Sheridan County Newsletter

May 2016

Calendar of Events

May 2 - Quality Assurance Help at Gordon 3:30-6

May 6 - Quality Assurance Help at Hay Springs 8-11:30

May 10 - Horse Practice at 6 pm

May 12 - Cat Club at 5 pm

May 15 - Sheep Weigh in from 3 to 5

May 17 - Horse Judging Clinic from 6 to 8

May 20 - Sewing Class 3-5 pm

May 23 - Quality Assurance Help Day

May 24 - Horse Practice at 6 pm

May 25-26 LOG N 4-H at Halsey

May 31 - Plant your Garden workshop 9-11

May 31 - Food Preservation at 1 pm

June 2-3 - Jump into Summer

June 5 - Sheridan County Progress Show

June 7-8 - Wilderness Wonders

June 9-10 Fort Robinson Horse Camp

June 12 - Dawes County Progress Show

June 13 - DIY Day at Gordon

June 14 - District Horse Show in Chadron

June 15 - Bake n' Create

June 16 - Western Livestock Challenge in Hemingford

June 19-21 - PASE and Life Challenge

June 22-24 - Babysitting Camp in Gordon

June 25-26 Box Butte County Progress Show

June 29 - Welding Workshop

July 6-7 - Tractor Safety

July 22-30 - Sheridan County Fair

Quality Assurance Help Days

We will be having several sessions where youth can get help completing their Quality Assurance modules. Youth must complete three modules if they are participating in rabbits, poultry, beef, swine, sheep, and goats. Youth can sign up online at campus.extension.org. There is a $5 fee for this course, which can also be paid online. If having troubles logging in Melissa may have that information from last year.

Horse Practice

Horse Practice will be held May 10th, 24th, June 7th, 21st, 28th, July 5th, 12th, and 19th. It will rotate through Rushville, Gordon, and in Hay Springs. The May sessions will cover Horsemanship, Pleasure, and Reining. The practices will last from 6 to 7 pm. The May 10th session will be held at the Saddle Club arena in Rushville and on May 24th the practice will be held at the Sheridan County fairgrounds.

District Speech Results

On April 23rd, nine Sheridan County 4-H members participated in the Panhandle District Speech Contest. In the Senior Division Kenna Rose and India Rittgarn both received blues. In the Intermediate Division Aspen Rittgarn and Calvin Landreth received blues and Alayna Hoffman was awarded a purple. Kaylie Rose and Abbey Russell received blues in the Junior Division and Curtis Rittgarn received a purple. In the Public Service Announcement contest Reann Ferguson received a blue. Great job !!

Goat & Sheep Weigh-in

The Goat and Sheep Weigh in will be held on Sunday, May 15th from 3 to 5 pm. We will be discussing appropriate nutrition for these animals that day. If you are unable to attend this weigh in you may attend the one in Box Butte or Dawes County. Dawes County is also hosting a fitting clinic the day of their weigh in which is May 31st from 9 am to 2 pm. You need to register for this clinic by the 25th of May. Please contact the Extension Office if you are planning on attending a different weigh in.

Horse Judging Clinic

Become a certified Horse Show Judge! A workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 17th in Chadron from 6 to 8 pm MT. Topics will be: Ranch Horse Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, How to become a Judge, and where to find judging resources. Pleaseregister by May 10th. The cost for this training is $20 for adults and $10 for youth. If you register after the 10th it is an additional $10. The judges exam fee is $20. To register contact Terri Lemmon at the Nebraska Extension-Dawes County office at tlemmon2@unl.edu or 308-432-3373.

Wilderness Wonders

The Wilderness Wonders Camp held at Camp Norwesca in Chadron will be held June 7 through the 8th. The cost is $75 and includes meals, lodging, and activities. This camp is for youth entering grades 3-5th. Some of the activities are: Archery, Swimming Slide, Sun Dials, Star Gazing, Solar Cars, and much more! You can visit http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/sheridan/4h/ for an application. Space is limited so register as soon as possible! Registrations are due by May 25th.

Fort Robinson Horse Camp

The Horse Camp at Fort Robinson will be on June 9th through the 11th. This camp allows horse people to learn new skills, play games, and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Fort Robinson. Sessions include: Barrel Basics – participants will learn practice exercises, bridle fit, and more; Polo Cross – help improve horsemanship and teamwork while playing this game; Roping 101 – learn the fundamentals of roping on the ground and on horses; Horse Judging; Craft Session – create your own cotton lead rope; Building Balance and Core Strength – learn exercises to help you become a more balanced rider; Healthy Habits – discover techniques to help keep your horse healthy; and Trail Rides. The youth camper fee is $50, Adults with youth is $40, and adults on their own is $50. This fee includes activities, insurance, stall for one night/one horse, craft ticket, Country Cookout, and Country Style Breakfast. Applications are due May 20th and can be found at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/sheridan/4h/.

Plant your Garden workshop

Learn the Planting basics from Karen Runkle, the owner of Lil Ladybug Nursery. She will show you how to plant your garden for success. This workshop will take place at the Nebraska Extension - Sheridan County Office, from 9 to 11 am on Tuesday, May 31st. The cost is $5. Gardening activities for Clover Bud members will be available as well. To register contact the Extension Office at (308) 327-2312 or mmracek2@unl.edu.

