Webster County 4-H Newsletter
June 2023 Edition
-Webster 4-H Team
Important Dates and Events
- June 1st: South Central Livestock Judging Clinic & Contest
- June 3rd: Sylvia Fink Memorial Horse Show
- June 6th: County Day Camp
- June 8th: Tie Dye & Geocache Workshops
- June 13th: Cloverkid Camp
- June 14th: ShoWorks Help Day
- June 15th: FINAL ENTRY DAY
- June 16th: Mobile Science Lab
- June 19th: Office Closed in Observance of Juneteenth
- June 21st & 22nd: PASE
- June 27th: Youth Council Meeting
The Webster County Extension Office is excited to announce that Samantha Bonifas is our 4-H Programming Intern for summer 2023!
"Hello, I am Samantha Bonifas! I am the daughter of Kevin and Kim Bonifas. I am from Roseland, Nebraska and recently graduated from Silver Lake High School. I am attending Kansas State University in the fall to major in agricultural economics. I participated in Webster County 4-H for over 10 years. Whether it was showing pigs, static exhibits, contests, or camps, I have always loved the connections, friendships, and life long skills that I have developed through 4-H. I am so excited to help spread the joy of 4-H this summer!"
Samantha is a great asset to our team and we are so very excited to have her here. Please join us in welcoming her!
Webster County 4-H Events
Enroll in Webster 4-H
Enroll in 4-H for 2023! Use the button below to get enrolled in Webster County 4-H. When enrolling in the system, please select all possible projects you may do at the county fair. In late May, you will register the exhibits that you are bringing to the county fair based on the projects you enrolled in. Enrollment in the project means you have an interest in learning more. Fair exhibit registration means and animal or static exhibit is coming to fair.All volunteers must enroll prior to service. The state deadline of enrollment is June 15th.
ID Forms, Affidavits, Etc.
County Fair Horse Levels
- Rabbit/Poultry Superintendent, Assistant, and youth help
- Horse assistants and crew
- Food Assistant
- Ribbon help for beef (can be youth)
- Round Robin Assistant
- Dog, Cat, Companion youth help
- Sheep/Goat gate help
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Experience
2023 South Central Livestock Judging Contest
The South-Central Livestock Judging Clinic and Contest was held on June 1, 2023, at the Webster County Fairgrounds. The contest is an event on the Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit. The day started with a livestock evaluation workshop. In total, 40 participants attended the contest to evaluate beef, goat, sheep, and swine.
Jaxon Taylor won top beef junior, top swine junior, and tied for top sheep junior with Dexter Himmelberg. Himmelberg won top goat junior. Jaxon Taylor won overall champion junior livestock judger and Bella Schmidt won reserve champion. The champion junior team consisted of Jaxon Taylor, Zane Anderson, and Dexter Himmelberg.
Harrison Mead, Bristol McConville, and Page Walhowksi all tied for top beef intermediate. Brenlee Alber won top swine intermediate, and Chastity Ostdiek won top goat intermediate. Kaisha Alber, Page Walhowksi, and Braden Griess tied for top sheep intermediate. Cauy Robinson won top intermediate reasons. Brenlee Alber won overall champion intermediate livestock judger and Cauy Robinson won reserve champion. The champion intermediate team consisted of Kaisha Alber, Brenlee Alber, Jacksen McNeill, and Elisha Johnson.
Allison Varvacek and Colten McNeil tied for top beef senior. Allison Varvacek, Braceton Hauxwell, and Leah Kristen tie for top swine senior. Addi Varvacek and Evan Kristen tied for top goat senior. Allison Varvacek won top sheep senior. Leah Kristen won top senior reasons. Leah Kristen won overall champion senior livestock judger and Allison Varvecek won reserve champion. The top senior team consisted of Leah Kristen, Evan Kristen, Taven Borcher, and Ashlynn Anderson.
Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Pillen Family Farms, CPI, Gottsch Livestock Feeders, Farm Cedit Services of America. Also a big thank you to South Central Cattlemen and Farm Credit Services of America for serving the lunch and to all of the volunteers that day!
State Wide Events
Livestock Identification & Nomination Deadline
Any members planning to exhibit livestock at the Nebraska State Fair must complete the appropriate livestock identification and nomination requirements by June 15. This process makes an individual animal eligible for entry at the State Fair. Learn more at https://4h.unl.edu/livestock-id
All beef, swine, sheep, and goat projects must be nominated on Show Stock Manger by June 15th! Check out more information here: https://4h.unl.edu/state-fair-livestock-exhibitor-first-timers
Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit
There are still a several opportunities for youth interested in participating in the Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit! Find the circuit schedule and competition rules at https://4h.unl.edu/great-plains-livestock-judging-circuit
Online Horticulture Judging Contest
Livestock Achievement Program
Nebraska 4-H Opportunities
Agronomy Youth Field Day
Call for Volunteers
Crop Scouting Competition
Happy Birthday to Those Celebrating in June!!
- I will be gone on vacation starting June 7th and will return in the office on June 13th. If you need my assistance, please contact me prior to June 7th or when I return as I will not be answering phone calls, texts, or emails during that time. If you need assistance during that time, please contact the office. 😊
Meet Our Team!
4-H Programming Assistant
Katie Bolte is the 4-H Programming Assistant for the Webster County Extension Office. Katie is at the extension office on Mondays and Tuesdays. Katie provides programming in school enrichment, after-school programs, and 4-H workshops. She is knowledgeable when answering any 4-H questions that comes in and helps prepare for programs, county fair, and state fair.
4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Adams/Webster Counties
Photo and Bio from UNL Extension
Beth Janning is a 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator. She provides programming in school enrichment, after-school, and traditional 4-H Programs. Her topic areas include but not limited to animal science, science, engineering and volunteer development.
4-H Programming Intern
Samantha is our 2023 summer 4-H intern. She has been a Webster County 4-H member for over 10 years and has participated in projects such as showing pigs, static exhibits, contests, or camps. She has always loved the connections, friendships, and life long skills that she has developed through 4-H. She is so excited to help spread the joy of 4-H this summer!
Dr. Lindsay Waechter-Mead
Beef Systems Educator, DVM
Lindsay Waechter-Mead is the Beef Systems Educator in Webster County and serves surrounding counties in this region. She is excited to bring her interests surrounding cow/calf health and preventative medicine to the Beef Team. Her current work involves looking at environmental effects on neonatal calf immunity and colostral transfer. She is also passionate about rural agriculture and what the veterinary profession can do to positively influence rural communities to ensure that generations can continue to enjoy the life that she loves.