Category Archives: Animal Science

NCC Livestock Show

18th Annual New Castle County 4-H and FFA
Summer Livestock Classic

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Delaware State Fair Grounds
Harrington, DE

Weigh-Ins: 7:00- 8:00 a.m. Show begins at 9:00 a.m.

Entries Must be Postmarked by May 10, 2019
Entry Fee $8.00/Head (must accompany entry form)
Late and Added Entries $16.00/head – No entries after May 31 & day of show.

Livestock Classic Entry Form 2019

2019 Current Class List

Health Regulations for Delaware Livestock Exposition

Animal Science Updates

NEW Quality Assurance Certification Requirement for All Delaware State Fair Market Animal Exhibitors!

Beginning with the 2019 Delaware State Fair, all junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) will be 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 2019 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 2019 DSF are:

 

  • Ages 5-7– 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 with their 5-7 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 5-7. An email address is required.

 

  • Ages 8-18– The youth 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 8-21 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 8-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. 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.

 

The following YQCA in person class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

 

May 23, 2019– Sussex County YQCA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:00 pm

May 29, 2019- NCC YQCA Classroom Training- New Castle County Extension Office 6:30-8:00 pm

June 12, 2019 – FINAL YQCA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:00 pm

 

If you choose a classroom training option, you may attend class in any of the locations. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, please RSVP to Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. If there are no registrations in advance, the class will be canceled. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA/YQCA certification needs as we transition to this new quality assurance certification requirement for all market animal exhibitors.

 

Stock Show University- Coming to Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park in May!

Presented by Sullivan Supply, Stock Show University is a FREE, educational program open to all stock show youth and adults, compliments of Sullivan Supply. Stock Show University offers different types of clinics for cattle, sheep, goats and hogs. Clinic types that are offered: one or two hour demos, one-day grad programs and the more intensive, two-day grad programs.  The best and most talented ‘professors’ in the industry will focus on all areas needed to achieve the championship look such as: daily care, clipping and fitting, showmanship, nutrition and selection. Stock Show University hosts clinics at numerous locations and shows across the United States, Canada and Australia. Stock Show U is coming for a two day program at the Queen Anne’s County Park- May 4 and 5th for beef, sheep, goats and hogs. More information and registration is available online https://www.sullivansupply.com/event/maryland-two-day-4-species-grad-program/ For questions please contact Taylor Harrison taylor@sullivansupply.com

 

 

2019 Delaware State Fair Livestock Tagging Dates

Tagging dates for market lambs, market hogs, market goats, market steers and feeder calves for the 2019 Delaware State Fair are:

 

  • Saturday, May 4, 9 am-11 pm – Steve Cook’s Farm 3300 Frazer Rd. Newark  (NC County)
  • Saturday, May 4, 9 am- 11 am – Georgetown Research and Education Center (Sussex County) Georgetown is not capable of weighing steers or feeder calves but can still tag. If you wish to compete in Sussex Rate of Gain and weigh your cattle you must go to a Kent tagging date.
  • Saturday, May 11, 9 am- 11 pm – Delaware State Fair (Kent County)
  • Friday, May 17, 6 pm- 9 pm- Delaware State Fair (Kent County Jackpot Show and County 4-H Show Participants Only)
  • Tuesday, May 21, 5 pm- 8 pm – Delaware State Fair (Kent County)

 

If you choose to participate in the 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Contest sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau, you need to attend the tagging/weigh in for your county.  If you choose not to participate in the 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Contest you may tag at any of the three locations regardless of what county you are enrolled in.  Please see the guidelines for the 2019 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Educational Contest for further details. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/

 

2019 Youth Livestock Conservationist Program

Sponsored by the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

 

Youth interested in applying for the 2019 Youth Conservationist Program

  • Must be between 9 and 18 years old.
  • Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2019 that includes:
    • An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals, if for any reason, the animal is not being kept at your own home, explain, in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be, your essay should explain your interest in sheep, and answer the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.”
  • Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from
    • Their 4-H Advisor, FFA Advisor, veterinarian, teacher or clergy.
  • The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length. The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a specific breed or for any of the breeds available.
  • The application must include address, phone and if available, email address. Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, then submit their letter of application/essay to:

Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812

740.622.1573 tankewe_cr58@yahoo.com

please note the underscore between tankewe and cr58!

 

ALL ESSAYS MUST BE MAILED, WILL NOT ACCEPT EMAILED ESSAYS!

 

Requirements if selected:

  • Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday

May 5, 2019.

  • Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2019 at: 1) a county fair or local sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives.
  • Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2019, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations.
  • Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.
  • Must submit an article the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information concerning the next year’s YCP program.
  • Must submit a one to two-page report, with pictures, to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2020 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland Festival which is then given back to the youth.

 

Any questions please contact Elaine Ashcraft 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812

1-740-622-1573 tankewe_cr58@yahoo.com

please note the underscore between tankewe and cr58!

Donors choose the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth.

 

DPI Offers College Scholarships

DPI is accepting applications for its 2019 College Scholarship Program.  Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more.

 

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States.  Individuals must have an academic major in a subject matter relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry.  An academic transcript must accompany each application.

 

Graduate student applications must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency.  In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that positively could benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

 

Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 pm on April 5, 2019:  DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Applications and additional scholarship information are available from the DPI website at http://www.dpichicken.org/scholarship/  Late, incomplete, or handwritten applications will not be considered. DPI membership on the part of the applicant or his/her family is not required and has no effect on the selection process.

 

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 15th-

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 15, 2019.  Entries will be put on display by May 10th at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website. https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/28151743/2019-Delaware-4-H-Equine-Art-Contest.pdf

 

Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 1

2019 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 1.  Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair.  The leasing agreement is posted on the state 4-H webpage under the “Dairy” heading. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/ This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

 

National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 1

The 2019 National 4-H Dairy Conference is September 29- October 2, 2019 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 https://national4hdairyconference.org

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/ and is due to Susan Garey by May 1.

 

Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 1

The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2019 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 1 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 1, 2019.  For more information please consult the 2019 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page at https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/21084712/2019-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf or email Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

 

 

1st State Livestock Jackpot Show- entries due May 1

Entries are open for the 1st State Livestock Jackpot Show. In its 22 year, this is an open market preview show so there are no age limits on participation.  Grand Champions of each species are awarded $500 and reserve is $250 with breed champions paid $100 and reserves paid out at $50. Put on annually by the Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee, proceeds from this show are used to fund Kent County livestock educational activities such as livestock judging, the county livestock show and the livestock overnighter. Early entry postmark deadline is May 1 and late entries including the day of the show are double fee.  For complete rules and entry information please visit:

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/30103913/Jackpot-show-entry-form-2019.pdf

 

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Camp

Do you know an aspiring veterinarian? Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career.  AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. AVM is held on the beautiful campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, located about 40 minutes west of Boston in North Grafton, MA.

 

Applications for summer 2019 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu.

 

2019 State 4-H Avian Bowl Study Sections

The Avian Bowl is a knowledge based quiz bowl style competition that focuses on poultry and eggs and poultry industry topics.  The 2019 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl will be Saturday July 27th at 1:00 pm in the Centre.  All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual:

  • Avian systems (Only Circulatory, Nervous, Excretory, Muscle and Skeletal) – pages 39-40
  • Breeds, varieties, and strains (AOSB and Miscellaneous only) – Pages 79-80
  • Raising game birds (All) – pages 81-99
  • Eggcyclopedia (Eggs from A-Z through Chantilly Meringue) AND (Sabayon sauce through Zeaxanthin) – pages 103-110 and 145-151B
  • Raising your home flock (All) – Pages 151C-161 • Contributions of poultry to the development of science (All) – Pages 169-170
  • Avian influenza (All) – Pages 181-182

For more information on the Avian Bowl please consult the contest rules and guidelines which can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage:

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/10135448/Delaware-4-H-Avian-Bowl-Rules-and-Guidelines-2019.pdf

 

New Castle County Summer Classic Livestock Show

The New Castle County 4-H and FFA 18th Annual Summer Classic livestock show will be held on Saturday June 8th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds and includes market and showmanship classes.  Entry information https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/26102722/Current-Class-List.pdf and an entry form https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/26102724/Entry-Form-2019.pdf are posted on the State 4-H animal science webpage.

 

The entry fee is $8.00/head and postmark entry deadline is Friday May 10. Late entries are accepted at double fee but no entries will be after May 31.

 

Invitational County 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Qualifier- June 7

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee along with the NCC 4-H Livestock Show Committee and Delaware FFA will be hosting an invitational livestock judging contest Friday, June 7th beginning at 6:30 pm in the Kent building on the Delaware State Fairgrounds. New Castle, Kent and Sussex County 4-H will be using this as their county qualifier for livestock judging at the Delaware State Fair.  Delaware 4-H members must participate in this contest in order to be eligible to judge at the 2019 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair. If you are from another 4-H group or an FFA Chapter you are welcome to come and utilize the classes as a workout.  Official placings will be provided to everyone but you must bring your own judging supplies and provide your own listener for oral reasons if you are from FFA or an outside 4-H group.  Please come dressed appropriately and prepared with a clip board, paper and a pencil. Ice cream social to follow.  Awards will be presented prior to the start of the livestock show on Saturday morning.

 

Harness Racing Camp at Harrington Raceway- June 15-17, 2019

This camping program is designed to give young people aged 11 to 17 the opportunity to work with race horses. Through a partnership with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) and Harrington Raceway, participants will be provided lots of hands-on activities as well as the chance to learn about the sport of harness racing and the racing industry.  This camping experience will held at Harrington Raceway and overnight accommodations are provided in the State Police Barracks located on the Delaware State Fairgrounds. The registration fee is $250 per participant and includes meals and expenses for the camp.  Registration deadline is May 15, 2019.  For more information and a registration form please visit:

https://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications.html

 

There are additional summer learning opportunities being offered through HHYF at other locations.  If you are a past Harrington Camp participant interested in the HHYF Leadership program, please visit the HHYF website above for more information. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to giving young horse lovers the opportunity to learn about driving and Standardbred horses. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976 and our programs include interactive learning experiences with race horses, equine scholarship administration, and creation and distribution of educational materials related to harness racing.  For more information on the HHYF and its programs please visit https://www.hhyf.org

 

 

Cecil County Breeders Fair

CECIL COUNTY BREEDERS’ FAIR, INC.
FAIR HILL, MARYLAND
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Cecil County Breeders’ Fair Livestock, Rabbit, Cavy & Dog Shows will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, and the Horse Shows will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Cecil County Fairgrounds in Fair Hill.

2019 Breeder’s Fair PREMIUM BOOK

2019 Breeder’s Fair Entry Forms

Mail entries to: University of Maryland Extension-Cecil County, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Suite 1500, Elkton, MD, 21921 by Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Animal Science Updates

2019 Spring 4-H/FFA Dairy Show

 

The Spring 4-H and FFA Dairy Show will be held on April 6, 2019 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Entries are due to 4-H volunteer Charmayne Busker by March 15, 2019.  The show is open to all Delmarva Residents who are owners or lessors of Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Brown Swiss cattle. The show will include both a Junior Division (age 21 & under as of January 1, 2019) and an Open Division which will run concurrently.  For show information and an entry form please visit the state 4-H website http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/

 

We are always looking for additional show sponsors.  If you are interested in sponsoring the 2019 show, please contact Charmayne by March 15 to be featured on the Spring Show t-shirt.

