Thurston County 4-H News
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
July 4 - Office Closed - 4th of July Holiday
July 10 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting
July 16-20 - State Horse Show @ Fonner Park, Grand Island
July 19 - ALL Dakota-Thurston County Pre-Fair Entries DUE
July 26 - 4-H Clothing Day Judging @ Emerson
July 29 - Pre-Fair Clean Up
July 30 - Aug 1 - Pre-Fair Judging Shows
Aug 2-6 - Dakota-Thurston County Fair
Aug 7 - Post Fair Clean Up
Aug 10 - State Fair Animal and In Person Entries DUE
Aug 22 - State Fair Exhibits DUE @ Extension Office (noon)
Aug 25-Sept 4 - NEBRASKA STATE FAIR
Need to Know
The following are workshops provided by Thurston County:
- Mugs for You - June 6
- Stars & Stripes - June 8
- Young Entrepreneurs Camp - June 12-16
- Let's Paint Run-A-Ways - June 19
- Ponca Day Camp - June 20
- Clover Kid Camp - June 22
- Let's Get Cooking #1 - June 26
- Let's Get Cooking #2 - June 27
- Drone Discovery - July 6
Save the Date for Ponca Day Camp
Workshop Scholarships for 4-H Members
Surrounding County Clover College Opportunities
Dakota County - http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dakota/camps-workshops/
Shooting Sports Archery Event
The Nebraska 4-H archery shooting sports trailer is coming!
June 9th, 1-4 p.m., Dakota County Fairgrounds
Please plan on taking part in this free event that will introduce you to Nebraska 4-H Shooting sports. Open to all ages 8 and up.
Contact Donella Busker for more information. She is also looking for some volunteers to help with the event.
Favorite Food & Presentation Contest Results
The contest was held on Thursday, May 11, at United Church of Pender. Mary Loftis of Craig and Julie Kreikemeier of Columbus served as judges for this contest. Grand Champion in the Junior Division (8-11) was Nate Sanderson of Thurston; Reserve Champion, Harper Jensen of Pender. Grand Champion in the Senior Division (12 & Over) was Nathan Busker of Emerson, Reserve Champion was Grace Dorcey of Ponca.
One local 4-H’er also participated in this year’s Presentation contest. Grand Champion Presentation was award to Nathan Busker of Emerson, teaching us how to groom a calf so that it is ready for show.
Clover Kids (5-7)
Participation ribbon: Amaryn Bodlak, Thurston; Logan Hansen, Pender; Annika Jensen, Pender; Shaylee Sanderson, Thurston
Junior Division (8-11)
Purple: Nate Sanderson, Thurston
Blue: Mason Bodlak, Thurston; Harper Jensen, Pender; Haeden Paeper, Pender
Senior Division (12 & up)
Purple: Alexis Bodlak, Thurston; Nathan Busker, Emerson; Grace Dorcey, Ponca; Carley Hofmeister, Pender; Colton Sanderson, Thurston
Blue: Nickolas Busker, Emerson
Senior Division (12 & Up)
Blue: Nathan Busker, Emerson
Busy Programming - Out of the Office
Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:
- June 2 - afternoon
- June 9 - afternoon
- June 16 - morning
- June 19 - afternoon
- June 20 - all day
- June 21 - morning
- June 22 - all day
- June 23 - morning
- June 26 - all day
- June 27 - all day
- July 4 - all day
- July 6 - morning
- July 10 - afternoon
- July 11 - all day
Nebraska 4-H/Nebraska FFA License Plate
Dakota-Thurston County Fair UPDATES!
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.
Fair Entry Information
Late Affidavit & Late Entry Policies
1) Late animal affidavits will be accepted for one week following the entry deadline and will be accessed a $10 late fee per individual for the Dakota-Thurston County Fair.
2) Late fair entries will be accepted for one week following the entry deadline and will be accessed a $10 late fee per individual for the Dakota-Thurston County Fair.
4-H King & Queen Contest
New Market Sheep Class
New Market sheep class for 2017 Prospect Lamb Class: Maximum weight in the Prospect Lamb Class is 100 pounds. Any lamb 101 pounds or over will be shown in the Market Lamb Class. Prospect Lambs are not eligible for overall Market Lamb.
Looking for Trophy Sponsors
Livestock ID's/Affidavits DUE
DNA Samples DUE
State Fair Schedule and Handbook
Nebraska 4-H Email Newsletter
4-H Clover Chase: A Nebraska 150 Event Starts March 1
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 http://4h.unl.edu/clover-chase. Celebrate Nebraska’s Statehood, and Nebraska 4-H, by participating in this fun-filled opportunity with your friends, club, or family!
