4-H Newsletter: Fayette County
In This Issue
February 4-H Newsletter
Unit 21 4-H Newsletter for February 2017
4-H is a never ending adventure. As our program grows and changes, we grow and change as well. We are excited to present for 2017 a Unit 21 4-H Newsletter!
Inside you will not only find the latest updates for your county, but you will see what is going on within your unit, region, and state.
We hope this is an opportunity for you to discover new ideas and explore new adventures.
You never know where 4-H can take you—imagine the possibilities.
Fayette County News
Calendar of events
(Dates are tentative and subject to change)
Re-Enrollment Deadline—February 1
Beef Weigh In—February 4
Livestock Committee Meeting—March 9
4-H Camp Early Bird Registration Due—March 31
New Member Enrollment Deadline—April 1
Project Selections Due—April 1
Sheep & Goat Weigh In—May 6
Fayette County Fair—July 15th-22
Jr. Horse Show—July 16th-23
Fayette County State Fair day—August 12
State Dog Show—August 26 & 27
Attention 19-21 Year Olds:
If you plan to show livestock in the junior divisions at the Illinois State Fair, please notify the office ASAP at 618-283-2753. Thanks!
Re-Enrollment Deadline—February 1
New Member Deadline—April 1
Project Selection Deadline—April 1
The website is now open. All 4-H beef, dog, sheep, swine, horse, dairy, meat goat, poultry, and rabbit exhibitors must complete QA&E Certification via this site one time during their showing career. Those that have completed it in the past do not have to complete it again.
Beef Weigh In
Saturday, February 4
9 a.m.—12 p.m.
Fayette County Fairgrounds
Ownership Deadline information from State Office
STEERS & MARKET HEIFERS:
Calved on or after January 1, 2016
Owned & personally cared for by exhibitor since – February 1, 2017
Weighed, Tattooed & Tagged –
On or between the last Saturday in January (January 28, 2017) and March 15, 2017.
In addition to tattooing, steers that will be going to state fair are to be tagged with the electronic ID tags. Information forthcoming from Dan Jennings regarding obtaining the tags. Each tag should be recorded to the nomination sheet. All paperwork should be sent to Dan Jennings.
BARROWS: 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 entry for ISF
BARROWS: Premiere Barrows
Farrowed on or after February 10, 2017 and must have been the property of the exhibitor by June 1, 2017
Weighed and Tattooed February 10 to April 15, 2017
Tattooed within 35 days of birth and not weigh more than 1.0 lbs/day of age
Junior exhibitors can purchase nominated barrows
SHEEP WETHERS: Both Premiere & Live Show Wethers
Lambed on or after January 1, 2017
Ownership Date – May 15, 2017
Weighed & tattooed – between March 15 and May 15, 2017
Weigh/Tattoo procedures for Open & Jr. Premiere & Live Show Wethers:
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. Each lamb will be tattooed, (weighed – Premiere lambs only), and recorded on Lamb Nomination Forms from Dan Jennings. Specific information regarding each of the weigh-in locations & procedures will be forthcoming.
MEAT GOATS: (ALL MEAT GOAT WETHERS MUST BE TATTOOED AT REGIONAL SHEEP PROCESSING SITES).
Wethers – Born on or after October 1, 2016
Tattooed in name of exhibitor only by May 15, 2017
Ownership dates for Kids & Yearlings not in milk – May 15, 2017
2017 Breeding Animals
Birth & Ownership Dates for Illinois State Fair Junior Show
BEEF – HEIFERS AND COWS:
Age requirement is from September 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017 (w/ addition of Senior Yearling class)
Owned and personally cared for by exhibitor since June 1, 2017
Cows must be born before September 1, 2015 (Cow-Calf Class only)
Owned and personally cared by exhibitor since January 1, 2017
SWINE – GILTS:
Age requirement is farrowed on or after January 1, 2017
Owned by exhibitor since June 1, 2017
SHEEP – EWES & RAMS:
Age requirement for yearling ewes is from January 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016
Age requirement for ewe lambs is after September 1, 2016
Age requirement for ram lambs is after January 1, 2017
Owned and personally cared for by exhibitor since June 25, 2017
DAIRY – COWS AND HEIFERS:
No age requirements
Calves and Heifers – Owned since June 1, 2017
Cows – Owned since January 1, 2017
HORSE AND PONY:
On or before June 1 – Copies of the ownership and/or lease papers, State Fair Entries, and one set of photos sent to Pam Harmon at State Fair for entry verification.
Dogs must be owned or leased by June 1, 2017
At this time, no paperwork is required to be on file.
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.
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 that are 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.
2015 Premium checks are now available! Stop by the office to pick yours up!
Good News! 2016 premium check funds will soon be released! More information will be shared when they are available.
