Edgar County Green Pride Press
In This Issue
- Fair Oaks Farms 4-H Family Bus Trip
- Upcoming Events
- LAMB GIVEAWAY CONTEST!!
- 4-H Horse and Pony Tack Auction in Clark County
- The Leadership Project - 4-H Federation Meeting
- 4-H Association
- Hey, Bullseye Bandits!
- 4-H CLUB CORNER
- Attention Lamb & Meat Goat Illinois State Fair Exhibitors
- Horse Ownership Information
- Swine Illinios State Fair Information
- STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK ENTRIES
- Livestock Ownership Dates
- State Fair Livestock Information
- Quality Assurance & Ethics Certification Required
- Register now for 4-H Camp!
Fair Oaks Farms 4-H Family Bus Trip
4-H FAMILY BUS TRIP TO FAIR OAKS FARMS!
Saturday, March 11
Cost is $5 per person (includes bus and tickets for Dairy and Pig Adventures).
Pack a lunch or pre-order a box lunch (at an additional cost) at time of registration.
The bus will leave promptly at 7:30 AM from the RP Lumber parking lot in Paris. We should arrive back in Paris by 6 PM.
Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis (55 seats available) upon receipt of the fee before February 23.
This trip is sponsored by AC Grain, Farm Credit Services and 4-H Federation.
Call the office to register at 465-8585!
If you did not get re-enrolled by the Feb. 1 deadline you may still enroll until April 1. Your participation fee will be $30.
All first year members must be enrolled by April 1.
You must be enrolled online by April 1 to show at the 4-H Fair.
Add/drop project deadline is May 1. To enroll go to:
Our county is part of a 3-county unit which includes Crawford, Clark and Edgar counties. 4-H'ers are welcome to attend events in any county within the unit with permission from the sponsoring county.
February 1 Quality Assurance & Ethics Certification website available online
FEBRUARY 1 Re-Enrollment deadline
February 18 Clark County 4-H Tack Auction @ Clark Co. Extension Office, 4 PM
February 27 Federation Meeting/Leadership Project @ Extension Office, 7 PM
February 28 Leader's Meeting @ Extension Office, 6 PM
March 2 4-H Food Challenge @ Clark Co. Extension Office, 6:30PM
March 11 FAIR OAKS FARM bus trip (see enclosed flyer for more info!)
March 16 4-H Family Skate Night @ Twin Lakes Roller Rink, 6-8 PM
March 27 Federation Meeting/Leadership Project @ Extension Office, 7 PM
April 1 DEADLINE—New member enrollment and Project ADD/DROP
You MUST be enrolled in 4-H by this date to show at the fair!
May 1 Club Enrollment Fees due in the Extension Office
May-June TBD Pork Quality Assurance Training (PQA)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE IMPORTANT DATES:
4-H BBQ Bash: June 22, 2017—5 PM until done
4-H BBQ: June 24, 2017
4-H Fair: July 21-26, 2017
Illinois State Fair: August 10-20, 2017
ISF Edgar County Judging Day—Friday, August 11
4-H Federation Meetings are held the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 PM
4-H Association Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM
(both meetings held on these regular dates unless otherwise noted)
If you have agenda items for either group, please contact the Extension Office.
LAMB GIVEAWAY CONTEST!!
Want to show sheep at the 4-H Fair this summer?
Here is your chance…
Steve and Marlene Terrell of Burr Oak Farms are sponsoring this contest and will present the recipient with a wether lamb to show at this year's 4-H Sheep Show to be held on July 24 @ 10 AM at the fairgrounds.
Deadline is March 1 so don't delay! Contact the office for an application and contest rules or go to our website at:
4-H Horse and Pony Tack Auction in Clark County
The 13th Annual Clark County Horse & Pony Tack Auction will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the Clark County Extension Office. The doors will open at 3 PM with the auction beginning at 4 PM. Horse enthusiasts will find some great treasures! Concessions will be available for purchase. Door Prizes drawn during the Auction. Must be present to win. Items donated by area businesses & individuals.
