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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.

Animal Science Updates – November

4-H Animal Science Updates

Provided by Susan Garey, Extension Agent in Animal Science

Small Ruminant Health Workshop November 5th

As part of a larger small ruminant health grant, please join us on the evening of November 5, 2015 at the Paradee Center in Dover, Delaware for our initial workshop in a series of health related workshops. This workshop will focus on vital signs and health assessments and recognizing the signs and symptoms of pre-parturient diseases (diseases of pregnant ewes/does) and diseases in lambs and kids.  Our featured guest speaker for the evening will be nationally recognized expert on small ruminant veterinary care, Dr. Wendy Freeman, VMD.

Dr. Freeman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School in 1985.  After graduation, Dr. Freeman completed an internship and residency in Field Service at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center in 1988.  Following her residency, Wendy joined the faculty at New Bolton Center and became Assistant Professor of Medicine and Field Service in 1992, where she worked on developing and directing the small ruminant program.  Dr. Freeman directed the reproductive program and implemented total health care and clinical studies of the teaching flock.  Wendy is one of the most experienced small ruminant specialists in the United States and sees both large and small animal patients at Longwood Veterinary Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania on a full-time basis.

The Small Ruminant Health Program is a project developed by University of Delaware extension professionals Susan Garey and Dan Severson in response to a deficiency of veterinarians in the region with the desire to treat small ruminants. As a result, producers need to further develop their skills in assessing animal health and treating common diseases.  A Risk Management Grant Proposal was funded by the Northeast Extension for Risk Management Education Center to develop the project. A needs assessment was completed to determine needs for technical training and skill development. If producers can develop knowledge and skills in assessing animal health, recognizing disease symptoms, determining treatment and performing treatment skills, producers can ultimately reduce mortality rates increase productivity of their flocks and herds.

For questions or to register for this free workshop, please contact Susan Garey, Extension Agent Animal Science, University of Delaware (302)730-4000 truehart@udel.edu or Dan Severson, NCC Agricultural Agent, (302)831-8860 by November 2. If you have any special needs in accessing this program, please let us know two weeks in advance.

Program Brochure

Holler-n Hooves 2nd 4-H Horse Clean and Groom Contest

What could be more fun than intentionally giving your horse a mud spa treatment? Please join us on November 21 and see what the fun is all about!

Holler-n-Hooves 4-H Club is sponsoring this fun event that lets youth demonstrate horse knowledge, grooming skills, showmanship skills, team work, communication and sportsmanship in a competitive yet relaxed and friendly setting. No show experience is required but participants should be familiar with horses and basic horse handling and grooming skills.

Each team provides: 3 kids, 1 horse and 1 handler (preferably an adult)

Cost: $10 per participant/$30 per team

Contest limited to the first 12 teams so enter early!

November 21st– Apex Arabians Indoor Arena, Williamsville Rd. Houston, DE

  • Horses register at 7:00 am to be “mudded” by adults
  • Teams register at 8:00 am
  • Awards presented at noon

Great prizes and fun! Food available on site but please bring your own chairs!

For more information, please contact Christie Little at (302)270-2083 or visit the Holler-n-Hooves 4-H Facebook page. Please e-mail Sharon Little  for a list of complete rules.

 

2016 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year

The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee in conjunction with Peter Stone of Stone Model Horses is pleased to offer the Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year contest. The contest is open to all traditional age 4-H members and you don’t necessarily have to own your own horse to participate. The winner receives a custom painted model of their special horse. For complete rules and entry information, please click on the link below. Postmark deadline is November 16, 2015. http://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/29153235/2016-Horse-of-the-Year-Application.pdf

 

Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity

The entry form for the 2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity has been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science webpage and the first entry deadline is Monday, November 16, 2015.

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.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 16, 2015

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2016

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 2, 2016

 

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 2, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 2.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chair, Charmayne Busker.

 Horse Bowl Already??

It’s never too early to begin preparing and studying for the State 4-H Horse Bowl! Study materials for 2016 are:

Divisions are available for Ages 9-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2016 4-H year.

Questions may come from:

  • 4-H Horse Manuals: “Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”, “Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,”
  • 4-H Horse curriculum corrections are available here!

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 Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council- NEW!! (and age 8-10 material)
  • Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material) AND Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council- NEW!!

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 12, 2016. Entries are due to the State 4-H office postmarked by February 12, 2016 and pre-entry is required.