· Fayette County Fair—July 15-22
· Jr. Horse Show—July 16-23
· Illinois State Fair—August 10-20
· Fayette County Day—August 12
· Hall of Fame Induction—Aug 12
· Illinois State Fair Schedule
· 8-9:30 Project Drop Off
· 9:30-3:30 Exhibit Judging
· 12:30 Fashion Revue Check In
· 2:00 Fashion Revue
· 3:00 Clover Celebration
· 3:30-4:30 Project Release
· DuQuoin State Fair—August 25-September 4
· State dog Show—August 26 – 27
Unit 21 4-H News
Foundation to honor volunteers at Hall of Fame event
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will be honoring its 2017 Hall of Fame class at a ceremony, Saturday, Aug. 12 in the Orr Building at the State Fairgrounds. Nominations are submitted by Extension staff, one per county. If you have suggestions for local winners, please contact your local Extension office.
How strong is your 4-H family spirit?
The Illinois 4-H Foundation welcomes nominations for the 2017 4-H Family Spirit Award. The Illinois 4-H Family Spirit Award recognizes a family with at least three generations and at least 15 different family members (including in-laws) that have either been 4-H members, leaders, or volunteers with at least 100 cumulative years of 4-H membership or volunteerism represented within the family. Selection is based on the total number of family members with 4-H connections, the total number of years of 4-H involvement, the diversity of experiences and recognitions earned by the 4-H members, and the collective impact that family members have made as advocates of their county and state 4-H programs. On-line applications are available at: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/content/family-spirit-award . Nominations are due May 1.
Giddy up over to the Regional Horse Contests
Youth with an interest and knowledge in horses won't want to miss a chance to enter the regional Horse Bowl and Horse Hippology Contests. Registration deadline is close, so contact the office if you're interested. Junior teams include 4-H members age 8 to 13. Senior teams are 14 and older as of Jan. 1, 2017. Qualifying teams and individuals will advance to the State contests to be held April 29 & 30 in Champaign.
The Horse Bowl is similar to academic scholastic bowls except all the questions relate to horses! Hippology is a comprehensive 4-H horse education contest including live horse judging, skillathon stations, and written test and slides. Participants do not need to have horses or be enrolled in the horse project to participate.
SOUTHERN REGIONAL HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY
March 25 @ SIU-C College of Agricultural Sciences Building, 1205 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale. Check in @ 8 AM. Hippology begins @ 8:45 AM. Horse Bowl to follow at the conclusion of Hippology. Contact Liz Miller @ email@example.com for details.
4-H Horse & Pony Tack Auction
Sponsored by Clark County 4-H
Saturday, February 18, 2017
4:00 p.m. – Doors open at 3:00 p.m.
Clark County, U of I Extension Office
Directions: The Extension Office is located south of Marshall on IL Hwy 1.
New & Used Tack, Misc. Items
New Tack supplied by a tack dealer. Used tack consigned by Clark County 4-H Members. Miscellaneous items donated by area businesses and individuals will be auctioned.
Concessions Available: Chili, BBQ, Hot Dogs, Loaded Nachos, Desserts, Drinks, and LOTS MORE!
Everyone get ready for the 2017 Show and Trail riding season!
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 go to benefits the Clark County 4-H Horse & Pony Program.
Illinois 4-H State News
Get your buzz on!
FREE STUFF FOR CLUBS
Honeybees and other pollinators play an important role in our food production. These same pollinators are under stress from a number of factors: pests, disease, lack of habitat, and more. By planting a pollinator garden, your club can help increase honeybee populations. The program is sponsored by GROWMARK and FS.
Clubs which want to participate get lots of free stuff from Growmark:
¼ pound of seed for each club.
Planting and care instructions.
A customized press release to use in your local newspaper.
Publicity for the program through our SOURCE magazine, FS member cooperative newsletters, and social media.
Clubs that participated in the program last year are automatically re-enrolled in the program.
Clubs will need to:
Locate a public place and secure permission to plant a pollinator garden. This could be in a park, near a school, along a well-traveled road, at the fairgrounds, or any visible location. Look for a location with approximately 700 square feet, or multiple locations that add up to that size. Please do this before filling out the application.
Complete an online application by March 31, 2017: www.bit.ly/20174hpollinator
Prepare the planting site per provided instructions.
Plant the seed once the danger of frost has passed in your area.
Place provided educational signs near the garden.
Tend to the garden throughout the summer. Keep it looking nice and neat, and water if necessary.
Share photos of the garden and the pollinators it attracts with GROWMARK and your local media.
Work with your local FS cooperative to offer advice and answer questions you may have about pollinators or agriculture in general.
For more information, contact Karen Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-557-6184) with questions.
Save the Date!!
