Genetic Edge Pig Sale
The Genetic Edge Pig sale will be held Saturday, March 27th at the Eugene Dill Riding Arena 2408 Still Road, Wyoming, DE 19934. Project pigs appropriate for the market and purebred classes at the 2021 Delaware State Fair consigned by multiple breeders will be sold. Preview is 9-11 am, a seminar to cover feeding and rearing will be 11 am-12 pm and the auction will begin at noon. Masks will be required of all attendees. For more information please contact John or Karen Tigner by email email@example.com or phone (302)242-4315 or (302)632-4250
Eastern Shore Classic Pig Sale
The Eastern Shore Classic Show Pig Sift and Sale will be held on Saturday, April 10th at the Queen Anne’s County Fairgrounds100 Dulin Clark Rd. Centreville, MD 21617. Project pigs appropriate for the market and purebred classes at the 2021 Delaware State Fair will be sold at auction following the sift. The sift begins at 10:00 am. Breeders represented include DoubleKShowpigs, P&K Acres, Wheaton Trio Showpigs; Francis Family Showpigs, Johnston Family, NF ShowPigs, Jandon Showpigs, POPS Showpigs, Tucker Family, D&B Farms, Burnite Mill Showpigs, Deitzal Family; NF Showpigs, Ludwig Family Showpigs, Waddie Robertson and Family. Masks and social distancing will be required of all attendees and COVID health mandates will be strictly enforced. For more information please contact Amanda Fabi (302)382-5443 or Kayla Kemp (302) 531-6973.
Tagging Dates for 2021 Delaware State Fair Market Animals and Feeder Calves-
Saturday, May 8th- Cook Family Farm Newark, Delaware 9-11 am
Saturday, May 22nd- Delaware State Fairgrounds- 9-11 am
Tuesday, May 25th- Delaware State Fairgrounds- 5-8 pm
We will again be using the COVID tagging protocol used in 2020- tagging will occur on trailers and no weighing of livestock will be performed at the time of tagging. Mask wearing will be required of any and all participants at tagging events. Participants should do their best to respect social distancing. There is no tagging date for Georgetown this year. The 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau will be suspended for 2021.
2021 YQCA Certification Information
All Delaware State Fair junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) are required to have a current quality assurance certification in order to exhibit in a market class at the Delaware State Fair. The Swine Department will accept either an existing Youth PQA certification that is still valid through July of 2021 or a current Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certification. The Youth PQA program no longer exists to train new youth or recertify. The YQCA program is a national certification that now covers all livestock species with a single certification for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide. Program ages are calculated as of January 1 of the current year. Options for obtaining a qualifying quality assurance certification in order to be able to show a market animal at the 2021 DSF are:
· Ages 5-6- A parent, guardian or responsible adult must have a current quality assurance certification. Options to fulfill this requirement include PQA(Pork Quality Assurance) or BQA (Beef Quality Assurance https://www.bqa.org/certification/online-certification) adult online trainings or parents can either attend a YQCA classroom training session(email Susan directly to register) with their 5-6 year old to obtain a valid QA certification to meet the DSF requirement. Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-6. An email address is required.
· Ages 7-18- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification obtained either through an YQCA classroom training session or YQCA online.
· Ages 19-21- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification that can only be obtained online as per the YQCA program rules.
Youth YQCA certification is valid for one year.
In order for youth ages 7-21 to participate in either an online or in person classroom YQCA training session, they must register and create a profile at http://yqca.org For youth age 7-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Once registered select the appropriate class you plan to attend. Fees will be charged at the time of registration and can be paid by credit card.
The YQCA classroom training costs $3.00 and the online training costs $12.00. These fees are paid online and go directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training. This should be completed prior to coming to the in person training. Youth completing the online YQCA training will take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year.
In order to be able to comply with COVID health protocols and allow sufficient space, in person training classes will be held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in 2021. Mask wearing and social distancing between family groups will be enforced during training classes. The following YQCA in person class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:
· Thursday, May 27- Delaware State Fairgrounds 6:30-8:00 pm- registration required in advance- must register by May 25
· Wednesday, June 9- Delaware State Fairgrounds 6:30-8:00 pm- registration required in advance- must register by June 7
Additional date(s) may be added as interest warrants. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, you must register in advance so that we can ensure enough space and training materials. Please contact Susan Garey firstname.lastname@example.org or (302)242-1510 if you have any questions or concerns in regards to Quality Assurance/YQCA certification
2021 Delaware State 4-H Horse Bowl- Virtual
The 2021 Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be occurring in a virtual format during the week of spring break April 4-11th! The contest will have both individual and team divisions and will be
conducted online using the Qualtrics platform. Awards will be presented for the top placing individuals and teams. Danish system awards will also be presented to all participants. Teams must be comprised of 3-4 members. Preregistration and a valid email address are required to participate and there is no entry fee this year. Registration for the 2021 Horse Bowl is online and will be open from March 22- April 2. https://www.pcsreg.com/virtual-delaware-4-h-horse-bowl-contest
For more information please visit the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.
