In This Issue
- Livestock Judging Opportunities
- Major Changes to the 2016 Illinois State Fair General Project Show
- The 2015 Illinois State Fair Dates
- Quality Assurance & Ethics Certification
- State Fair Sheep and Goat Exhibitors
- PQA Plus Training
- Come Ride with Us
- Attention 4-H Members with Horse Projects
- 15th Annual 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
- AK-SAR-BEN 4-H Stock Show
- Save the honey bees!
- REGISTER TODAY FOR ILLINI SUMMER ACADEMIES
- Hancock County 4-H News
- Brown/Schuyler County 4-H News
- Adams County 4-H News
- Pike County 4-H News
Livestock Judging OpportunitiesLivestock Judging Club
Back by popular demand – 4-H Livestock Judging Club!!! The club has been meeting on the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays in January and February. March and April dates are listed below. We are using the same manual as last year; current 4-H members can purchase it for $10. Youth interested in participating are encouraged to register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/. Call Christine Morey for questions at 217-223-8380.
March 16 – On-Site Judging
March 23 – On-Site Judging
April 20 – On-Site Judging
April 27 – On-Site Judging
2016 Hoard's Cow Judging Contest
Enter by March 10, 2016, issues feature five classes of dairy cattle for you to evaluate for the 86th Annual Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging Contest. Entry forms can be found in the publication or for group entries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the 2016 judging pamphlet.
Same classes, same judges, same contest! Entering online is now an option for the 2016 Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging Contest. Make your selections and move the cows into the order you want. Save your picks and come back later to finalize your placings. But, once submitted, your choices are locked in. Deadline is March 24, 2016. Good luck! Register at judging.hoards.com.
Livestock Judging Contest
April 16, 2016
Scott County Fairgrounds, 401 N Walnut, Winchester, IL
8:00 am Registration, 9:00 am Contest
There will be a Junior (8th grade and under) and Senior (9th -12th grades) divisions. Rings will consist of beef, sheep, swine and goats, this is a non-reasons contest with questions classes. Four member teams, top three scores count, $5.00/participant. Youth must register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccgms/ and pay in advance. Food stand will be available. For more information contact April Littig at email@example.com or 217-243-7424.
Dairy JudgingSaturday, April 16Registration from 8:30 to 9:00 at the Quincy Extension Office parking lot. This is a traveling contest; members must have their own transportation. All counties in the unit are invited to attend.
Liberty FFA Alumni Livestock Judging Contest
The Liberty FFA Alumni is hosting their annual invitational livestock judging contest on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Liberty High School. Registration will begin at 8:00 AM, contest directions at 9:00 AM with the actual contest beginning at 9:15 AM. The contest will consist of ten rings of livestock, three rings of beef, three rings of swine, two rings of sheep and two rings of goats. There will be one question's class for beef, swine and small ruminant species.This year again we will have a senior and junior division. To be considered a junior team, all team members must be in the 8th grade or lower. The senior division will be having at least one member of the team in 9th grade or above. To compete in the senior division they must still be in high school.Plaques in the senior division will be awarded to the top twenty individuals and the top ten teams overall in the contest. Plaques in the junior division will be awarded to the top ten individuals and top 5 overall teams. Plus there will be plaques for the top team in each species. The entry fee is $20/team for each team entered and $5/ individual.A team will consist of four members with all four scores counting towards the team total. Ties will be broken with the question scores. A school or club may enter as many teams as they would like.Adams Co. 4-Hers – This contest will determine eligibility for the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest.If you are planning to attend, please let Christine know by March 10th at 217-223-8380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How well do you know your equine?
The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest will be held Saturday, April 30 at Black Hawk College, East Campus in Galva. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the contest following at noon. The contest is open to all 4-H members; one does not need to own a horse or be enrolled in a horse project to participate. Participants must bring signed horse judging cards with them to registration. The cards require an Extension staff signature and are available from the local office.Youth will judge six classes of horses, at least two being halter classes. Youth 14 years of age and older may also choose to participate in oral reasons following the classes. For those not participating in the oral reasons class, one question class will be required. Top-placing youth will be invited to participate in an invitational judging contest where the national team will be determined.
