Otoe County 4-H Wednesday What-Nots

April 3, 2019

Thank Your Leaders!

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Summer Animal Science Contests

We are excited that Wyatt Hubbard, from Elm Creek, will be our 2019 Otoe County 4-H Summer Intern. Wyatt has offered to prepare Otoe County 4-H members to participate in livestock judging, livestock quiz bowl, and the livestock skill-a-thon at PASE. Wyatt competed in the livestock judging. Wyatt and his team members competed at the National Skill-A-Thon competition in Louisville, Kentucky after winning the Nebraska 4-H Skill-A-Thon competition at PASE.

PASE, Premier Animal Science Events, is designed to help youth learn about issues related to the animal industry, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state and have FUN! The event is sponsored by Nebraska 4-H, the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Nebraska Investment Finance Authority.

We would like to form teams that would practice during May and June. These teams would represent Otoe County at PASE Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18. Age ranges are 10 to 18 as of December 31. For the livestock judging, livestock quiz bowl and the livestock skill-a-thon, there are two divisions – intermediate (10-13) and senior (14 and older).

If interested in practicing and competing at PASE, please contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 or via email at otoe-county@unl.edu. Practices will begin Wednesday, May 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

2019 National 4-H Raise Your Hand campaign!

The Raise Your Hand campaign, held from April 1 through May 15, is a nationwide call-to-action for 4-H alumni, supporters, and friends to vote for their state to win funding and help more kids in their community benefit from 4-H experiences. The three states with the most hands raised will receive $20K, $10K, and $5K. Last year, Nebraska 4-H, with over 14,000 hands raised, received second place. This year, you can help us reach #1! Raise Your Hand and vote for Nebraska 4-H. Voting is easy, and even if you have raised your hand in the past, your vote will still be counted this year! Raise Your Hand now at https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/.

Learn more about this year’s campaign, Nebraska 4-H’s promotion, and what you can do to help by visiting https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/4hstaff/9410/55321.

Open House for 4-H Enrollment

Monday, April 8th from 4 - 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office in Syracuse. We will be helping to enroll in Otoe County 4-H and answer questions you may have! The volunteer training will follow from 7-8:30 p.m.

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Flood Relief Fund

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has created a Flood Relief Fund to support children, youth and families impacted by the recent storms and floods.

There is another fund that may be of interest to your 4-H families and friends. The 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers Fund offers a giving opportunity to 4-H clubs and councils as well as individuals and businesses to support 4-H youth and families.

Information on both funds is available on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website: www.ne4hfoundation.org

If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Stu Shepherd at sshepherd3@unl.edu

Have old jeans to get rid of? We want them!

The Nebraska Extension in Otoe County is accepting donations of old, clean jeans for use in 4-H summer workshops. Please deliver to the Extension Office at 620 1st Street in Syracuse. Thank you.

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New 4-H Project Added.....HUNTING & OUTDOOR SKILLS!

4-H Certified: Sherlyn Damme

402-269-5668

huskerdamme@gmail.com


Hunting and Outdoor Skills offers a wide variety of hands on learning activities for 4-H youth. This discipline is not limited to “prey hunting”. Hunting and Outdoor Skills teaches life skills at every turn. It crosses over to most other project areas in 4-H. A small example of the nearly limitless areas that can be covered within this discipline are:


  • Animal Science
  • Birding Behaviors & Identification
  • Careers in Hunting, Shooting Sports, Wildlife Management
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Fishing Skills & Equipment
  • Food Preservation
  • Gun Safety
  • Gunsmithing
  • Hunting Laws/Regulations
  • Hunting Equipment
  • Hunting with a Camera
  • Maps & Compass Utilization
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Plant Science
  • Taxidermy
  • Types of hunting
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Habitat & Management
  • Wildlife Identification
4-H Summer Camps-Click to check them out!

Don't forget, Otoe County 4-H Foundation will pay for $100 or half which ever is greater! Call the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 for more information!

Tags are here!

Swine tags and Sheep & Goat Scrapie Tags are now available at the office. Don't forget to get your livestock tagged!

Register by Friday, April 5th for 4-H Volunteer Training

Monday, April 8th, 7-8:30pm

Otoe County Extension Office, 620 1st Street Syracuse, NE 68446

  • The NEW 4-H Annual Achievement Application (AAA) will be showcased and explained. This will replace the 4-H Career Portfolio at the county and state levels. The 4-H AAA will be due on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
  • Meet Erin Steinhoff, our new 4-H Extension Assistant!
  • Q and A - to answer ALL your 4-H questions!
  • Networking time for 4-H leaders


This event is for ALL 4-H volunteers, parents and leaders!


Call the Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County office at 402-269-2301, email otoe-county@unl.edu, or use this RSVP by Friday, April 5, 2019 to register!!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Adventure Day at 4-H Camp

Saturday June 15, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 6-11 years old

Cost: $35 per person. 1 adult meal is included per child registration. Adult chaperones are encouraged to attend, but not required The Otoe County 4-H Foundation Camping Scholarships support this camp!


Click here for more information & to register!

4-H Public Speaking Contest

Sunday, April 28th, 6:30pm

Fair Center in Syracuse, NE

Check the flyer in this months TIPS for contest guidelines!

To register or if you have questions, please contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301.

Thinking about doing a PSA?

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Rabbit Tattoo's

Does your rabbit still need a tattoo? If so, you can contact Dr. Gigstad at Arbor Valley Animal Clinic to set up a time to have it done! Arbor Valley's phone number is 402-269-3267. Thank you Dr. Gigstad!

2019 Animal Dates for Otoe County!

  • May 10- Horse ID's & District Paper ID's are due to the Extension Office
  • May 18- Market Lamb weigh-in will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the O.K. Pavilion.
  • June 15- Animal ID's DUE: this includes Breeding Beef, Feeder Calves, Bucket Calves, Companion Animal, Dogs, Dairy & Meat Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, and Swine

- All 4-H Exhibitors showing Beef, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep or Swine are required to complete YQCA.

  • July 15- All animal entries for Otoe County Fair are DUE: this includes Beef, Companion Animals, Dogs, Dairy & Meat Goats, Horses, Meat Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep and Swine. These entry sheets will also be used to stall livestock at the Otoe County Fair.

Otoe County Fair July 25-28, 2019

Nebraska Extension in Otoe County


Sarah Purcell, Unit Leader, Extension Educator, spurcell2@unl.edu

Erin Steinhoff, Extension Assistant, erin.steinhoff@unl.edu

Kelsey Ahrens, Office Manager, kahrens4@unl.edu