Saunders County 4-H

February 17, 2017

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AKSARBEN Stock Show is moving to its new location - Grand Island, NE in 2017!

New Facebook Page!

Saunders County 4-H has a new Facebook Page which is where all the Extension Office/4-H news updates will occur! Please click on the link and 'Like' the page to receive the most current news! After March 15th, I will only be posting the updates on the new page!

Premise ID Requirements

Exhibitors of 4-H and FFA beef, swine, sheep, and goats that carry an EID tag will be required to obtain a Premises ID number through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at no cost to the exhibitor. Exhibitors without a Premises Identification number will not be allowed to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair.

  • The requirement for a Premises ID may not apply at this time to those solely exhibiting breeding animals, unless a producer’s EID tag is in the animal’s ear.
  • A previously obtained Premises ID for the family ranch location where livestock are kept can be used for this purpose.
  • Many swine exhibitors may have a Premises ID through completion of the Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) program. If so, there is no need to obtain another Premises ID for that location through the Dept. of Ag.
  • The obtained Premises ID can apply to more than one youth if there are multiple exhibitors housing livestock at the same location. These youth may be family, or unrelated exhibitors that house their livestock at the same location. Write down and keep track of Premises ID numbers.
  • The Premises ID number will need to be reported to your County Extension Office and/or FFA Advisor promptly
  1. All 4-H and FFA MARKET animals carrying an EID tag are required to have a Premises ID. (This includes any that may show at only the county level as well)
  2. A Premises ID number can be obtained through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture
  3. Only one (1) Premises ID is necessary for a family with multiple exhibitors (provided livestock are housed at the same location)
  4. Only one (1) Premises ID is necessary for an exhibitor that shows multiple species (provided livestock are housed at the same location)
  5. Any exhibitor who has completed PQA (Pork Quality Assurance) should have a Premises ID. They can call the Nebraska Department of Ag to verify if they believe they have one.
  6. The Premises ID number should correlate to the location in which livestock are kept/housed permanently
  7. Since breeding animals do not carry EID tags, this is not a requirement for those exhibitors at this time
  8. In order to show at the Nebraska State Fair, a Premises ID must be on file for a market animal exhibitor

For more information, please view this flyer

Beef Nutrition Workshop - February 26th!

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Transition from LQA to YQCA

We are excited to announce that Nebraska is part of a national team introducing a new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). The YQCA course will be available online 24X7 and we anticipate that the new course will be available on or about March 1st. For additional information on the YQCA program you can go to the Animal Care Wednesday Zoom session at:

  • From now through March 1, you can continue to use the current LQA online course. As in the past, youth completing the LQA online course will need to complete three new modules with an 80% or better. Youth must print and deliver module certificates to their local Extension office. The cost of the LQA course will remain at $5.00 as in the past.
  • Note: For youth already in progress toward attaining the 2017 LQA module prior to March 1, youth will be able to continue their work and complete the required three modules.
  • At the point when the new YQCA course comes online (March 1), the old LQA course will not accept new 2017 participants. Instead, youth will enroll in the new YQCA. The cost of the new YQCA course will be $12.00 for the online course and will be accessed through 4-H online. For counties that have a sponsor for the cost of the online training a code can be purchased and used by 4-Hers that do the online training.
  • A complete list of training sessions can then be found at:

Shooting Sports Training for BB Gun and Air Rifle

Where: Wahoo Fairgrounds

When: Mondays in February (Feb 6, 13, 20, 27)

Time: 6:00 pm

It is recommended that youth make it to all 4 Shooting Sports Trainings; however, you must make it to at least 3 of the 4 trainings to be eligible to compete and participate in the Shooting Sports Contest at the Saunders County Fair. The child must be turning 9 in 2017 to participate.

Speech/Presentation Workshop - March 5th!

  • Where: ARDC
  • Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • What: Come learn about the Speech/Presentation Contest – and have fun while practicing! We will be practicing how to be more comfortable in front of people with tips, tricks, and maybe some games!
  • Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 1st. If I do not have at least 10 youth signed up, I will cancel the workshop.