 

4-H Dairy Project Group Meeting Opportunity- Delaware Holstein Annual Meeting

 

The Delaware Holstein Association Annual meeting will be held on Saturday March 30th.  The Open House and tour will be hosted by the Cook and Morris families on Frazier Road in Newark from 10:00 am -12:00 pm followed by a meal and business meeting.  The meal and business meeting will begin at 12:30 pm and will held at Middletown High School in conjunction with the 2019 Delaware Dairy Princess Contest.  For more information please contact Charmayne Busker, cpbusker@gmail.com

 

 

Team Felton Open House- Offering January Crossbred and Purebred Pigs

 

Saturday March 23, 10:00 am -1:00 pm  164 Hayfield Road, Felton, DE 19943

All pigs are pre-priced and sold via private treaty.  For questions or directions please contact Kayla Kemp (302)531-6973, Matt Galloway (302)242-5045 or Amanda Fabi (302)382-5443.

 

 

Genetic Edge Showpig Sale

 

The Genetic Edge Sale will be held on Saturday March 30 at the Eugene Dill Riding Arena at 2408 Still Rd. in Wyoming, DE. Preview will begin at 9:00 a.m., there will be a short seminar at 11:00 a.m. and the auction will begin at 12 noon.   Lunch will be available on site.  If you have any questions, please contact John Tigner at 242-4315, Karen Tigner 632-4250 or Tignerfarms@yahoo.com

NEW Quality Assurance Certification Requirement for All Delaware State Fair Market Animal Exhibitors!

Beginning with the 2019 Delaware State Fair, all junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) will be 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 2019 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 2019 DSF are:

 

  • Ages 5-7– 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 with their 5-7 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 5-7. An email address is required.

 

  • Ages 8-18– The youth 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 8-21 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 8-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. 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.

 

The following YQCA in person class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

 

May 23, 2019– Sussex County YQCA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:00 pm

May 29, 2019- NCC YQCA Classroom Training- New Castle County Extension Office 6:30-8:00 pm

June 12, 2019 – FINAL YQCA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:00 pm

 

If you choose a classroom training option, you may attend class in any of the locations. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, please RSVP to Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. If there are no registrations in advance, the class will be canceled. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA/YQCA certification needs as we transition to this new quality assurance certification requirement for all market animal exhibitors.

 

Stock Show University- Coming to Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park in May!

 

Presented by Sullivan Supply, Stock Show University is a FREE, educational program open to all stock show youth and adults, compliments of Sullivan Supply. Stock Show University offers different types of clinics for cattle, sheep, goats and hogs. Clinic types that are offered: one or two hour demos, one-day grad programs and the more intensive, two-day grad programs.  The best and most talented ‘professors’ in the industry will focus on all areas needed to achieve the championship look such as: daily care, clipping and fitting, showmanship, nutrition and selection. Stock Show University hosts clinics at numerous locations and shows across the United States, Canada and Australia. Stock Show U is coming for a two day program at the Queen Anne’s County Park- May 4 and 5th for beef, sheep, goats and hogs. More information and registration is available online https://www.sullivansupply.com/event/maryland-two-day-4-species-grad-program/ For questions please contact Taylor Harrison taylor@sullivansupply.com

 

 

2019 Delaware State Fair Livestock Tagging Dates

Tagging dates for market lambs, market hogs, market goats, market steers and feeder calves for the 2019 Delaware State Fair are:

 

  • Saturday, May 4, 9 am-11 pm – Steve Cook’s Farm 3300 Frazer Rd. Newark  (NC County)
  • Saturday, May 4, 9 am- 11 am – Georgetown Research and Education Center (Sussex County) Georgetown is not capable of weighing steers or feeder calves but can still tag. If you wish to compete in Sussex Rate of Gain and weigh your cattle you must go to a Kent tagging date.
  • Saturday, May 11, 9 am- 11 pm – Delaware State Fair (Kent County)
  • Friday, May 17, 6 pm- 9 pm- Delaware State Fair (Kent County Jackpot Show and County 4-H Show Participants Only)
  • Tuesday, May 21, 5 pm- 8 pm – Delaware State Fair (Kent County)

 

If you choose to participate in the 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Contest sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau, you need to attend the tagging/weigh in for your county.  If you choose not to participate in the 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Contest you may tag at any of the three locations regardless of what county you are enrolled in.  Please see the guidelines for the 2019 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Educational Contest for further details. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/

 

2019 Youth Livestock Conservationist Program

Sponsored by the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

 

Youth interested in applying for the 2019 Youth Conservationist Program

  • Must be between 9 and 18 years old.
  • Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2019 that includes:
    • An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals, if for any reason, the animal is not being kept at your own home, explain, in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be, your essay should explain your interest in sheep, and answer the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.”
  • Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from
    • Their 4-H Advisor, FFA Advisor, veterinarian, teacher or clergy.
  • The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length. The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a specific breed or for any of the breeds available.
  • The application must include address, phone and if available, email address. Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, then submit their letter of application/essay to:

Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812

740.622.1573 tankewe_cr58@yahoo.com

please note the underscore between tankewe and cr58!

 

ALL ESSAYS MUST BE MAILED, WILL NOT ACCEPT EMAILED ESSAYS!

 

Requirements if selected:

  • Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday

May 5, 2019.

  • Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2019 at: 1) a county fair or local sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives.
  • Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2019, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations.
  • Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.
  • Must submit an article the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information concerning the next year’s YCP program.
  • Must submit a one to two-page report, with pictures, to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2020 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland Festival which is then given back to the youth.

 

Any questions please contact Elaine Ashcraft 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812

1-740-622-1573 tankewe_cr58@yahoo.com

please note the underscore between tankewe and cr58!

Donors choose the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth.

 

DPI Offers College Scholarships

DPI is accepting applications for its 2019 College Scholarship Program.  Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more.

 

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States.  Individuals must have an academic major in a subject matter relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry.  An academic transcript must accompany each application.

 

Graduate student applications must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency.  In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that positively could benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

 

Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 pm on April 5, 2019:  DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Applications and additional scholarship information are available from the DPI website at http://www.dpichicken.org/scholarship/  Late, incomplete, or handwritten applications will not be considered. DPI membership on the part of the applicant or his/her family is not required and has no effect on the selection process.

 

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 15th-

 

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 15, 2019.  Entries will be put on display by May 10th at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website. https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/28151743/2019-Delaware-4-H-Equine-Art-Contest.pdf

 

Delaware Pork Producers Annual Dinner- March 23rd

The Delaware Pork Producers Association will be holding their annual dinner and banquet on Saturday, March 23rd at the Felton Fire Hall.  Dinner will be served family style beginning at 6:30pm.  The menu will consist of Felton’s famous fried oysters, delicious pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings, green beans, dessert and beverages.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Please call Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250 for more information or to purchase dinner tickets.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has graciously provided support to Delaware 4-H Livestock programs for many years.

 

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Camp

Do you know an aspiring veterinarian? Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career.  AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. AVM is held on the beautiful campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, located about 40 minutes west of Boston in North Grafton, MA.

 

Applications for summer 2019 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu.

 

2019 State 4-H Avian Bowl Study Sections

The Avian Bowl is a knowledge based quiz bowl style competition that focuses on poultry and eggs and poultry industry topics.  The 2019 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl will be Saturday July 27th at 1:00 pm in the Centre.  All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual:

  • Avian systems (Only Circulatory, Nervous, Excretory, Muscle and Skeletal) – pages 39-40
  • Breeds, varieties, and strains (AOSB and Miscellaneous only) – Pages 79-80
  • Raising game birds (All) – pages 81-99
  • Eggcyclopedia (Eggs from A-Z through Chantilly Meringue) AND (Sabayon sauce through Zeaxanthin) – pages 103-110 and 145-151B
  • Raising your home flock (All) – Pages 151C-161 • Contributions of poultry to the development of science (All) – Pages 169-170
  • Avian influenza (All) – Pages 181-182

For more information on the Avian Bowl please consult the contest rules and guidelines which can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage:

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/10135448/Delaware-4-H-Avian-Bowl-Rules-and-Guidelines-2019.pdf

 

Animal Science Updates

Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Second Entry Deadline

The second entry deadline for the 2019 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is February 1, 2019.  The entry form can be found here https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/21084712/2019-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf  To participate in the 2019 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2019.  All calves, born June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 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 1, 2019.

 

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 13, 2018

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2019

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 1, 2019

 

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 1, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 1.

 

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chairs John Hickey or Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

 

2019 Spring 4-H/FFA Dairy Show

The Spring 4-H and FFA Dairy Show will be held on April 6, 2019 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Entries are due to 4-H volunteer Charmayne Busker by March 15, 2019.  The show is open to all Delmarva Residents who are owners or lessors of Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Brown Swiss cattle. The show will include both a Junior Division (age 21 & under as of January 1, 2019) and an Open Division which will run concurrently.  For show information and an entry form please visit the state 4-H website http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/

We are always looking for additional show sponsors.  If you are interested in sponsoring the 2019 show, please contact Charmayne by March 15 to be featured on the Spring Show t-shirt.

 

Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 9, 2019 at Lake Forest North Elementary.  Divisions are available for Ages 8-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2019 4-H year. Entry fees have increased this year to $15 per team but prize money has also been increased.

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 www.n4hccs.org.

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

Age 8-10: Horse Care for Kids, 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 https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/03154738/2019-HORSE-BOWL-CONTEST.pdf  The 2019 Horse Bowl entry deadline is February 11, 2019.

 

NEW Quality Assurance Certification Requirement for All Delaware State Fair Market Animal Exhibitors!

Beginning with the 2019 Delaware State Fair, all junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) will be 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 2019 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 2019 DSF are:

 

  • Ages 5-7– 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 with their 5-7 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 5-7. An email address is required.

 

  • Ages 8-18– The youth 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 8-21 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 8-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. 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.

 

The following YQCA in person class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

 

May 23, 2019– Sussex County YQCA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:00 pm

May 29, 2019- NCC YQCA Classroom Training- New Castle County Extension Office 6:30-8:00 pm

June 12, 2019 – FINAL YQCA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:00 pm

 

If you choose a classroom training option, you may attend class in any of the locations. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, please RSVP to Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. If there are no registrations in advance, the class will be canceled. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA/YQCA certification needs as we transition to this new quality assurance certification requirement for all market animal exhibitors.

