Thurston County 4-H News

April 2017

Upcoming Dates

April 1 - Horse Stampede @ UNL-East Campus

April 6 - Butter Braid pick up @ Extension Office (5:00 p.m.)

April 10 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Dakota City (7:00 p.m.)

April 15 - Ak-Sar-Ben Market Beef DNA Nominations DUE

April 15 - Nebraska 4-H Camp Early Bird Registration DUE

April 23-29 - National Volunteer Week

April 28 - Office Closed - Arbor Day

May 1 - Drop/Add 4-H Projects DUE

May 4 - Favorite Foods & Presentation Contest Registration DUE

May 8 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

May 11 - Favorite Foods & Presentation Contest @ Pender (7:00 pm)

May 11 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest Registration DUE

May 12 - Horse: County ID DUE & District & State Entries DUE

May 25 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest @ Norfolk (2:00 pm)

May 29 - Office Closed - Memorial Day

May 31 - Dakota-Thurston County Sheep & Goat Weigh-In @ Fairgrounds (6-8 pm)

June 9 - Ponca Day Registration DUE

June 12 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Dakota City (7:00 pm)

June 12 - District Horse Show - Lexington

June 13 - District Horse Show - Taylor

June 14 - District Horse Show - Wayne

June 15 - All Livestock Affidavits DUE

June 15 - Quality Assurance Deadline

June 15 - Ak-Sar-Ben Sheep, Swine, Goat & Feeder Calf DNA DUE

June 19 - Ponca Counselor Training

June 19 - District Horse Show - Hemingford

June 20 - Ponca Day Camp @ Ponca State Park

June 20 - District Horse Show - Lincoln

June 26-27 - PASE/Life Challenge @ UNL

Need to Know

4-H Clover Chase: A Nebraska 150 Event Starts March 1

Nebraska 4-H, in partnership with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, is celebrating the Nebraska Statehood 150 with the 4-H Clover Chase!

Between March 1 - August 15, 2017, Nebraska 4-H will be hosting a photo scavenger hunt for all 4-H members. Using an app, participants will complete challenges and submit photo entries on social media using #NE4HChase. After submitting photos and earning 150 points, participants will be eligible to receive a commemorative water bottle from their local Nebraska Extension Office and will be entered into a drawing to win a drone with video capability. The Nebraska Extension Office with the highest percentage of participation wins a free National Youth Science Day kit!

Complete details about the 4-H Clover Chase can be found at Celebrate Nebraska’s Statehood, and Nebraska 4-H, by participating in this fun-filled opportunity with your friends, club, or family!

4-H Shooting Sports Policy Change

The Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory approved the following policy that will go into effect on October 1, 2017.

“All instructors must teach youth or assist in instruction of youth, a minimum of four hours in their respective discipline every year. Instructors must also complete and submit their annual instructor report to the state coordinator to remain a certified instructor in their respective discipline”.

To assist 4-H Shooting Sports instructors in collecting their data that will enable them, or Extension staff to complete the on-line electronic system, a form is available on the 4-H Shooting Sports web site under the “Instructor Resources” tab. Every instructor must submit an Annual Report. Completion of the on-line data collection system is due by October 15th each year. A web link allowing instructors or other individuals to access the on-line electronic form will be provided at a later date.

Dakota-Thurston County Fair UPDATES!

The Dakota-Thurston County Fair will be July 30-August 6, 2017. Pre-fair judging events will be July 26-31. The theme is 50 Years of Family Fun. If you run across old pictures please send to Lisa ( We are trying to get something put together for it. Could you put something in the news letter for families to bring in pictures or send them to Lisa. They will get the originals back or they can scan and email to her. If you prefer the Fairboard making the article please let Lisa and Mary Paeper know.
The Exhibit Hall will have AC this year.

The Fair Board is also looking to set up a schedule for each 4-H Club or Staff to do a short shift in the information window of the Fair Office. Let the Extension Office know if you're interested.

Save the Date for Ponca Day Camp

Come get a taste of camp in your own backyard at this year's 4-H Ponca Day Camp. It will be held at Ponca State Park on Tuesday, June 20th. All 4-H members and their friends ages 8-11 in Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne counties are invited to attend this hands-on camp. For complete registration/health statement please contact the Nebraska Extension Office in Thurston County. Registrations are due by Friday, June 9th. More information will be available in the May newsletter. Come on! Camp can't get any closer!