Major Changes to the 2016 Illinois State Fair General Project ShowAll 4-H members age 8 to 18 years of age (as of 9/1/15) may exhibit at the state fair general project show. Cloverbuds are not allowed to exhibit at the state fair.
• Unit 14's exhibit day is August 20th.
• Innovation classes are open to all counties. Innovation classes are allowed in the following projects: Child Development, Computer Science, Crops, Geology, Health, Interior Design, Leadership, Natural Resources, Photography, Robotics, Theatre Arts, Tractor, and Video.
• Entry quotas have been increased in many project areas to allow more exhibitors to participate.
• A 4-H member may enter only one individual exhibit and one group exhibit in the 4-H General Project Show.
• A Group Class option has been added to Leadership.
50254 Leadership Group: (Open to clubs and groups whose members are enrolled in Leadership 1, 2, or 3; Step Up to Leadership 1-4; or What's Leadership?): Exhibit a display illustrating how your group has used the 4-H Teens As Leaders model effectively in your club, community, school, or state. Leadership activities might include planning, advising, promoting, mentoring, teaching or advocating for change. The exhibit may include, but isn't limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you've learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. The display must be accompanied by 3 or more 4-H members at the time of the judge's critique. Club members should make a 5- to 10-minute presentation to the judge. All club members present for the judge's critique should be able to discuss the project and answer questions. Only club members present for judging who participate in the actual critique and presentation are eligible for ribbons and premiums.
• New exhibit classes have been added for these following new projects: My Financial Future 1 & 2, Shopping in Style 1-6, Food Science 1-4, Exploratory: Welcome to 4-H, and Workforce Prep.
• Arrival times for fashion revue have been changed.
• The exhibit guidelines for Health have been completely revised.
• The exhibit guidelines for Small Engines have been completely revised.
• The exhibit guidelines for Interior Design have been substantially revised.
• The exhibit guidelines for Robotics Innovation has been substantially revised.
• The Intergenerational class has been discontinued.
• Wildlife A and Child Care 1 which are designed for youth ages 8 to 9 have been added back as a state fair class.
• Robotics Platform has added the following explanation: Exhibits in this class are designed to be used with the 4-H Robotics Platforms curriculum which uses either a LEGO Mindstorms or VEX robotics kit. Any other programmable robot kit should be exhibited under Innovation Class. Exhibitors in Robotics Platforms are required to bring a Robotics Notebook in which they have recorded their engineering design experience. State fair exhibits for this class are individual only.
• UAV exhibits should be entered in Aerospace Display.
The 2015 Illinois State Fair DatesJunior Horse Show - July 24 - 30
Illinois State Fair - August 11 – 21
Unit 14 Day at the State Fair – August 20th
Quality Assurance & Ethics CertificationQAEC is now mandatory for all animal project enrollment and subsequent 4-H exhibition. The website is now open http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. All beef, cats, dairy, dogs, horse, goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, swine exhibitors must complete QAEC one time during their showing career. All 4-Hers enrolled in an animal project must complete this training before April 15th.
State Fair Sheep and Goat ExhibitorsAll lambs and meat goats to be exhibited at the State Fair MUST be taken to one of the state wide locations for weighing and tattooing. This year Unit 14 will host one of the regional weigh-in sites: Saturday, May 7th, from 1 to 3 pm at Western Illinois Veterinary Clinic, 3910 Wismann Lane, Quincy. Please contact Christine at 217-223-8380 or email@example.com if you plan to attend.
PQA Plus Training4-Hers wishing to exhibit swine at the Illinois State Fair must have current PQA Plus certification. Youth can now log in and complete their Youth PQA certification online. Go to www.pork.org/login. Once there, they will find two logins. Youth PQA Plus ages 13-19 Register Now will direct youth ages 13-19 to the appropriate course. Parents of Youth PQA Plus Register Now must be used by parents of youth ages 8-12 to get them in to complete their certification. Youth ages 13-19 will need their own email account.
