HARLAN COUNTY EXTENSION
May 2023 Newsletter
June 1: Harlan County 4-H Ambassador Applications are Due to County Office
June 15: 2023 4-H ENROLLMENT
June 15: YQCA Certificates are due to County Office (REQUIRED TO SHOW)
June 15: ALL LIVESTOCK Affidavits Due to County Office
June 30: Cat & Dog Rabies Vaccination Certificates Due to the Extension Office
STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS:
June 15: ALL LIVESTOCK DNA Envelopes (showing at State and AKSARBEN) Due to County Office
June 15: ALL LIVESTOCK State Fair Online Nominations due. Entries must be done online by June 15 on https://showstockmgr.com/
Enroll for the 2023 4-H Year!!
Get to https://v2.4honline.com/ to enroll for the 2023 4-H year!
For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/returning-member
Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/new-member
Please contact Rebecca at 308-928-2119 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Harlan County 4-H Council is sponsoring the 4-H Ambassador Contest for 2023. Requirements for applying are: Must be 16 - 18 years of age January 1st of this year. At least 2 years of active membership in 4-H, including the current year.
Show Stock Manager is open for 2023 State Fair!
The Bicycle Rodeo will be here in no time!! This year's event will be Sunday, June 11 in the Orleans Park.
Participants MUST be registered as Harlan County 4-H'er!!
For more information and to register for this fun 4-H event call the office at 308-928-2119 by June 1st!
Please call the office if you need more information.
Harlan County Livestock and Animal Entries
Number of entries at Harlan County Fair:
Entries per project area that may be made by one individual: (2) two breeding beef, (3) three market beef, (2) two stoker-feeders, (2) two breeding sheep, (3) three market lambs, (2) two breeding swine (3) three market swine, (3) three dairy cows and/or (calves), (3) three meat goats, (2) two breeding meat goat does. A 4-H’er may enter a total of two (2) dairy goats.
LIVESTOCK EAR TAGS
- All market lambs and market goats must be identified with an official USDA farm scrapie tag.
- All market swine for county must be identified with a county 4-H ear tag. All Market swine for State Fair must be identified with a federally accepted 840 EID electronic identification (EID) tag. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID.
- All market beef for county must be identified with a county 4-H ear tag. All Market swine for State Fair must be identified with a federally accepted 840 EID electronic identification (EID) tag. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID.
Be sure to stop by the Extension Office to pick up your county 4-H livestock ear tags. Also, available are the EID tags for use at State Fair and AKSARBEN for Beef and Swine exhibitors.
LIVESTOCK PREMISE ID NUMBER
What is a premise ID?
A premises identification number (PIN) is a unique code that is permanently assigned to a single physical location. A premise ID is administered by each State and allows animal health officials to quickly and precisely identify where animals are located in the event of an animal health or food safety emergency. A Premise ID does not identify the animal but instead the location of that animal.
To get a Premise ID Number:
Email the completed form to email@example.com mail to:
Nebraska Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Protection 301 Centennial Mall South P.O. Box 94787 Lincoln, NE 68509-4787
If you have any questions, contact Britney Hagood, Animal Disease Traceability Program Manager, at 402-471-6865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Harlan County Livestock Identification Process
Paper Livestock ID Affidavits are required by our county office.
These are for county purposes ONLY.
Identification of Livestock and Animal Entries in the 4-H show must be owned by the exhibitor and ownership certified where required on the appropriate forms in the Extension Office. The affidavit deadline and ownership certification for all animals is June 15.
All beef, sheep, swine and goats that will exhibit at the Harlan County Fair must be identified properly in the Harlan County Extension Office by June 15th of the current year.
- Market Beef- Paper ownership affidavit must be turned in to the local Extension office by June 15. All market beef for county must be identified with a county 4-H ear tag. All Market swine for State Fair must be identified with a federally accepted 840 EID electronic identification (EID) tag. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID.
- Breeding Beef– Any Breeding Heifer project animal enrolled in 4-H must be born between August 2021-December 2022. Breeding beef does NOT need a specific 4-H tag. Paper ownership affidavits must be turned in to the local Extension office by June 15. State Fair - Registered heifers are required to have a copy of registration papers & DNA sample submitted to the office by June 15.
- Stocker Feeder: All stocker feeders must be born within the current year (2023) but before June 1 and be identified with a farm tag. Paper ownership affidavits must be turned in to the local Extension office by June 15. State Fair – Feeder calves will now be required to submit a DNA sample/envelope to be eligible to exhibit by June 15.
- Bucket Calf: All bucket calves must be born within the current year (2023) between January 1 and June 1 and be identified with a farm tag. Calves are to be fed on bucket or bottle and/or dry feed only. Calves are to be away from real or substitute mothers from June 15. Paper ownership affidavit must be turned in to the local Extension office by June 15.
- Market Swine- Paper ownership affidavit must be turned in to the local Extension office by June 15. All market swine for county must be identified with a county 4-H ear tag. All Market swine for State Fair must be identified with a federally accepted 840 EID electronic identification (EID) tag. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID.
- Market Lambs and Market Goats- All market lambs and market goats must be identified with an official USDA scrapie tag. Paper ownership affidavits must be turned in to the local Extension office by June 15.