 

2019 Delaware State Fair Livestock Tagging Dates

Tagging dates for market lambs, market hogs, market goats, market steers and feeder calves for the 2019 Delaware State Fair are:

 

  • Saturday, May 4, 9 am-11 pm – Steve Cook’s Farm 3300 Frazer Rd. Newark  (NC County)
  • Saturday, May 4, 9 am- 11 am – Georgetown Research and Education Center (Sussex County) Georgetown is not capable of weighing steers or feeder calves but can still tag. If you wish to compete in Sussex Rate of Gain and weigh your cattle you must go to a Kent tagging date.
  • Saturday, May 11, 9 am- 11 pm – Delaware State Fair (Kent County)
  • Friday, May 17, 6 pm- 9 pm- Delaware State Fair (Kent County Jackpot Show and County 4-H Show Participants Only)
  • Tuesday, May 21, 5 pm- 8 pm – Delaware State Fair (Kent County)

 

If you choose to participate in the 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Contest sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau, you need to attend the tagging/weigh in for your county.  If you choose not to participate in the 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Contest you may tag at any of the three locations regardless of what county you are enrolled in.  Please see the guidelines for the 2019 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Educational Contest for further details. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/

 

2019 Youth Livestock Conservationist Program

Sponsored by the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

 

Youth interested in applying for the 2019 Youth Conservationist Program

  • Must be between 9 and 18 years old.
  • Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2019 that includes:
    • An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals, if for any reason, the animal is not being kept at your own home, explain, in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be, your essay should explain your interest in sheep, and answer the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.”
  • Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from
    • Their 4-H Advisor, FFA Advisor, veterinarian, teacher or clergy.
  • The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length. The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a specific breed or for any of the breeds available.
  • The application must include address, phone and if available, email address. Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, then submit their letter of application/essay to:

Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812

740.622.1573 tankewe_cr58@yahoo.com

please note the underscore between tankewe and cr58!

 

ALL ESSAYS MUST BE MAILED, WILL NOT ACCEPT EMAILED ESSAYS!

 

Requirements if selected:

  • Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday

May 5, 2019.

  • Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2019 at: 1) a county fair or local sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives.
  • Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2019, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations.
  • Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.
  • Must submit an article the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information concerning the next year’s YCP program.
  • Must submit a one to two-page report, with pictures, to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2020 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland Festival which is then given back to the youth.

 

Any questions please contact Elaine Ashcraft 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812

1-740-622-1573 tankewe_cr58@yahoo.com

please note the underscore between tankewe and cr58!

Donors choose the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth.

 

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Camp

Do you know an aspiring veterinarian? Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career.  AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. AVM is held on the beautiful campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, located about 40 minutes west of Boston in North Grafton, MA.

 

Applications for summer 2019 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu.

 

DPI Offers College Scholarships

DPI is accepting applications for its 2019 College Scholarship Program.  Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more.

 

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States.  Individuals must have an academic major in a subject matter relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry.  An academic transcript must accompany each application.

 

Graduate student applications must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency.  In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that positively could benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

 

Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 pm on April 5, 2019:  DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Applications and additional scholarship information are available from the DPI website at http://www.dpichicken.org/scholarship/  Late, incomplete, or handwritten applications will not be considered. DPI membership on the part of the applicant or his/her family is not required and has no effect on the selection process.

 

 

Delaware Livestock Exposition Benefit Oyster Dinner March 9th– Felton Fire Hall

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Delaware Livestock Exposition, October 12-13 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.  The show is a junior breeding show for beef cattle, sheep, swine, and Boer goats and is open to exhibitors from across the country.  Entry and registration information is available via our new website at www.delawarelivestockexpo.com  Premiums are paid to the top placing animals in each class.  Sponsors and donors support the Expo financially however we still need your help too!  This show has returned over $250,000 in premiums to our young livestock exhibitors.

 

The show committee is hosting a benefit Fried Oyster and Chicken Salad dinner and auction at the Felton Fire Hall on March 9th.  Tickets are $30 each and are available for purchase at the Kent County Extension office beginning in February.   Please contact Kristin Cook kristin@udel.edu  or 730-4000 to reserve yours now.  All proceeds are used towards Livestock Exposition premiums and expenses.  We are also actively looking for donations of unique items for our silent and live auctions that evening.  Please join us for a fun filled evening to support our livestock youth!

 

2019 State 4-H Avian Bowl Study Sections

The Avian Bowl is a knowledge based quiz bowl style competition that focuses on poultry and eggs and poultry industry topics.  The 2019 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl will be Saturday July 27th at 1:00 pm in the Centre.  All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual:

  • Avian systems (Only Circulatory, Nervous, Excretory, Muscle and Skeletal) – pages 39-40
  • Breeds, varieties, and strains (AOSB and Miscellaneous only) – Pages 79-80
  • Raising game birds (All) – pages 81-99
  • Eggcyclopedia (Eggs from A-Z through Chantilly Meringue) AND (Sabayon sauce through Zeaxanthin) – pages 103-110 and 145-151B
  • Raising your home flock (All) – Pages 151C-161 • Contributions of poultry to the development of science (All) – Pages 169-170
  • Avian influenza (All) – Pages 181-182

For more information on the Avian Bowl please consult the contest rules and guidelines which can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage:

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/10135448/Delaware-4-H-Avian-Bowl-Rules-and-Guidelines-2019.pdf

 

Delaware Pork Producers Annual Dinner- March 23rd

The Delaware Pork Producers Association will be holding their annual dinner and banquet on Saturday, March 23rd at the Felton Fire Hall.  Dinner will be served family style beginning at 6:30pm.  The menu will consist of Felton’s famous fried oysters, delicious pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings, green beans, dessert and beverages.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Please call Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250 for more information or to purchase dinner tickets.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has graciously provided support to Delaware 4-H Livestock programs for many years.

Animal Science Updates

Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship- $1500

Eligibillity:

  • 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 400-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, 2019. Winners will be awarded on April 6, 2019.  To download the application or for more details please visit: http://delawareequinecouncil.org/scholarships.html

 

Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 9, 2019 at Lake Forest North Elementary.  Divisions are available for Ages 8-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2019 4-H year. Entry fees have increased this year to $15 per team but prize money has also been increased.

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 www.n4hccs.org.

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

Age 8-10: Horse Care for Kids, 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 https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/03154738/2019-HORSE-BOWL-CONTEST.pdf  The 2019 Horse Bowl entry deadline is February 11, 2019.

 

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 14-18, 2019 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.  Sessions focused on beef cattle production, small ruminants and hay and pasture are among the events being held.  For the complete schedule of events and individual session schedules please visit http://sites.udel.edu/delawareagweek/

 

Delaware Ag Week Seminar for Beef Cattle Producers

January 14, 2019- 6:00-9:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Board Room

6:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.- What’s in the Color? Managing Diseases for High Quality Forages
Sudeep Mathew, Agronomic Service Representative, Mid-Atlantic, Syngenta

6:45 p.m. – DINNER- Sponsored by the Delaware Beef Advisory Board

 7:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.- Strengthening Health and Farm Vitality- Maria Pippidis, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator and Laurie Wolinski, Director, Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center, University of Delaware  

8:00 p.m.—8:45 p.m.- Feeding Lower Quality Hay- Dr. Jessica Williamson, Extension Forage Specialist, Penn State University 

8:45 p.m. QUESTIONS/ADJOURN

Please RSVP by January 4 to Susan Garey or call  (302) 730-4000 if you plan on attending so we can make the necessary arrangements for food and materials.

Session Summary: DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  1.0  MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  1.0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0 MD Nutrient Management Credits:  0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  PM: 0.50

Delmarva Pasture and Hay Conference

MD/DE Forage Council

Commodities Building

January 15, 2019

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

9:15 a.m.—10:00 a.m.-What’s in the Color? Managing Diseases for High Quality Forages- Sudeep Mathew, Agronomic Service Representative, Mid-Atlantic, Syngenta 

10:00 a.m.—10:45 a.m.- Feeding Lower Quality Hay- Jessica Williamson, Extension Forage Specialist, Penn State University 

10:45 a.m.       Break/visit with Exhibitors 

 11:00 a.m.—11:45 a.m.- Are Clovers Worth It and are Phytoestrogens in Clover Good or Evil?- Dennis Hancock, State Forage Specialist, University of Georgia 

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 p.m. LUNCH IN DOVER BUILDING 

Session Summary: DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  1.0  MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  2.0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0  MD Nutrient Management Credits:  0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits: PM:.50, CM:.50

1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m.- Advancements in Alfalfa Production and Management- Dennis Hancock, State Forage Extension Specialist, University of Georgia

2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.- To Be Announced- Roeland Kapsenberg, Vice President Agricultural Division, DLF PickSeed

3:00 p.m. ADJOURN

Session Summary: DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  1.0  MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  4.0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0.50  MD Nutrient Management Credits:  1.0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits: CM:1.0

 

Small Ruminant Program

January 15, 2019- 6:00-9:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Board Room

6:00 p.m.—6:45 p.m.- Exploring “Ethnic” Markets for Lamb and Goat Meat- Dr. Tatiana L. Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University

6:45 p.m.- DINNER- Sponsored by Delmarva Feeds 

7:15 p.m.—7:30 p.m.- Past and Future Plans of the Small Ruminant Program- Delaware Cooperative Extension Small Ruminant Team 

7:30 p.m.—8:15 p.m.- Lambing and Kidding- Dr. Tatiana L. Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University 

8:15 p.m.—8:45 p.m.- Apps to the Rescue- Delaware Cooperative Extension Small Ruminant Team 

8:45 p.m. QUESTIONS/ADJOURN 

Please RSVP by January 4, 2019 to Susan Garey or call 302-730-4000 if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly for meals and materials and accommodating any special needs.

Session Summary:  DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  0  MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0  MD Nutrient Management Credits:  0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  0

 

Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Second Entry Deadline

The second entry deadline for the 2019 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is February 1, 2019.  The entry form can be found here https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/21084712/2019-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf  To participate in the 2019 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2019.  All calves, born June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 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 1, 2019.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 13, 2018

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2019

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 1, 2019

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 1, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 1.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chairs John Hickey or Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

 

Animal Science Updates

Free Webinar: Feeding a Small and Backyard Poultry Flock 

Event starts: Tuesday, December 4 at 3:00 pm EST

Event ends: Tuesday, December 4 at 4:00 pm EST

Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/124851763

There are a lot of people trying new ways of feeding including feeding whole grains, soaking/fermenting feed or grains, mixing your own feed, probiotics, prebiotics, essential oils, etc. The pros and cons of these different feeding programs will be discussed by Dr. Jacquie Jacob from the University of Kentucky.

 

Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship- $1500

Eligibillity:

  • 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 400-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, 2019. Winners will be awarded on April 6, 2019.  To download the application or for more details please visit: http://delawareequinecouncil.org/scholarships.html

 

Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 9, 2019 at Lake Forest North Elementary.  Divisions are available for Ages 9-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2019 4-H year. Entry fees have increased this year to $15 per team but prize money has also been increased.

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 www.n4hccs.org.

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

Age 8-10: Horse Care for Kids, 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

 

Cmplete contest rules and guidelines are posted on the State 4-H Animal Science page at https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/03154738/2019-HORSE-BOWL-CONTEST.pdf  The 2019 Horse Bowl entry deadline is February 11, 2019.

