Southern Plains 4H Newsletter
Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - May 3, 2021
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Note From Kylie
PASE & Life Challenge Recruitment
If I had to choose my favorite 4-H memories, my experiences at PASE would be in the top 5.
Premier Animal Science Events (PASE) and Life Challenge Contests are a GO this summer in Lincoln. If your 4-Her is interested in any kind of animal science or food/nutrition/health, these contests are an excellent opportunity for our Nuckolls-Thayer 4-Hers.
Registration closes on Mon. June 14, but please let your local extension office know interest ASAP so we can arrange car pools, housing, and (hopefully) coaching/practice opportunities.
-Practice important life skills related to animal science and home environment
-Connect with 4-Hers from across the State of Nebraska
-Stay in Massengale Hall, one of UNL's newest residence halls
Mon. Jun 28
Life Challenge - Foods and Nutrition / Design
Tues. Jun 29
Life Challenge - Resource Management
Enroll in Nebraska 4-H TODAY
Make sure you enroll for the 2021 4-H year ASAP so you don't miss out on our events, contests and opportunities to make the best better in Nuckolls and Thayer Counties.
June 15 is the 2021 Nebraska 4-H enrollment deadline. This is the first year Nebraska 4-H has had a statewide enrollment deadline. If you wait until this deadline, you will miss out on many of our local events.
Enroll in all projects areas that you could possibly want to exhibit at fair. If you have any issues with 4-H Online, please email or call your local extension office. We do not want tech frustrations to make this difficult.
4-H Online home page:
We're excited for our spring 2021 plans for workshops, clinics, and judging contests. Keep reading for details!
Please pay at the event. Cost is $5/individual. Cash or Checks made to the University of Nebraska are acceptable.
Check in is at 8am and the contest starts at 8:30am. All 4-H and FFA members are eligible for the contest.
You can pay at the event and checks should be made out to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. If you have any questions please contact Kylie Kinley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Haley Sutterby at email@example.com.
You can pay at the event can make checks out to Lucky Stradley. We can't wait to see you there!
SHOOTING SPORTS UPDATE
Thayer Co. Archery is Recruiting Members for 2021
- Must be at least 8 yrs old 4-H age.
- Must be actively enrolled in 4-H.
- Must attend at least 6 practices to shoot at 4-H shoot July 5, 2021.
Nuckolls-Thayer Dual Shooting Sports Contest
In order to offer the best facilities and most positive youth development experiences possible, Nuckolls-Thayer will be hosting a dual shooting sports contest in 2021. Archery competitors will shoot at the brand-new archery range in Hebron on Mon. July 5 at 6 pm, and trap shooting contestants will shoot at the trap house in Nelson on Sun. July 11 at 3 pm.
Archery Age Divisions:
Shotgun Age Divisions:
Junior – 10-13 years
Senior – 14-18 years
Each 4-H member must attend a required six practices in each discipline with a Nebraska 4-H certified instructor to compete in that discipline at the county shoots. Contact your local extension office for more information.
Local Certified 4-H Shotgun Instructors (Updated as of 5/2/21):
Pete Kiefer (Nuckolls County)
Travis Pofahl (Nuckolls County)
Jason Funk (Nuckolls County)
Kylie Kinley (Nuckolls/Thayer County)
Mike Holes (Jefferson County / Fairbury Trap Team)
Local Certified 4-H Archery Instructors:
Jeanie Kiefer (Nuckolls County)
Brian Lukert (Thayer County)
Nik Statz (Nuckolls County)
Alycia Watts (Nuckolls County)
Students interested in practicing shotgun shooting will need to practice with Republican Valley Trap Club in Webster County or Fairbury Jr./Sr. High Trap in Jefferson County because they have the facilities, certified instructors, and a regular practice schedule.
Horse Judging May 26 - SIGN UP BEFORE MAY 14
LAST CHANCE 2021 YQCA TRAINING
YQCA Certificate instructions
Market Lamb/Goat Sign Up Genius - May 18 5-7 p.m. at Deshler
Market Lamb/Goat Sign Up Genius - May 19 5-7 p.m. at Nelson
2021 NEBRASkA 4-H PROGRESS SHOWS & CLINICS
Check out this link to see a collection of the flyers advertising progress shows and clinics across Nebraska
Courtesy of Alexa Pederson, Webster County Extension Office manager
2021 Tractor Safety Training
All youth aged 14 and 15 who work on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course to obtain a Farm Husbandry Permit or “farm permit” without further testing.
Successful completion of this training in Nebraska will allow youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, and connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Students of any age over 13 may complete the driving course in any of the locations on this flyer after successful online class completion:
Online 4-H Horticulture Contest June 4-21
Horticulture judging contest consists of three parts. The first is identification of plant material. Participants identify the plants by common name from a plant list. Specimens may be alive or preserved plant parts like stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, bulbs, tubers, or plant products.
The second is a knowledge portion, usually in the form of a true/false or multiple choice quiz. Questions will test the contestant's knowledge of cultural practices for horticultural crops, plant science, pesticides, horticultural careers and other topics related to the production, processing and consumption of horticultural crops.
The last portion is judging or placings. This is where four different plants, plates of vegetables, or containers flowers are ranked from best to worst based on a set of criteria. Classes are judged on the basis of condition, quality, uniformity, true-to-type, and size.
More details at: https://4h.unl.edu/online-horticulture-judging-contest
Registered your youth for the 2021 UNL Livestock Judging Camp set for June 9th-11th. This will be a great 3-day overview of all the livestock species including a heavy emphasis on oral reasons.
If you have questions please feel free to email UNL Livestock Judging Coach Blaine French (firstname.lastname@example.org). Use the link animalscience.unl.edu/winners-unlimited-judging-camp to find the registration info for camp. Registration is due by May 21st so don't miss out!
CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
Fri. May 7 - District & State Horse show entries due online & horse ID forms for district and state horse show due to your county extension office
Tues. May 11 - YQCA 7-8 pm @ Deshler
Mon. May 17 - YQCA 7-8 pm @ Nelson
Sat. May 15 - Nuckolls-Thayer Livestock Judging Contest @ Nelson
Tues. May 18 - TC Market Lamb/Goat Weigh In 5-7 pm @ Deshler
Wed. May 19 - NC Market Lamb/Goat Weigh In 5-7 pm @ Nelson
Wed. June 2 - Cloverkid Camp @ Hebron
Wed. June 9 - Bonanza Day @ Nelson
Tues. June 15 - Nuckolls County Fair entries due on the "green sheets."
Tues. June 15 - County Fair Animal IDs due. Nebraska State Fair nominations and animal IDS due. More information here.
Mon. Jun. 28 - Wed. Jun. 30 - State Speech/PSA Contest, Life Challenge Contest, Premier Animal Science Events @ UNL Animal Science Complex in Lincoln (Meat Judging, Livestock Judging, Quizbowl, etc)
July 10-13 - Nuckolls County Fair 2021
August 11-15 - Thayer County Fair 2021
Wed. May 12 @ 7 pm in Hebron
Wed. May 5 @ 7 pm
@ Thayer County Courthouse