Come Ride with UsCome Ride with Us is a SPIN Club sponsored/led by the Adams Co. 4-H Equine Committee. Meetings are on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Hobby Horse Arena near Mendon, IL. This group is open to 4-H members who own or lease a horse; there is no cost to attend. All youth must wear a helmet while mounted and be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. Registration, medical and assumption of risk forms are needed by the Wednesday before the event each month. Go online to register and download form at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=13522
March 12 – Patterns/Speed Events
April 9 – Sit Your Seat/Balanced Riding
Attention 4-H Members with Horse ProjectsIn order for a 4-H member to exhibit at the local 4-H fair, ownership and/or lease paperwork must be placed on file at the local University of Illinois Extension office by May 1st of the year exhibiting. 4-H members must also turn in one color photo of the animal with the paperwork. In addition, they must also provide a copy of the registration papers if showing in ANY registered halter classes. Horses must be registered in the 4-H member's name or the name of an immediate family member, unless the horse is being leased. If the horse is being leased, the registration papers must be in the name of the owner. We strongly encourage members, if they own or lease more than one horse, to file paperwork on ALL potential exhibit horses by the May 1st deadline. If a horse is injured or dies, it may be replaced ONLY by a horse whose paperwork is already on file by the May 1st deadline. These forms will be mailed to youth enrolled in a horse project, or may be picked up at the extension office.
15th Annual 4-H Day with the St. Louis CardinalsMissouri and Illinois 4-H members, parents, volunteers and alumni will gather at Busch Stadium on Saturday, May 21, 2016 for the 15th annual 4-H Day with the Cardinals. The National League Central Champion Cardinals will be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 3:15 p.m. game. Tickets for the game will be $25.00 each and includes a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H Clover on the back and the Cardinals emblem on the front.
4-H members, leaders, alumni, and their families who purchase 4-H Day with the Cardinals tickets will have the opportunity to participate in a parade around the Busch Stadium outfield. Pre-game ceremonies will include a recitation of the 4-H pledge and ceremonial first pitches by an Illinois and Missouri 4-H member. As an added bonus the Cardinals give-away item for the game is an adult Cardinals pullover. The first 30,000 fans age 16 and older will receive this one-of-a-kind item.
Tickets for the event must be ordered on the 4-H Day with the Cardinals order form. Ticket order forms are available at the University of Missouri Extension office, or on the web at www.mo4h.missouri.edu. Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 11, 2016. Tickets usually sell out before the order deadline so families are encouraged to order early. 4-H Clubs, counties, or groups of families who would like to be seated together must send their orders in the same envelope.
Families can also participate in the 4-H Day with the Cardinals raffle to win prizes such as throwing out the first pitch, autographed baseballs, and tickets to other Cardinal baseball games. Funds raised through the raffle support Missouri and Illinois 4-H programs. Complete information about the 4-H Day with the Cardinals raffle is on the ticket order form.
AK-SAR-BEN 4-H Stock ShowThe Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show is a 4-H only Stock Show that is held each year in Omaha, Nebraska the last week of September. 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming have the opportunity to make entries and exhibit at this show. The Stock Show has a growing scholarship program that distributed nearly $125,000 in scholarship benefits last year to 4-H members in our ten state area to help further their education. In addition to seven livestock shows, the schedule also includes several non-livestock competitions including a Quiz Bowl competition, Livestock Judging contests with divisions for 4-H, Junior College and Senior College teams and a Fitting Challenge competition.
If you would like more information or you have 4-H members that need DNA supplies to nominate market animals for the 2016 Stock Show, please contact me; and I will answer questions and provide the information and materials your members will need to enter and participate in this excellent 4-H Youth Show. There are a couple of important deadlines that must be followed which I can provide for interested 4-H members. Please contact Christine at 217-223-8380 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Save the honey bees!Honey bees and other pollinators play an important role in the agricultural ecosystem. These pollinators are under stress from a number of factors: pests, disease, lack of habitat and more! Your 4-H club can do its part to help sustain and increase honey bee populations by participating in the Growmark/FS Pollinator Program to promote bee health! Learn more and sign up @ http://bit.ly/1nYDS9L.The deadline to register is almost here… March 31! Ask our office for a copy of the program brochure.
REGISTER TODAY FOR ILLINI SUMMER ACADEMIESImagine getting to work alongside university professors while you're still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending four days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That's what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to explore the University of Illinois campus and many degree programs and careers.