Summer Workshops

We are exited to announce our summer workshops for youth will be coming SOON. We will be holding several sessions every week in June & July. Several of these camps will be open to all ages but others, like Clover Kid Camp, will be for either older or younger youth. Come join us for an excited summer of learning. More information will be available mid-April.

Member Information

Add-Drop Project Deadline

May 1st is the FINAL DATE to be able to add or drop projects to your 4-H enrollment. Please carefully review what you are enrolled in. If you are not enrolled in a project area, you cannot bring that project to fair. Go to to see what you are enrolled in or call the office with questions.

Favorite Foods Revue Contest

Get your silver shined up, the tablecloth pressed and test your favorite recipe. It's time to prepare for the Favorite Foods Revue Contest. The contest will be held at the United Church of Pender on Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m. Tables need to be in place by 6:45 pm. Look additional paper of the newsletter for more information.

Please pre-register if you want to participate by calling the office (402-385-6014) or email Stacey ( by May 4th.

Presentation Contest

The 2017 Presentation Contest will be held in conjunction with the Favorite Foods Revue on Thursday, May 11th at the United Church of Pender at 7:00 p.m. All 4-H members are encouraged to prepare a presentation this year at the contest. This is an excellent activity to showcase your talent.

Please pre-register by calling the office (402-385-6041) or email Stacey ( with the following information by May 4th.

Registration Information:


4-H Age (as of January 1, 2017)

Title of Presentation

Type of Presentation (Poster, power-point, multi-media)

Check attached flyer for more information.

National 4-H - "Raise Your Hand"

Between March 1 – June 30, 2017, National 4-H will kick off the “Raise Your Hand” promotion that will focus more upon attracting 4-H alumni back to the program as parents, volunteers, and donors. During this promotion, alumni will be asked to complete the following steps:
  1. Raise Your Hand – Complete the form at to show your pride as a 4‑H alum.
  2. Compete for your state – Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised.
  3. Pay it Forward – Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown experience or support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at http://4‑

With every alumni hand that is raised, Nebraska 4-H has the opportunity to receive $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 from National 4-H Council.

4-H Camps and Centers Camperships

Once again this year the Nebraska 4-H Foundation has graciously donated funds to allow us to provide camperships to individuals that would not be able to afford camp otherwise. Camperships are available in the amount of $100 and must be requested prior to registering for camp. Below is the information that I will need in order to award a campership to an individual.

To apply for a campership, please submit the following information to Lindsay Shearer by email or mail. Allow 7-10 business days for response to campership request. Please note that single day camp sessions are not eligible for Camperships. *Campership requests must be received and approved prior to registration for a camp session.

  1. A request for campership support from the parent/guardian. Please be sure to include the name, age, and gender for each camper and the session each camper would like to attend.
  2. A brief statement from the parent or from the camper expressing why they would like to attend camp this summer.

Once a request for a campership has been approved you will receive notification from Lindsay and receive an authorization code for registration that can be entered online or documented on a mail-in registration form. Following any campership support, we do ask that the camper send a thank-you note to donors sharing a highlight from their summer camp experience. Thank you notes can also be sent to Lindsay Shearer either by mail or email.

Request can be sent to:
Lindsay Shearer
State 4-H Office
114 Agricultural Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583

Or via email to:

National 4-H Day of Service

We are excited to announce that April, 2017 will be a month to celebrate community service and service learning throughout 4-H. This month of celebration will culminate with a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, and State 4-H partners, through the 4-H Citizenship Leadership team, are preparing this opportunity.

Some highlights will include:

· National marketing and communication highlighting 4-H Service

· Opportunity to plan a 4-H service project around the national theme of “Food Security”

· Opportunity to identify and plan a 4-H service project around a local need

· Opportunity to sign up these local projects to be a part of the National 4-H Day of Service

Additional support information and opportunity details will be coming in the next few weeks. For now, save the date and encourage creative thinking around this endeavor.

Citizenship Washington Focus Trip - 2018

If you will be 14 and not older than 18 on or before December 31, 2017, you are eligible to participate in the trip. This trip is a multi-county trip of 4-Hers in the Northeast Extension District. The tentative dates of the trip are Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 16, 2018. These are tentative as schedules may change, but based on trips we have taken in the past, we try to book similar dates every three years.

