April Animal Science Updates

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Kent County Jackpot Show

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee is hosting its 19th Jackpot Show on May 21, 2016 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a market preview show for steers, market goats, market lambs, and market hogs.  Entry information is posted on the State 4-H animal science page

Entries must be postmarked by May 2 or entry fees double.

PQA Certification

All Junior Market Hog Exhibitors are required to have a current PQA certification in order to exhibit a market hog at the Delaware State Fair.  There are currently three options for obtaining PQA certification. The class certification option is open to any age but youth under the age of 8 (computed as of Jan 1 of the current year) must have a parent attend the class with them as national program guidelines do not permit a child under 8 to hold their own certification.  Certification received through the classroom option is valid for one year.

For more information and to complete your certification online, please CLICK HERE!

Classroom Training dates

  • April 12, 2016 – Sussex County PQA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:30 pm
  • April 19, 2016 – NCC PQA Classroom Training- New Castle Country Extension Office 6:30-8:30 pm
  • June 6, 2016- FINAL PQA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:30 pm

Walk-in Test dates

  • May 5, 2016- Sussex PQA Open Testing- Carvel Center- 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • May 10, 2016- NCC PQA Open Testing- New Castle County Extension office- 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • June 9, 2016- Kent County PQA Open Testing- Kent County Extension Office- 4:00pm-6:00 pm

You may attend class or testing in any of the locations. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, please RSVP to Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or via e-mail, at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA certification needs.

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest


Calling all young artists!  With categories encompassing painting, pastels, charcoals, photography, pencil, pen and ink and even crayons and markers for younger youth there is something for everyone in the Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest. Entries are due to county offices on or before April 8, 2016 and will be put on display for the month of May at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.

5th Annual Delmarva Classic Goat Show- entries due April 8th

The Delmarva Goat Association will host their Fifth Annual Delmarva Classic on April 22nd and 23rd. It will take place at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.


Friday, April 22- 6:00 pm – Open Jr. Boer Breed and Showmanship followed by the First Annual Delmarva Goat Association Sale


Saturday, April 23- 9:00 am- Open ABGA Sanctioned Boer Goat Show followed by a second Open Sanctioned ABGA Boer Goat Show


For more complete rules and entry forms please visit the DGA website at



Delmarva Goat Association Junior Herdsman Award


The Delmarva Goat Association is very excited to announce the DGA Youth Herdsman Award for all youth 21 and under that are members of the DGA. There are two categories Senior and Junior with a monetary award and a jacket. This award is an accumulation of a youth’s work with the goat industry for a year. They will need to keep records of what and where they were involved in goat activities. This award will be presented at the Delmarva Classic Show in May.  For more information please visit the DGA website at  or call (302)242-3464.

Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 2

 2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 2.  Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair.  This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

Click here to access the 2016 Dairy Lease.

National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 2

 The 2016 National 4-H Dairy Conference is September 25-28, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The conference is for 15 to 18 year-olds who have participated in the 4-H Dairy Program for at least three years, who are currently enrolled in 4-H and have an interest in the dairy industry.  The Delaware 4-H Foundation provides funding for two delegates and one chaperone each year.

The conference will be held concurrently with the World Dairy Expo.  National 4-H Dairy Conference delegates may not participate in the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest or exhibit cattle at the World Dairy Expo due to time constraints.  You may not have previously attended National 4-H Dairy Conference.  For more information on National 4-H Dairy Conference please visit Click Here!

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at Here! This application is due to Susan Garey by May 2.

 Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 2

The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2016 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 2 to volunteer Charmayne Busker.  Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 2, 2016.  For more information please consult the 2016 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page by clicking here! You can also  email Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

Online Livestock Judging Training Resources

As we get closer to judging season, there are many good online resources available to 4-H members and leaders to help strengthen your livestock judging skills.  Please visit the state 4-H animal science webpage for a list of descriptions and links to websites that you can utilize any time and are current, useful and best of all free! Click here to access these resources.


2016 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair

 The two performance classes in the 4-H Horse Judging Contest this summer at the Delaware State Fair will be Western Pleasure and Reining.  The Reining Pattern will be provided to contestants via your county extension office in advance of the contest and by June 15th.  Participants may bring the pattern with them to the contest.