 

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 14-18, 2019 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.  Sessions focused on beef cattle production, small ruminants and hay and pasture are among the events being held.  For the complete schedule of events and individual session schedules please visit http://sites.udel.edu/delawareagweek/

 

Delaware Ag Week Seminar for Beef Cattle Producers

January 14, 2019- 6:00-9:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Board Room

6:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.- What’s in the Color? Managing Diseases for High Quality Forages
Sudeep Mathew, Agronomic Service Representative, Mid-Atlantic, Syngenta

6:45 p.m. – DINNER- Sponsored by the Delaware Beef Advisory Board

 7:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.- Strengthening Health and Farm Vitality- Maria Pippidis, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator and Laurie Wolinski, Director, Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center, University of Delaware

8:00 p.m.—8:45 p.m.- Feeding Lower Quality Hay- Dr. Jessica Williamson, Extension Forage Specialist, Penn State University 

8:45 p.m. QUESTIONS/ADJOURN

Please RSVP by January 4 to Susan Garey or call  (302) 730-4000 if you plan on attending so we can make the necessary arrangements for food and materials.

Session Summary: DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  1.0  MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  1.0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0 MD Nutrient Management Credits:  0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  PM: 0.50

Delmarva Pasture and Hay Conference

MD/DE Forage Council

Commodities Building

January 15, 2019

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

9:15 a.m.—10:00 a.m.-What’s in the Color? Managing Diseases for High Quality Forages- Sudeep Mathew, Agronomic Service Representative, Mid-Atlantic, Syngenta 

10:00 a.m.—10:45 a.m.- Feeding Lower Quality Hay- Jessica Williamson, Extension Forage Specialist, Penn State University 

10:45 a.m.       Break/visit with Exhibitors 

11:00 a.m.—11:45 a.m.- Are Clovers Worth It and are Phytoestrogens in Clover Good or Evil?- Dennis Hancock, State Forage Specialist, University of Georgia 

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 p.m. LUNCH IN DOVER BUILDING 

Session Summary: DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  1.0  MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  2.0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0  MD Nutrient Management Credits:  0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits: PM:.50, CM:.50

1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m.- Advancements in Alfalfa Production and Management- Dennis Hancock, State Forage Extension Specialist, University of Georgia

2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.- To Be Announced- Roeland Kapsenberg, Vice President Agricultural Division, DLF PickSeed

3:00 p.m. ADJOURN

Session Summary: DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  1.0  MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  4.0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0.50  MD Nutrient Management Credits:  1.0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits: CM:1.0

 

Small Ruminant Program

January 15, 2019- 6:00-9:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Board Room

6:00 p.m.—6:45 p.m.- Exploring “Ethnic” Markets for Lamb and Goat Meat- Dr. Tatiana L. Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University 

6:45 p.m.- DINNER- Sponsored by Delmarva Feeds 

7:15 p.m.—7:30 p.m.- Past and Future Plans of the Small Ruminant Program- Delaware Cooperative Extension Small Ruminant Team 

7:30 p.m.—8:15 p.m.- Lambing and Kidding- Dr. Tatiana L. Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University 

8:15 p.m.—8:45 p.m.- Apps to the Rescue- Delaware Cooperative Extension Small Ruminant Team 

8:45 p.m. QUESTIONS/ADJOURN

Please RSVP by January 4, 2019 to Susan Garey or call 302-730-4000 if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly for meals and materials and accommodating any special needs.

Session Summary:  DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  0  MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0  MD Nutrient Management Credits:  0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  0

Animal Science Updates

Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity- 1st Entry Deadline November 12

 The first entry deadline for the 2019 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity is November 12.  The futurity is open to all breed summer calves born between June 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018.  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 1, 2019. The entry form and official rules can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/26102406/2019-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf

 

Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year- Deadline November 12, 2018

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 (www.stonehorses.com) 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 2019.

Any currently enrolled traditional Delaware 4-H member (Cloverbuds are not eligible), can nominate their beloved horse/pony by completing these steps:

  1. Complete the Nomination Form 2019.
  2. Provide Four (4) 4×6” full color photos of your horse/pony in natural light (not in the barn): front, back, left side and right side. Attach to the provided page. These photos will not be returned so make sure you have copies.
  3. Add an essay of 500 to 1000 words written by the 4-H’er (age of 4-H’er will be considered in writing quality). The award will be chosen based on how well the 4-H member can answer the following topic:

“My horse represents the 4 H’s by…”

    1. Should be a horse or pony you have owned or worked with in some way.
    1. Do NOT include your name or the horse/pony’s registered name in the essay.
    1. Use the horse’s unregistered nick name or pet name in the essay.
    1. Not required to own the horse or pony being nominated.
  1. The nomination with the essay must be postmarked by November 12, 2018.

Nomination forms, the scoring rubric used by judges, and more details are available on the state 4-H animal science webpage

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/19110827/2019-Horse-of-the-Year-Application.pdf

 

State 4-H Hippology Contest for Horse Project Members- Contest December 1

The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be holding a Hippology Contest for statewide 4-H Horse Project Members at Sultana Stables in Greenwood on December 1 from 9:00am -12:30 pm. What is Hippology?  Hippology is an activity that can enhance learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. The term “Hippology” comes from the Greek “hippo”, meaning horse, and “ology”, meaning “the study of”. Participants will be able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge gained in their horse projects, horse judging, horse bowl, demonstrations, and practical horse management.  Contests are typically set up in a station format where participants are asked to complete tasks such as identifying feeds, judging hay, matching body parts with the correct names, putting together a bridle, bandaging a leg, etc.  The contest guide and entry form can be found at https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/27075634/2018-Delaware-4-H-Hippology-Contest-Final.pdf Entries are due November 12th. We are always looking for adult volunteers to help facilitate the contest as station monitors, timers, and scoring.  Please contact Susan Garey for more information.

 

Delaware Equine Council Scholarship- $1500

Eligibillity:

  • 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 400-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, 2019. Winners will be notified in February and awarded at the scholarship dinner on March 3, 2019.  To download the application or for more details please visit:

http://www.delawareequinecouncil.org/ScholarshipPAGE.html

 

2018 Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest Results for New Castle County

 

Sheep- 4-H- Victoria Fuller – NCC 4-H Sheep Club

0.8 lb/day

Swine- 4-H- Andrew Shaffer – Summit Bridge Club

1.91 lb/day

Goat- 4-H– Payton Price- Bear 4-H Club

0.54lb/day

Beef 4-H– Sydney Poe- Bear 4-H Club

1.6 lb/day

 

 

 

 

Animal Science Updates

Delaware 4-H Members Attend 64th National 4-H Dairy Conference

Delaware 4-H’ers Joshua Menard of the Peach Blossom 4-H Club in Kent County and Parker Hickey of the Summit Bridge 4-H Club in New Castle County are currently attending the 64th National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin and enjoying several days of fun and learning. The educational program has attracted approximately 200 youth and adult delegates from across the U.S.A. and Canada. They were selected from a field of applicants to attend the conference based on past experience, knowledge and interest in the dairy industry. The four-day experience exposes 4-H members to new dairy science technology and dairy- related careers. Through a combination of workshops, speakers, educational field trips and networking with other dairy oriented youth, 4-H members gain information they can use to strengthen their futures in the dairy industry. Hands-on learning workshop topics included biotechnology, genetics, foods evaluation, animal nutrition and marketing.  Joshua and Parker also have the opportunity to spend a day at World Dairy Expo.  They are being chaperoned by 4-H Dairy volunteer John Hickey.  Special thanks to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for funding this leadership and dairy science experience for our 4-H members!

National 4-H Dairy Conference is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cooperating Friends of 4-H and the Dairy Industry, World Dairy Expo, and the National 4-H Dairy Conference Planning Committee. Supplemental monetary support is provided by numerous corporate sponsors including: ABS Global; Accelerated Genetics, AgStar Financial Services; Agropur; American Dairy Science Association; AMPI; Cargill, Inc.; Crave Brothers Farm, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC; Culvers; Dairy Farmers of America; Datamars; DeLaval; Farm First Co-op; Foremost Farms; Hoard’s Dairyman; IBA; John Deere Co.; Milk Specialties; Mycogen Seeds; Nasco International, Inc.; National Dairy Shrine; PDCA; Select Sires, Inc.; SEMEX; SMS; Stan Erwine, DMI; Star Blends; SunOpta; Udder Tech, Inc.; Vita Plus; WinField United; Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; and World Dairy Expo.

If you are interested in attending National 4-H Dairy Conference next year and have three years of dairy project experience, and are 15 years of age by January 1, applications will be due May 1, 2019 and can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science page http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/  For more information about National 4-H Dairy Conference please visit https://national4hdairyconference.org/

 

Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity- 1st Entry Deadline November 12

The first entry deadline for the 2019 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity is November 12.  The futurity is open to all breed summer calves born between June 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018.  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 1, 2019. The entry form and official rules can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/26102406/2019-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf

 

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 Redden State Forest Headquarters Tract this year on November 4, 2018 with ride off occurring at 10 am.  This is a fun family event with riders of all ages and levels of experiences.  Non 4-H member horsey friends are welcome!  There will be some volunteer walkers as well to assist our less experienced riders if needed.  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 https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/19111222/2018-4-H-Fall-Trail-Ride.pdf To RSVP, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu no later than October 31st.

 

Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year- Deadline November 12, 2018

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 (www.stonehorses.com) 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 2019.

Any currently enrolled traditional Delaware 4-H member (Cloverbuds are not eligible), can nominate their beloved horse/pony by completing these steps:

  1. Complete the Nomination Form 2019.
  2. Provide Four (4) 4×6” full color photos of your horse/pony in natural light (not in the barn): front, back, left side and right side. Attach to the provided page. These photos will not be returned so make sure you have copies.
  3. Add an essay of 500 to 1000 words written by the 4-H’er (age of 4-H’er will be considered in writing quality). The award will be chosen based on how well the 4-H member can answer the following topic:

“My horse represents the 4 H’s by…”

 

    1. Should be a horse or pony you have owned or worked with in some way.
    1. Do NOT include your name or the horse/pony’s registered name in the essay.
    1. Use the horse’s unregistered nick name or pet name in the essay.
    1. Not required to own the horse or pony being nominated.
  1. The nomination with the essay must be postmarked by November 12, 2018.

Nomination forms, the scoring rubric used by judges, and more details are available on the state 4-H animal science webpage

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/19110827/2019-Horse-of-the-Year-Application.pdf

 

State 4-H Hippology Contest for Horse Project Members- Contest December 1

The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be holding a Hippology Contest for statewide 4-H Horse Project Members at Sultana Stables in Greenwood on December 1 from 9:00 am -12:30 pm. What is Hippology?  Hippology is an activity that can enhance learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. The term “Hippology” comes from the Greek “hippo”, meaning horse, and “ology”, meaning “the study of”. Participants will be able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge gained in their horse projects, horse judging, horse bowl, demonstrations, and practical horse management.  Contests are typically set up in a station format where participants are asked to complete tasks such as identifying feeds, judging hay, matching body parts with the correct names, putting together a bridle, bandaging a leg, etc.  The contest guide and entry form can be found at https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/27075634/2018-Delaware-4-H-Hippology-Contest-Final.pdf Entries are due November 12th. We are always looking for adult volunteers to help facilitate the contest as station monitors, timers, and scoring.  Please contact Susan Garey for more information.

Animal Science Updates

Cow Camp- It Takes A Big Team!

