Category Archives: Livestock

2022 4-H Animal Judging Contests

 

Please use this form:  http://www.udel.edu/009449  to register for the Animal Judging Contest County qualifier.  You can register for more than 1 contest.  If you are under the age of 13, you have the option of competing as a Senior to enable you to compete in your respective contest at the Delaware State Fair (you can only compete at the DSF in 2 judging contests).  If you are over 12 years old you must register as a Senior.
Each contest is being held one time for all Delaware 4-H’ers to qualify – Counties will qualify the top 10 participants from their county.  You must attend and complete this county qualifier to participate in the State Judging contest at the fair.
Contest Dates and locations are as follows:Dairy Judging – May 26, 6:30 PM, Knutsen Farm, Greenwood DEHorse Judging – May 22, 10:00 AM, Horse Power Show Hunters, Greenwood DELivestock Judging – June 3, 6:30 PM, Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington DEPoultry Judging – May 31, Time and Location TBDIf you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact your county 4-H office 2 weeks prior to the event for which you have registered.If you have any questions, please contact your county 4-H office

CR FFA Summer Sizzle Stock Show

We are back for the 2nd Annual CR FFA Summer Sizzle Stock Show! We hope you are excited to join us this year for another great show! Last year was truly an amazing kick off to this event and it would not have happened without the stellar showman (and their supporters) who came to compete!
Below you can find the show handbook, registration form options and link for online payment (checks accepted as well). The show will be on June 11, 2022 at Dill’s Auction Services in Wyoming, Delaware. Thank you so much to Laura Pomatto and family for your support!
The show is a market goat and market sheep show for all 4H and FFA members in good standing.
Entries are due May 1, 2021. No late entries will be accepted. You can submit entries online (see below) or mail in entries using the attached entry form.
Find Online Entry Form here: https://forms.gle/XTD36eaQ5LEyosWg6

Show Handbook: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17hWyyF0JXCF3jiFxOKTFMzWa0ia-9E1A/view?usp=sharing

2022 National 4-H Dairy Conference

National 4-H Dairy Conference will be held October 2-October 6, 2022, in Madison, Wisconsin.
For more information on N4-HDC, please visit http://www.national4hdairyconference.org

Deadline to apply: May 1, 2022
A follow-up interview may be scheduled.

Return application to:
Susan Truehart Garey
Extension Agent Animal Science
69 Transportation Circle Dover, DE 19901
truehart@udel.edu (302) 730-4000

Application

2022 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Educational Contest

Sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau

1. This event is open to all enrolled 4-H and FFA youth. Youth that are enrolled in both the 4-H and the FFA program are only eligible for one award per species of livestock. Cloverbuds are not eligible to participate in this contest.

2. All animals must be weighed at the weigh-in for their county and at the final weigh-in for their specific species during the Delaware State Fair.

2022 County weigh-in dates are as follows:

· May 7th- Cook Farm- Newark 9 am-11- New Castle County

· May 15th- Delaware State Fair Harrington 9 am- 11 am- Kent/Sussex County – this is a Sunday!

· May 24th- Delaware State Fair Harrington 5pm -8 pm- Kent/Sussex County (Final DSF Tagging Date)

 

3. All animals must be weighed on a scale certified or evaluated for this activity by the Delaware Department of Agriculture. An official weigh master and recorder will be designated at each weigh-in. The weigh master cannot have a child participating in the event. The recorder will obtain the following data: name of youth, complete mailing address, tag number of animal, gender of animal, breed of animal, along with weight. The recorder should forward all information to Susan Garey within one week of weigh-in.

4. Animals must make weight (minimum and maximum) for the specific species as outlined in the Delaware State Fair Exhibitor’s Handbook to be eligible for these awards. They must participate in their respective market show during the DSF.

5. Young people who are members of a 4-H club in one county and a FFA chapter in another county must choose one tagging/weigh date to attend. You are not permitted to weigh at more than one location. This means that you are designating which organization (4-H or FFA) and county Rate of Gain contest you are eligible for.

6. All participants must submit a record sheet to Susan Garey by August 15, 2022 to be eligible for this activity. The entry form must be actually signed by the member and all requested authorized parties in order to be eligible.

