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Animal Science Updates – November

4-H Animal Science Updates

Provided by Susan Garey, Extension Agent in Animal Science

Small Ruminant Health Workshop November 5th

As part of a larger small ruminant health grant, please join us on the evening of November 5, 2015 at the Paradee Center in Dover, Delaware for our initial workshop in a series of health related workshops. This workshop will focus on vital signs and health assessments and recognizing the signs and symptoms of pre-parturient diseases (diseases of pregnant ewes/does) and diseases in lambs and kids.  Our featured guest speaker for the evening will be nationally recognized expert on small ruminant veterinary care, Dr. Wendy Freeman, VMD.

Dr. Freeman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School in 1985.  After graduation, Dr. Freeman completed an internship and residency in Field Service at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center in 1988.  Following her residency, Wendy joined the faculty at New Bolton Center and became Assistant Professor of Medicine and Field Service in 1992, where she worked on developing and directing the small ruminant program.  Dr. Freeman directed the reproductive program and implemented total health care and clinical studies of the teaching flock.  Wendy is one of the most experienced small ruminant specialists in the United States and sees both large and small animal patients at Longwood Veterinary Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania on a full-time basis.

The Small Ruminant Health Program is a project developed by University of Delaware extension professionals Susan Garey and Dan Severson in response to a deficiency of veterinarians in the region with the desire to treat small ruminants. As a result, producers need to further develop their skills in assessing animal health and treating common diseases.  A Risk Management Grant Proposal was funded by the Northeast Extension for Risk Management Education Center to develop the project. A needs assessment was completed to determine needs for technical training and skill development. If producers can develop knowledge and skills in assessing animal health, recognizing disease symptoms, determining treatment and performing treatment skills, producers can ultimately reduce mortality rates increase productivity of their flocks and herds.

For questions or to register for this free workshop, please contact Susan Garey, Extension Agent Animal Science, University of Delaware (302)730-4000 or Dan Severson, NCC Agricultural Agent, (302)831-8860 by November 2. If you have any special needs in accessing this program, please let us know two weeks in advance.

Program Brochure

Holler-n Hooves 2nd 4-H Horse Clean and Groom Contest

What could be more fun than intentionally giving your horse a mud spa treatment? Please join us on November 21 and see what the fun is all about!

Holler-n-Hooves 4-H Club is sponsoring this fun event that lets youth demonstrate horse knowledge, grooming skills, showmanship skills, team work, communication and sportsmanship in a competitive yet relaxed and friendly setting. No show experience is required but participants should be familiar with horses and basic horse handling and grooming skills.

Each team provides: 3 kids, 1 horse and 1 handler (preferably an adult)

Cost: $10 per participant/$30 per team

Contest limited to the first 12 teams so enter early!

November 21st– Apex Arabians Indoor Arena, Williamsville Rd. Houston, DE

  • Horses register at 7:00 am to be “mudded” by adults
  • Teams register at 8:00 am
  • Awards presented at noon

Great prizes and fun! Food available on site but please bring your own chairs!

For more information, please contact Christie Little at (302)270-2083 or visit the Holler-n-Hooves 4-H Facebook page. Please e-mail Sharon Little  for a list of complete rules.


2016 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year

The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee in conjunction with Peter Stone of Stone Model Horses is pleased to offer the Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year contest. The contest is open to all traditional age 4-H members and you don’t necessarily have to own your own horse to participate. The winner receives a custom painted model of their special horse. For complete rules and entry information, please click on the link below. Postmark deadline is November 16, 2015.


Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity

The entry form for the 2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity has been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science webpage and the first entry deadline is Monday, November 16, 2015.

To participate in the 2016 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2016.  All calves, born June 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. 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.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 16, 2015

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2016

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 2, 2016


Late entries are permitted but if you do not enter the animal on the first due date, the payment will be doubled.  If your first entry is made on February 1, your entry fee will be $30.00.  If you do not enter until May 2, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 2.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chair, Charmayne Busker.

