Saunders County 4-H Smore

February 30, 2018

In this week's Smore...

** Did you know that new items added are BOLDED?!?

  1. Enrollment Deadline - June 15!
  2. Catch-An-Animal Information
  3. Clover Crew
  4. Summer Workshop Help
  5. Shooting Sports Practice
  6. SC Market Beef Info
  7. Nebraska Online Nomination Process
  8. Friends of 4-H Fundraiser
  9. SC Animal Requirements
  10. Saunders county Beef Progress Show
  11. UNL Animal Science Experience
  12. NAYI & Youth Pork Conference
  13. Joann Fabric Promotion
  14. Calendar of Events
  15. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events

Enrollment Deadline - June 15!

For information about enrollment, please see:
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Catch- An-Animal Sign Up

Catch-A-Critter is now OPEN! Please take a look at the changes for this year as there are MANY and they are important before committing!!

DEADLINE for sign up & deposit: APRIL 6, 2018…/saunders-county-catch-an-animal/

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Help us offer some summer workshops!

Do you have some cool skill (cooking, sewing, crafting, knitting, welding, etc) and would be willing to share it with some of our Saunders County Youth?!

We are still looking for a few more summer workshops to host and would love to have your help in teaching and planning them! Let us know if you'd be interested!

Shooting Sports Practice

Normal Practices for ALL certified youth will then tentatively begin in APRIL!

SC Market Beef

NEW IN 2018!!

All 4-H & FFA Market Beef will need an EID tag for 4-H & FFA in Saunders County in 2018.

There will be a cost for the EID tags, tag cost will be $2 per tag.

ALL market beef, wishing to compete at the Saunders County Fair, Aksarben or Nebraska State Fair, must be Identified and have completed paperwork to the Extension Office by April 13!

Nebraska Online Nomination for State Fair/AKSARBEN

NEW IN 2018 for families entering livestock for Nebraska State Fair or Aksarben.

An important change from past years is that exhibitors (4-H/FFA families) will be responsible for submitting their animal (market and breeding) information into the AKSARBEN livestock database online themselves prior to the nomination deadline (Market Beef - Friday, April 13). In the past, families turned in DNA envelopes and breeding nominations cards to the office, staff mailed them to AKSARBEN and the entry process was done manually by staff. This led to mistakes, missing entries, missing payments, etc.

The Saunders County Extension Office will still continue to mail in the DNA envelopes to the AKSARBEN office by the respected deadline (Market Beef – Friday, April 13, 2018). Once the information is in the database and has been validated by the Extension Staff or FFA Advisor, it will then be available for exhibitors to make State Fair entries similar to years past.

The database now has the capacity to accept animal information submitted directly by exhibitors (4-H/FFA families) as well as payments for the DNA process. The Nebraska 4-H Program staff will provide step by step instructions for doing this once the database is open to accepting entries. The process ensures responsibility on exhibitors (4-H/FFA families) with a number of safeguards in place for Extension staff and the Nebraska 4-H Program staff to monitor success. 4-H/FFA families will have the ability themselves to edit incorrect information (wrong tag number, wrong birth date, etc.) up to the deadline.

Please note for MARKET BEEF, any animal entry not in the database (done by the 4-H/FFA family before Friday, April 13) AND not submitted DNA (to the Extension Office by Friday, April 13) will NOT be considered nominated and will be ineligible for State Fair.

2018 Nebraska Online Nomination Step-By-Step Instructions

Online Nomination:

Saunders County Animal Identification:

Saunders County Animal ID requirements

Information on Livestock/Animal requirements.

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2018 UNL Animal Science Experience

The 2018 Animal Science Experience will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Complex Commons. The event is open to any high school student interested in Animal Science as a major. During the Animal Science Experience, participants will:

  • meet current Animal Science students and other prospective students
  • tour the UNL Animal Science Complex
  • learn about clubs and extra-curricular activities at UNL
  • eat a delicious meal at the CASNR Week Lunch on the Lawn hosted at the Animal Science Complex
  • attend an actual Animal Science class
  • prticipate in a hands-on lab experiment with an Animal Science Professor

Check in will begin at 9:30am CT; the day will adjourn at 2pm CT.

Register at before Wednesday, April 11, 2018, as space is limited.

JOANN Fabric Promotion

Current & lifetime 4‑H members, parents of members, volunteers and 4‑H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases at JOANN Fabrics every day with 4‑H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to 4‑H. Visit to get started.

2018 Calendar of Events


6 - Catch-An-Animal Sign up DEADLINE

15 - Introduction, Feeding and Care Intro education class, mandatory for catch-an-animal

13 - Market Beef ID DEADLINE

13 - Market Beef DNA DEADLINE

13 - Market Beef

21 - 4-H Poultry Judging Clinic, Lincoln

26 - Catch-an-animal pick up at fairgrounds

28 - SC Lend-A-Hand Day (more info coming soon)


1 - District/State Horse Entries & ID sheets DEADLINE


1 - County Horse ID Sheets DEADLINE

1 - AKSARBEN Horse ID sheets & Nebraska Online Nomination DEADLINE

15 - Enrollment DEADLINE


15 - Livestock Quality Assurance DEADLINE

Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, and Events

Companion Animal Challenge, Horse Stampede, etc....

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.