7. Should there be less than two animals in a species, animals must make the following minimum daily weight gain: lambs – .30 lb.; goat – .2 lb.; steer – 1 lb.; swine 1.25 in order to be eligible to receive the rate of gain award for their respective county.

8. The Delaware Farm Bureau will recognize the young person owning the animal with the best rate of gain in market goat, market lamb, and steer projects in each county with categories for both 4-H and FFA members. County winners will be recognized at their respective County Farm Bureau banquet.

2022 Rate of Gain Contest entry form

2022 YQCA Certification

2022 Quality Assurance Certification Requirement for Delaware State Fair Market Animal Exhibitors

All Delaware State Fair junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) are required to have a current quality assurance certification in order to exhibit in a market class at the Delaware State Fair. The 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 to be able to show a market animal at the 2022 DSF are:

· Ages 5-6- A parent, guardian or responsible adult must have a current quality assurance certification. Options to fulfill this requirement include PQA(Pork Quality Assurance) or BQA (Beef Quality Assurance https://www.bqa.org/certification/online-certification) adult online trainings or parents can either attend a YQCA classroom training session(email Susan directly to register) with their 5-6 year old to obtain a valid QA certification to meet the DSF requirement. Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-6. An email address is required.

· Ages 7-18- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification obtained either through an YQCA classroom training session or YQCA online.

· Ages 19-21- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification that can only be obtained online as per the YQCA program rules.

Youth YQCA certification is valid for one year.

 

In order for youth ages 7-21 to participate in either an online or in person classroom YQCA training session, they must register and create a profile at http://yqca.org For youth age 7-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Once registered select the appropriate class you plan to attend. Fees will be charged at the time of registration and can be paid by credit card.

The YQCA classroom training costs $3.00 and the online training costs $12.00. These fees are paid online and go directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training. This should be completed prior to coming to the in person training. Youth completing the online YQCA training will take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year.

 

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

· Wednesday, May 11, 2022- New Castle County Extension Office, Newark 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance-must register by May 9

· Thursday, May 26, 2022- UD Carvel Center, Georgetown 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance- must register by May 24

· Tuesday, June 7, 2022- Kent County Extension Office, Dover 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance- must register by June 6

 

Additional date(s) may be added as interest warrants. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, you must register in advance so that we can ensure enough space and training materials. Please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)242-1510 if you have any questions or concerns in regards to Quality Assurance/YQCA certification needs.

Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Contest

Saturday July 30, 2022

Delaware State Fair 4-H Centre

Harrington, Delaware

1:00 pm

 

General Rules, Regulations and Entry

For special accommodations in accessing this event please notify the extension office one month prior to the event.

1. Selection of Teams, Contestants, and Eligibility

A. Any 4-H club may enter one or more teams that can consist of two (2) to four (4) members each. A single competitor does not constitute a team and may not compete as such.

B. All contestants must have passed their 8th birthday and may not have passed their 19th birthday as of January 1 of the current year. There is only one division in this event.

C. Contestant and team entry and eligibility must be certified by the club and/or organizational leader

D. Entries must be made online through the Delaware State Fair website www.delawarestatefair.com by June 1. Teams should be entered once under the club name.

 

2. Questions will be from: National 4-H Avian Bowl Manual 2016 version

Teams should order the manual through the Clemson University bulletin room. The cost is $15.00 per copy and may be ordered online using either a VISA or Mastercard by going to:

Dillard Building 105 Klugh Avenue Clemson, SC 29634 (864) 656-0281 (phone); (864) 656-0687 (fax); Attn: Shannell Mathis shannem@clemson.edu

Order online from Clemson University: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=1587&SINGLESTORE=true

 

2022 Study Sections:

All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual: · Poultry judging – Online National Poultry Judging Manual (Past production hens printable pdf, pages 1-2 only)

· Understanding food prisoners (All)- pages 17-20

· Avian systems (Reproduction only)- pages 35-38

· Breeds, varieties, and strains (Mediterranean through AOSB only)- pages 75-80

· Raising game birds (Disease control through Laws only)- pages 94-99

· Eggcyclopedia (Partnership for food safety through Zeaxanthin only)- pages 139-151B

· Raising your home chicken flock (All)- pages 151C-161

· Biosecurity (All)- pages 179-180

· Avian influenza (All) – Pages 181-182

 

3. Method of Play

There will be three types of questions used:

· Regular questions (worth 1 point each) to which any member of either team may respond. If a regular question is answered incorrectly, it is then offered to the other team for a chance to answer.

· Toss-up questions (worth 1 point each) to which any member of either team may respond. [The only difference between a regular and a toss-up question would be that toss-up questions would have a bonus question attached to each and, in general, would be somewhat more difficult than the regular questions.]

· Bonus questions (worth a pre-determined 1-3 points); all parts of the bonus question must be answered before any points will be awarded. No part of the bonus question will be repeated, nor will any additional information be given to the contestants relative to the questions. Any member of the team winning the toss-up may provide answers to bonus questions. Contestants on the same team may confer with each other prior to answering a bonus question. If a bonus question is answered incorrectly it is not offered to the other team for a chance to answer.

There will be no spelling questions. Points will not be deducted for incorrect answers. The decision of the judge as to the acceptability of an answer will be final.

If a question is interrupted during the reading of it, the moderator will stop reading as soon as a buzzer is activated. The contestant has five seconds after being acknowledged, to begin their answer. If the answer given is correct for the way the question was written, it will be accepted. If the answer given is correct for only the portion of the question heard, but wrong for the way the question is written, the answer will not be accepted. If the question was interrupted, the judges will not be allowed to ask for any type of clarification of the answer given.

 

4. Awards

The Delaware State Fair will award premiums to the top three teams in competition.

Team Awards: 1st 2nd 3rd

$100 $50 $25

For additional information please contact Susan Truehart Garey, Extension Agent Animal Science, truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000.

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest

General Information:

1. Entries must include the image of a horse or horses, ponies, donkeys or mules.

2. Artwork and photographs must be the original work of the entrant. The work must have been completed during the current 4-H year (since Sept. 1, 2021)

3. Contestants may submit more than on entry. Each entry must have a separate entry form when submitted.

4. Artwork must be fully completed and dry when submitted.

5. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee respectfully requires the permission of the artists to reproduce their entries in future promotional publications or articles which advertise the winners, promotes future contests or 4-H equine activities.

6. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will make every effort to protect the artwork while on display, however the artwork will be displayed in a public venue and 4-H members enter their artwork at their own risk.

Eligibility:

1. Contestants must be 4-H members that are currently enrolled in the Delaware 4-H program.

2. 4-H members must be between the ages of 5-19 years old as of January 1, 2022.

3. Age divisions (age as of Jan 1, 2022) are as follows:

– Cloverbud (5-7 years old) – Intermediate (12-14 years old)

– Junior (8-11 years old) – Senior (15-19 years old)

4. Awards for 1st-6th place will be presented for each category in each age division. A Best in Show Champion and Reserve Champion will also be chosen and presented with rosettes and medallions. Cloverbuds will receive participation awards only.

5. A maximum of 2 entries per individual, per class will be accepted.

6. Entries that do not comply with entry specifications will be disqualified.

 

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest Classes:

1. Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.

2. Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil – REALISTIC. The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.

3. Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.

4. Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon – REALISTIC The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.

5. Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper).

6. Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor – REALISTIC The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper).

7. Photography- Color digital or 35 mm film The same photograph may not be entered in both the Color and BW category. Photos should be 5” X 7” or smaller and mounted (backed) on mat board not to exceed 6” x 8” total dimensions (no foam core board or construction paper).

8. Photography- Black and White digital or 35 mm film The same photograph may not be entered in both the Color and BW category. Photos should be 5” x 7” or smaller and mounted (backed) on mat board not to exceed 6” x 8” total dimensions (no foam core board or construction paper).

9. NEW! Cartoon- Single frame or Strip Artwork done in any medium. Must tell a short story or make a point. Exhibitor must use his/her own illustrations. The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper).

10. NEW! Mixed, Altered Media, Other – Collage, Paper, Paint, Fun Foam, Felt, Metal, Wood, Leather, Combined Mediums, Altered Horse items, etc. Artwork combining several types of mediums. Artwork that does not fit any other category. Use your imagination! If artwork is to be hung, it may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper). If artwork is for tabletop, it may be no smaller than 6” x 6” x 6” and no larger than 11” x 17” x 17”.