 Horse Bowl Already??

It’s never too early to begin preparing and studying for the State 4-H Horse Bowl! Study materials for 2016 are:

Divisions are available for Ages 9-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2016 4-H year.

Questions may come from:

  • 4-H Horse Manuals: “Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”, “Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,”
  • 4-H Horse curriculum corrections are available here!

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 Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council- NEW!! (and age 8-10 material)
  • Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material) AND Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council- NEW!!

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 12, 2016. Entries are due to the State 4-H office postmarked by February 12, 2016 and pre-entry is required.

State Teen Council Meet & Greet – Bowl with us on November 10!

Join the Delaware 4-H State Teen Council officer team for a meet & greet event on Tuesday, November 10. The officers would like to invite you to Brunswick Doverama Bowling Alley to meet the team and find out more about the group. This is a FREE event from 6-8pm.

State Teen Council

State Teen Council is the statewide junior leader group for 4-H members, ages 13 and above.  Come to this FREE event to mingle, have a blast and find out more about how you can be involved throughout the year.

For more information, e-mail Mallory Vogl or call (302) 831-8965.


Reporters Corner – Keepin’ up with the clubs

Clover Quest 4-H ClubClover Quest 4

By: Kyle Merritt,                         Club Reporter

Our October meeting was a blast! Maya Merritt and Miriam Kogut led us in the 4-H pledge and the Pledge of Allegiance. Mrs. Wasgat, our club leader, talked about national 4-H week and explained what we were going to do that day. We then split up into three groups and played games. The Wallace family prepared English muffin pizzas for a snack.

Clover Quest 2This fall, Clover Quest will work with the Stockings for Soldiers organization. During our meeting we packed Snowman Soup in baggies for soldiers in need. One candy cane, one bag of hot cocoa mix, three Hershey kisses, a few small marshmallows are the ingredients for Snowman Soup. We also made Christmas cards for them.

For additional pictures visit: Clover Quest – news flash

Summit Bridge 4-H Club Report

By: Brenda Shaffer, Club LeaderSummit Bridge

The Summit Bridge 4-H club is off and running for the 2015-16 4-H year! We are all very excited about the great things we have planned for our upcoming year! Here is a list of our officers:

President: Andrew Shaffer

Vice-President: Emma Apps

Secretary: Emerson Hickey

Treasurer: Parker Hickey

Community Service: Jacob Green

Reporter: Kiersten O’Hop

We all “flocked” together at our last meeting for a fun and interesting presentation from Dr. Bridgid McCrea. We played Avian Bowl and enjoyed an evening of learning about poultry, food and lots of other tidbits.

We placed 2nd this year in the Window Display Contest. A big thank you to Courtney and Mrs. Capotrio for helping us!



Welcome to the online News Flash!

Dear 4-Hers,

Kaitlin and I are very excited to finally roll out the new and improved 4-H News Flash. We hope you are able to navigate the page with ease.

This e-version is now replaces the PDF version you have been used to.  By being online,  our 4-H news is immediately available to you! This will be helpful on getting a heads up on date-sensitive events and deadlines. No long upload times-and you can easily print the 4-H posts that interest you the most. However, unlike the PDF version which was published after all the news is reported and collected, the e-version is a fluid, live version which publishes the stories as they come into the 4-H office. So, please check back often to read the updates!

Look to the left and right sidebars for the latest posts, breaking news or announcements!

Another advantage to the newsletter blog are the active hyperlinks to forms and pictures!

And guess what? Now you can share a particular blog post or article on the social network of your choice! 4-H members, leaders and parents can now help the 4-H office promote our individual and group 4-H accomplishments! So, if you are connected on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, or any other social network platform, please feel free to share a The News Flash post, article or photo. This is a terrific opportunity to let others outside our 4-H community see the great things we do and also recruit new families to join 4-H!

Assisting you with reading this newsletter are general categories shown on the right sidebar. Use the drop down to narrow your search. Underneath these are newsletter topics or “tags” which will help readers find more specific searches. At the end of every month, all posts published will be archived under that same month. Please use the search bar to search for something very specific, like a member name, club name or specific project area.