Food Preservation workshop

Have you wanted to can your favorite foods but how no idea how to start? Jamie Goeffena, Nutrition Extension Educator from Dawes County will teach youth the basics of food preservation and some simple recipes. This workshop will be held on May 31st starting at 1 pm. The location is still being finalized and information will be sent out once it is confirmed. The cost for this workshop is $10, which will include supplies.

Jump into Summer workshop

The Jump into Summer camp will be held on June 2nd and 3rd at the Gordon-Rushville Middle School in Rushville. Registration will start at 12:30 with sessions starting at 1 and going until 4 pm. The sessions for the 8 and up are: Archery and BB Guns, Outdoor Cooking, Cake Decorating, Photography, String Art, T-shirt Decorating, and Heritage. The sessions for the 5 to 7 year olds include Citizenship, Healthy Living, Animal Science, and Home Environment. The cost for this workshop the cost will be $15. Registration forms will be available in the office and on the website May 1st.

Progress Shows

The Sheridan County Progress Show is coming back this summer! Youth can exhibit sheep, goats, and beef projects on Sunday, June 5th at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. Check in and Weigh in will be from 7 until 9 am with the show starting at 10 am. The entry fee is $20 per head by June 1st and $25 after June 1st. The Showmanship fee is $5 and Clover Buds are free. Awards for the show will be presented to the top two places and include:

· Market Goat: $250 for Overall Market Goat and $200 for Reserve Market Goat

· Market Sheep: $125 for Overall Market Sheep and $100 for Reserve Market Sheep

· Breeding Beef: $150 for Supreme Heifer and $125 for Reserve Heifer

· Market Beef: $250 for Overall Market Beef and $200 for Reserve Market Beef

Entry forms are available at the Nebraska Extension - Sheridan County office.

Located on the Sheridan County 4-H website is a list of upcoming Progress Shows across the state, including Dawes County. You will be able to download their flyers or registration forms from the website: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/sheridan/4h/. Please contact the Extension office for more information.

Western Livestock Challenge

This year the Western Livestock Challenge will be held on June 16th at the Box Butte County fairgrounds in Hemingford. The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Livestock Judging team will be conducting a judging clinic in the morning along with a Meat Science session. In the afternoon there will be a Livestock Judging Contest for the adults and youth. Register for this event by contacting the Nebraska Extension – Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312 or mmracek2@unl.edu.

Babysitting Camp

This year the Babysitting Basics Camp will be held on June 22nd through the 24th at the Gordon City Auditorium. Youth between the ages 11 and up will learn how to care for babies, create a babysitting kit, learn what to do in emergencies, become trained in CPR and First Aid. The cost for this camp is $25, which includes supplies, meals, and snacks. To register contact the Nebraska Extension – Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312 or mmracek2@unl.edu.

Premier Animal Science Event

The Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) is held in Lincoln on June 19-21. Youth learn about issues related to the animal industry, explore career opportunities, and compete with youth across the state. Youth can compete in: Livestock, Meats, or Poultry Judging Contests, Livestock Skill-a-thon, and Livestock Quiz Bowl.

Youth must be 10 as of January 1, 2016. While youth are not competing in a contest they are able to meet with current college students and professors, and our the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Team consist of four members.


Transportation to Lincoln and back will be provided by Nebraska Extension. If you are interested in participating please contact Melissa Mracek at (308) 327-2312 or mmracek2@unl.edu to register and for more information. Registration take place between May 3rd and June 3rd. More information can also be found at: http://4h.unl.edu/pase.

Life Challenge

The Life Challenge is an event held in Lincoln on June 19-21. Youth learn about issues related to Family and Consumer Sciences, explore career opportunities, and compete with youth across the state. The events include: Family and Consumer Sciences Team Problem Solving Challenges, Healthy Living Skill-a-thon, and the ESI Challenge. The Family and Consumer Sciences Team Problem Solving Challenges include Foods and Nutrition, Human Development, and Design Challenge. The teams consist of 2-4 members.


Youth must be 12 as of January 1, 2016 to participate in the challenge. Members that are 10-11 can participate in the Career Exploration event. This event will help youth explore different careers. While youth are not competing in a contest they are able to meet with current college students and professors and tour the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Transportation to Lincoln and back will be provided by Nebraska Extension. If you are interested in participating please contact Melissa Mracek at (308) 327-2312 or mmracek2@unl.edu to register and for more information. Registration occurs between May 3rd and June 3rd. More information can also be found at: http://4h.unl.edu/lifechallenge0.

Tractor Safety

The 2016 Tractor Safety Trainings will be held in seven locations across the state during May, June, and July.

Any youth 14 or 15 years of age who works on a farm or ranch other than his/her parents’ is required to be certified through a tractor safety course. Extension Educators and field specialists will teach the 2-day courses.


The training in this area will be July 6-7 at the Gordon City Auditorium.

Cost for the course is $60, which includes all course materials, lunch both days and breaks. Registration is requested a week prior to class. For details or to register, contact the Nebraska Extension Office in Sheridan County, (308) 327-2312.