2021 4-H and FFA Spring Dairy Show Cancelled
After consulting with the leadership of the Delaware Holstein Association, it has been determined that it is best to not hold the Spring Dairy Show this year.
Delaware Junior Dairy Leasing Agreements Due May 1
The Junior Dairy Leasing Agreement is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage
Completed dairy leases can be mailed to Susan Garey 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901 faxed to (302)735-8130 or scanned and emailed to email@example.com Please no cell phone photographs of completed lease agreements unless you mail a hard copy as follow up. Dairy leasing agreements will be compiled and provided to the Delaware State Fair for verification of leased fair entries.
2021 Delaware State 4-H Avian Bowl Study Sections
We are hopeful to be able to hold an in person 4-H Avian Bowl during the Delaware State Fair this year. If a face to face event is not possible, the contest will be converted to a virtual one and be run online utilizing the Qualtrics platform at the beginning of August. In the meantime, 4-H members can begin to prepare for it! The national study sections have been released and are as follows:
All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual:
· Raising waterfowl (Sources through General Breeding Management) – pages 26-30
· Avian systems (The Feather) – page 43
· Growing Blue Ribbon Pullets (All) – pages 57-65
· Breeds, Varieties, and Strains (Introduction, Bantams, Americans, and Asiatics) – pages 69-73
· Eggcyclopedia (Curdling through It’s All in an Egg) – pages 118-136
· Ratites (All) – Pages 171-173
· Commercial Poultry Industry (All) – Pages 175-176
· Embryology (Parts of the Egg through Candling) – Pages 186-192
Note: The above study material came from the National 4-H Avian Bowl Manual revised in 2016.
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The Clover Quest Trail Challenge
New for 2021 the Clover Quest Trail Challenge- ride or drive the First State with the Delaware 4-H Horse Program between June 1 and August 15th! Log your miles in the saddle as an individual, a as part of a team or both! A full team consists of 4 members, teams of three may also compete. Teams must include at least 1 4-H member. A family unit can be considered a team. Clubs may participate as a team and clubs may submit multiple teams. Miles can be counted in the area or on the trail.
Training/Conditioning and recreational hours/mileage count. Hours/mileage logged during any form of competition do not count. Both hours riding and hours driving may count towards this challenge. Teams do not have to ride together. Your miles and hours can be logged separately. When riding, please keep safety measures such as riding helmets, proper footwear, trail etiquette and social distancing protocols in mind.
Top placing individuals and teams will be recognized. All participants will receive a participation certificate at the end of the challenge no matter your accrued hours, mileage or participation level. Entry is made online via a Google Form. For those competing as a team, submit one (1) completed team entry form via an online Google Form with team captain identified.
Entry will not be considered eligible for awards until your entry form and log form have been received. Mileage and team captain log sheets must be turned in no later than August 23, 2021
For more information please visit the State 4-H Animal Science page.
Delaware 4-H Virtual Equine Art Contest- New Online Gallery for Viewing
The Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest will be held via an online virtual art gallery. Participants will upload images of their artwork to Padlets organized by class between June 1- June 15th. Judging will be completed and awards will be announced by the end of June. Awards for 1st-6th place will be presented for each category in each age division. A Best in Show Champion and Reserve Champion will also be chosen and presented with rosettes and medallions. Cloverbuds will receive participation awards only. For technical questions or if you have trouble uploading images of artwork please contact Caroline DelVecchio at firstname.lastname@example.org Guidelines and classes can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.
The Delaware Livestock Expo is Moving…to a New Date in 2021- NEW Dairy Division!
The Delaware Livestock Expo is moving to a new date in 2021- September 11-12th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. This junior exhibitor show is open to youth up to age 21 as of January 1, 2021 from around the region and offers showmanship and breeding classes for beef, sheep, swine and meat goats. New for 2021 will be a dairy division for our junior dairy exhibitors! Entries and entry fees will be accepted online this year via the Showman app and will be due by August 20th. Stay tuned for information about our outdoor fundraiser with a benefit auction, live music and food trucks being held at the Delaware Ag Museum May 8 from 5-9 pm! Sign up for our newsletter at www.delawarelivestockexpo.com