61 campers from all three counties participated in Cow Camp at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in early July.  Campers learned about fitting and showmanship, herdsmanship, what do cow’s eat?, milking 101, calf care, and the healthy benefits of eating real dairy in addition to participating in team building activities and caring for their heifer calf throughout the weekend.  Congratulations to McKenna Vest our 2018 Cow Camp Champ who will be joining the planning team for Cow Camp 2019!

We couldn’t have an event with this many campers and animals without the essential help of lots of volunteers- Charmayne and Sara Busker, Steve Cook, Lee Dulin, Leslie McClements, Ashton Garey, Len Green, John  and Ron Hickey, Gregg and Stephanie Knutsen, Richard Morris, Bonnie Smith, Cheryl Vest, Caitlin Walton and all the parent chaperones.  Special thanks to the past Cow Camp Champs and Herdsmen for all their help in planning and carrying out this year’s camp- Lauren Berry, Jaiden Cain, Dylynn Cubbage, Mackenzie Larimore, Emily Smith Emerson, Spring Vasey and Leslie Webb.  Last but not least extra special thanks to the Busker Family, Morris/Cook family, the Milford FFA Chapter, Bob Moore and the Knutsen Family for providing extra heifer calves for the campers that needed them.

 

53rd State 4-H Horse Show Results

43 Delaware 4-H Horse project members competed recently at the 53rd Annual State 4-H Horse Show held on July 27, 2018 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair.  Put on by 4-H volunteers on the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, the show offers 4-H members the opportunity to show and learn under the guidance of capable volunteers and judges while having fun at the same time.

Judged this year by Rebecca Trego of Port Royal, Pennsylvania members competed in the required showmanship classes as well as horsemanship, equitation, trail, pleasure, driving and fun classes like barrel racing, egg and spoon, dollar bareback and costume. Trail classes were evaluated by Ms. Brooke Dixon of Smyrna, Delaware.

Champion and Reserve Champion Horse Show awards were sponsored by the Delaware Equine Council and the Delaware Quarter Horse Association respectively and were presented to the following 4-H members:

Champion Western Horse- Sierra Kane exhibiting Chipnotized- Kent County

Reserve Champion Western Horse– Sydney Messick exhibiting Zip It Up Charlie- Kent County

 

Champion Western Pony- Alexis Skodzinski exhibiting Lex- Kent County

Reserve Champion Western Pony –Keeley Rose exhibiting Lucky Duck – Sussex County

 

Champion English Horse- Ashley Bullock exhibiting Revitalize- Kent County

Reserve Champion English Horse – Danielle Eisemann exhibiting Midnight- Sussex County

 

Champion English Pony- Lanie Satterfield exhibiting Churchill’s Supreme Eclipse- Kent County

Reserve Champion English Pony – Rachel Adkins exhibiting Guda Dreams Come True– Kent County

 

Grand Champion Walk Trot – Savannah Messick exhibiting Roxy Dee Heart – Kent County

Reserve Champion Walk Trot – Gracie Ricker exhibiting Bright Eyed Hollywood – Sussex County

The Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy is presented to the 4-H member who acquires the most points in Showmanship and Equitation/horsemanship classes.  Betty was the President of the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee at the time of her death and helping kids with horse projects was a passion of hers.  The winner of the 2018 Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy was Ashley Bullock of the Hearts 4-Horses 4-H Club in Kent County.

The annual horse show is open to any 4-H member on the Delmarva Peninsula or Delaware 4-H members.  Thank you to our gold sponsors and supporters of the 2018 show including the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, Anytime Fitness Smyrna, the Delaware Equine Council, and the Delaware Quarter Horse Association.  Silver Sponsors were Courageous Hearts Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Horse Power Show Hunters.

 

 

Saddle Up with 4-H!

The annual State 4-H Trail Ride sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be held on November 4, 2018, location TBA with the ride off occurring at 10 am.  This is a fun family event with riders of all ages and experience level.  There will be some volunteer walkers as well to assist our less experienced riders if needed.  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.  Proof of negative Coggins Test and a certificate of vaccination for Equine Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis (EHV) within the past 180 days are required to participate.  For more information please see the flyer posted on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/29101430/2018-4-H-Fall-Trail-Ride.pdf  To RSVP, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu no later than October 31st.

 

Delaware Livestock Exposition

The 2018 Delaware Livestock exposition is coming on October 13 and 14th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a breeding animal show for junior exhibitors ages 21 and under as of January 1 of 2018 showing meat goats, swine, sheep and beef cattle.  The exhibitor handbook and entry form is available on the expo website at http://www.delawarelivestockexpo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Showring-Catalogue-2018.pdf

Entries must be postmarked by September 21, 2018.  Late entries will be accepted this year but at double the regular entry fee.  Judges are Ryan Cummings for beef and swine, Troy Longenecker sheep and Jessie Kimmel will be evaluating goat entries.  For more information please contact Susan Garey at truehart@udel.edu or Kristin Cook at kristin@udel.edu or by phone at (302)730-4000.

 

2018 Small Ruminant Field Day at DSU’s Hickory Hill Farm

Hold the Date! October 20th Small Ruminant Field Day at Delaware State University’s Hickory Hill Farm.  The focus this year is on Biosecurity and Disease Management.  For more information, email Dr. Kwame Matthews at kmatthews@desu.edu

 

Animal Science Updates

Final Pork Quality Assurance Classroom Training June 4th 

The final opportunity for PQA/YQCA classroom training to obtain a certification to show a market hog during the 2018 Delaware State Fair is June 4th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Kent County Extension Office.  To register or for more information, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu

 

Delaware Cow Camp 2018- Registrations Due June 8th

 Youth and adult dairy volunteers are beginning to plan for Cow Camp 2018 which will be held on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  The day will begin with registration at 9:30 am. Participants should bring their own calf if they have one.  If a child wishes to participate and does not have access to a calf, one can be provided for them.  The schedule will provide ample opportunities for great hands on learning experiences as well as time for socializing and fun.  Activities will be scheduled throughout the camp to give participants experiences with fitting and showmanship as well as an introduction to some dairy science related topics.

Participants of all skill levels are welcome.  Campers and their calves will work in small groups, each led by a former Cow Camp Champ.  There will be time for fitting of individual animals and showmanship practice.  These activities will be age and experience appropriate with some doing more clipping and others just giving it a try.

Participants should bring a bag lunch for Saturday.  Dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday are included in the registration fee.  Participants are not required to stay overnight if they do not wish to.  Sunday’s planned activities include a small show and will conclude with a family picnic.   Please indicate on your registration form how many family members will be attending the Sunday picnic so we can plan accordingly.

A current 4-H Health/Code of Conduct Form is required for participation.  If you are enrolled in 4-H through 4-H Online, there is no need to send an additional health form.  If you are an FFA member or junior dairy exhibitor you must fill out and submit a 4-H Health and Code of Conduct Form.  Cloverbuds are welcome to participate; however, an adult needs to attend with them.  Any parent wishing to stay overnight with their child must have completed the Delaware 4-H volunteer screening process.

Registration forms and the $15.00 registration fee are due by June 8th.  Please make checks payable to the Delaware Holstein Association.  Please mail registration form, Health Form, and fee to Cow Camp, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901.  For more information, please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000.  Additional funding for this activity is being provided by a grant from the Chuck Busker Endowment with the Delaware 4-H Foundation and the Delaware Holstein Association.  Once you have registered, additional information will be provided.

 

2018 Cow Camp Registration Form – FIRM DEADLINE June 8th.

 

Child’s Name____________________________ Age ____ Phone number_________________

 

Mailing Address______________________________ City/Zip __________________________

 

Please indicate T-Shirt Size: __Youth S  __Youth M  __Adult S  __Adult M  __Adult L  __

Adult XL  __Adult 2XL

 

I will be bringing a calf _______   I need a calf _______  Email:__________________________

 

Number attending covered dish picnic_____  Staying overnight? _______Y  _______ N

 

Is there anything we should be aware of about your child that is not covered on the 4-H Health Form?

____________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

 


PLEASE INCLUDE THIS FORM, $15, AND HEALTH/CODE OF CONDUCT FORM (IF YOU ARE NOT ENROLLED IN 4-H) TO:

COW CAMP

69 TRANSPORTATION CIRCLE

DOVER, DE 19901

 

 

 

 

Invitational Livestock Judging Contest Friday, June 8th– 6:30 pm

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee along with the NCC 4-H Livestock Show Committee will be hosting an invitational livestock judging contest Friday, June 8th beginning at 6:30 pm in the Kent building on the Delaware State Fairgrounds. Both New Castle and Kent County 4-H will be using this as their county qualifier for livestock judging at the Delaware State Fair.  If you are from another 4-H group or an FFA Chapter you are welcome to come and utilize the classes as a workout.  Official placings will be provided to everyone but you must bring your own judging supplies and provide your own listener for oral reasons if you are from FFA or an outside 4-H group.

 

Eastern Shore Dairy Judging Training June 27/28th– Registration Required

An Eastern Shore Dairy Judging Workshop is being held at the end of June with Dr. Katharine Knowlton and Jamie Black Owner of Opportunity Holstein’s and Jerseys and Internationally renowned judge.to be held June 27th and the morning of June 28th. This workshop will be led by Dr. Katharine Knowlton, coach of the Virginia Tech Dairy judging team and author of the Dairy Judging 101 tutorials on Youtube. The training will occur on two farms over two days (Jones Family Farm in Massey, MD and Emerson Farms in Middletown, DE) and is for youth of all ages and is free of charge. In this 2 day workshop Thursday will include training and practice judging, and Friday morning will include training and practice giving reasons. For more information and to register (pre-registration is required) please utilize this google doc form so they can organize each day’s sessions according to experience and interest. http://bit.ly/EasternShoreDairyJudging

Please contact Matt Kimball with questions (410) 829-4288 or mrkimball441@gmail.com

 

Stars and Stripes Livestock Show

The Stars and Stripes Livestock Show will be held on Sunday, June 24th in Moorestown, New Jersey.  Classes are available for exhibitors 21 and under in sheep, dairy goats, poultry and waterfowl, and small animals ranging from rabbits and cavys to lizards and snakes!  Please check their website for entry information and directions. http://www.starsandstripeslivestock.com/  Entries must be postmarked by June 21st.  For questions please contact Robin Bruins at 609-259-2347 or Bruinsjr@optonline.net

 

Delaware Pork Producers Association Looking for Delaware State Fair Volunteers

The Delaware Pork Producers Association is looking for volunteers to staff their booth and greet visitors to the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Commodities Building during the Delaware State Fair.  Shifts are available every day of the fair 11-3pm and 3-7pm.  This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours or have an activity for your livestock record book.   Booth volunteers earn a dinner ticket to the Delaware Pork Producers annual dinner.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has always been a great supporter of youth livestock events and donates all of the showmanship trophies awarded in the Swine Department each year at the Delaware State Fair.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250.

