Sibley County 4-H Newsletter

May 2022

Extension 4-H


The deadline for dropping or adding projects for the current 4-H project year is Monday, May 16th. Members can go to 4H Online or drop any projects. This is the same website that you enrolled for 4-H. Any projects that do not show up on a member’s enrollment after May 17th are not eligible for the state fair or for special awards at the county fair. All members are encouraged to double check the projects that they are enrolled in to make sure that the information is accurate. Please contact the Extension Office with questions.

The market livestock tagging procedure will be the same as last year. All tags needed for market livestock (and breeding animals) will be picked up by individual families at the Extension Office. Extension staff will monitor the ear tag inventory. A family – once assigned a series of ear tags – must either account for the used tags in 4-H online or on the ID worksheets or return all unused AND destroyed tags. Extension Staff may choose to randomly spot check ear tag compliance at any point between application and county fair. An Animal Identification letter was emailed out to families with additional information, including links to the Species Information Sheets, Animal ID worksheets, and Lease form in February.

Remember that all Animal IDs need to be completed and entered into 4HOnline by May 16, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. Here is a guide to help you get animals entered into 4-H Online. Or worksheets need to be turned into the Sibley County Extension Office by May 16. They may also be mailed to the Extension Office, but must carry an official postmark (no postage meters) dated May 16 or before. Any worksheets that are received after the May 16 deadline will be eligible for county competition only. This means that they can not receive a champion or reserve champion ribbon, a state fair trip or participate in the auction. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to call Connie at the Extension Office.

This state deadline is strictly enforced, and late ID’s are not eligible for state fair or premiums.

Be sure to discuss the livestock ID dates at your club meetings. New members may not be informed of the importance of these dates.

February 15 - Market Beef and Dairy Steer ID's due

May 16 – Deadline to add/drop projects.

May 16 – ALL other livestock ID’s due (Beef Breeding Heifer, Cow/Calf, Prospect calves, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Dog, Llama, Horse, Rabbit, Sheep and Swine)

June 1 - Fair Entry opens to register for County Fair

June 30 – Fair Entry closes to register for County Fair

July 1 – Dairy Goat – Jr. Doe Kid

*Poultry, Pigeons and Pets do not have ID forms.

**Please remember: There are consequences for missing each one of these deadlines!

LQA&E Training

All youth participating as a Minnesota State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits, meat goat, dairy goat and llama - alpaca must have completed a livestock quality assurance and ethics training, for which there are two training options 1) a three hour in-person workshop (LQA&E) or 2) a one hour online training (YQCA). Youth completing either quality assurance training option will receive a certificate of completion. Please review the full LQA policy.

Livestock Quality Assurance training is required for all state fair exhibitors (grades 6+) and is optional for all other members grades 3+. Youth must complete the training by the deadline set by your county to be eligible for a state fair trip.(The deadline is BEFORE your county fair--check with your Extension educators for the exact deadline.) Contact the Extension staff to determine if your current LQA&E training will expire by the 2022 county fair (or if you haven't previously taken it).

Sibley County will be working with Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, and Nicollet counties and held on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 5:30-8:30 (Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m.) Johnson Hall, Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 Union Street in St. Peter. There will be no cost for members from the above counties. Registration is open and the deadline to register is Monday, June 6, 2022 To register, log in at For assistance, refer to the event registration guide at or contact your Extension office. Not re-enrolled? Re-enroll today. After your re-enrollment is approved, you will be notified and can return to 4HOnline to register for this event.

Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Opportunities (YELLO)

YELLO is the annual statewide, four-day leadership conference hosted by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors. YELLO includes educational workshops, group networking experiences, inspiring messages from nationally-recognized speakers, field trips and opportunities to contribute to the local community through service projects.

This year's State Ambassadors have chosen to focus on building personal leadership skills that build confidence and develop strategies for overcoming barriers to achieving goals. Youth participants will also engage in team-building exercises and opportunities to get to know other youth from across the state.

The State Ambassadors have chosen this year's service project to focus on food and nutrition insecurity. Most service projects will address an aspect of food and/or nutrition insecurity and stay tuned for a statewide food drive!

This year’s YELLO will be taking place in Bemidji, MN, at the Bemidji State University campus June 14-17. Cost: $250/per 4Her. Registration fee includes meals and lodging, and a t-shirt. Registration is opens April 1 through May 20. To register, log in at For assistance contact the Extension office. Not re-enrolled? Re-enroll today. After your re-enrollment is approved, you will be notified and can return to 4HOnline to register for this event.

The State 4-H Office is offering transportation from various stops around the state. YELLO participants can sign up for a bus ticket and identify preferred stops during registration. Bus tickets are $40 round trip.

Sibey County offers to pay 90% of the registration fee for YELLO if it is your first time going and 75% if you have attended in the past.

Important Dates

May 4, 2022 - SSW/GPL clean up @ 6:00 p.m. at Gaylord Protective League

May 12, 2022 - Dog Practice @ 6:00 p.m. at the Sibley County Fairgrounds

May 15, 2022 - SSW Wildlife workshop @ 6:00 p.m. at the Sibley County Service Center

May 16, 2022 - Leaders Council @ 7:00 p.m. and Federation Meeting @ 7:30 p.m. at the Sibley County Service Center

May 16, 2022 - Animal ID and Project Deadline before 11:59 p.m.

May 30, 2022 - Memorial Day Holiday (Sibley County Extension Office Closes)

June 1, 2022 - Fairy Entry Opens

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