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Warren County 4-H Newsletter: March 2, 2022

Upcoming Events:

March 14: Quality Assurance, Event Center, 7pm

March 24: New Member Orientation, Event Center, 7pm

March 31: Quality Assurance, Event Center, 7pm

April 1: 4-H Enrollment Deadline, 4:30pm

4-H Enrollment

Enrollments can be completed at v2.4honline.com. If you need help enrolling, please refer to https://warren.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/club-enrollment for guidance or email Taylor Stevens, Stevens.1068@osu.edu. The deadline to enroll is April 1st if you would like to participate in the 2022 Warren County Fair. This is less than one month away, do not wait until the last minute to enroll!


  • Make sure you double-check all your projects! Incorrect project enrollments now will result in no fair entries later.
  • Cloverbuds, Age 5 & in kindergarten to age 8 & in 3rd grade, can only enroll in project #715 My Cloverbud Year. No other projects!

*New in 2022* All Department Skillathons

More information coming soon!
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Department Royalty Applications

Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 19 as of January 1, 2022, not married, not have been married, nor have borne or fathered a child. Applicants must be enrolled in Warren County 4-H for 2022 and must be taking a project in the department they are applying for this year, along with 2 previous years' experience taking projects in said department.

After your application has been submitted and the application is closed, you will receive a text message from Sr. Superintendent Dana Bullock to schedule your mandatory in-person interview on Tuesday, May 10th.
This application will close on Friday, April 29th at 5:00 PM. No late applications will be accepted.


Applications can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-ipV9wTCCpDbNxeGlHp6PxQzOZ3BlbInPNkAIOJO8di2eMg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Quality Assurance

Every 4-H member who plans on exhibiting market livestock or lactating dairy animals is required to attend one session of Quality Assurance each year. One parent is required to attend with exhibitors. All QAs will be in person at the Event Center and starting at 7 pm. Pre-registration is not necessary.
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Warren County Judging Team

Practice for the Warren County 4-H Livestock Judging Team is scheduled to start on May 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office (320 E. Silver Street, Lebanon) The team meets almost every Thursday in May, June, and early July. The Ohio State Fair Judging Contest is July 28, 2022. Anyone, with an interest in joining the team, needs to send an email to Greg Meyer at meyer.213@osu.edu so that you can be added to the email list.


About the Program

The Warren County 4-H Livestock Judging Program is respected throughout the state. Our teams have won state competitions and have competed well at national contests. We expect to place highly when we go to contests. The Ohio State Fair contest is our priority. Top placing senior teams at the Ohio State Fair are selected to represent Ohio 4-H at National livestock judging contests. Past Warren County 4-H teams have represented Ohio 4-H at contests in Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In 2011, a team of Warren County 4-Hers finished tenth at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville. In the past four years, five Warren County 4-H members were selected for the Ohio 4-H All-Star team which represented Ohio 4-H at the National Contest in Louisville, KY.


Eligibility

Open to any Warren County 4-H member. The teams are divided into divisions by 4-H age. Seniors are 14 years and older and juniors are 13 years and younger. Experience with livestock and livestock judging is not required to participate in this program. We will teach you what you need to know to compete in livestock judging contests.


What Will You Learn?

· You will learn how to evaluate beef cattle, meat goats, sheep, and swine based upon current industry standards.

· You will learn how to gather facts and organize your thoughts to make better decisions.

· You will learn how to give an oral reasons presentation to defend the decisions that you make.


Contact Greg if you would like more information about the judging program. Practice starts May 5th. May 5th is the final Quality Assurance meeting for Warren County 4-H. If you are planning to be on the judging team, please attend one of the March Quality Assurance meetings.

Dairy Cattle Department

Thank you to all who visited our table at the 4H open house!! So far, we have 19 4h’ers interested in taking a dairy project this year! When you sign up, please sign up for both cow AND a heifer project even if you are only doing one. If for some reason you are unable to get the animal you want or something happens, you at least have the option of taking a dairy animal if you need to make a change.


We have been asked to do a milking demonstration on May 21 at the Clinton County fairgrounds for the annual Rod’s Project fundraiser. This is an organization named in honor of an East Clinton FFA member who tragically died several years ago. The organization raises money for scholarships for FFA students. We will provide the cow and the milkers. We would like for our Dairy project kids to give a narrative to the public about how we prep the cow, milk her, etc. I don’t expect 4Her’s to actually milk the cow unless they want to, but some teaching and public interaction would be great!! More to come.


The dairy expo is at the end of this month, March 28-31, at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. We hope to pick a date for those who want to attend to meet there and experience it together. It is during the week so I know it won’t be convenient for a lot of people. Again, more to come with the date! Any questions, please call Kelly Wilburn 513 490 9660, Lynn Collins 513 678 5047, or Lauren Adkins 513 594 0419.

2022 4-H Project Books

  • Club Order. Orders can be placed as a bulk club order to the Extension office. This would need to be coordinated by a club advisor.
  • Buy one online. You as families can order directly from extensionpubs.osu.edu. Ohio residents receive free shipping on orders of $20 or more with the coupon FREE2022. See the printable Ordering Is Easy instructions. Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is not able to accept returns.


Have any questions about book orders? Contact Meghan Cotten, Cotten.12@osu.edu

Looking for dates of events/fair?

Please check out the 2022 4-H calendar at go.osu.edu/22calendar. This calendar is a PDF and can be printed if you want a paper copy.

4-H Camps

We will be hosting Horse Camp, Day Camp, and County Camp again this year. Registration will open online in the first part of May.

Advisors-Yard Signs

If you are a 4-H volunteer that has not received a Warren County 4-H yard sign yet, please stop by the Extension office and pick yours up today.


If you do have a yard sign in your yard, send me a picture to share at stevens.1068@osu.edu.