 

Entries:

Entries must be brought to county offices by Monday, May 9, 2022. Entries will be displayed and judged in Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware by May 16, 2022. Entries will remain on display for the month of May and first week of June and will be returned to county office for pick up by the middle of June.

2022 Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest Entry Form

Virtual Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl Contest

Online Competition Conducted Between April 15-24, 2022

Preregistration Required- Registration Open 3/21/22-4/8/22

(Registration link at bottom of post)

 

General Rules, Regulations and Entry

1. Selection of Teams, Contestants, and Eligibility

A. Youth must be currently enrolled members of the Delaware 4-H Program. Youth can compete in both the individual and team categories. The same score will be utilized for both categories.

B. Team entries must consist of three (3) to four (4) members each. Teams may be comprised of members from multiple 4-H clubs and/or across counties. We will do our best to create teams for those members who wish to compete as part of a team and do not have a team within their club.

C. All contestants must have passed their 8th birthday and must not have passed their 19th birthday as of January 1st of the current year.

D. Contestants may not have participated in a previous National Horse Bowl Contest as an official member or alternate.

E. Contestants must be entered in the appropriate age division (as of 1/1/22): 8-10, 11-13, 14-19.

Any team whose members come from two age groups must compete in the older group.

 

2. Questions may be 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. 2015 version 4-H Horse Manuals

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30,1914. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin

· 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

 

Questions will be comprised from the following three categories:

· Regular questions (worth 1 point each).

· Toss-up questions (worth 1 point each) The only difference between a regular and a toss-up question would be that toss-up questions would have a bonus question attached to each and, in general, would be somewhat more difficult than the regular questions.

· Bonus questions (worth a pre-determined 1-3 points); Bonus questions will be offered only if a toss up question is answered correctly.

The Qualtrics online platform will be used to administer the contest and will be open for completion between April 15-24, 2022. The system will close at midnight on the 24th. Youth may only complete the contest one time. Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (adults, other youth, the internet, reference books etc.)

3. Entries

Youth must be pre-entered to compete in the contest. Entries must be made online via the University of Delaware IdLoom system and will be open between March 21 and April 8.

A valid email address that is used regularly should be used at the time of entry. This email address will receive the contest information and link.

There will be no entry fee for the 2022 contest.

Teams must be preregistered in order to compete in the 4-H Horse Bowl. Entries will not be accepted during the contest. If you have registered for the Horse Bowl, you will receive an email confirmation prior to the start of the contest.

4. Scoring

Individual scores will be calculated based on the number of correct answers Team scores will be calculated by adding the top three scores from a four-member team and dropping the lowest score. In a three-member team, no low score will be dropped.

5. Awards

Awards will be presented to the top placing individuals and teams in each category. The Danish system will also be utilized to present individual awards beyond the top placing individuals. Danish system awards will be based on the following scale:

· Blue (90% or greater correct)

· Red (75%- 89% correct)

· Yellow (74% and below correct)

6. Rules

A. Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (from parents, leaders, other members and teammates, internet searches, reference books, etc.) If special accommodations are needed to complete the contest in this virtual format, please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000.

B. In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, participants will not be able to return to questions.

C. In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, the questions will auto advance to keep participants from lingering too long on a single question. Youth will have a maximum of two minutes to answer each question before it auto advances.

 

Register HERE

If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event so that we can make alternate arrangements

DSF Tagging and YQCA Certification Dates

 

Tagging Dates for 2021 Delaware State Fair Market Animals and Feeder Calves-

Saturday, May 8th- Cook Family Farm Newark, Delaware 9-11 am

Saturday, May 22nd- Delaware State Fairgrounds- 9-11 am

Tuesday, May 25th- Delaware State Fairgrounds- 5-8 pm

We will again be using the COVID tagging protocol used in 2020- tagging will occur on trailers and no weighing of livestock will be performed at the time of tagging. Mask wearing will be required of any and all participants at tagging events. Participants should do their best to respect social distancing. There is no tagging date for Georgetown this year. The 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau will be suspended for 2021.

 

2021 YQCA Certification Information

All Delaware State Fair junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) are required to have a current quality assurance certification in order to exhibit in a market class at the Delaware State Fair. The Swine Department will accept either an existing Youth PQA certification that is still valid through July of 2021 or a current Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certification. The Youth PQA program no longer exists to train new youth or recertify. The YQCA program is a national certification that now covers all livestock species with a single certification for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide. Program ages are calculated as of January 1 of the current year. Options for obtaining a qualifying quality assurance certification in order to be able to show a market animal at the 2021 DSF are:

· Ages 5-6- A parent, guardian or responsible adult must have a current quality assurance certification. Options to fulfill this requirement include PQA(Pork Quality Assurance) or BQA (Beef Quality Assurance https://www.bqa.org/certification/online-certification) adult online trainings or parents can either attend a YQCA classroom training session(email Susan directly to register) with their 5-6 year old to obtain a valid QA certification to meet the DSF requirement. Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-6. An email address is required.

· Ages 7-18- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification obtained either through an YQCA classroom training session or YQCA online.

· Ages 19-21- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification that can only be obtained online as per the YQCA program rules.

Youth YQCA certification is valid for one year.

In order for youth ages 7-21 to participate in either an online or in person classroom YQCA training session, they must register and create a profile at http://yqca.org For youth age 7-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Once registered select the appropriate class you plan to attend. Fees will be charged at the time of registration and can be paid by credit card.

The YQCA classroom training costs $3.00 and the online training costs $12.00. These fees are paid online and go directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training. This should be completed prior to coming to the in person training. Youth completing the online YQCA training will take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year.

In order to be able to comply with COVID health protocols and allow sufficient space, in person training classes will be held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in 2021. Mask wearing and social distancing between family groups will be enforced during training classes. The following YQCA in person class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

· Thursday, May 27- Delaware State Fairgrounds 6:30-8:00 pm- registration required in advance- must register by May 25

· Wednesday, June 9- Delaware State Fairgrounds 6:30-8:00 pm- registration required in advance- must register by June 7

Additional date(s) may be added as interest warrants. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, you must register in advance so that we can ensure enough space and training materials. Please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)242-1510 if you have any questions or concerns in regards to Quality Assurance/YQCA certification

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

Upcoming events

2019 4-H Youth Artwork Calendar

Do you know a #4H artist? Encourage them to submit their artwork for a chance to be selected for the 2019 4-H Youth Artwork Calendar! Entries due on August 10!

Visit the link for more info: http://bit.ly/2AtDzyE

Record Book Reminder

County Record Books are a great opportunity for 4-H members to detail their activities and experiences during the past 4-H Year. Take time now to start completing your record book. The forms can be found on the county and state 4-H webpages. We strongly encourage all 4-H members to submit records books for 4-H projects. Record books will be due in the New Castle County Office on September 28th. 4-Hers that complete record books will be honored at the New Castle County 4-H Achievement Event on Nov. 4th! Please let us know if you have questions or need help!

 

Delaware Farm Bureau Livestock Rate of Gain Contest

All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to Susan Garey in 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.

 

Archery Certification Class– Level 1 offered in September at the Kent County Extension Office. Registration and payment are due by Monday, August 27 to the Kent County Office. Info and registration form can be found at:

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/10111054/ARCHERY-TRAINING-FALL-2018.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.

Horse Bowl Results

The Delaware 4-H program recently held their annual State 4-H Horse Bowl.  28 teams comprised of youth ages 8-19 participated in the equine knowledge-based quiz bowl competition held at Lake Forest North Elementary in Felton, Delaware.  The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsors the annual event.

4-H members competed on teams of up to four individuals and teams are divided into competition brackets based on age for the double elimination event.  4-H volunteer adult leaders coached young people in the months leading up to the competition to prepare them using specified resource materials.  45 Delaware 4-H volunteers assisted with the Horse Bowl event.  University of Delaware Animal Science Extension Agent Susan Garey said, “It’s exciting to see so many young people who are interested in learning more about equine science.  We are appreciative the many parents and coaches who volunteered their time over the past few months to help our youth learn in a positive, supportive environment.”

Official judges for the competition included Ms. Sara Deason, Ms. Jamie Timson and Ms. Susan Garey.

The top three teams in each age division were:

 

Beginner (8-10 year olds)

1st Place– Camo & Cowgirls- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Miranda Garey, Savannah Messick, Carley Rebuck, Ethan Stafford,

Coach: Kacie Messick

2nd Place– Golden Gallopers- East Coast 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members:  Ryleigh Archer, Claire Lopez, Chloe Wilkerson

Coach:  Jodie Gravenor

3rd Place- Happy Farm Munchkins- Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members: Emily Davis, Angelo Retzos

Coaches: Suzanne Davis, Ann Hobbs

 

Junior (11-13 year olds)

1st Place- Magnificent Mares- East Coast 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members: Anna Lopez, Zoe Probert, Tori Smith, Abby Sparpaglione

Coach: Heather Smith, Beth Sparpaglione

2nd Place– Camo & Cowgirls- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Sydni Brown, Aidan Garey, Sydney Messick

Coach: Kacie Messick

3rd Place– Happy Appys- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Zoe Poore, Stephanie Strachar

Coach: Michelle Poore, Carrie Strachar

 

Senior (14-19 year olds)

1st Place– Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County

Team Members: Sarah Brown, Jessica Knowles, Daisy Timney

Coach: Ann Blackmore, Angie Brown

2nd Place– Bucking Bays- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Ashley Bullock, Rylee Ridgely, Courtney Spader

Coach: Jen Ridgely, Dawn Spader

3rd Place– Bays + Grays- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Sierra Kane, Madison Poore, Alexis Skodzinski

Coaches: Tina Kane

Congrats to all the participants for all your hard work!

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

Delaware 4-H Member Attends 63rd National 4-H Dairy Conference

Delaware 4-H’er Lake Vasey of the Pure Country 4-H Club in Kent County is recently attended the 63rd National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin and enjoyed several days of fun and learning. The educational program 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 exposed 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 gained information they could use to strengthen their futures in the dairy industry. Hands-on learning workshop topics included biotechnology, genetics, foods evaluation, animal nutrition and marketing.  Lake also had the opportunity to spend a day at World Dairy Expo.  Lake was chaperoned by New Castle County 4-H Agent Betsy Morris.  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, 2018 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 13 

The first entry deadline for the 2018 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity is November 13.  The futurity is open to all breed summer calves born between June 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017.  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. 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/2012/02/22080910/2018-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 5, 2017 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/2012/02/22080659/2017-4-H-Fall-Trail-Ride.pdf To RSVP, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu no later than November 1st.

 

Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year- Deadline November 13, 2017

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 2018.

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 2018.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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:

 

“I am thankful for a horse in my life because…”

 

 

    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 13, 2017.

 

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/2012/02/24075240/2018-Horse-of-the-Year-Application.pdf

 

State 4-H Hippology Contest for Horse Project Members- Contest December 2 

The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be holding a Hippology Contest for statewide 4-H Horse Project Members at Rowan Farm in Middletown, Delaware on December 2 from 9:00am -12:00 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/2012/02/28121913/2017-Delaware-4-H-Hippology-Contest-Final.pdf

Entries are due November 13th

 

ALL WORMS ALL DAY Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference – Youth and Adult Tracks

 When: Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 8:00am to 3:30pm

 Where: Delaware State University, Bank of America Building

1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware

 Cost: Adults $40, Youth $30

This all-day conference will focus entirely on gastro-intestinal parasites (worms) that are the most problematic to small ruminant production, and seek to educate stakeholders on the most up-to-date methods and recommendations for controlling these parasites. The program will include general and concurrent sessions and a separate program for youth.

All speakers in the adult program are members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). They include Dr. Kwame Matthews, Delaware State University; Dr. Nelson Escobar, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Susan Schoenian, University of

Maryland; Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, Virginia State University; and Dr. Niki Whitley, Fort Valley State University. Youth instructors are Susan Garey and Dan Severson from the University of Delaware and Ashley Travis from the University of Maryland. The youth program is intended to be hands-on and interactive

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY NOVEMBER 20, 2017

Mail check to Delaware State University or register online:

https://www.desu.edu/events/2017/12/09/all-worms- all-day-delmarva-small-ruminant-conference

Contact: Dr. Kwame Matthews, 302.857.6540 or kmatthews@desu.edu.

 

Delaware Equine Council Scholarship- $1000

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, 2017. Winners will be awarded in March 4, 2017.  To download the application or for more details please visit:

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