The conference runs from 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 on the University of Illinois campus. It is open to any youth who will be at least 14 years of age (and not yet 19) by Sept. 1, 2016 (including those not yet in 4-H) and has completed eighth grade by the time of the conference.
Check out all the information on our website @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H. Registration opens March 1. Cost will vary based on the Academy field youth select. Payment is requested at the time of registration via credit card. Payments made by check must be received within 1 week of registration or the registration will be canceled. Registration closes May 15.
Aerospace Engineering, Ag Business, Agricultural Mechanization, Animal Science, Anthropology, Astrobiology: Yellowstone: A Window on How the Universe Works, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Digital Fabrication and Informatics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Entomology, Human Development & Family Studies, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Plant Science, and Veterinary Medicine are the classes being offered this year. Contact your local Extension Office to get more details on the classes, cost and what potential careers you could achieve with these as your college major.
Hancock County 4-H NewsDeadlines
April 15th: Members may add or delete general show projects (with the exception of livestock/animal projects) until April 15th.
May 31st: Members must be registered for their 4-H fair classes in order to show at the fair. Registrations received in the mail must be post-marked by this day. NO EXCEPTIONS
2016 4-H Fairbooks will be given to your leaders at the Leader's Meeting in March. When you receive your family's copy, look inside the front cover to see a list of projects that you are enrolled in. Members may add or delete general show projects (with the exception of adding a livestock/animal projects) until April 15.
Registration forms for the 4-H Fair will be mailed directly to members the first week of May. Members must register for their 4-H Fair classes by May 31 in order to show at the 4-H Fair. (post-marked deadline).
4-H livestock judging contest
Saturday, April 9th at the WIU livestock pavilion. Registration begins at 8:15 AM with the contest starting at 9:00 AM. Register by April 1st for free registration! Register online at Register Online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hkmw and contact the McDonough County Extension office at 309-837-3939 for more information.
Leaders….Mark your calendar for the next meeting!
March 14 at 6:40 pm at the Extension Office. We will be handing out 4-H fairbooks as well as publications for any club that hasn't picked them up. Please try to have your club represented or make other arrangements to get the information.
PLEASE NOTE**A certified veterinarian will be at the Hancock County 4-H fair to check livestock health papers. Please have these ready and available for showing. The rules for this are listed in your fair book. If you do not have health papers up to date, you will not be able to show at the fair.
IMPORTANT – Quality Assurance & Ethics Certification is mandatory for members enrolled in beef, sheep, swine, horse, dairy, goats, poultry and rabbits, cats and dogs. To complete the certification, go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. Those that have completed it in the past will be grandfathered in. All 4-H members enrolled in the above projects MUST complete this training by April 15th. Call your local office with any questions you may have.
Brown/Schuyler County 4-H NewsJUNIOR MASTER GARDENER CLUB
Any 2nd-4th grader in Schuyler County can sign up for our Junior Master Gardener Club. Deadline is Friday, March 11. We will be doing a variety of gardening activities and games from 3-5pm every Monday starting April 25-May 23 and switching to 8-10am from Monday, June 6-August 8. Registration is free for any current 4-H member and there will also be an opportunity to exhibit a horticulture project at the fair. Call 217-322-3381 or email email@example.com to register.
APRIL 15TH DEADLINE
The deadline for 4-H members to switch their projects is Friday, April 15th! After this date you will no longer be able to change the projects that were chosen and entry forms for the 2016 Brown/Schuyler 4-H Fair will be printed and sent to members. Please look over the projects you have chosen and make sure those are the ones you wanted to take.
BROWN/SCHUYLER 4-H FAIR
Thank you to all who attended the 4-H Fair meeting in January and voted for the option you preferred. The 2016 Brown/Schuyler 4-H Fair will be held at the Schuyler County Fair Grounds on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17. The general show will take place on Thursday and the livestock and small animals show will take place Friday. On Friday evening there will also be an awards show, livestock auction, and appreciation supper for all 4-H members and their families. We can't wait to see you all there!!
We will not be meeting in March, but our April meeting will be Sunday, April 24 at 2pm at the Schuyler County Extension Office. We will be working on our fundraiser, so bring lots of ideas!
