Category Archives: Spring Events

Animal Science Updates

2017 DSF Market Project Livestock Tagging Dates:

May 6- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Sussex County- REC (no cattle)

May 6- 9:00 am- 11:00 am- NCC- Cook Farm

May 13- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Kent County- DSF

May 19- 6:00 pm-9:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- Livestock Show

May 23- 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- FINAL TAGGING

 NEW THIS YEAR- FEEDER CALVES WILL HAVE TO BE TAGGED TO EXHIBIT AT 2017 DSF!!!

 

2017 DSF Swine Show Changes: ***NEW SPLIT SHOW FORMAT***

 

First half of week- Market, Showmanship and Barrow Show

  • Saturday July 22nd
    • Weigh in and barn meeting will remain on Saturday
    • Showmanship will start at 4 PM Saturday (if you are using a breed pig for showmanship you are allowed to bring that in with the market pigs before Saturday at 8 am
  • Sunday July 23rd
    • 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 24th
    • The ones 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, 24th
    • 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 26th
    • 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 2017 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.

 

FYI for 2017-  Maryland State Fair will require RFID tags for cattle and hog exhibitors- it is not clear yet if they will require RFID for Maryland County Fairs

 

DPI Offers College Scholarships

DPI is accepting applications for its 2017 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 3, 2017:  DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Applications and additional scholarship information are available from the DPI website at www.dpichicken.org or by sending inquiries to morrow@dpichicken.com.

 

2017 Spring 4-H/FFA Dairy Show

The Spring 4-H and FFA Dairy Show will be held on April 1, 2017 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Entries are due to 4-H volunteer Charmayne Busker by March 3, 2017.  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, 2017) 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 2017 show, please contact Charmayne by March 3 to be featured on the Spring Show T-shirt.

 

Delaware Livestock Exposition Benefit Dinner Catered by Mission BBQ

March 11th

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Delaware Livestock Exposition, October 14-15 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 $225,000 in premiums to our young livestock exhibitors.

The show committee is hosting a benefit dinner and auction catered by Mission BBQ on Saturday, March 11th in the Dover building on the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $30 each and are available for purchase at the Kent County Extension office beginning in February.   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!

 

Delaware Pork Producers Annual Dinner- March 18th

The Delaware Pork Producers Association will be holding their annual dinner and banquet on Saturday, March 18th 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.

 

Genetic Edge Showpig Sale

The Genetic Edge Sale will be held on Saturday March 25 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

 

Champion Drive Auction

The Champion Drive Auction is being held at the Queen Anne’s County Fairgrounds (Dulin Clark Rd. Centreville, MD) on April 1, 2017.  Preview will be 11:00 am-1:00 pm with the auction beginning at 1:00 pm.  Club goats consigned by Erica Willing, lambs consigned by the Warren Family and purebred and crossbred show pigs consigned by Double K Showpigs, Burnite Mill Farm Showpigs, P and K Acres and Hayfield Acres will be sold.  For more information please contact Amanda Fabi 302-382-5443 or Kayla Kemp 302-531-6973.

 

 

Dairy Project Groups- Delaware Holstein Association Annual Tour and Meeting March 25th

The Delaware Holstein Association will be holding their annual meeting on Saturday, March 25th and welcome youth dairy project participants. It will be hosted by the Knutsen Family at G&S Dairy on Prospect Church Road beginning at 10:00 am.  The luncheon and business meeting will follow at the Harrington Fire House beginning at 12:30 pm.  The Holstein Association is also pleased to announce that the 2017 Delaware Dairy Princess Contest will be held in conjunction with the meeting this year!  For more information on the annual meeting please contact Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com. If you would like to be a contestant in the Dairy Princess Contest please contact:
Laura Emerson Greer, email: lauraleegreer@gmail.com or phone (302)-893-7258.

 

2017 YOUTH CONSERVATIONIST PROGRAM- Win a Heritage Breed Ewe

Sponsored by the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Youth interested in applying for the 2017 Youth Conservationist Program

* Must be between 9 and 18 years old.

*Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2017 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 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, 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, 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 7, 2017.

  • Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2017 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 2017, 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, 2017 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.

 

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 17th

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 17, 2017 and will be put on display for the month of May at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/27073040/2017-Delaware-4-H-Equine-Art-Contest.pdf

  

Harness Racing Camp Coming June 17-21, 2017!

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Harrington Raceway and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension are pleased to be partnering once again to hold a 5 day-4 night harness racing camp for youth ages 12-14The 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. Harness racing camp gives youth an opportunity to experience working with, caring for and driving harness racing ponies while interacting with industry professionals and learning to work together. Camp will begin on Saturday morning, June 17 and end on Wednesday evening, June 21.  That evening, Harrington Raceway will feature campers participating in televised races on Harrington’s track with well-known drivers as their racing partners. 

Campers will reside in the state police barracks on the Delaware State Fairgrounds for the duration of the camp.  The camp fee is $150 per participant which includes all meals and camp expenses.  Camp attendance is limited in order to provide proper supervision for this intensive and fun learning experience!  Registration information and applications can be found on the HHYF website http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications

Cecil County Breeders’ Fair

The Cecil County Breeders’ Fair Livestock, Rabbit, Cavy & Dog Shows will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, and the Horse Shows will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Cecil County Fairgrounds in Fair Hill.

 

Entries are DUE postmarked by Monday, May 1st.

 

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

Please contact April Hall Barczewski at adhall@umd.edu or 410-996-5280, if you have any questions.

Breeder’s Fair Entry Forms 2017

Breeder’s Fair PREMIUM BOOK 2017

Junior Leader Weekend

Wanting to get away for the weekend and hang out with friends while learning valuable leadership skills? Jr. Council members have been planning an exciting weekend for 4-H members 13 and older at the 2017 Junior Leader Weekend!  Space is limited so register early.  Cost: $40.00.  Come, help plan Younger Member Weekend, gain new leadership skills, work on a community service project and have fun working with other New Castle County 4-H teens. Form is due back to the office February 17.

Jr. Leader Weekend Registration Form

What to bring to Jr. leader weekend

 

Bee Keeping Essay Contest

2017 Essay Topic:  “How can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) more effectively protect honey bees from pesticide exposure?”

Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.

 

Now more than ever, people are asking, “What will happen if the bees are gone?”  With the continued threat of pesticides, this is a very real question.  Your paper should research and help answer this question.

 

Complete announcement and rules are attached.

 

AWARDS:      Cash Prizes to 3 Top Winners:
•1st Place — $750.00    •2nd Place — $500.00  •3rd Place — $250.00

 

Each State Winner, including the national winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.

 

The deadline for entries to be submitted to the State 4-H Office is February 14, 2017 (Valentine’s Day).

Send essay to:
4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
State 4-H Office

531 S. College Avenue

113 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE  19716

 

 

Animal Science Updates

We’re gearing up for spring events! Please make sure you are aware of important changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive that will impact you if you are participating in an animal project. 

Upcoming events and news follow the information on the VFD below:

New FDA VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive) Rules to Impact Youth Livestock Producers Starting Jan 1, 2017!

  • What is a VFD?

A VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian that authorizes the use of an approved VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. This written statement authorizes the client (owner of the animal) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). (1) The client (youth producer) must establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) to be able to get a VFD. This is true whether the 4-H member has one food-producing animal or several.

  • When must the VFD be implemented?

January 1, 2017. Starting January 1, 2017, you can no longer stop by a feed store and buy a bag of medicated feed containing certain types of antibiotics that were previously classified as over-the counter (OTC) drugs. As of January 1, 2017, the FDA requires that clients have a VFD to be able to purchase animal feeds containing these antibiotics.

  • What is a VFD drug?

Antibiotic drugs required to have a VFD order to be added on or in the feed are those deemed by the FDA to be medically important for human medicine. The FDA is concerned that improper or overuse of these antibiotics may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria making it harder to treat human illnesses. Examples include Aureomycin®, Lincomix®, Neo-Terramycin®, penicillin, and tylosin.  These antibiotics are no longer allowed to be used for production uses to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. They are still allowed for therapeutic uses under veterinary supervision to (1) treat animals diagnosed with an illness; (2) control the spread of illness in a herd; and (3) prevent illness in healthy animals when exposure is likely. Drugs that do not require a VFD are those that are not deemed medically important to humans. Examples include Rumensin®, Bovatec®, Medacox®, monensin, amprolium, and dewormers. These types of medications can still be used over-the-counter (OTC) for production uses to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency, as well as for therapeutic uses (treatment, control and prevention).

  • What species of animals require a VFD?

Cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, honey bees and fish, as well as other food-producing species, even if they are not intended for food production. For example, backyard chickens kept as pets still require a VFD for certain antibiotics to be legally added to their feed, and a prescription for certain antibiotics to be added to water.

For more information on the new FDA VFD requirements please visit:

https://u.osu.edu/portage4h/files/2016/12/VFD-Fact-Sheet_4H_-FINAL_5Dec16-1gokega.pdf

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. We invite 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for them!

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 2017 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 2017 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 3, 2017:  DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Applications and additional scholarship information are available from the DPI website at www.dpichicken.org or by sending inquiries to morrow@dpichicken.com.

Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Second Entry Deadline

The second entry deadline for the 2017 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is February 1, 2017.  The entry form can be found here https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/28080154/2017-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf

To participate in the 2017 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2017.  All calves, born June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor.  Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 2, 2016.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 14, 2016

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2017

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 1, 2017

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

Summer Employment Opportunity With the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Do you love working with horses? Do you love teaching children about horses and horsemanship? Can you drive a truck and horse trailer? Then the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is looking for you! The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is looking for a Summer Programs Supervisor for June 1-August 15.  We are seeking a Summer Programs Supervisor to coordinate our horsemanship camps and outreach events, while supervising care of the Foundation’s stable of Trottingbred horses.  Desired qualifications for the Summer Programs Supervisor 1) Must practice safe horsemanship and have knowledge of racing industry; 2) Must enjoy being with and sharing love of harness racing with young people; 3) must have experience in transporting horses.

HHYF is also looking for a Summer Programs Intern/Assistant -Seeking dedicated individual to serve as assistant in camp program. Must have love of horses (experience with Standardbreds preferred) as well as love of kids. Should be willing to work hard and be team player.  Application deadline is March 1. For more information please visit:

http://www.hhyf.org/employment-opportunities

2017 Spring 4-H/FFA Dairy Show

The Spring 4-H and FFA Dairy Show will be held on April 1, 2017 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Entries are due to 4-H volunteer Charmayne Busker by March 3, 2017.  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, 2014) 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 2017 show, please contact Charmayne by March 3 to be featured on the Spring Show t-shirt.

Delaware Livestock Exposition Benefit Dinner Catered by Mission BBQ – March 11th

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Delaware Livestock Exposition, October 14-15 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 $225,000 in premiums to our young livestock exhibitors.

The show committee is hosting a benefit dinner and auction catered by Mission BBQ on Saturday, March 11th in the Dover building on the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $30 each and are available for purchase at the Kent County Extension office beginning in February.   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!

Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl- Entry Deadline February 10, 2017

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 11, 2017 at Lake Forest North Elementary.  Divisions are available for Ages 9-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2017 4-H year. This year we are switching to using the newly updated 2015 4-H Horse Manuals as resource material.  These new versions have the same titles but are the manuals with the blue covers.  We are discontinuing use of the old tan cover versions of the 4-H Horse Manuals. 

Complete rules and the entry form can be found here:

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/13081043/2017-HORSE-BOWL-CONTEST.pdf

Horse Bowl entries are due to the State 4-H Office by February 10, 2017.

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: 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- NEW!!

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- NEW!!

2017 State 4-H Avian Bowl Interest???

The Avian Bowl is a knowledge based quiz bowl style competition that focuses on poultry and eggs and poultry industry topics.  The State 4-H Office is trying to gauge the level of interest in holding a 2017 State 4-H Avian Bowl during the 2017 Delaware State Fair.  If you think that your club will have interest in submitting a team for a 2017 contest, please call or email Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000 by February 1, 2017.

Delaware Pork Producers Annual Dinner- March 18th

The Delaware Pork Producers Association will be holding their annual dinner and banquet on Saturday, March 18th 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.

2017 YOUTH CONSERVATIONIST PROGRAM- Win a Heritage Breed Ewe

Sponsored by the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Youth interested in applying for the 2017 Youth Conservationist Program

* Must be between 9 and 18 years old.

*Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2017 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 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, 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, 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 7, 2017.

  • Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2017 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 2017, 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, 2017 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.

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 17th

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 17, 2017 and will be put on display for the month of May at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/27073040/2017-Delaware-4-H-Equine-Art-Contest.pdf

Harness Racing Camp Coming June 17-21, 2017!

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Harrington Raceway and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension are pleased to be partnering once again to hold a 5 day-4 night harness racing camp for youth ages 12-14The 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. Harness racing camp gives youth an opportunity to experience working with, caring for and driving harness racing ponies while interacting with industry professionals and learning to work together. Camp will begin on Saturday morning, June 21 and end on Wednesday evening, June 25.  That evening, Harrington Raceway will feature campers participating in televised races on Harrington’s track with well-known drivers as their racing partners. 

Campers will reside in the state police barracks on the Delaware State Fairgrounds for the duration of the camp.  The camp fee is $150 per participant which includes all meals and camp expenses.  Camp attendance is limited in order to provide proper supervision for this intensive and fun learning experience!  Registration information and applications can be found on the HHYF website http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications

 

4-H Yoga Interest Meeting

free-yoga-clipartLooking to exercise both your mind and body after your busy day, but just can’t find the time? Join us on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 pm at the NCC Extension Office for a  4-H Yoga interest session before the Junior Council meeting.

Bring a towel and water bottle and Breanna Banks from the 4-H Healthy Living program will lead you through some moves designed to do just that!

Our goal is to conduct these sessions monthly, so please join us for this first meeting so we know there is interest.

If you have any questions, please call Kaitlin at the NCC 4-H office.

Volunteers needed for AG Day 2016

Volunteers

Youth and adult volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 30 to assist with the 4-H Food Smart Families display. FSF will feature an interactive “Grocery Shopping Simulation” during AG Day and we need YOUR help! Shifts will be 1-2 hours long and will require about 10 people per shift. If you are available to assist with the display, please e-mail Kathleen Splane or call (302) 730-4000.

WE WANT YOU! 2016 Legislative Day Registration now open!

Legislative Day Flyer 2016

 

4-H Legislative Day provides Delaware 4-H members a unique opportunity to learn about the state legislative process. They learn firsthand about Delaware government, meet with local officials, and participate in a 4-H rally.  and also meet with elected officials. This event is open to 4-Hers 8 and above. Parents are invited to attend as well.

Registration form and payment are due to the NCC 4-H Office by Friday, April 22. Contact Serena Conner at (302) 831-8965 with questions.

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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.

2016 Statewide 4-H Clothing Showcase

4-H is sew fun

You are invited to participate in the 2016 4-H Clothing Showcase. This event will be held on Saturday, April 9 at Lake Forest High School in Felton, DE. This event encourages 4-Hers to enhance their sewing construction skills while creating a fabulous new piece of clothing.

Don’t worry, if you are not quite ready to sew on your own. If you are still interested in the fashion world, but would want to gain more experience before venturing in to sewing, join the Ready-to-Wear contest. Details and information below.

All interested participants should submit the Letter of Intent to Serena Conner by March 21. All garments and fashion planning notebooks must be submitted to the NCC office by April 1.

Forms & Resources:

For additional information regarding the 2016 Clothing Showcase, please visit the NCC 4-H website. You can also call (302) 831-8965.

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

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

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

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

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