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eXtension Free Poultry Webinar- Ventilation and Insulation for Backyard Poultry Housing- December 5, 2017 3:00 pm EST

Ventilation and insulation are two important factors in housing management. Dr. Robert Schultheis, a Natural Resource Engineering Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Center in Webster County, will discuss these two factors with relation to backyard poultry housing Register here:

These webinars are available after the event as a free recording.

Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship- $1500


  • Must be a U.S. citizen and a Delaware resident or Delaware Equine Council member. ($10.00 to become an individual member)
  • Must be enrolled and in good standing in an agriculture, equine, veterinary or vet tech program in the United States.
  • Must submit a typewritten 250-word essay :

“How I plan to use this course of study to further the equine or agriculture industry.”

  • Must complete a typed application and include a transcript of a minimum of one full semester’s grades from an accredited college or university.

All awards are given without discrimination as to race, sex, or creed.

Application postmark deadline is January 31, 2018. Winners will be awarded in March 3, 2018.  To download the application or for more details please visit:

Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 10, 2018 at Lake Forest North Elementary.  Divisions are available for Ages 9-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2018 4-H year.

Questions may come from:

  • 4-H Horse Manuals(blue cover 2015 version):

“Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”,

“Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,”

and 4-H Horse curriculum corrections found on-line at

In 2019 the “Your Pony, Your Horse” Resource will be replaced with “Horse Care for Kids” by Cherry Hill. “Your Pony, Your Horse” is no longer in print and becoming difficult to purchase.

  • In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:

Age 8-10: Your Pony, Your Horse, by Cherry Hill

Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material).

Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council-

Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material).

Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council

Complete contest rules and guidelines are posted on the State 4-H Animal Science page at  The 2018 Horse Bowl entry deadline is February 12, 2018.

Delaware Ag Week

Delaware Ag Week programs, along with an agricultural trade show and exhibits by the First State Antique Tractor Club, are being held January 8-12, 2018 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.  Sessions focused on beef cattle production and hay and pasture are among the events being held.  For the complete schedule of events and individual session schedules please visit

Delaware Ag Week Seminar for Beef Cattle Producers

January 8, 2018- 6:00-9:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Board Room

Our featured speaker this year is Dr. Matthew Weeman, DVM. Dr. Weeman founded Bayside Bovine Veterinary Services, a mobile veterinary practice, in December 2016. ​ Dr. Weeman grew up on a dairy farm in northeastern Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University where he obtained his B.S. in agriculture in 2010 and went on to earn his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2013 when he graduated as president of his class. He later earned his M.S. in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

He began his career in the heart of dairy production in the Finger Lakes region of New York before relocating to the Delmarva Peninsula in 2015. He will tailor his services to meet the unique needs of herds with thousands of cows and those with just a few 4-H animals.  He lives with his wife Hannah who serves the industry in her role as communications director of the Animal Agriculture Alliance in Arlington, Virginia.

6:00-6:05- Welcome and Housekeeping

6:05-6:15 pm- Sharing a Case Example – Whole Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance” Don Clifton- Farmers First Services or Laurie Wolinski, University of Delaware

6:15-6:45- Vaccination Protocols for Different Classes of Beef Cattle- Dr. Matthew Weeman, DVM- Bayside Bovine Veterinary Services

Break for Light Dinner and Delaware Beef Advisory Board/NCBA Updates- Sponsored by the Delaware Beef Advisory Board

7:00- 7:45 pm- “Introduction to Delaware Animal Response and Large Animals”- Karen Clark, Delaware Animal Response Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services

7:45-8:15 pm- “Simple Protocols for Synchronizing Reproduction in Beef Cattle” –Dr. Matthew Weeman, Bayside Bovine Veterinary Services

8:15-8:45 pm- “Parasite Control for Beef Cattle Now and in the Future”- Dr. Matthew Weeman, Bayside Bovine Veterinary Services

8:45- Questions, Evaluations and Adjourn

Please RSVP to by January 4th to or (302)857-6425 if you plan on attending so we can make the necessary arrangements for food and materials.

Delaware Ag Week Agenda

MD/DE Forage Council

January 9, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.- Welcome and Housekeeping Details– Dan Severson, University of Delaware Extension Agriculture Agent

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.-  “Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Pasture and Hay” –Dr. Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Science Specialist, University of Delaware and Quintin Johnson, Extension Weed Associate, University of Delaware

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.- “Metabolic Disorders and Pathogens Related to Forages”– Jeff Semler, Extension Educator, AGNR UME – Washington County

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – “Cattle’s Impact on Soil Health — Degrading or Beneficial?” –Doug Peterson, Missouri rancher and Iowa & Missouri Regional Soil Health Specialist, Soil Health Division, USDA-NRCS, Des Moines, IA

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.-” Words from the Maryland Delaware Forage Council”- Les Vough, President MDFC and Forage Crops Extension Specialist Emeritus, University of Maryland

12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Healing the Land with High Density Grazing” -Doug Peterson Missouri rancher and Iowa & Missouri Regional Soil Health Specialist, Soil Health Division, USDA-NRCS, Des Moines, IA

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. “Nutrients and Forage Quality”- Dr. Jarrod Miller, Agronomist, University of Delaware

Champions Choice Lamb Camp Coming to Pennsylvania Summer of 2018

There will be a Champion’s Choice Lamb Camp in Pennsylvania on June 16, 2018 at the Romano 4-H Center of Chester County in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. Topics to be covered include showing, growing, managing, fitting and marketing.  Youth bring their own show lamb and participate in the day’s activities. Tracy Dendinger, an Ag Ed instructor from Washington Courthouse Ohio will be the instructor.  Tracy is a high energy presenter that has judged our 1st State Livestock Jackpot Show twice in the past.  The registration fee for the one day camp in Pennsylvania is $50.00 per youth/$15.00 per spectator and is being subsidized by sponsorships from MacCauley Suffolks and John Rock, Inc. For more information or to register please go to: