Saunders County 4-H

December 23, 2016

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The Saunders County Extension Office will be closed from Monday, December 26, 2016 – Monday January 2, 2017. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Market Beef Weigh Day

We will be weighing and tagging 4-H market beef on January 7, 2017. This will be the only weigh date for 2017. To be eligible for the rate of gain contest at the county fair, you do need to weigh your animal that day. Those 4-H’ers who plan to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben will need to have DNA pulled which is $6 each as well as be tagged with an EID tag (Electronic ID tag).

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Wahoo Sale Barn

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4-H Club Leaders - End of Year Reporting - DUE DECEMBER 31ST

It is time for annual reporting for your Saunders County 4-H Club. The Extension Office has mailed a letter including following three documents: the Year End 4-H Club Treasure’s Report, the Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence Report, and the Club Information Form for 2016-2017. Please return all forms to the Saunders County Extension Office by December 31st. An email was also sent with forms in either a fillable pdf or an excel file, if you prefer completing them on the computer. You may either mail, fax, or scan and email the forms back to the Extension Office.

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!

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4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop - Lincoln

When: January 21 - 22, 2017

Where: Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Deadline to Register: January 11, 2017

Registration Fee: $100

It is recommended you retake the class if you were certified prior to 2014 as many changes in curriculum and management have occurred since then.

Four Project Areas will be offered:

  1. Rifle
  2. Pistol
  3. Shotgun
  4. Archery

For more Information:

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Clover Crew 2017

  • WHEN: Third Thursday's
    WHERE: Wahoo Library
    TIME: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
    WHO: Youth ages 5 - 7
  • WHAT: Hands-on activities, crafts, and snacks will be provided!
    FEE: $5/youth/day
    • January 19: Snow
    • February 16: Teeth
    • March 16: Rain
    • April 20: Recycling
    • May 18: Gardening
    • June 15: Heart
    • August 17: Dairy
    • September 21: Corn
    • October 19: Spiders
    • November 16: Birds
    • December 21: Polar Bears

    RSVP's Required for each date - limited to 20 youth/date. Call the office - 402-624-8030 or

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    Nebraska State Fair Fee Updates

    On December 9, the Nebraska State Fairboard voted to add a bedding fee onto the entry fee for all livestock exhibitors; the fee will be $15 for beef and dairy and $5 for sheep, goats, and swine. The Fairbaord also voted to add a $3 per head fee for 4-H & FFA market animals to help defray the costs of drug testing. These costs are in addition to the existing entry fees that will stay the same for 2017.

    Livestock Quality Assurance Transition Information

    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 24/7 and we anticipate that the new course will be available on or about March 1.

    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.

    At the point where the new YQCA course comes online (March 1), the old LQA course will not accept new 2017 participants. Instead, youth will enroll with the new YQCA.

    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.

    Registration questions may be emailed to or 855-208-8037. There will be no technical support from December 23, 2016, through January 2, 2017.

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    2017 Special Garden Project

    The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. Last year over 2600 packets of zinnia seeds were distributed across the state. 4-H members told us what they wanted to grow and this year the Special Garden Project is focused on the tasty, Sunburst Summer Squash. Sunburst squash has yellow, scalloped shaped fruits with bright-green blossom ends. The plants are very productive and are an All-America Selection winner for its early fruit production and for producing a large number of fruits per plant. On average it will take about 52 days from seeding date until the squash is ready to harvest.

    4-H Members enrolled in the Special Garden Project will:

    • Receive seeds of Sunburst Summer Squash
    • Receive a newsletter and evaluation about:
    • Planting & growing squash
    • Squash problems & insects
    • Harvesting & using squash
    • How to exhibit squash
    • Be able to enter this unique vegetable at County and State Fair


    Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online. Once enrolled in 4-H Online, youth are then to call the office by February 1st to reserve your seed packets. By enrolling through 4-H Online, youth will have access to the box folder with the educational materials including the growing newsletter & evaluation.

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    Youth Livestock Projects and VFD

    Effective January 1, 2017, all livestock producers that use antibiotic medicated feeds to prevent, treat or control animal health issues will be required to get a written order or Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from a Veterinarian to purchase and feed these feeds. The regulation will only affect antibiotics administered in feed or water for livestock. Antibiotics are important to both human medicine and animal health, to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in both areas; producers must follow the FDA Approved Labels. These labels determine what animal health issues can be treated with that specific antibiotic, dosage and proper administration.

    The first step youth producers should take is to develop a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship by visiting with their veterinarian. Within this discussion, producers need to review their herd/flock health plan and evaluate vaccinations and treatment plans for the animals they care for. If you determine that medicated feeds should be used, plan on how to acquire a VFD Order from the veterinarian.

    Copies of the VFD must go to you and your feed supplier/dealer before you can purchase or feed these feeds. Youth Livestock Participants may visit with their feed supplier/dealer to plan a nutrition/feed program prior to getting their project animals to discuss if medicated feeds should be used and if a VFD is required.

    For more information visit the Nebraska BQA VFD Webpage at: Or Contact Rob Eirich, Extension Educator/Director of Beef Quality Assurance via email at:

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    2017 District and State Horse Shows


    2017 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows will take place on the following days/locations:

    • June 12 – Lexington
    • June 13 – Taylor
    • June 14 – Wayne
    • June 19 – Hemingford
    • June 20 – Lincoln

    ALL entries are due to the county office on May 12, 2017. Note: ALL level testing required for participation in the 2016 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by May 12, 2017.

    Reminder: all entries for the State 4-H Horse Show must be mailed by May 12, 2017. These include Showmanship, Halter, All Cattle Classes, Hunter Hack, Dressage, Advanced Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship, Trail, 2-year old and 3-year old Western Pleasure and Working Ranch.

    2017 Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Show will be held July 16-20, 2017.

    Fontanelle Hybrids 2017 Essay Contest - Deadline = January 9th!

    4-H Enrollment is OPEN!!

    Head on over to to re-enroll your 4-H member or enroll for the first time!

    Steps to enroll a NEW member:

    Steps to RE-ENROLL a member:

    Steps to enroll a NEW VOLUNTEER:

    Steps to enroll a volunteer with an EXISTING family (have a youth in 4-H Online)

    Enrollment fees for the Saunders County 4-H Program are:

    $10.00/4-H member

    $5.00/Clover Kid member

    Checks can be addressed to the Saunders County 4-H Council

    Please send payment to:

    Saunders County 4-H Council

    P.O Box 126

    Ithaca, NE 68033

    Enrollments will not be approved in 4-H Online until we receive the enrollment fee at the office.

    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.

    Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop - Lincoln

    When: January 21 - 22, 2017

    Where: Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

    Deadline to Register: January 11, 2017

    Registration Fee: $100

    It is recommended you retake the class if you were certified prior to 2014 as many changes in curriculum and management have occurred since then.

    Four Project Areas will be offered:

    1. Rifle
    2. Pistol
    3. Shotgun
    4. Archery

    For more information: