Category Archives: Animal Science

Important 4-H Livestock Dates

2016 Delaware State Fair Tagging Dates

  • May 7 – New Castle County, Cook Farm, Newark, 9-11AM
  • May 7 – Sussex County. REC Georgetown, 9-11AM (No Steers)
  • May 14 – Kent County, DSF, Harrington, 9-11AM
  • May 20 – Kent County, DSF, Harrington, 6-9PM (Jackpot and Kent County Show participants only)
  • May 24 – Kent County, DSF, Harrington, 5-8PM (FINAL TAGGING)

Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Information

Dates have been set for the in-class training and the walk-in test for PQA. All youth exhibitors showing swine MUST be PQA certified.

New Castle County PQA dates:

  • April 19, Classroom Training, NCC Extension, 6:30-8:30PM
  • May 10, Walk-in Test, NCC Extension, 4-6PM

Please e-mail Susan Garey to register for the training or test if you plan to attend. You can also call Susan at 302.730.4000!

 

 

NEW – Animal Science Updates

National Junior Shropshire Association Offers Starter Flock Award

 The National Junior Shropshire Sheep Association is pleased to announce that through the generosity and vision of several prominent Shropshire breeders, the third Shropshire Starter Flock Award will be given to a lucky youth in the spring of 2016.

The Shropshire Starter Flock Award is presented annually and helps to establish one new Shropshire flock every year. The award in 2016 will be a credit voucher of $1,500, which can be used to purchase no less than two ewes in one of the following sales: Shropshire Classic, Great Lakes, Shropshire Spectacular and The Midwest.

If you are interested in winning this award flock, you are expected to write an essay to the National Junior Shropshire Sheep Association. Be sure to include background information about yourself. This document  should illustrate your goals and intentions with the animals should you win the award. There should also be a budget included in the paperwork that is sent in. Type your essay and email it to Shropshire Spectacular by April 1. Please include your mailing address and telephone number. All applicants should be between the ages of 8 and 20.

National Junior Shropshire Association Offers Starter Flock Award

 The National Junior Shropshire Sheep Association is pleased to announce that through the generosity and vision of several prominent Shropshire breeders, the third Shropshire Starter Flock Award will be given to a lucky youth in the spring of 2016.

The Shropshire Starter Flock Award is presented annually and helps to establish one new Shropshire flock every year. The award in 2016 will be a credit voucher of $1,500, which can be used to purchase no less than two ewes in one of the following sales: Shropshire Classic, Great Lakes, Shropshire Spectacular and The Midwest.

If you are interested in winning this award flock, you are expected to write an essay to the National Junior Shropshire Sheep Association. Be sure to include background information about yourself. This document6 should illustrate your goals and intentions with the animals should you win the award. There should also be a budget included in the paperwork that is sent in. Type your essay and email it to Shropshire Spectacular by April 1. Please include your mailing address and telephone number. All applicants should be between the ages of 8 and 20.

Youth Sheep Conservationist Program

Applicants must be between 9 and 18 years old. *Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2016 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 answers 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 particular 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, and then submit their letter of application/essay to:

Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812 740.622.1573

If you have questions, please contact Elaine Ashcraft.

6th Annual Delmarva Classic Goat Show and New Goat Association Sale!

The Delmarva Goat Association will host their 6th Annual Delmarva Classic on April 22nd and 23rd. It will take place at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.

Friday, April 22nd will feature an Open Junior Boer Breed and Showmanship Show followed by the first annual Delmarva Goat Association sale. Saturday – April 23rd will feature an Open ABGA Sanctioned Boer Goat Show followed by a second open ABGA show. Goat sale consignments must be submitted by March 11, 2016. For more complete rules and entry forms please visit the DGA website at http://www.delmarvagoat.com/news—events.html

 Delmarva Goat Association Junior Herdsman Award

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

 Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 2

2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 2. Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair. The leasing agreement is posted on the state 4-H webpage under the “Dairy” heading. This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

Final Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity Payment Due

The final entry deadline for the 2016 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is May 2, 2016. The entry form can be found HERE!

To participate in the 2016 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2016.  All calves, born June 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor.  Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 2, 2016.

Looking for 4-H club exhibitors for Ag Day 2016

AGDayposter-2016Ag Day will be Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This exciting event is held on the University of Delaware – College of Ag and Natural Resources Campus.

Local 4-H clubs are invited to set-up an exhibit in the 4-H/Cooperative Extension tent. There is no cost to Delaware 4-H clubs wishing to exhibit. As a 4-H club you only need to fill out the 4-H Ag Day Registration form. Do not submit the online form through the CANR website, as that form is only for outside vendors.

The Ag Day registration form is due to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, March 18. Please only submit one form per club. Contact Mallory Vogl at (302) 831-8965.

Animal Science Updates – October

Saddle up with 4-H!

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

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

Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year

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

Peter Stone of Stone Model Horses (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 2016. All entries must be received by November 16, 2015. Nomination forms and more details are available on the state 4-H animal science webpage.

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