Please indicate you are interested in participating in this trip by completing the bottom portion of the Registration/Information Sheet (found here: and returning it to the Nebraska Extension Office in Wayne County on or before June 1, 2017, along with a check for $350 made payable to University of Nebraska - Lincoln. We are estimating the total cost the best we can based on airfare and bus rates.

This trip includes stops in many historical places on the East Coast as well as a six night stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 4-Hers learn about our National government during workshops at the National 4-H Center and will visit most of the popular sites in the Washington DC area.

Consumer & Family Sciences

2017 Life Challenge

The 2017 Life Challenge contest will be held on June 26-27, 2017, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus Union.

The Life Challenge contests encourage youth to explore and study family and consumer sciences project manuals and UDSA/ NIH/CDC or other cooperative extension websites and other government related resources . Youth will then apply their knowledge to the various Life Challenge contests listed below. The main purpose of this event is to help young people apply their knowledge of family and consumer sciences to everyday situations to enable them to be capable citizens.

The following areas are components of family and consumer sciences:

  • Foods and nutrition
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Design/housing/home environment
  • Child and human development
  • Personal finance

2017 Culinary Challenge Contest

The contest this year is focusing on dried beans, peas and legumes. In 2015, Nebraska was rated #1 in the nation in Great Northern bean production, 2nd for pinto bean production and 4th for all dry edible bean production. Nebraska produces equal approximately 1 billion servings of dry beans a year. 2016 was the “Year of the Pulse” (dried beans and peas) and we are happy to be able to continue the focus on dried beans, peas and legumes for the 2017 Culinary Challenge. Look for more info from the Culinary Challenge and the Nebraska Dried Bean Commission for menu, food prep, and recipe ideas in the future!

Continuing Education

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarships 2017

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides 4-H members the opportunity to apply for scholarships.

All scholarship applications must be submitted to

2017 Scholarships Available:

For guidelines and more information, please visit our scholarship guidelines and application form.

More information can be found at

Plant Science

Midwest's Biggest Plant Sale

Spring Affair, the Midwest’s largest plant sale and gardening event, will be Saturday, April 22 at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 700 different varieties of perennials, herbs, grasses, trees, shrubs and other plants will be available. They are selected for regional suitability, uniqueness, demand and provided by Bluebird Nursery, Inc., of Clarkson, Neb. It is sponsored by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum as an educational tool, fundraising event and to promote regional plants.

For plant information and inspiration, the following plant talks will be held. The half hour presentations will be followed by a “walk-about” through the plant sale to highlight recommended plants.

10-10:30. “Tough Plants,” by Mark Canney, Park Planner and Urban Designer for Lincoln Parks and Recreation

11-11:30. “Gardening 101: I’ve got my plants, now what?” by Justin Evertson, Green Infrastructure Coordinator for the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

12-12:30. “Brighten the Corners of Your Landscape with Container Gardening” by Terri James, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dept. Agronomy & Horticulture, Nebraska Extension Educator

Admission to the sale is free. The plant sale; plant talks by noted plants people; educational booths; and vendors of garden art, sculptures, furniture and other items are all under one roof in Pavilion I, on the northeast edge of the Lancaster Event Center. Plenty of parking is available north of the building.

For best plant choices, the Spring Affair Preview Party is Friday night, April 21. This is a ticketed event from 6-9 p.m. that gives plant lovers an opportunity to meet friends, enjoy a sit-down meal, live music and a chance to purchase plants with a wine glass in one hand and a basket in the other, before the Saturday sale. Tickets range from $35 for Arboretum members to $46 for non-members. Register for the Preview Party at:

For more information, visit

Youth Horticulture ID Contest

The Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners will be hosting a Youth Horticulture ID Contest at their annual Plant Fair & Market. All youth ages 8-18 are encouraged to participate. Participation is free but all participants must preregister by April 21 by contacting the Nebraska Extension office in Madison County 402-370-4040. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each of the age brackets. Contestants will be required to sight ID horticultural plants to the accepted common name. The list of possible plants and study guides are available at

Contest Details

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: Competition begins 6:15 PM, Awards Presented 7:30 PM

Location: Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex, Northeast Community College, Norfolk