4-h Projects Online Search Feature!

Select 2017 4-H Projects by Using the Online Search Feature!
All across Nebraska 4-H youth are beginning to select their 4-H projects for 2017! Let the Nebraska 4-H Pick Your Project help connect you with projects that fit your interests and skill levels!

The NEW interactive, web-based Nebraska 4-H Pick Your Project can be found online at! This project selection guide is accessible through the Nebraska 4-H website on the club, volunteer, and parents/youth resource pages. Using the Pick Your Project, youth, volunteers, and parents will be able to search for projects by keywords, project areas, curriculum areas, experience levels, and projects that contain State Fair and/or County Fair eligible entries.

As an added feature, the web-based Pick Your Project contains the same project codes that are shown in the 4HOnline Enrollment system, making it easier to match the exciting 4-H projects you are learning about in the Pick Your Project with the projects you are enrolling in through 4HOnline.

Explore over 150 Nebraska 4-H projects through the Nebraska 4-H Pick Your Project app and find the 4-H projects that will help you grow throughout 2017!

Clover Crew - March 16, 2017!

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If you missed the first Livestock Judging practice, but are still interested in participating and attending future practices, please contact Dan Wolfe! He will try to set up a time for a practice that works for most people! Dan Wolfe: 308-440-9797

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

4-H Clover Chase: A Nebraska 150 Event starts March 1st!

Nebraska 4-H, in partnership with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, is celebrating the Nebraska Statehood 150 with the 4-H Clover Chase!

Between March 1 - August 15, 2017, Nebraska 4-H will be hosting a photo scavenger hunt for all 4-H members. Using an app, participants will complete challenges and submit photo entries on social media using #NE4HChase. After submitting photos and earning 150 points, participants will be eligible to receive a commemorative water bottle from their local Nebraska Extension Office and will be entered into a drawing to win a drone with video capability. The Nebraska Extension Office with the highest percentage of participation wins a free National Youth Science Day kit!

Complete details about the 4-H Clover Chase can be found at Celebrate Nebraska’s Statehood, and Nebraska 4-H, by participating in this fun-filled opportunity with your friends, club, or family!

4-H Enrollment - DEADLINE = APril 1st!!

  • 4-H Enrollment for 2017 is open! It can be done via computer at There are information guides for enrolling new members, as well as re-enrolling and can be found on our website:
    • There is a $10 per 4-H member fee for those 8 (prior to January 1) and older. Clover Kids have a $5 enrollment fee (that are 5, 6, 7 prior to January 1). All enrollment fees will need to be paid online in the 4-H Online system.
    • However, since the program cannot specify different enrollment fees for different aged youth, you will be charged $10 regardless of age. If your Clover Kid attends one of the Clover Crew sessions or the Clover Kid Day Camp, we will adjust the payment. For example, you would not have to pay for one of the Clover Kid sessions or the Day Camp would be $5 cheaper.
    • If we do not receive your forms and fees, you will not be enrolled in 4-H for 2017 and will not be able to participate in the Saunders County Fair.

Friends of Saunders County 4-H and Extension Foundation Silent Auction Fundraiser

  • Rain Barrel Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • Each Club can make one to donate to the Silent Auction at the Fair!
  • Rain barrel is any above ground container modified to receive, store, and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses
  • Clubs can construct (or purchase premade barrels) to prime and paint them as well

What are the benefits of rain barrels?
  • Rain water is naturally soft, oxygenated, and more acidic than tap water.
  • Rain water is free of chlorine, fluoride, salts, and other minerals from tap water.
  • Saves water for dry spells.
  • Reduces runoff and stormwater pollution.
  • Can reduce your water bill, especially in the summer.

  • Darker colored barrels are better suited, because algae can grow given sunlight. The barrels also need to be food grade or have never held harmful chemicals. The finished barrel can be painted using spray paint for plastics such as Krylon or Rust-Oleum.