 

53rd State 4-H Horse Show

The 53rd Annual State 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair.  All participants must have been enrolled as a 4-H member by March 1.  Horses do not need to be stabled on the fairgrounds and may ship in just for the day.  Horses and ponies need to have proof of a current negative Coggins test as well as proof of vaccination for Equine Influenza and Rhino (EHV) within the last 180 days.  All exhibitors are required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet whenever mounted or driving.  A complete class list is available on the State 4-H Animal Science website   https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/24080937/2018-StateHorse-Show-FINAL.pdf

The 4-H Horse Show Rulebook has also been updated and is posted on the State 4-H Animal Science website https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/24100005/Delaware_4-H_Horse_Show_Rulebook_-2018.pdf

For more information, please contact Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu

 

Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest Forms Due August 17th

All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to the Kent County Extension office postmarked by August 17, 2018.  Complete rules and entry forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/10055717/2018-Rate-of-Gain.pdf

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/10055824/2018-Rate-of-Gain-Contest-entry-form.pdf

 

New Castle County 4-H & FFA 17th Annual Summer Livestock Classic

New Castle County 4-H and FFA livestock volunteers are hosting the 17th annual 4-H and FFA Summer Livestock Classic on June 9, 2018. This livestock show will be held  at the Delaware State Fair.

Entries must be postmarked by May 7. Entry fee doubles after this deadline.

2018 Current Class List and Rules

2018 Entry Form

Please contact Kaitlin Klair at the 4-H office with any questions or concerns.

Animal Science Updates

 

Delaware State Fair Livestock Tagging Dates for Market Animals

All market animals must be identified with a Delaware State Fair ear tag in order to be eligible.  This applies to market steers, feeder calves, market lambs, market goats and market hogs.  Again this year feeder calves must be tagged!  Breed animals do not need to be tagged.

May 5- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Sussex County- REC (no cattle)- minimum pig weight 75 lbs

May 5- 9:00 am- 11:00 am- NCC- Newark- Cook Farm- minimum pig weight is 75 lbs

May 12- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Kent County- DSF- minimum pig weight 80 lbs

May 18- 6:00 pm-9:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- Livestock Show- minimum pig weight is 85 lbs (no Saturday tagging)

May 22- 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- FINAL TAGGING minimum pig weight is 85 lbs

**Sussex County does not have the ability to weigh steers or feeder calves so if you want your steer to be weighed at the time of tagging, it must be brought to one of the Delaware State Fair tagging dates.  To be eligible for the Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest, you must weigh and tag at the location for your county.

 

PQA/YQCA Certification

All Junior Market Hog Exhibitors are required to have a current PQA/YQCA certification in order to exhibit a market hog at the Delaware State Fair.  The national Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training is a program that was put together by the National Pork Producers Association.  Commercial hog producers across the county have been required to have this certification since 1999 in order to market their hogs.  This program is currently in transition to a new Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program which will cover all livestock species for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide. After June 1, the old Youth PQA program will cease to exist and the YQCA program will be the only option for certification. The adult PQA certification program will continue.

For 2018, the Delaware State Fair Swine Department will accept either the PQA or YQCA certification.  There are currently two options for obtaining YQCA certification. The in person 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.  Youth YQCA certification received through the classroom option is valid for one year.  Youth ages 8-21 as of January must register through the YQCA website http://yqca.org and pay a $3.00 fee online that goes directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training.  This must be completed prior to coming to the training.

In addition, there is an online YQCA training and certification option for youth ages 8-21. You must pay a $12.00 fee online that goes directly to the YQCA program in order to complete the online training.  For youth age 12 and under, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Youth should take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year. Online Adult PQA certification is now an option for parents of youth 5-7 as of January 1 if it is a parent’s first time receiving a PQA certification.  There is no charge for this certification.  Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-7.

The following local YQCA class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

April 16, 2018- NCC YQCA Classroom Training- New Castle County Extension Office 6:30-8:00 pm

May 10, 2018 – Sussex County YQCA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:00 pm

June 4, 2018- FINAL YQCA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:00 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 truehart@udel.edu at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. If there are no registrations in advance, the class will be canceled. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA/YQCA certification needs as we transition to this one uniform national program.

 

Jackpot Show Entries Due May 1

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee is hosting its 21st Jackpot Show on May 19, 2018 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 https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/15083812/Jackpot-show-entry-form-2018.pdf and entries must be postmarked by May 1 or entry fees double.

 

NCC Hosts 4-H/FFA Livestock Classic- ENTRY DEADLINE MAY 7- Late entry fees are double!

New Castle County 4-H and FFA Livestock Volunteers are hosting the 4-H and FFA Summer Livestock Classic on June 9, 2018 at the Delaware State Fair.  This event is open to any 4-H or FFA member in Delaware and the eastern shore counties of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. Classes offered include showmanship and market classes.  Entry information and a class list are posted on the state 4-H animal Science website http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/

Please note entries must be postmarked by May 7 to avoid late fees.
 
Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 1

2018 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 1.  Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair.  The leasing agreement is posted on the state 4-H webpage under the “Dairy” heading. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/ This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

 

National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 1 

The 2018 National 4-H Dairy Conference is September 30- October 3, 2018 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 https://national4hdairyconference.org

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/ and is due to Susan Garey by May 1.

 

Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 1

The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2018 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 1 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 1, 2018.  For more information please consult the 2018 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page at https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/22080910/2018-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf

or email Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

 

Harness Horse Youth Foundation Announces Summer Camp Programs

Spring is just around the corner. That can mean only one thing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation summer camp schedule and applications are now available. Complete details are at http://hhyf.org/schedule-applications.

The HHYF Trottingbreds and staff will kick off the season with a bang on July 4-7 in Goshen, N.Y. with the Leadership Program and then spend another week with the introductory level July 10-14 also based at Goshen Historic Track. The next stop will be The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono July 17-21 and then on to Gaitway Farm on July 24-28. The introductory level finals will again take place at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian weekend Aug. 3-4.  There will not be a Harrington camp this year.

Camp registration fee is $150, which includes meals, materials and lodging where applicable.

All introductory level events are open to any interested young person (no horse experience necessary) between the ages of 12 and 14. The Leadership Program is designed for former participants of HHYF events or those age 15 and up with at least some harness racing experience.

Camp applications are due May 15.

Additional dates will be announced as they are added. For questions or to find more details visit www.hhyf.org or e-mail Executive Director Ellen Taylor, ellen@hhyf.org.

New in 2018, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) is offering one scholarship to attend a camp of their choice to one lucky camper:

The Delaware Valley Chapter the United States Harness Writers’ Association is proud to announce that we will be giving a scholarship to a lucky 12-year old to attend the HHYF Camp this summer of their choice. Scholarship will include tuition and travel money.
To apply for this summer opportunity to learn and have fun call or e-mail the following:
Judy Davis-Wilson (302) 359-3630 or E-mail: Zoe8874@aol.com
Clarissa Coughlin E-mail: ClarissaCoughlin@gmail.com

Both of the ladies can be reached via PM on Facebook.

Once the scholarship is awarded there is a camp application for the location of the recipients’ choice.

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with harness horses, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org.

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Camp

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. They invite 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for you!

AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Programs are available for middle school, high school, college and adult age groups.  Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. AVM is held on the beautiful campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, located about 40 minutes west of Boston in North Grafton, MA.

Applications for summer 2018 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu.

 

2018 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Rules, Entry Information and Study Sections

The rules and guidelines along with the study sections and entry information for the 2018 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl held during the Delaware State Fair has been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science web page.  Entries are due via the Delaware State Fair website by June 1.  Visit https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/28103102/Delaware-4-H-Avian-Bowl-Rules-and-Guidelines-2018.pdf for the complete rules and study sections.

Poultry Behavior and How to ‘Read’ a Flock- Free Webinar June 5- 3:00-4:00 pm

A discussion will be held on how poultry behave the way they do. From very young to older birds, there are traits that can, at times, work against you. Tips on resolving some issues you can spot in a flock will be discussed. Dr. Gregory Martin, a poultry extension educator from the Pennsylvania State University will be presenting.  Visit https://learn.extension.org/events/3380 for more information and to register for he free webinar. If you register you will have access to the recording of the webinar even if you cannot attend during the actual broadcast.

 

Invitational Livestock Judging Contest Friday, June 8th– 6:30 pm

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee along with the NCC 4-H Livestock Show Committee and Delaware FFA will be hosting an invitational livestock judging contest Friday, June 8th beginning at 6:30 pm in the Kent building on the Delaware State Fairgrounds. New Castle, Kent and Sussex County 4-H will be using this as their county qualifier for livestock judging at the Delaware State Fair.  If you are from another 4-H group or an FFA Chapter you are welcome to come and utilize the classes as a workout.  Official placings will be provided to everyone but you must bring your own judging supplies and provide your own listener for oral reasons if you are from FFA or an outside 4-H group. Awards will be presented prior to the start of the livestock show on Saturday morning.

Animal Science Updates

 

Delaware State Fair Online Entries Open April 2 

It’s that time already!  Delaware State Fair online entries for all classes, including livestock open on April 2.  Entries close on June 1.

Delaware State Fair Livestock Handbook Department Highlights for 2018
2018 DSF Swine Show Changes: ***SPLIT SHOW FORMAT AGAIN THIS YEAR***

First half of week- Market, Showmanship and Barrow Show

  • Saturday July 21st
    • Weigh in and barn meeting will remain on Saturday
    • Showmanship will start at 4 PM Saturday (if you are using a breed gilt for showmanship you are allowed to bring that in with the market pigs before Saturday at 8 am- otherwise no gilts or boars are permitted in the barn and will be sent home
    • Educational pen displays must be up by noon on Saturday in order to be judged
  • Sunday July 22nd
    • Market Show will start at 8 am (about 2 hours long) after the market show they will take a break and start the barrow show
    • After barrow show they will notify the animals going to auction
    • Start preparing for remaining hogs to exit and breed pigs to enter
  • Monday July 23rd
    • The pigs going to auction will stay until the end of the fair. Exhibitors whose pigs are not going to auction will need to make arrangements for the pigs to be shipped out between 12 am- 9 am.
    • It is imperative that you have a plan for where your market animal is headed if it does not make the Junior Livestock Auction before you ever arrive at the fair!!

Second Half of the week- Jr & Open Breed Show

  • Monday July, 23rd
    • 12 am-9am breed pigs may enter while the market is leaving
    • Crossbred gilts will be weighed in at 9 am
    • Jr and Open Breed Show will start at 4 pm
  • Wednesday July 25th
    • Exhibitors of breed animals may remove up to 12/3 of their breed animals from 12 am- 6 pm.

Exhibitors of all market animals should send buyer letters to potential buyers prior to the start of the 2018 DSF.  It is not the Fair’s nor the Junior Livestock Auction’s responsibility to provide buyers for you.  Follow up thank you notes are critically important as well.

 

2018 DSF Beef Cattle Show Changes:
  • Again this year feeder calves must be tagged at one of the May livestock tagging dates
  • Upper weight limit for steers has been raised to 1500 lbs.

 

Upcoming eXtension Small Flock Poultry Webinars- FREE!
Feeds and Feeding for Small and Backyard FlocksApril 19- 3:00 pm EDT

Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/285425928

Whether you have a small, commercial poultry operation or a few chickens in the backyard, proper nutrition is essential to the health and productivity of your birds. This webinar will review some of the basics of poultry nutrition as well as selecting the right feed for your flock or mixing your own feed. The webinar will also look at different feed additives including probiotics and prebiotics. Justin Fowler is an Extension Specialist at the University of Georgia with a specialty in the area of poultry nutrition.