National 4-H - "Raise Your Hand"
- Raise Your Hand – Complete the form at http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand to show your pride as a 4‑H alum.
- 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.
- 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‑H.org/RaiseYourHand.
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.
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
Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarships 2017
All scholarship applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Scholarships Available:
- Tom Holman Scholarship (due September 23)
More information can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.
Nebraska Youth Range Camp - June 5-9
The 54th Nebraska Youth Range Camp will be held June 5 – 9, 2017 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey.
Eligible students need to be between the ages of 14 – 18. We are accepting applications online this year and they can be found at http://www.nesrm.org/YouthRangeCamp.html . More information about Range Camp can be found there as well!
The fee for students to attend is $200 but every student should be able to get reimbursed for all or part of their fee by their local Natural Resource District, FFA Chapter, 4-H group, or local businesses. To find contact information for your NRD, please visit https://www.nrdnet.org/nrds/find-your-nrd .
The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a four-and-a-half day dynamic curriculum that appeals to students with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife. With over 50 years to perfect and evolve this curriculum, every student, no matter what prior experience they have, will learn substantial information that will help them become more aware of Nebraska’s most prevalent landuse; rangelands. The students that attend this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hand-on experience, and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are all led by up to 20 of Nebraska’s most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers, and professionals from various agencies, colleges, and universities. Each student will be sent home with a binder that is filled with educational materials.
Please direct questions to Shelly Kelly (Range Camp Co-Director) at email@example.com or 308-214-0065.
4-H Horticulture Contest
A horticulture judging contest will be held on June 7, 7:00 p.m. at Scott and Vicki Rundell Acreage (85213 544 Ave., Pierce). The program is open to all 4-Hers and interested adults. There will be prizes for first, second and third place finishers; snacks and fun for all. Contact the Madison County Extension Office at 402-370-4040 for more information and to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-registration due by 5 p.m., June 2. Directions will be given when registering.
2017 Online Horticulture Contest
The 2017 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging contest is just around the corner. This year the contest will be available from June 9th at 8:00 a.m. until June 19th at 8:00 a.m. It is composed of three parts; general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. It is open to all 4-H youth, as well as adults, and even Extension individuals. No password needed, the link listed below will take you directly to the contest.
Please have the youth fill in all of their information completely. The online contest should only be taken once by each participant, if it is taken multiple times the first score entered will be the one used. No study materials are to be used while taking the test. The contest will allow an opportunity for the participant to review the answers prior to submitting. Once submitted, the participants will see their score, but they will not be able to see which questions they missed. After the contest has ended, the participants can request to see their scores and their answers. If this is your county contest and you need the scores from individuals in your county(ies), please let me know and I can forward them to you once the contest is done.
Study Materials for the Online Horticulture Judging Contest and the State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest held during State Fair are the same and they can be found at:
Upcoming Shows & Events
2017 Lively Livestock 4-H Sheep/Goat/Swine Jackpot Show
Cream of the Crop Dairy Cattle Show
Cuming County Fairgrounds, West Point, NE
For more information contact:
Nebraska Junior Dairy Association - Carl and Jan Aschoff, advisors
1585 River Road, West Point, NE 68788
Cell phone Carl: 402-380-2465 or Jan: 402-380-4461
Complete Show details can be found here: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/thurston/AnimalExhibitors/AreaShows/2017/Cream%20of%20the%20Crop%20Dairy%20Cattle%20Show.pdf
Hustler 4-H Progress Show
Cuming County Fairgrounds, West Point, NE
Swine - Sheep - Cattle - Goats
Swine & Goat Check-in 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Sheep Check-in 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Cattle Check-in 8:00-11:00 am.
For more information see: http://go.unl.edu/mrfr
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: http://go.unl.edu/va72
3rd Annual Papio Valley Broiler Show
Elite Showman Competition at Nebraska State Fair
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture along with the Rural Radio Network will be hosting the 12th Annual Elite Showman Competition on Saturday, September 2nd at the Nebraska State Fair.
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.
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 yqca.learngrow.io. 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 email@example.com. 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: http://bqa.unl.edu/veterinary-feed-directive Or Contact Rob Eirich, Extension Educator/Director of Beef Quality Assurance via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com) and I can help to answer their questions.
2017 State Fair Livestock Fees
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
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.
The website http://4h.unl.edu/horse has been updated with the correct information for the 2017 District and State 4-H Horse shows. There are changes to the halter classes so please be aware when looking at the entry form.
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