Volunteer Re-Screening

As many of you know, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Volunteer application process includes a volunteer screening. All volunteers and staff who work directly with youth are required to complete the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form. Be assured the volunteer screening process is confidential.

Volunteer applicants are screened in order to:

  • assure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all youth involved with the Nebraska 4-H Youth Development program.
  • provide protection for the child, the volunteer, the educator, the 4-H Council, the Extension Board, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Screening Rotation
Initial screening of volunteers and staff will occur when they sign up to volunteer or are employed as an Extension professional. Screening for all volunteers will be done every four years by district, regardless of when the original screening was completed.

Saunders County Volunteers are up for re-screening this year, so every volunteer must fill out the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form! This form can be found here:

In order to be approved as a 4-H Volunteer, you must be re-screened!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Fremont 4-H Expo News

*Dates are DIFFERENT than what was printed in your pocket calendar!!*

It is a season of change…..As winter becomes spring we start gearing up for our 4-H Year and the Fremont 4-H Fair is also making some changes for 2017! One of the biggest changes is the NAME. The Fremont 4-H Fair will now be known as the Fremont 4-H Expo. You may have not known it but that is how it all started 87 years ago. This event has changed over the years and the board felt that it was better represented as an Expo. 4-H members and FFA members across the nine counties will continue to exhibit their projects and participate in several livestock shows. You can see the full schedule at:

Speaking of schedule, there are changes there as well. The Fremont 4-H Expo encourages you to check the schedule for major livestock show changes in 2017. Highlights include:

Wednesday – July 12

  • Horse Show
  • Static Exhibit Check-in
Thursday – July 13
  • Dairy Cattle Show
  • Sheep Show
  • Dog Show
  • Bucket Calf Show
  • Meat Goat Show
Friday – July 14
  • Beef Show
  • Community Luncheon
  • Shooting Sports Contest
Saturday – July 15
  • Swine Show / 8:00 am
  • Rabbit Show
  • Poultry Show
  • ID Contests

Due to these schedule changes there will no longer be a tractor driving or ATV contest in 2017. Please go to to view the schedule and Fremont 4-H Expo Guide for more details on check-in times and events during the week of July 12-15, 2017.


  • When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
  • Where: UNL East Campus
  • Who: Youth 10 - 18
  • What: The Companion Animal Challenge offers a variety of 4-H companion animal contests that do not require live animals, including a Demonstration Contest, Dog Quiz Bowl, Skillathon Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest. Youth have the opportunity to display their equine knowledge through these contests both as individuals and as part of a team. Speech contests can be done from a distance through adobe connect.
  • Registration Fee: $5.00
  • Entries DUE March 10th
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Registration for 4-H Horse Stampede begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program commences at 8 a.m. For more information on 4-H Horse Stampede, contact Luck at 402-472-9098 or

Contest rules and entry forms are available. Entries are due March 10 to the county office.

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Youth Livestock Projects and VFD

Please take a look at the Veterinary Feed Directive for the newest information!


The University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension is pleased to announce its first annual Come Ride With Me Clinic, March 4, 2017, at the UNL Animal Science Complex, on East Campus. It features Casie Maxwell, former coach of the Kansas State University National Collegiate Equestrian Association equestrian team.

The two-part clinic on horsemanship is open to youths and adults. The morning session runs from 9am-12pm and focuses on body work and the afternoon session runs from 1-3pm and focuses on pattern work. The cost per session is $50 or $90 for the two sessions. Space is limited to eight riders per session, so register early at

You must pay in full to reserve a spot. Checks can be mailed to Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, C204 Animal Science Complex, Lincoln, NE 68583-0908. You must bring your own horse to learn on or if you do not have a horse, you may come audit the clinic for $10 per person for the day. Stalls are available at a rate of $20 per night.

For more information, please contact Kathy Anderson at 402-472-6414 or at We look forward to seeing you at the first annual Come Ride With Me clinic with Casie Maxwell.

Paws-On Dog Workshop

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Oxbow Animal Health Junior Veterinary Camps

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Saunders County Fair Dates

July 23-30, 2017

July 22-29. 2018

Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.