Best of all is the Search box! As we grow content, try searching for your name and see all the events you have participated in. Type in any keyword, and any article that mentions that name or keyword will appear! It is so easy to find anything!

Thank you for reading The News Flash and for your interest and participation in New Castle County 4-H Youth Development program!

Yours in 4-H,
Mallory Vogl
4-H Extension Agent

Calling all sophomores and juniors. National 4-H Conference application now available.

Black Tee Shirts_icons REV1DThe 2016 National 4-H Conference will be held in Washington DC on April 9-14.

National 4-H Conference is the annual premiere civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country. This conference offers a hands-on, working experience in which delegates participate in a variety of programs and activities.  Participants have the opportunity and apply in a real world setting their newly developed and refined skills.

All Sophomores and Juniors are encouraged to apply. Applications are due to the state 4-H office by Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Visit the State 4-H website for the Conference Application.  For more information at the event, visit the National 4-H website.

Fall Scholarship Opportunities

lease note below the academic scholarships with a fall deadline.  Information for all these scholarships may be found at on the Scholarships page on the state 4-H website.

A $1000 scholarship is being offered on behalf of the Delaware Equine Council. All applicants must submit a 250- word essay no later than Friday, January 29, 2016. The essay topic this year is:

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

Apply now for the 2016 Delaware Equine Scholarship

If you’ve made a difference by volunteering in your community over the past year, you could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C., by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Even more importantly, you could win recognition that might inspire other young people to follow your example. These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, have honored tens of thousands of middle level and high school students over the past 18 years solely for their volunteer work.

Apply now  for the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Deadline 11/30/15 This award honors four 4-H’ers who have gained critical life skills through their 4-H experience and have utilized those skills to overcome a challenge, or challenges, they have faced. Each of the honorees are outstanding 4-H’ers who epitomize 4-H youth empowerment and leadership.  Applicants should be a 4-H member or recent alumni within the United States, ages 16-21. Please read the guidelines before submitting your application.

There will be a $500 scholarship for each of the three counties in Delaware; and one person will be selected to receive the state/national $1000 scholarship, for a total of four scholarships for the state of Delaware.

Apply now for the 2015 NWTF Scholarship. Due 12/15/15.

Special application instructions for Delaware 4-Hers.


Health Living – October 2015 Updates

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Grab-n-Go Activities for 4-H Leaders

Calling all 4-H Club Leaders! Have you been thinking about a way to get a free tee shirt for your club members? Are you looking for easy and fun ice breakers? And… are you “Up for the Challenge?”
Delaware 4-H leaders do a tremendous job reaching our youth with Healthy Living information through project areas such as favorite foods, judging contests, animal care, outdoor activities, Food Smart Families and Health Rocks.

We thought it would be fun to share some “Grab and Go” activities with you, focused on nutrition, fitness and other aspects of health to be used as ice breakers, or lessons for your monthly club meetings. The plan is to include one “Grab and Go” each month in the newsletter.

These materials will be easy to use, inexpensive and able to be taught by either a youth or adult.
Once your club has completed six Grab and Go Lessons, have your youth complete our evaluation written for ages 8 and over. The first 300 youth who complete the evaluation will receive a 4-H Healthy Living tee shirt!

If you think your club would like to participate, please email Karen Johnston to answer any questions, and let her know about how many youth you expect to participate from your club. Tee shirts will be available after March 15, 2016.

Enjoy our first “Grab and Go” publication! Thank you for continuing the momentum of creating a healthier Delaware through 4-H leadership!

Grab and Go Nutrition Ball Activity

Nutrition Ball Questions

Youth Voice, Youth Choice: Healthy living blog

Are you interested in Health Living? Do you want to voice your opinion and make a difference? Join in on our healthy living blog.