 

Getting Started with Your Backyard Flock- April 25- 12:00 pm EDT

Location: Online Webinar- Must register for link

Small flock production on the rise in the United States. It is so important to explore the many aspects to raising a backyard flock before you purchase your first chick. This webinar will teach the essential of housing, feeding, water, zoning, regulations, animal husbandry, biosecurity and much more.

Registration: https://2018wednesdaywebinars.eventbrite.com

 

Delaware State Fair Livestock Tagging Dates for Market Animals

All market animals must be identified with a Delaware State Fair ear tag in order to be eligible.  This applies to market steers, feeder calves, market lambs, market goats and market hogs.  Again this year feeder calves must be tagged!  Breed animals do not need to be tagged.

May 5- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Sussex County- REC (no cattle)- minimum pig weight 75 lbs

May 5- 9:00 am- 11:00 am- NCC- Newark- Cook Farm- minimum pig weight is 75 lbs

May 12- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Kent County- DSF- minimum pig weight 80 lbs

May 18- 6:00 pm-9:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- Livestock Show- minimum pig weight is 85 lbs (no Saturday tagging)

May 22- 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- FINAL TAGGING minimum pig weight is 85 lbs

**Sussex County does not have the ability to weigh steers or feeder calves so if you want your steer to be weighed at the time of tagging, it must be brought to one of the Delaware State Fair tagging dates.  To be eligible for the Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest, you must weigh and tag at the location for your county.

 

PQA/YQCA Certification

All Junior Market Hog Exhibitors are required to have a current PQA/YQCA certification in order to exhibit a market hog at the Delaware State Fair.  The national Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training is a program that was put together by the National Pork Producers Association.  Commercial hog producers across the county have been required to have this certification since 1999 in order to market their hogs.  This program is currently in transition to a new Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program which will cover all livestock species for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide. After June 1, the old Youth PQA program will cease to exist and the YQCA program will be the only option for certification. The adult PQA certification program will continue.

For 2018, the Delaware State Fair Swine Department will accept either the PQA or YQCA certification.  There are currently two options for obtaining YQCA certification. The in person 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.  Youth YQCA certification received through the classroom option is valid for one year.  Youth ages 8-21 as of January must register through the YQCA website http://yqca.org and pay a $3.00 fee online that goes directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training.  This must be completed prior to coming to the training.

In addition, there is an online YQCA training and certification option for youth ages 8-21. You must pay a $12.00 fee online that goes directly to the YQCA program in order to complete the online training.  For youth age 12 and under, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Youth should take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year. Online Adult PQA certification is now an option for parents of youth 5-7 as of January 1 if it is a parent’s first time receiving a PQA certification.  There is no charge for this certification.  Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-7.

The following local YQCA class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

April 16, 2018- NCC YQCA Classroom Training- New Castle County Extension Office 6:30-8:00 pm

May 10, 2018 – Sussex County YQCA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:00 pm

June 4, 2018- FINAL YQCA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:00 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 truehart@udel.edu at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. If there are no registrations in advance, the class will be canceled. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA/YQCA certification needs as we transition to this one uniform national program.

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 16th- NEW CATAGORIES THIS YEAR!

 

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 16, 2018. New for this year are cartoon strip and mixed media classes! Entries will be put on display by May 11th at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/12103710/2018-Delaware-4-H-Equine-Art-Contest.pdf

 

Delaware Pork Producers Annual Dinner- April 21st

 

The Delaware Pork Producers Association will be holding their annual dinner and banquet on Saturday, April 21st at the Felton Fire Hall.  Dinner will be served family style beginning at 6:30pm.  The menu will consist of Felton’s famous fried oysters, delicious pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings, green beans, dessert and beverages.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Please call Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250 for more information or to purchase dinner tickets.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has graciously provided support to Delaware 4-H Livestock programs for many years.

 

Jackpot Show Entries Due May 1

 

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee is hosting its 21st Jackpot Show on May 19, 2018 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 https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/15083812/Jackpot-show-entry-form-2018.pdf and entries must be postmarked by May 1 or entry fees double.

 

NCC Hosts 4-H/FFA Livestock Classic- ENTRY DEADLINE MAY 7- Late entry fees are double!

 

New Castle County 4-H and FFA Livestock Volunteers are hosting the 4-H and FFA Summer Livestock Classic on June 9, 2018 at the Delaware State Fair.  This event is open to any 4-H or FFA member in Delaware and the eastern shore counties of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. Classes offered include showmanship and market classes.  Entry information and a class list are posted on the state 4-H animal Science website http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/

 

Please note entries must be postmarked by May 7 to avoid late fees.

 

Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 1

 

2018 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 1.  Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair.  The leasing agreement is posted on the state 4-H webpage under the “Dairy” heading. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/ This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

 

National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 1

 

The 2018 National 4-H Dairy Conference is September 30- October 3, 2018 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 https://national4hdairyconference.org

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/ and is due to Susan Garey by May 1.

 

Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 1

 

The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2018 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 1 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 1, 2018.  For more information please consult the 2018 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page at https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/22080910/2018-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf

or email Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

 

2018 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year Winner Announced

 

Congratulations to Kent County 4-H’er Stephanie Strachar who is the winner of the 2018 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year essay contest sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee and Peter Stone horses.  Sarah is a member of the Hearts 4-Horses 4-H Club and nominated her Appaloosa gelding Confidential aka “Nelson”.  In her essay Stephanie shared her story of her “bestest” friend Nelson who always listens and never judges her, waits for her afterschool and makes her feel special every day.  In the fall, Stephanie will receive a custom painted model of Nelson generously created and donated by Peter Stone horses.  For more information on Peter Stone horses please visit their website https://www.stonehorses.com/

 

Harness Horse Youth Foundation Announces Summer Camp Programs

Spring is just around the corner. That can mean only one thing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation summer camp schedule and applications are now available. Complete details are at http://hhyf.org/schedule-applications.

The HHYF Trottingbreds and staff will kick off the season with a bang on July 4-7 in Goshen, N.Y. with the Leadership Program and then spend another week with the introductory level July 10-14 also based at Goshen Historic Track. The next stop will be The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono July 17-21 and then on to Gaitway Farm on July 24-28. The introductory level finals will again take place at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian weekend Aug. 3-4.  There will not be a Harrington camp this year.

Camp registration fee is $150, which includes meals, materials and lodging where applicable.

All introductory level events are open to any interested young person (no horse experience necessary) between the ages of 12 and 14. The Leadership Program is designed for former participants of HHYF events or those age 15 and up with at least some harness racing experience.

Camp applications are due May 15.

Additional dates will be announced as they are added. For questions or to find more details visit www.hhyf.org or e-mail Executive Director Ellen Taylor, ellen@hhyf.org.

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with harness horses, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org.

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Camp

 

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. They invite 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for you!

 

AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Programs are available for middle school, high school, college and adult age groups.  Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. AVM is held on the beautiful campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, located about 40 minutes west of Boston in North Grafton, MA.

 

Applications for summer 2018 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu.

 

2018 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Rules, Entry Information and Study Sections

 

The rules and guidelines along with the study sections and entry information for the 2018 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl held during the Delaware State Fair has been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science web page.  Entries are due via the Delaware State Fair website by June 1.  Visit https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/28103102/Delaware-4-H-Avian-Bowl-Rules-and-Guidelines-2018.pdf for the complete rules and study sections.

 

Cecil County Breeders’ Fair

The Cecil County Breeders’ Fair Livestock, Rabbit, Cavy & Dog Shows will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and the Horse Shows will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Cecil County Fairgrounds in Fair Hill.

Entries are DUE postmarked by Tuesday, May 1st.

The Breeders Fair Show booklet and entry forms can be found online at http://extension.umd.edu/cecil-county/4-h-youth/cecil-county-b-fair or printed copies are available from the University of Maryland Cecil County Extension Office.

 

Animal Science Updates

2018 Spring 4-H/FFA Dairy Show

The Spring 4-H and FFA Dairy Show will be held on April 7, 2018 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Entries are due to 4-H volunteer Charmayne Busker by March 15, 2018.  The show is open to all Delmarva Residents who are owners or lessors of Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Brown Swiss cattle. The show will include both a Junior Division (age 21 & under as of January 1, 2018) and an Open Division which will run concurrently.  For show information and an entry form please visit the state 4-H website http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/ . We are always looking for additional show sponsors.  If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 show, please contact Charmayne by March 15 to be featured on the Spring Show t-shirt.

 

4-H Dairy Project Group Meeting Opportunity- Delaware Holstein Annual Meeting

The Delaware Holstein Association Annual meeting will be held on Saturday March 17th.  The Farm Tour will be hosted by Fair Hill Farm and the address is 10118 Augustine Herman Highway, Chestertown.  The tour of the new rotary milking center will begin at 11:00 am.  The business meeting and Dairy Princess Contest will be held at St. James Church, 10965 St. James-Newtown RD, Worton, MD.  For those who attended the 2015 Annual Meeting, St. James hosted our luncheon that year following the farm tour at Masons.  For more information please contact Charmayne Busker, cpbusker@gmail.com

50th Delaware Dairy Princess Coronation

 The Delaware Dairy Princess contest will be held on March 17th in Chestertown, Maryland. Applications are currently being accepting for the 2018 Delaware Dairy Princess.

The objective of the Dairy Princess program is to select a young lady and an alternate to be representatives for Delaware dairy farmers and the Delaware dairy industry for one year. Two young ladies will have a very busy and exciting year of promotion ahead of them. These young women will be looked upon as positive role models for today’s youth as they present the positive benefits of dairy nutrition in a healthy lifestyle. They will need to maintain their composure while responding to questions from the public such as where does chocolate milk come from or what is the future outlook for Delaware’s Dairy Industry with today’s economic situation.  The applicant agrees that if she is chosen as the Delaware Dairy Princess, she will support the industry by making personal appearances to promote dairy products, and to be the industry’s official representative, upon invitation, at meetings, conventions, and promotional activities. She must be available for activities during the Delaware State Fair in Harrington in July and the Milk Run in May/June. For more information https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/01074704/Delaware-Dairy-Princess-Application.pdf  Mail your application to Laura Greer 1196 Dutch Neck Road, Middletown, DE 19709. Applications can also be handed in on the day of the interest meeting.  Any questions, please email lauraleegreer@gmail.com call Laura Greer at (302)-893-7258

New 4-H Livestock Project Resources on the Web

In addition to the 4-H Market Animal Project guidelines and the Vaccination guidelines, two new livestock project resources have been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.  A list of local breeders with appropriate market and breeding project animals for sale in Delaware with contact information is now available as well as a list of veterinarians that will see livestock projects. These can be found at http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/  Please check them out!