For information contact University of Illinois Extension, Clark County (217) 826-5422
Proceeds benefit the Clark County 4-H Horse & Pony Program.
The Leadership Project - 4-H Federation Meeting
Edgar County 4-H Federation Meeting
Monday, February 27, 2017
7 PM at the Extension Office
Join us for session 2 of Step Up to Leadership as we learn about communicating with others. It's not to late to join the adventure—all 8th grade and older members welcome! For more information contact Cheryl Funkhouser at 465-8585.
The 4-H Association conducted their annual meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Officers for the 2017 year are:
Vice President—Jim Bennett
Other 4-H Association Board members include: Scott Block, Brad Cash, Cliff Macke, Tom Webster, Robert Clark, John McMullen, Lee Ormiston, Eric Trogdon and Trudy Wilson. 4-H Federation representatives are: Nick Hamilton and Alayna Moore.
Dale Cash, President
Hey, Bullseye Bandits!
March is coming fast so get your equipment cleaned and ready to go! Check your mailboxes (email and snail mail) for information as to when practices will resume. For more information about any of the Shooting Sports disciplines contact Chris Milam, Coordinator at 822-9841.
4-H CLUB CORNER
Club Leaders and Officers.....do you have news to share or an event to promote for your club? Put it in the 4-H CLUB CORNER! This spot is reserved just for YOU and if we need more space….we'll make the corner bigger! Get your news to the Extension office by phone or email before the 20th of each month and we will share your news and information for you.
HAVING A FUNDRAISER FOR YOUR CLUB? Let us know!
Leaders! Do you have new 4-H members in your club? Let us know! Until we have their contact information we don't know about them and that means they are not receiving important information about 4-H programs and events.
· NEW MEMBER ENROLLMENT DEADLINE IS APRIL 1.
· PROJECT ADD/DROP DEADLINE IS MAY 1.
· NEXT LEADER'S MEETING WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 AT 6 PM at the Extension office. Please put the date on your calendar. We will be discussing the 4-H BBQ. You will receive your club ticket packets and sign up sheets to work at this meeting.
· ENROLLMENT FEES are due in the office Monday, May 1.
Attention Lamb & Meat Goat Illinois State Fair Exhibitors
All LAMBS and MEAT GOATS to be exhibited at the State Fair MUST be taken to one of the statewide locations for weighing and tattooing.
Specific information regarding locations will be announced soon.
Meat Goats: All Meat Goat wethers must be tattooed at
Horse Ownership Information
Ownership/lease papers with photos are due to the Extension Office by MAY 1 for those exhibiting at the Illinois State Fair Jr. Horse Show ONLY. State Fair entries must be signed by the Extension office. Entries must be postmarked by June 1. (*see box to right)
Swine Illinios State Fair Information
Premises Identification numbers will be required for all Jr. Dept. Barrow entries to the IL State Fair.
PQA: Dates and more info to come in a future newsletter.
STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK ENTRIES
ALL State Fair Livestock Entries MUST be signed by County Extension Offices before exhibitors send them into the State Fair Entry office. Entries must be postmarked by JULY 1. Horse is June 1 and Dog is August 1. PLEASE BE SURE to have Cheryl or Rebecca sign your entry forms in plenty of time for you to mail them in. Our office will not mail in the entry forms for you. You will also need to write a separate check for jr. show and open show entries. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
Livestock Ownership Dates
Animals must be in the possession of the 4-H'er by these dates! (all dates are current 4-H year)
Breeding - calf & heifer, June 1
Market, February 1
Calf &Heifer, June 1
Cows, January 1
Not in milk, June 1
In millk, January 1
Market, June 1
Breeding, May 15
Owned/Leased by June 1
Breeding, June 25
Market, May 15
Breeding, June 1
Market, June 1
Horse & Pony:
State Fair Livestock Information
2017 STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK PREMIERE PROGRAM
We have received information on the Premiere Shows for the Illinois State Fair. Remember, any 4-H'er 8 and over by Sept. 1, 2016 may exhibit their animal at the State Fair.