Speaking for Illinois 4-H Training, May 6
This spring will provide another opportunity for 4-H members ages 14-18 to advance their leadership skills and become a part of the state Speaking for Illinois 4-H leadership team! Our next training is May 6 at the Effingham Extension Office. This all-day training prepares teens to assist their local area in soliciting donors, speaking to community groups, and keeping county board members informed of local 4-H impact. On a state level, these teens are invited to participate in 4-H Legislative Connection events at the state capitol and tell their story to our Illinois Representatives and Senators. Get the May 6 date on your calendars now! Cost is $10. Registration will open in early to mid-March @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership/speaking-illinois-4-h .
Expand Your Leadership Footprint!
Want to make your mark on the statewide Illinois 4-H program? Apply for one of our statewide 4-H Teen Leader opportunities be opening this spring and summer. All the applications will be available @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership.
Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee – Two Illinois 4-H members are selected to serve alongside two Illinois 4-H Livestock Ambassadors as the 4-H representatives to this committee of industry representatives and 4-H/FFA youth representatives to plan various programs throughout the year. If you enjoy agriculture, consider exploring this option. Terms run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Applications will be available March 1 and are due May 1. Applicants must be 17-19 to apply.
Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team – This team of 22 4-H members and recent alumni plan, teach, implement, and evaluate the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and Speaking for Illinois 4-H program. They also assist at various statewide events throughout the year and have opportunities to travel to national conferences. Applicants must be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017 in order to apply for the 2-year teams. Interviews are required. Applications are available by mid-April and are due in June and late July for interviews at the Illini Summer Academies or State Fair.
Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference Planning Committee – If you attended the NEW Teen Leadership Conference in January, you may be interested in applying for the planning committee for the 2018 Teen Leadership Conference. We'll be looking for 6-7 teens to work with us throughout the year to explore new options for next year's event. Applications should be available by mid-March and will be due May 1 as this group starts meeting during the summer months for this January 2018 event.
How well do you know your equine?
The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest will be held Saturday, April 8 at Black Hawk College, 26230 Black Hawk Road, 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. AQHA Ranch Riding has been added to the list of possible performance classes to be judged. Top-placing youth will be invited to participate in an invitational judging contest where the national team will be determined.
Bigger, Better, Bolder in 2017
The 2017 session of the 4-H Illini Summer Academies will see some cool changes this year. Dates this year are Sunday June 25 through Thursday June 29.
First, the academies will be hosted in one campus' newer living quarters called Bousefield Hall.
Second, we have new academies including Filmmaking, Performing Arts, and advanced sections Human Development and Family Studies and Micro Biology.
Registration will open March 1 @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H. You'll find all you need to know right there!
Think Summer and Register for Camp
WOW! Camp registration is HOT! Don't miss your chance for a $40 early-bird discount by registering before March 31. Go online at go.illinois.edu/4Hcamp . Choose from four 5-day camp weeks:
Week 1: June 4-8
Week 2: June 11-15
Week 3: June 25-29
Week 4: June 30 – July 4
4-H'ers serve as True Leaders of Service during National 4-H Day of Service
4-H clubs across the nation will be using their hands to larger service as part of the first National 4-H Day of Service during April 2017. 4-H'ers can work on projects at any time during the month of April, however April 29 as been identified as the date to celebrate the culmination of service outreach. The goal of National 4-H Day of Service is to encourage 4-H members in every county to make an positive difference. National 4-H Day of Service is open to everyone in the community, 4-H members, families, volunteers and community partners. Service projects can be done by individuals or as an entire county 4-H program. No matter what the project, this will be a day to make a difference.
4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, and State 4-H Partners are working with the National 4-H Citizenship Leadership team to create a tool kit and website that will be launching soon to provide tools and resources to plan success service experiences across the nation. Included will be: National 4-H Day of Service Planning Guide; Service Project Ideas; Project Implementation Timeline; Web-based Service Project Registration and Reporting Resource; and a media tool kit.
Watch for National 4-H Day of Service resources that will be released soon as you begin identifying the difference you will make!
4-H Shooting Sports
Spring Adult Certification Training
The spring training for those adults interested in joining the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program as a volunteer leader will be held May 5-7, 2017. Adult volunteers are an important part of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program. All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the training and passed the certification test. Instructors are needed in all disciplines of pistol, shotgun, rifle, archery and wildlife, as well as coordinator positions. Cost is $125, and registration is handled through the local office by mid April.
4-H Leaders: Visit Fair Oaks Farms!
· Call to schedule a special time for your club to visit the Adventures.
· Admission is $8 per person per Adventure or $12 for both Adventures.
· Over 60 interactive exhibits, visit fofarms.com for more info.
· Each active member receives a kiddie cone and handbook.
· Must have a group of at least 10.
· Dairy, Pig, and Crop Adventures available!