  • 1st Place - $25 cash AND $25 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths
  • 2nd Place - $10 cash AND $15 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths
  • 3rd Place - $10 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths

The ages for brackets are broken down as follows:

  • Junior – 8-11 years old
  • Intermediate – 12-14 years old
  • Senior – 15-18 years old

Youth Volunteer Opportunity

The Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners could use your help. They hold an annual Plant Fair & Market at the Northeast Community College Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex in Norfolk and need volunteers to help with getting the patron’s items out to their vehicles. Wagons will be available. The plant fair is Friday, April 28, 5:30-9:00 pm and Saturday, April 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Call the Nebraska Extension Office in Madison County at 402-370-4040 by April 21 to sign up for a time that would work for you.

Animal Science

19th Annual Seward Calf Classic

April 8, 2017

Seward County Fairgrounds

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. ~ Check-in

10:30 a.m. ~ Show

Pre-Registration Form due by April 5.

More information can be found at:

Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest

Are you passionate about the beef industry. The Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest provides an opportunity for youth to become spokespersons and future leaders in the beef industry. If public speaking or industry advocacy is your thing, you should compete. April 8, 2017, 8:00 a.m. CDT, at the East Campus of UNL in Lincoln, NE. Register by emailing or to receive complete rules. Or call 308-760-6464.

Age Divisions: (by January 1)

  • Senior - 14-18 years old
  • Collegiate - 19-24 years old

The Competition: Both divisions contestant will compete in three different areas.

  1. Consumer Promotion - A mock consumer promotion event will be set up for contestants. Mock consumers will approach the contestant and ask questions testing the contestant's knowledge, capacity to perform in the field and ability to present the different cuts of beef in a positive light.
  2. Media Interview - Contestants will participate in a mock media interview. The interview will have pre-determined questions to ask each contestant with the option to ask follow-up question to extrapolate additional knowledge or clarify a point. Contestants will be judged on their knowledge, articulation, poise, and ability to tell the "beef production story" in a positive light.
  3. Issue Response - Each contestant will be provided with a recently published negative news article regarding the beef industry. Contestants will be give 30 minutes to write a brief (250 words or less) response to the article. The article will be judged for accuracy, message, and ability to send the correct message for the industry.

Prizes and Awards:

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • Senior Division - 1st-$125, 2nd-$100, & 3rd-$75
  • Collegiate Division - 1st-$200, 2nd-$150, & 3rd-$125

Custom Belt Buckles will be awarded to division winners.

Upon completion of the requirements, the Collegiate winner will receive a scholarship from the Nebraska Cattlemen's foundation in the amount of $1200.

Dakota County - Poultry & Rabbit Workshop

New to the Poultry and rabbit projects? Want to improve your schowmanship skills or general knowledge? Then this workshop is for you! Open to all youth.

April 19th, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Please register by calling the Dakota County Extension Office (402-987-2140).

4-H Poultry Judging Clinic

Are you interested in learning how to judge production poultry? Wanting to compete in the Poultry Judging Contest at the Premier Animal Science Event (PASE)? Come join us for a fun day learning how to judge production poultry.

When: April 22, 2017 at 10 am until 2 pm

Where: UNL Dept. of Animal Science, Room D107

Cost: $10 (Checks Payable to: University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

During the clinic you’ll learn how to:

  • Judge live hens for egg production
  • Give a set of oral reasons on production hens
  • Candle and grade eggs
  • Grade and evaluate broiler chicken carcasses, etc.
  • Participate in a mock judging contest

What to bring:

  • A Lunch (Name that Breed Contest during lunch)
  • The National 4-H Poultry Judging Manual, *The judging manual may be purchased from your local extension office or may be purchased the day of the clinic for $7.45 (Checks payable to: University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • A Note pad
  • Pencil or Pen


Dr. Sheila Purdum, Extension Poultry Specialist, 402-472-6451,

Brett Kreifels, Douglas-Sarpy Counties 4-H, 402-444-7896,

Registration can be found at:

Horse Judging School

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is pleased to announce its 2017 Horse Judging School, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., April 22, 2017, at the UNL Animal Science Complex, on East Campus.

This horse show judges school is a must for current judges, aspiring judges, judging team coaches, and youth. UNL Extension Equine Specialist Kathy Anderson said the judges school is also perfect for exhibitors because it is the best way to learn how one is being judged, so exhibitors can do a better job when in the arena.