 

Genetic Edge Showpig Sale

The Genetic Edge Sale will be held on Saturday March 31 at the Eugene Dill Riding Arena at 2408 Still Rd. in Wyoming, DE. Preview will begin at 9:00 a.m., there will be a short seminar at 11:00 a.m. and the auction will begin at 12 noon.   Lunch will be available on site.  If you have any questions, please contact John Tigner at 242-4315, Karen Tigner 632-4250 or Tignerfarms@yahoo.com

 

2018 Youth Sheep Conservationist Program – Win a Heritage Breed Ewe

Applicants must be between 9 and 18 years old and must submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2018 that includes:

  • An essay which introduces you and your experience with animals. Your essay should explain your interest in sheep and answer the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.” If for any reason the animal will not be kept at your own home, please explain in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be.
  • The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.
  • Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from their 4‐H advisor, FFA advisor, veterinarian, teacher or clergy.
  • The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length.
  • The application must include address, phone and if available, email address.

Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, then submit their letter of application/essay to: Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812   ALL ESSAYS MUST BE MAILED. EMAILED ESSAYS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!

Requirements if selected:

  • Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
  • Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2018 at: 1) a county fair or local sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives.
  • Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2018, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations.
  • Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.
  • Must submit an article, the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information concerning the next year’s YCP program.
  • Must submit a scrapbook to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2019 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland Festival which is then given back to the youth.

Any questions please contact Elaine Ashcraft 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812, by phone at (740) 622‐1573 or by email at tankewe_cr58@yahoo.com  (please note the underscore between “tankewe” and “cr58”) Donors select the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth.

DPI Offers College Scholarships

DPI is accepting applications for its 2018 College Scholarship Program.  Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more.

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States.  Individuals must have an academic major in a subject matter relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry.  An official transcript must accompany each application.

Graduate student applications must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency.  In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that positively could benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

Although an applicant is not required to have a family member of a family business that is a member of DPI, membership in DPI would be a deciding factor when applicants are otherwise evenly matched.  Previous recipients, if still eligible, may reapply.

Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 pm on April 2, 2018:  DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Applications and additional scholarship information are available from the DPI website at www. http://www.dpichicken.org/scholarship/ or by sending inquiries to morrow@dpichicken.com.

Champion Drive Board Sale

The Champion Drive Board Sale is being held at the Queen Anne’s County Fairgrounds on April 7, 2018.  Preview will be at 11 am with the auction starting at 1 pm. Purebred and crossbred showpigs, market lambs, and market goats will be available from local breeders. Animals will be vaccinated and dewormed, all ready to go. Kingstown Farm and Garden will be attending as well as Just A Dreamin Livestock show supply to offer show feed and show equipment.  For more information please contact Amanda Fabi 302-382-5443 or Kayla Kemp 302-531-6973.

2018 PQA/Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Training

All Junior Market Hog Exhibitors are required to have a current PQA or YQCA certification in order to exhibit a market hog at the Delaware State Fair. The national Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training is a program that was put together by the National Pork Producers Association. Commercial hog producers across the county have been required to have this certification since 1999 in order to market their hogs. This program is currently in transition to a new Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program which will cover all livestock species for all youth nationwide.  For 2018, the Delaware State Fair Swine Department will accept either the PQA or YQCA certification. After June 1, the Youth PQA program will cease to exist and the YQCA program will be the only option for certification. The adult PQA certification program will continue.

There are currently two options for obtaining YQCA certification. The in person 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. Youth YQCA certification received through the classroom option is valid for one year. Youth must register through the YQCA website www.yqca.org and pay a $3.00 fee online that goes directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training. This must be completed prior to coming to the training. There is also an online YQCA training and certification option for youth ages 8-21. You must pay a $12.00 fee online that goes directly to the YQCA program in order to complete the online training. For youth age 12 and under, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Youth should take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year.

Online PQA certification is now an option for parents of youth 5-7 as of January 1 if it is their first time receiving a PQA certification. There is no charge for this certification.

The following local YQCA class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

  • April 16, 2018- NCC YQCA Classroom Training- New Castle County Extension Office 6:30-8:00 pm
  • May 10, 2018 – Sussex County YQCA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:00 pm
  • June 4, 2018- FINAL YQCA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:00 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 truehart@udel.edu at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. In addition, you must register online for the training through the YQCA website www.yqca.org and set up your profile. If there are no registrations in advance, the class will be canceled. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA/YQCA certification needs as we transition to this one uniform national program

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 16th- NEW CATAGORIES THIS YEAR!

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 16, 2018. New for this year are cartoon strip and mixed media classes! Entries will be put on display by May 11th at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/12103710/2018-Delaware-4-H-Equine-Art-Contest.pdf

Delaware Pork Producers Annual Dinner- April 21st

The Delaware Pork Producers Association will be holding their annual dinner and banquet on Saturday, April 21st at the Felton Fire Hall.  Dinner will be served family style beginning at 6:30pm.  The menu will consist of Felton’s famous fried oysters, delicious pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings, green beans, dessert and beverages.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Please call Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250 for more information or to purchase dinner tickets.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has graciously provided support to Delaware 4-H Livestock programs for many years.

 

2018 DSF Livestock Tagging Dates

Tagging dates for market lambs, market hogs, market goats, market steers and feeder calves for the 2018 Delaware State Fair are:

  • Saturday, May 5, 9 am-11 pm – Steve Cook’s Farm 3300 Frazer Rd. Newark  (NC County)
  • Saturday, May 5, 9 am- 11 am – Georgetown Research and Education Center (Sussex County) Georgetown is not capable of weighing steers or feeder calves but can still tag. If you wish to compete in Sussex Rate of Gain and weigh your cattle you must go to a Kent tagging date.
  • Saturday, May 12, 9 am- 11 pm – Delaware State Fair (Kent County)
  • Friday, May 18, 6 pm- 9 pm- Delaware State Fair (Kent County Jackpot Show and County 4-H Show Participants Only)
  • Tuesday, May 22, 5 pm- 8 pm – Delaware State Fair (Kent County)

If you choose to participate in the 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Contest sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau, you need to attend the tagging/weigh in for your county.  If you choose not to participate in the 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Contest you may tag at any of the three locations regardless of what county you are enrolled in.  Please see the guidelines for the 2018 4-H/FFA Rate of Gain Educational Contest for further details. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/

Harness Horse Youth Foundation Announces Summer Camp Programs

Spring is just around the corner. That can mean only one thing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation summer camp schedule and applications are now available. Complete details are at http://hhyf.org/schedule-applications.

The HHYF Trottingbreds and staff will kick off the season with a bang on July 4-7 in Goshen, N.Y. with the Leadership Program and then spend another week with the introductory level July 10-14 also based at Goshen Historic Track. The next stop will be The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono July 17-21 and then on to Gaitway Farm on July 24-28. The introductory level finals will again take place at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian weekend Aug. 3-4.  There will not be a Harrington camp this year.

Camp registration fee is $150, which includes meals, materials and lodging where applicable.

All introductory level events are open to any interested young person (no horse experience necessary) between the ages of 12 and 14. The Leadership Program is designed for former participants of HHYF events or those age 15 and up with at least some harness racing experience.

Camp applications are due May 15.

Additional dates will be announced as they are added. For questions or to find more details visit www.hhyf.org or e-mail Executive Director Ellen Taylor, ellen@hhyf.org.

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with harness horses, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org.

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Camp

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. They invite 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for you!

AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Programs are available for middle school, high school, college and adult age groups.  Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. AVM is held on the beautiful campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, located about 40 minutes west of Boston in North Grafton, MA.

Applications for summer 2018 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu.

Animal Science Updates

Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship- $1500 

Eligibillity:

  • 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:

http://www.delawareequinecouncil.org/ScholarshipPAGE.html

 

Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Second Entry Deadline

The second entry deadline for the 2018 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is February 1, 2018.  The entry form can be found here  https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/22080910/2018-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf

To participate in the 2018 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2018.  All calves, born June 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 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 1, 2018.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 13, 2017

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2018

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 1, 2018

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 1, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 1.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chairs John Hickey or Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

 

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 8-10, 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 www.n4hccs.org.

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

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/29062355/2018-HORSE-BOWL-CONTEST.pdf  The 2018 Horse Bowl entry deadline is February 12, 2018.

 

DPI Offers College Scholarships

Applications for the 2018 round are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more. Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 2, 2018: DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947-4881. Late, incomplete, or handwritten applications will not be considered.

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States. Individuals must have an academic major in a subject area relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry. An academic transcript must accompany each application.

Graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency. In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that could positively benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

To download complete instructions, requirements and application forms due on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 2, 2018 for both the undergraduate and graduate scholarships, visit http://www.dpichicken.org/scholarship/ .

 

Delaware Livestock Exposition Fundraiser Dinner and Auction- Felton Fire Hall!

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Delaware Livestock Exposition, October 13-14 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.  The show is a junior breeding show for beef cattle, sheep, swine, and Boer goats and is open to exhibitors from across the country.  Entry and registration information is available via our new website at www.delawarelivestockexpo.com  Premiums are paid to the top placing animals in each class.  Sponsors and donors support the Expo financially however we still need your help too!  This show has returned over $250,000 in premiums to our young livestock exhibitors.

The show committee is hosting a benefit fried oyster and chicken salad dinner as well as a silent and live auction at Felton Fire Hall on Saturday, March 10th  A cash bar will be available that evening.  Tickets are $30 each and are available for purchase at the Kent County Extension office or from an Expo committee member. Final ticket purchase deadline is February 26, 2018.   Please email Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or Kristin Cook kristin@udel.edu  to reserve yours now.  All proceeds are used towards Livestock Exposition premiums and expenses.  We are also actively looking for donations of unique items for our silent and live auctions that evening.  Please join us for a fun filled evening to support our livestock youth!

 

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: http://www.championschoicelambcamp.com/

State 4-H Hippology Contest Results

The Delaware 4-H program held their statewide 4-H Hippology contest on Saturday, December 2 at the Blue Diamond Equestrian Center at Rowan Farm in Middletown, Delaware.

The High Individuals in each age division were:

  • Beginner (8-10 year olds) tie

Miranda Garey- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Clara Gulick- Tails and Trails 4-H Club New Castle County

 

  • Intermediate (11-13 year olds)

Danielle Eisemann- Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County

 

  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

Carly Mekulski- Tails ‘n Trails 4-H Club, New Castle County

 

The High Teams in each age division were:

  • Beginner (8-10 year olds) tie

Camo and Cowgirls- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Members; Miranda Garey, Savannah Messick, Carley Rebuck, Ethan Stafford

 

Shooting Stars- Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County

Members; Clara Gulick, Chloe Megee, Cate Reilly, Steph Strachar

 

  • Intermediate (11-13 year olds)

Spirit of the Stallion- Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County

Members: Danielle Eisemann, Ava Reilly, Hailey Smith, Christopher Vargas

 

  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

The Unicorns- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Members: Sierra Kane, Rylee Ridgely, Alexis Skodzinski

Animal Science Updates

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: https://extension.zoom.us/j/697418898

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

Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship- $1500

Eligibillity:

  • 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:

http://www.delawareequinecouncil.org/ScholarshipPAGE.html

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 www.n4hccs.org.

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

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/29062355/2018-HORSE-BOWL-CONTEST.pdf  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 http://sites.udel.edu/delawareagweek/

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 jclendaniel@desu.edu 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: http://www.championschoicelambcamp.com/