BROWN/SCHUYLER SHOOTING SPORTS
The next scheduled shoot will be March 12 at 3:00 pm behind the old Bartlow Brothers building. You should be receiving an e-mail soon. Not receiving emails from the instructor, Keith Schroeder? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Schuyler County office at 217-322-3381 to be added to the list or to register for the shooting sports club. It's not too late to join!
BROWN/SCHUYLER SPRING 4-H LEADERS MEETING
Attention Leaders: The Spring 4-H Leaders Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30pm at the Schuyler County Extension Office. Mark your calendars now to attend this informational meeting. We will discuss updates, upcoming events, and fair books will also be distributed.
2016 FAIR BOOK COVER CONTEST
Congratulations to our Fair Book 2016 cover contest winner, Alexa Blaesing from the Green Thunder! Our 2nd place winner is Ruth Williamson from the Crystal Clovers. Both designs were great and Alexa's design will be on the cover and Ruth's design will be somewhere in the book. Don't forget to look for them when you get your fair book!
Adams County 4-H NewsAdams Co. 4-H Federation
Wednesday, March 2nd6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
U of I Extension Office Basement
Game Night – bring a favorite card or board game to play.
We will have a brief meeting then practice our Forces of Nature lessons. Once the work is done, we will play games and enjoy some snacks. RSVP to Christine by March 1st.
Goat Rate of Gain
Members exhibiting market goats will have the opportunity to participate in a rate of gain competition sponsored by local goat producers. This is voluntary and is not required to show in a Market Goat class at the Adams County 4-H Fair. To participate, members must bring their goats to Western Illinois Veterinary Clinic, 3910 Wismann Ln, Quincy on Saturday, May 7th from 1 pm to 3 pm. Goats will be weighed and tattooed at that time. Goats will again be weighed on Sunday, July 31 during Check-In/Weigh-In. Winners will be announced during the 4-H Goat Show on Monday, August 1.
Adams County 4-H Federation Food Drive
The Adams County 4-H Federation is sponsoring a food drive with all the food being donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Clubs will drop off their donated items at the Salvation Army Food Pantry at 501 Broadway, Quincy on Saturday, May 14th between 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Staff and federation members will be on hand to help unload and count the number of items each club donates. The winning club will be chosen based on the number of items donated per number of members in the club. The winning club will receive $100 in addition to a Kroc Center Day Pass for each member. The second place team will receive $60 and third place team will receive a $40 prize. Any type of non-perishable food items may be donated. A few items the food pantry could really use are: canned fruit, dry pasta, peanut butter, jelly and pasta sauces. Spread the word, let's make this a great success. If you have any questions, contact Christine at email@example.com or 217-223-8380.
Pike County 4-H NewsOfficer Training
Sponsored by 4-H Federation Members – Open to any 4-H Club Officers or 4-H Members wanting to learn more about Parliamentary Procedure. Saturday, March 19th, 10 to 12 at the Farm Bureau Hall, 1301 E. Washington, Pittsfield, IL 62363. Please RSVP.
Spring Leaders Meeting
Tuesday, March 29th, 6 p.m. at Farm Bureau Hall, 1301 W. Washington, Pittsfield, IL 62363. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-285-5543.
Recycling Center 2016-Schedule
April 2- Pittsfield Producers
May 7-Independence Hustlers
June 4-Country Clovers
July 2-Club needed
Aug 6-Barry Farm Hands
Sept 3-Club needed
Oct 1-Griggsville 4-H
QAE Certification (Quality Assurance & Ethics)
Training will be held in Mt. Sterling at the Extension Office/ JWCC Building, Wednesday, March 2nd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This will be the only face to face opportunity or you can do this on-line at www.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/. This is mandatory for members enrolled in beef, sheep, swine, horse, dairy, goat & poultry. Must complete by April 15th.
Pike County Federation
4-H Members 7th grade and up are welcome to join Federation. Next meeting is Thursday, March 17th, 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Hall in Pittsfield, IL.
Pike County 4-H Dog Obedience Classes
Classes begin Monday, March 21. Dog project members watch your mail for information on the 2016 Dog Obedience Training dates.
Pike County 4-H Show Dates
Mark your calendars for the week of June 21st for the 2016 Pike County 4-H Shows at the Western Illinois Fairgrounds.