Health Rocks Blog - October 2015

County Updates – October/November 2015

4-H Achievement Banquet

The 2015 New Castle County 4-H Achievement Banquet is an opportunity to applaud 4-H members who excelled in project work, leadership, citizenship, judging, and achievement. On Thursday, October 15, NCC 4-H will present awards and scholarships to these outstanding youth!  This year, we will present a few new and exciting awards, so please plan to attend!

Dinner will begin at 6:00pm and the awards/recognition presentations begin at 6:30pm at Kirk Middle School in Newark.  The cost, which covers dinner and dessert, is $5 per person or $15 for families 3+.

If there are any clubs interested in providing desserts, please contact Mallory at

Please RSVP with family name and number attending via e-mail to Lisa Bishop or call (302) 831-8965. Checks can be mailed to the Extension Office at: Lisa Bishop, 461 Wyoming Rd., Newark, DE 19716.

Re-Enrollment Process

     4-Her’s & Leaders

The 2015 re-enrollment process has transitioned into an online system in which 4-H members are able to enroll online. This process should be completed by ALL RETURNING 4-H MEMBERS & VOLUNTEERS as soon as possible. To access this system, please click here. It is extremely important for everyone to re-enroll at your earliest convenience because this is the system we are utilizing to send out all 4-H-related correspondence.

     Organizational Leaders

Organizational leaders must activate club members to certify that these youth are in fact members of your particular club. There will be a 30-day window for leaders to approve members. At the point the 30-day window is surpassed, the 4-H staff will be approving these members. If you have any questions regarding the approval process, please contact Lisa at (302) 831-8965.

Support 4-H!

      Delaware 4-H Foundation and United Way

The Delaware 4-H Foundation is not a United Way agency, but is eligible to receive write-in contributions as a non-profit organization. If you and other 4-H friends and supporters would like to designate your United Way contribution to 4-H, please complete the write-in account section of the form with the number 9020 and Delaware 4-H Foundation. Funds received in this manner become part of the general contributions account and are used where needed. The 4-H Foundation usually receives a list early in the year indicating all money pledged to 4-H. All contributions will be acknowledged by the Delaware 4-H Foundation when United Way notifies us of the pledge. The write-in option is only available through work place giving. We appreciate your continued support of 4-H!

        The State Employees’ Charitable Campaign (SECC)

This is an annual fund-raising drive approved by the State of Delaware. Each year state employees raise thousands of dollars through the SECC that benefits many local non-profit charitable organizations. These charities fight disease, make life more meaningful for the young and old, help the impoverished, and train people to become self-sufficient. By promoting and supporting fund raising through the employee focused, cost-efficient SECC, state employees provide the opportunity to improve the quality of life of all Delawareans. This year state employees will again have the option of choosing the Delaware 4-H Foundation, as one of the charities that are eligible as part of this campaign. Many 4-H families contribute through this campaign. The Delaware 4-H Foundation in turn supplies funds to support camp scholarships, awards in each county, and trips to Club Congress, National 4-H Conference, the National 4-H Engineering Event.

October Meetings at the 4-H Office

Tuesday, October 20

Camp Counselor – 7:00 pm

Monday, October 19

  • Jr. Council – 7:00 pm
  • Leaders – 7:00 pm
  • Exchange – 8:30 pm

Thursday, October 22

  • Brand new this year!! NCC 4-H Sewing Club
  • Sewing Club Flyer (coming soon)
  • First meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in Rm 132B

Thursday, October 29

Animal Science Updates – October

Saddle up with 4-H!

The annual State 4-H Trail Ride, sponsored by the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, will be held at Blackbird State Forest this year on October 11, 2015 with ride off occurring at 10 am. This is a fun family event with riders of all ages and levels of experiences. There will be some volunteer walkers as well to assist our less experienced riders if needed. If enough riders register, we will offer both a beginner and an advanced trail ride this year. Following the trail ride there will be a picnic in the pavilion beginning at 11:30 am. ASTM/SEI hard hats are required for all riders. For more information, please see the flyer posted on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

To RSVP, please e-mail Susan Garey or call (302)730-4000 by Wednesday, October 7.

Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year

Have you ever wished that you could have a model of your own favorite horse or pony to cherish forever? Here’s your chance!

Peter Stone of Stone Model Horses ( has volunteered to create a model horse to honor the great horse or pony selected as Delaware’s “4-H Horse of the Year”. The winning 4-H member will be announced at the Horse Bowl contest and awarded their horse/pony model horse at the winning member’s county achievement banquet in fall of 2016. All entries must be received by November 16, 2015. Nomination forms and more details are available on the state 4-H animal science webpage.

The topic this year is:
“If Your Horse was a Superhero, Who Would it be and Why?”


Delaware 4-H State Teen Council

Photo with Carney

The Delaware 4-H State Teen Council will hold their first meeting on Tuesday, October 13, at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Farm Bureau building in Camden. All 4-H’ers ages 13 and up are invited to attend. The meeting dates for the entire year are listed below.

• Tuesday, October 13, Farm Bureau, 7pm
• Tuesday, November 11, Farm Bureau, 7pm
• Tuesday, December 15, Kent County Extension Office, 7pm
• Tuesday, January 12, Kent County Extension Office, 7pm
• Tuesday, February 9, Kent County Extension Office, 7pm
• Tuesday, March 8, Farm Bureau, 7pm
• Tuesday, April 5, Kent County Extension Office, 7pm
• Tuesday, May 3, Kent County Extension Office, 7pm

All meetings begin at 7:00pm and will last approximately 2 hours. We have two different meeting locations this year. Please sure to pay attention to where each meeting is located. The meeting place addresses are listed below:

Kent County Extension Office Farm Bureau
69 Transportation Circle 3457 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901 Camden, DE 19934

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mallory Vogl at or (302) 831-8965.

Public Speaking contest returns to Brandywine Library

Public Speaking pic - October 2015Join NCC 4-H’ers, parents and staff at the Brandywine Hundred Library for the 2015 4-H Public Speaking Contest. The state fair qualifier event will be held on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00pm.

Public speaking skills are consistently ranked in the top five among the desired skill sets of a professional. In 4-H, we set out to develop these skills at an early age and continue to cultivate the art of communication into adulthood. In addition to enhancing the ability to effectively communicate; this contest also contributes to an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence, development of critical thinking skills and an expansion of skills for planning and preparation.

As you can see, there are many benefits to participating in the upcoming public speaking event. Please contact Mallory Vogl if you would like a public speaking training during an upcoming club meeting. To register, please submit your registration form to Lisa Bishop by Wednesday, November 11.

Registration Form
Public Speaking Resources

4-Her’s in the NEWS!

Colleen Murray named “STEM Innovator of the Year”

Colleen Murray
Congratulations to New Castle County 4-Her, Colleen Murray, for being named 2015 STEM Youth Innovator of the Year by National 4-H Council. Colleen received this prestigious award for her efforts within the area of STEM and her commitment to educating local youth about the importance of STEM education. In addition to a $500 scholarship, Colleen was also awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to assist with the 4-H National Youth Science DayA special thank you to the sponsors of this award: National 4-H Council and HughesNet.

To find out more about Colleen’s achievement, please read the articles from UDaily or Delaware Online .

National 4-H Dairy Conference

4-H‘er Spring Vasey of the Country Time 4-H Club in Kent County is currently attending the National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin. While there, Spring is participating in dairy science workshops and field trips along with approximately 200 other dairy project members from across the United States and Canada. Exploration of dairy related careers, dairy production, marketing, genetics and production and processing of dairy products are a few of the subjects they will be exposed to. In addition, she will also have the opportunity to spend a day at the World Dairy Expo. Spring is being chaperoned by 4-H volunteer Jody Vasey of Kent County. Special thanks to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for funding this leadership and dairy science experience for our 4-H members! If you are interested in attending National 4-H Dairy Conference next year and have three years of dairy project experience, applications will be due May 1, 2016.