STEERS & MARKET HEIFERS: Premiere steers must be calved on or after January 1, 2016; owned and personally cared for by exhibitor since February 1, 2017; weighed, tattooed and have an Electronic ID tag.
SWINE – Regular Barrows – Farrowed on or after January 15, 2017, and must be the property of the exhibitor by June 1, 2017. No weighing and tattooing required, but must submit ear notches when making entries to ISF.
Premiere Barrows – Farrowed on or after Feb. 10, 2017 and must have been the property of the exhibitor by June 1, 2017. Weighed and tattooed Feb. 10-April 15, 2017. Pigs must be tattooed within 35 days of birth and not weigh more than 1.0 lbs/day of age. Junior Exhibitors can purchase nominated barrows. Each exhibitor may nominate a maximum of 25 barrows. Pigs must be castrated before they are tattooed.
SHEEP WETHERS - Both Premiere & Live Show Wethers must be lambed on or after January 1, 2017 and the property of the 4-H'er by May 15, 2017. They must be weighed, tattooed, and tagged with an electronic ID tag. Regional weigh-in and tagging locations TBA.
MEAT GOATS – ALL meat goat wethers must be tattooed and weighed at a regional sheep processing site. Wethers must be born on or after October 1, 2016, and registered and tattooed in the name of the exhibitor only by May 15, 2017. Ownership dates for Kids and Yearlings not in milk by May 15, 2017.
2017 STATE FAIR BREEDING ANIMALS
Beef – Heifers and Cows: Heifers ~ Age requirement is from Sept. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017 (w/addition of Senior Yearling class). Heifers and cows must be owned and personally cared for by exhibitor since June 1, 2017.
Performance Cows – Cows must be born before Sept. 1, 2015 (Cow-Calf Class only) and owned and personally cared by exhibitor since Jan. 1, 2017
Swine – Gilts: Must be farrowed on or after Jan. 1, 2017 and owned by exhibitor since June 1, 2017.
Sheep – Ewes & Rams: Age requirement for yearling ewes is from Jan. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2016; for ewe lambs is after Sept. 1, 2016; for ram lambs is after Jan. 1, 2017. They must be owned and personally cared for by exhibitor since June 25, 2017.
Dairy – Cows and Heifers: No age requirements. Calves and Heifers must be owned since June 1, 2017. Cows owned since Jan. 1, 2017.
Dogs: Dogs must be owned or leased by June 1, 2017. No paperwork is required.
Dairy Goats: Kids and Yearlings not in milk must be owned by exhibitor only by June 1, 2017. Milking Does must be owned by exhibitor only by January 1, 2017.
Meat Goats: All meat goats (wethers and all breeding animals) are to be owned by exhibitor only by May 15, 2017.
Rabbits, Pygmy Goats & Poultry: Animals in these species to be exhibited at the ISF Jr. Show must be owned by the exhibitor as indicated: Does - By June 1 of the year exhibiting; ALL others -- Out of stock owned by the exhibitor prior to June 1.
Horse and Pony: On or before May 1—copies of ownership/lease papers, State Fair entries, and one set of photos sent to Pam Harmon at state fair for entry verification.
Quality Assurance & Ethics Certification Required
NEW MEMBERS AND FIRST TIME EXHIBITORS...
Quality Assurance & Ethics Certification (QAEC) REQUIRED
Quality Assurance & Ethics Certification is mandatory for 4-H fair exhibition. The QAEC has been developed to review what is expected of youth when preparing for and exhibiting animals in competition.
ALL 4-H'ers enrolled in beef, dairy, goats, horses, poultry, sheep, swine, rabbits and dog are required to complete this online ethics training course in order to participate in a livestock project (includes Animal Science display project). This is a one time certification and is valid your entire 4-H career. Once you complete this course, please print a copy of your completion certificate for your records. Deadline to complete this training is June 1. Failure to do so will result in the 4-H'er being removed from the livestock project area.
Don't wait...get it done now!
If you have problems or have questions contact the Extension office.