Category Archives: State 4-H Events

Animal Science Updates

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

4-H‘er Oliver Menard of the Peach Blossom 4-H Club in Kent County is currently attending the National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin.  While there, Oliver is participating in dairy science workshops and field trips along with approximately 200 other dairy project members from across the United States and Canada.  Exploration of dairy related careers, dairy production, marketing, genetics and production and processing of dairy products are a few of the subjects they will be exposed to.  In addition, he will also have the opportunity to spend a day at the World Dairy Expo.  Oliver is being chaperoned by New Castle County Agriculture Agent Dan Severson.  Special thanks to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for funding this leadership and dairy science experience for our 4-H members!  If you are interested in attending National 4-H Dairy Conference next year and have three years of dairy project experience, applications will be due May 1, 2017!

 

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 6, 2016 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/2012/02/21095815/2016-4-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 14, 2016

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 2017.

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 2017.
  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:

“The Important Thing My Horse Has Taught Me…”

  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 14, 2016.

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/2012/02/21094743/2017-Horse-of-the-Year-Application.pdf

 

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 deadline is January 31, 2017. Winners will be awarded at the Scholarship Dinner on March 4, 2017.  To download the application or for more details please visit:

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

 

NEW! Hippology Contest for Horse Project Members- Hold the Date!

The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be holding a Hippology Contest for statewide 4-H Horse Project Members at Golden Locket Farm in Harrington Delaware on December 3 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.  More information and a study guide to follow!

 

Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Please join the Delaware 4-H Family and many others on Saturday October 1, 2016, for the induction of the third class of laureates into the Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame. This event will be held at the Modern Maturity Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and will include dinner, entertainment, and a visual history of Delaware 4-H. This event is sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation to honor people who were active and influential in Delaware 4-H. The legacy that these laureates have left, and in some cases continue to leave, is what makes Delaware 4-H a premier positive youth development program. On this evening, 21 of the pillars of Delaware 4-H will be honored. Please come out and honor their achievements.  Nominations for this important honor came in from across the state.

2016 Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates

Mary Frances Argo

Dean Belt

Helen Blessing

Margaret Carey

Patricia Mae Correll

C. Fred Grampp

Dan Hudson

Leona Hudson

Betty Jestice

Jim Kemble

Sue Ann Clendaniel McClements

Virginia Melson

Franklin E. Melson, Sr.

Evelyn Messick

Leroy Messick

Betty Niblett

Richard Niblett

T. Harold Palmer

Joyce Simpson

Mary Thomas

Barbara Tatman Warren

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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2016 4-H Contest Results at the Delaware State Fair and 2016 State Teen Council Member Announcement

DSFCongratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s contests at the State Fair! We would like to take this opportunity to recognize our NCC 4-H members who placed. Well done!good_job_blue_ribbon

Horticulture Judging

Eason Li                                  Blue


Poultry Judging

Elizabeth Handlin            Blue


Clothing & Textiles Judging

Ashley Gouge                    Blue


Photography Judging 

Alyson Melson                 Blue

Eason Li                                Blue


Foods Judging

Alyson Melson                 Blue

Ashley Gouge                   Blue

Tyler Melson                     Blue


Livestock Judging

Brian Arisman

Sydney Phipps


Horse Judging

Sarah Brown

Jessica Knowles


Public Speaking Contest

Beg. 8-9

Melanie Witte              2nd Place

Junior

Emma Apps                   1st Place

Senior

Shannon Murray       3rd Place


Talent Show

Age 8-12 Talent Acts

Eason Li


Consumer Bowl

Clover Quest 4-H Club       2nd Place


Avian Bowl

Clover Quest 4-H Club      2nd Place


Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstrations

Food Preparation

Melanie Witte                       Division Winner

Vet Science/Poultry Sciencethumbs up

Jade Wasgatt                        Blue


Archery Competition

Beginner Recurve

Jacob Green                        9th Place

Senior Recurve

Cameron Ernst                  2nd Place

Brendan Patrick               6th Place

Beginner Compound

Jacob Green                       4th Place


We would also like to announce the new State Teen Council Members for 2016:

New Castle County Representative: Patrick Trunfio

Social Media Coordinator: Andrew Shaffer


NEW – Animal Science Updates

National Junior Shropshire Association Offers Starter Flock Award

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

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

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

National Junior Shropshire Association Offers Starter Flock Award

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

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

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

Youth Sheep Conservationist Program

Applicants must be between 9 and 18 years old. *Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2016 that includes:

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

Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812 740.622.1573

If you have questions, please contact Elaine Ashcraft.

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

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

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

 Delmarva Goat Association Junior Herdsman Award

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

 Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 2

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

Final Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity Payment Due

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

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

Calling all ARTISTS!

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 8th

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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 8, 2016 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.

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.

2016 Legislative Day FormsGarfield Uncle Sam

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.

Dream with Disney – 2016 State Teen Conference Registration NOW OPEN!

As we near the holidays, we are very pleased to offer the new and improved online registration for the 2016 State Teen Conference.
Dream with Disney – If you can dream it, you can do it!
The conference will be held on January 30-31, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott in Newark. This year, the conference falls during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, so the event will feature a guest speaker who has experienced the real-life effects of addiction. Other workshop topics include Breaking the Code-A Bully Simulation and Social Media & Connections to Careers.
Participants will also be creating Wellness Kits for a local homeless shelter. New Castle County 4-Hers are asked to bring travel-size non-perishable snacks including goldfish, crackers, granola bars, etc.
The cost is $50 for active Junior Council members and $100 for all other Delaware 4-Hers, age 13 and above.  The discount will automatically be added to your registration when you click the “Jr. Council” button. If you are not sure if you qualify for the discount, please contact the 4-H office.
Registration and payment are due January 20, 2016!
2016 State Teen Conference Forms
You can find additional information at the State 4-H Website. E-mail Mallory Vogl or call (302) 831-8965 with questions regarding this event.

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

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

State Teen Council

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

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

 

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.

Animal Science Updates – October

Saddle up with 4-H!

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

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

Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year

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

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

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

 

Delaware 4-H State Teen Council

Photo with Carney

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

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

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

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

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