The Nebraska 4-H Horse Show Judging Certification test will be offered at no additional cost for those needing to be re-certified, or desiring to become new 4-H Horse judges.

A great addition to this year’s school is not only will there will be classroom sessions, but there will be live classes in the arena to practice. Horsemanship, trail, ranch riding, halter, and how to conduct oral reasons the collegiate way will be the focus of this year’s school.

Speakers include: Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension Equine Specialist

Lena Luck, UNL Extension Equine Specialist for youth

Rebecca Gunderson, UNL equine graduate student

The cost per person is $30 for youth, ages 10 -18 years old, and $40 for adults, ages 19 years and older.

Please register at to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Horse Judging School.

Please feel free to contact Kathy Anderson for more information at 402-472-6414 or or visit: For more information on the Nebraska 4-H Horse Show Judge Certification test, visit:

Ag Science Expo - A Free Family Event at Raising Nebraska, Grand Island

Spend the afternoon on Saturday, April 29th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm engaging and interacting with science! See new technology and challenges up close while you solve problems. Sessions include:

1. 3-D Sand: Understand topography maps by playing in the sand.

2. Nutrients for Soil: Discover the nutrients that let plants grow.

3. Electric Flower: Build a circuit to make your flower glow.

4. Print your Fix: Design and print your solution to a problem.

5. Laparoscopic Surgery: Complete the challenge by designing a tool and conducting surgery.

6. Code your Name: Use binary code to make a name bracelet.

This is a great family and friend affair! Register your family or entire youth clubs (ex. 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.) at Pre-registration is preferred by Friday, April 21st, but walk-ins are welcome. Recommended age is for 8 year olds and older, but all ages are welcome!

Location: Raising Nebraska, inside the Nebraska Building

Nebraska State Fairgrounds

501 E Fonner Park Road

Grand Island, NE 68801

Contact for Questions:

Phone: 308.385.3967


More information can be found at:

Nebraska Youth Pork Conference

The Nebraska Youth Pork Conference, “Makin’ Bacon … and a WHOLE Lot More!” has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 2. Attached, you’ll find a flyer that you can be used to promote the event. We conducted a pilot of this program in December of 2015, and the youth who participated were extremely complimentary and excited about the program. I hope you will be willing to advertise this conference through your various newsletters and encourage your youth to apply, particularly those who have an interest in the swine industry, food or meat science, and/or culinology. Intermixed throughout the conference, youth will be engaged in interactive activities to enhance life skills including leadership and communication. There is no cost for any youth participants, as the conference is 100% funded by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, the Nebraska Corn Board, and the Nebraska Soybean Board in addition to Animal Science and UNL Extension! As a result, we do ask that all potential youth participants apply online at, then under the “youth” tab, select “Makin’ Bacon ..” Applications are due April 1, and we will notify those individuals selected to participate no later than April 15.

Platte County Swine Progress Show

Sunday June 18th

Check in & Registration begins at 12:00

Show starting at 1:00

(Lunch and concessions will be available)

$15 Entry Fee/Animal

$5 Showmanship Entry Fee

More information call: Jerry Osten (402-910-8509) or Jamie Meyer (402-276-7501)

Tractor Safety Training 2017

All youth aged 14 and 15 and working on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate an approximately 20 PTO horsepower tractor, or to connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Cost: $60

Kearney Fairgrounds - May 30 & 31

Auburn Fairgrounds - June 1 & 2

Valentine Fairgrounds - June 6 & 7

North Platte WCREC - June 13 & 14

Gering Legacy Museum - June 15 & 16

Wayne Fairgrounds - June 19 & 20

Gordon Fairgrounds - June 22 (Day 1 is online)

McCook Fairgrounds - June 23 (Day 1 is online)

Grand Island College Park - July 10 & 11

Advance registration is required. More information can be found at:

3rd Annual Papio Valley Broiler Show

We will be holding our 3rd Annual Papio Valley Broiler Show on June 24th at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield. Some information about the show and the entry sheet can be found at:

Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute 2017

July 10-14, 2017. UNL East Campus

Applications Due April 15

NAYI is a five-day conference for high school juniors and seniors to learn about career opportunities within agriculture. This includes:

  • Engaging speakers
  • Workshops and panels
  • Agriculture education
  • Professional development
  • Leadership experience
  • Fun and new friends
  • Networking with peers and industry leaders

All of these experiences come free of charge, thanks to our generous sponsors!