- Age Classification of Market Lambs - All market lambs are required to be born on or after December 1, 2022
- Definition of Market Sheep - Wether and ewe lambs are eligible for market classes. Short scrotum, cryptorchid or ram lambs are not eligible as market lambs.
- Age Classification of Market Meat Goats – All market goats are required to be born on or after November 1, 2022. Market goats are to have milk teeth and there shall be no evidence of breaking of the skin or eruption of the two permanent front teeth.
- Definition of Market Goats - Market goats may be doe or wether kids. Short scrotum, cryptorchid or buck kids are not eligible as market goats.
- Breeding Sheep and Goats- All ewes and does (registered and commercial) must be identified with an official USDA scrapie tag. Paper ownership affidavits must be turned in to the local Extension office by June 15.
- Age Classification of Breeding Ewes - Ewes born September 1, 2022, or after are classed as lambs. Lambs born between 9/1/2021 and 8/31/2022 will be classed as yearlings. All ewe lambs must have all temporary teeth present. Yearling ewes and does can have yearling teeth but cannot have two-year-old teeth.
- Age Classification of Breeding Meat Goats - All doe kids must have all temporary teeth present. Yearling does can have yearling teeth but cannot have two-year-old teeth.
- Horse- All horses that will be shown at the County, District &/or State Horse Show must be appropriately identified on the Nebraska Horse identification affidavit and Entry form turned into the local Extension office by May 6 for State (subject to change) and June 15 for County Only.
- Rabbits & Poultry – Paper ownership affidavit must be turned into the local Extension office by June 15th. Rabbits and Poultry must be owned and raised by the 4-H’er during the year exhibited. A member may make one entry in each class and must be present for judging. County-only rabbits will not be required to have an ear tattoo. State Fair Rabbits do require ear tattoos.
- Dogs- All dogs being shown, are required to have a rabies vaccination certificate from vet. Vaccination forms MUST be turned into the Extension office 1 week prior to dog show. A 4-H’er may enter one dog and it must be on a leash. 4-H’er and dog will be judged on 4-H’ers knowledge of their pet and ability to handle their dog. This is not a dog obedience show. The show will be divided into 4-H’er age divisions.
- Cats– All cats being shown, are required to have a rabies vaccination certificate from vet. Vaccination forms MUST be turned into the Extension office 1 week prior to cat show. No more than two cat entries by one exhibitor and no more than two entries per class will be allowed.
· The due dates listed above mean that all tagging is complete, the animal information completed and in the possession of the local Extension office.
Attention 4-H Market Swine Exhibitors
All market swine dispersal will be the responsibility of the 4-H member. 4-H Families must make arrangements for processing/selling of your market hogs. 4-H families should promote the possibilities of purchasing a butcher hog for consumption to consumers. Harlan County Meat Processors has limited available spots for processing and may be contacted at 308-473-3018. This is first come, first serve.
ALL YQCA MUST BE COMPLETED & CERTIFICATES
SUBMITTED TO THE EXTENSION OFFICE
NO LATER THAN JUNE 15 @ 4:00pm
Nebraska 4-H requires all youth ages 8-18 enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance certification through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). YQCA is a national multi-species quality assurance program focused on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development. Requirements
YQCA certification is required for all 4-H members enrolled in any of the following projects:
· Beef (bucket calf, feeder calf, breeding beef, market beef)
· Dairy Cattle
· Goat (breeding meat goat, dairy goat, meat goat)
· Sheep (breeding sheep, market sheep)
· Swine (breeding swine, market swine)
YQCA is required annually.
Face-to Face Training In-person YQCA training courses cost $3 per individual regardless of age.
The Harlan County 4-H Council has purchased in-person training codes again this year,
so that our Harlan County 4-H members can take in-person training at NO COST!!!
Contact the Extension Office and Dawn will send the code to make it FREE.
(Must be done before you register for class.)
Thank you 4-H Council!
Web-based Training at https://yqcaprogram.org. The online YQCA course costs $12 per individual regardless of age.
Each participant that completes either the ILT or WBT MUST complete a pre-test and a post-test.
Test-out options are only available to youth in the first year of Intermediate (age 12) and Senior (age 15) age levels. There is no test-out option for Juniors. Participants will have only one chance to take the test-out option. If youth fail, they will not be provided another opportunity to test out of that age level.
Test-out costs are:
Intermediate: $36 ($12 x 3 years of certification) Senior: $48 ($12 x 4 years of certification).
- 4-H Families will register and pay online at: https://yqcaprogram.org
- 4-H’ers use their 4-H Online Account
YQCA in-person Training Dates:
Phelps County - May 7th in Bertrand at the Village Hall from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Harlan County - June 1st in Orleans at the Ag Center from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Please note: 4-Hers must be enrolled as an active member for 2023 before taking the YQCA training. The Phelps/Gosper County 4-H have graciously opened up there YQCA in-person trainings to Harlan County 4-H'ers. If their early dates work for your schedule, contact Dawn for a code and then sign up online for their session.
Adventure Together 4-H Camp Series
Registration for the 2023 4-H camp season is open!
There are a limited number of spots available this year, so we recommend that families register as soon as possible. Session information and registration can be found at 4h.unl.edu/camp . Mark your calendars:
Chadron – June 5-9;
Cozad – June 16-20;
Ashland – June 26-29;
Burwell – July 16-20;
Louisville – July 27-30.
Youth Leadership Conference
- More Information: https://4h.unl.edu/leadership-conference