Flood Relief Fund to support children, youth and families impacted by the recent storms and floods.

There is another fund that may be of interest to your 4-H families and friends. The 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers Fund offers a giving opportunity to 4-H clubs and councils as well as individuals and businesses to support 4-H youth and families.

Information on both funds is available on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website: www.ne4hfoundation.org

If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Stu Shepherd at sshepherd3@unl.edu

Have old jeans to get rid of? We want them!

The Nebraska Extension in Otoe County is accepting donations of old, clean jeans for use in 4-H summer workshops. Please deliver to the Extension Office at 620 1st Street in Syracuse. Thank you.

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4-H Summer Camps-Click to check them out!

Don't forget, Otoe County 4-H Foundation will pay for $100 or half which ever is greater! Call the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 for more information!

Adventure Day at 4-H Camp

Saturday June 15, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 6-11 years old

Cost: $35 per person. 1 adult meal is included per child registration. Adult chaperones are encouraged to attend, but not required The Otoe County 4-H Foundation Camping Scholarships support this camp!

Click here for more information & to register!

Tags are here!

Swine tags and Sheep & Goat Scrapie Tags are now available at the office. Don't forget to get your livestock tagged!
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2019 Animal Dates for Otoe County!

  • May 6- Face-to-Face QA at the Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County
  • May 10- Horse ID's & District Paper ID's are due to the Extension Office
  • May 18- Market Lamb weigh-in will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the O.K. Pavilion.
  • June 6- Face-to-Face QA at the Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County
  • June 15- Animal ID's DUE: this includes Breeding Beef, Feeder Calves, Bucket Calves, Companion Animal, Dogs, Dairy & Meat Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, and Swine

- All 4-H Exhibitors showing Beef, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep or Swine are required to complete YQCA.

  • July 15- All animal entries for Otoe County Fair are DUE: this includes Beef, Companion Animals, Dogs, Dairy & Meat Goats, Horses, Meat Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep and Swine. These entry sheets will also be used to stall livestock at the Otoe County Fair.

"Blue Jeans & Country Dreams" is the 2019 Otoe County Fair Theme

Otoe County Fair July 25-28, 2019

Nebraska Extension in Otoe County

Sarah Purcell, Unit Leader, Extension Educator, spurcell2@unl.edu

Erin Steinhoff, Extension Assistant, erin.steinhoff@unl.edu

Kelsey Ahrens, Office Manager, kahrens4@unl.edu