Apply online at www.nda.nebraska.gove/nayi

Ak-Sar-Ben Moving to State Fairgrounds in Grand Island

AKSARBEN says they will move the classic 4-H livestock show to Grand Island in order to have more space to grow the 89-year-old event.

This year, it will be held September 28 through October 1 at Fonner Park in Grand Island, in the facilities built for the Nebraska State Fair.

The 2017 AKSARBEN Show Schedule, Programs and Judges can be found at: Additional information can be found at:


We are excited to announce that the new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is now active. Anyone who has not registered for the LQA online course for 2017 should now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family. Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course. All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to There will not be local support for the YQCA program. All 4-Hers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations. There is a button for families that have forgotten their password. 4-Hers that have started their QA training in the LQA site will be able to complete their modules and print off their certificate of completion and take it to their Extension Office. The YQCA site is user friendly and should make it easy for 4-H families to complete their QA training for this year.

Youth Livestock Projects and the VFD Regulation

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 directive 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; producer 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:

Premise ID

All State Fair exhibitors will be required to obtain a Premise ID for 2017. This will not be required for county-only exhibitor unless the county chooses to do so. Further education, in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be coming out by January 10th for counties to use in print form via email blasts and newsletters. These resources will explain the reasoning behind both EID and Premise ID while also giving families a step-by-step process for obtaining the Premise ID.

While that is being developed, what follows is a brief explanation on why Premise ID will be required in 2017. Also attached to this email is a rough document going through the process of obtaining a Premise ID. This document is for your reference only and a more complete resource will come out by January 10th that can be easily disseminated to youth.

  • In 2016, through our partnership with NDA, we were able to obtain an exemption from USDA that did not require each exhibitor to obtain a Premise ID. Thus why each county extension office or fairgrounds has a Premise ID number.
  • That exemption will not be renewable for 2017, thus requiring this step. The Premise ID Application process can be completed online. That URL will be available in the coming resources.
  • Swine exhibitors, through completion of PQA, already have a Premise ID so they have already completed this step. They can continue to use the Premise ID generated through that program for other species as well.
  • Cattle, Sheep, and Goat exhibitors who do not have a Premise ID will need to obtain one. In some cases, a farm or ranch may already have a Premise ID in the parents (or other relative’s name). As long as the livestock are being housed and cared for at that location, the existing Premise ID should be used.

We are well aware that there may be some not willing to comply with the Premise ID step; however, this process is vital in our youth understanding the shape of the agriculture landscape and the world economy as it is changing. Source verification programs are becoming critical, and as the world population becomes more interested in where their food is grown, Premise ID will play a major role in our youth’s future in agriculture.

While acquiring Premise ID is the choice of a family/exhibitor, those who choose not to get the Premise ID will not be able to show at State Fair or AKSARBEN. Exhibitors can contact me ( and I can help to answer their questions.

2017 State Fair Livestock Fees

The price breakdown for each animal entry that a State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor will pay upon the time of pre-entry in ShoWorks. Please remind your families that this will be per animal and the total they will see in ShoWorks will not be broke down like you see below. This chart may be helpful as you work with families on State Fair entries this summer. These charges do not include things done before fair like tags and DNA samples.

Species Fees Total

Breeding Beef $18+$15 $33.00

Market Beef $18+$15+$3 $36.00

Dairy $10+$15 $25.00

Market Sheep $5+$5+$3 $13.00

Breeding Sheep $5+$5 $10.00

Market Meat Goat $5+$5+$3 $13.00

Breeding Meat Goat $5+$5 $10.00

Market Swine $5+$5+$3 $13.00

Entry Fee: Beef-$18, Dairy-$10, Sheep/Goat/Swine-$5

Bedding Fee: $15 Beef/Dairy, $5 Sheep/Goat/Swine

Drug Testing Fee: $3

2017 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows

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

Reminder: All Entries for the State 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 4-H Horse Show Dates and Sites

  • June 12th - Lexington
  • June 13th - Taylor
  • June 14th - Wayne
  • June 19th - Hemingford
  • June 20th - Lincoln
  • July 16-20 - 2017 State 4-H Horse Show - Fonner Park
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