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April Animal Science Updates

Kent County Jackpot Show

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee is hosting its 19th Jackpot Show on May 21, 2016 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

Entries must be postmarked by May 2 or entry fees double.

PQA Certification

All Junior Market Hog Exhibitors are required to have a current PQA certification in order to exhibit a market hog at the Delaware State Fair.  There are currently three options for obtaining PQA certification. The 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 as national program guidelines do not permit a child under 8 to hold their own certification.  Certification received through the classroom option is valid for one year.

For more information and to complete your certification online, please CLICK HERE!

Classroom Training dates

  • April 12, 2016 – Sussex County PQA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:30 pm
  • April 19, 2016 – NCC PQA Classroom Training- New Castle Country Extension Office 6:30-8:30 pm
  • June 6, 2016- FINAL PQA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:30 pm

Walk-in Test dates

  • May 5, 2016- Sussex PQA Open Testing- Carvel Center- 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • May 10, 2016- NCC PQA Open Testing- New Castle County Extension office- 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • June 9, 2016- Kent County PQA Open Testing- Kent County Extension Office- 4:00pm-6:00 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 via e-mail, at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA certification needs.

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest

 

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.

5th Annual Delmarva Classic Goat Show- entries due April 8th

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

 

Friday, April 22- 6:00 pm – Open Jr. Boer Breed and Showmanship followed by the First Annual Delmarva Goat Association Sale

 

Saturday, April 23- 9:00 am- Open ABGA Sanctioned Boer Goat Show followed by a second Open Sanctioned ABGA Boer Goat Show

 

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 very 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 an accumulation 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. This award will be presented at the Delmarva Classic Show in May.  For more information please visit the DGA website at  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.  This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

Click here to access the 2016 Dairy Lease.

National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 2

 The 2016 National 4-H Dairy Conference is September 25-28, 2016 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 Click Here!

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at Here! This application is due to Susan Garey by May 2.

 Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 2

The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2016 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 2 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 2, 2016.  For more information please consult the 2016 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page by clicking here! You can also  email Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

Online Livestock Judging Training Resources

As we get closer to judging season, there are many good online resources available to 4-H members and leaders to help strengthen your livestock judging skills.  Please visit the state 4-H animal science webpage for a list of descriptions and links to websites that you can utilize any time and are current, useful and best of all free! Click here to access these resources.

 

2016 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair

 The two performance classes in the 4-H Horse Judging Contest this summer at the Delaware State Fair will be Western Pleasure and Reining.  The Reining Pattern will be provided to contestants via your county extension office in advance of the contest and by June 15th.  Participants may bring the pattern with them to the contest.

Summer Camp registration now open!

4hcamp_with_clover4-H Summer Camps are an ideal way to spend a portion of your summer. Whether you choose an overnight, residential camp or an exciting day camp, we have various opportunities to fit every need.

Residential 4-H Camps

State 4-H Camp is just about full, but we are still accepting registrations for Week 1. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for Week 2, please e-mail Joyce Witte today!. If you would like to register for Delaware State 4-H Camp, please click here!

  • Week 1: June 13-18, 2016
  • Week 2: June 20-25, 2016

Environmental Camp is for youth ages 8-12 and will be held June 9-11. There are still spaces available for this shortened overnight experience. Click here to register!

4-H Day Camps

New Castle County 4-H offers several specialty day camps throughout the summer.

Here is an overview of NCC Day Camps

June 20-24

  • Cloverbud Explorers 4-H Camp, Ages 5-7
  • Young Explorers 4-H Day Camp, Ages 8-12
  • All Aboard the LeaderSHIP! – Intro to Counselor in Training, Ages 13-15

June 27-30

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Day Camp, Ages 10 and up

August 8-12

  • 4-H Animal Science Day Camp, Ages 8-12

For additional information about day camps, or to register, please Click Here!

Call (302) 831-8965 or e-mail Serena Conner with questions.

 

 

 

Experiential Learning: Hands-on fun!

The 4-H slogan has long been “Learn by Doing”, so it should come as no surprise that many 4-H programs and activities are centered around being hands-on. 4-H proudly utilizes the experiential learning model to enhance and develop life skills in youth.

Exp Learning ModelAs you can see in the diagram above, there are 5 main steps in Experiential Learning which enable youth to gain both skills through the experience AND knowledge through the process.  These steps include:

  1. EXPERIENCE the activity.
  2. SHARE the experience through describing.
  3. PROCESS the experience to identify common themes.
  4. GENERALIZE from the experience and relate it to their lives.
  5. APPLY what they learned to a new situation.

The University of Florida Cooperative Extension has an excellent fact sheet describing this model and applying it to 4-H situations. Feel free to access the Experiential Learning Model Fact Sheet.

To help teach difficult and complex science concepts, the Delaware 4-H program has hands-on, fun science kits available for use within 4-H clubs, after school programs, school enrichment, and much more. There are many topic areas covered with these kits and they are very easy to teach. The kits are provided by a variety of resources including Agilent, Delaware 4-H, AGspoloration (UMD).

So you may be better informed about the availability of these kits, each month there will be a “Science Spotlight” in the blog. This will begin with our February edition, featuring three new Agilent science kits:

  • Deep Sea Divers, concept taught: flotation, density, air pressure
  • Periscopes, concept taught: properties of reflection
  • Hydro-Lift, concept taught: hydraulics

If you have any questions, please e-mail Mallory or call the 4-H office at (302) 831-8965.

Agent’s Letter – January

 

starburstHappy New Year 2016

Dear 4-H Family,

We want to wish you a very “Happy New Year” from the 4-H Office! Hoping that 2016 brings great things to you and your family.

Along with 2016, the Delaware 4-H Program welcomes a heap of wonderful activities and programs to kick the year off right! Whether you choose to compete in the Favorite Foods Contest or showcase your skills in the Photography Competition or even build leadership skills at State Teen Conference, you will be sure to have a blast!

Don’t forget these important dates! Please check out the calendar pages for upcoming dates, activities and programs.

  • January 8 – Favorite Foods Registration Deadline
  • January 11 – Photography Contest Registration Deadline
  • January 23 – Favorite Foods Contest, Foods Judging, Photography Contest Display
  • January 30-31 – State Teen Conference
  • February 6 – Leader’s Forum

We are happy to announce that Serena Conner has accepted the full-time position as 4-H Administrative Assistant. Serena was formerly working as a part-time office assistant in the extension office and is thrilled about her new position. Please check out the article highlighting Serena in this New Year edition of the blog!

Wishing you a fruitful New Year!

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin

NCC Order of the Links offers two opportunities in January

NCC Links Adult Casserole Favorite-Foods-Rules-and-Information-2016_Page_1Adult Casserole Competition Guidelines & Registration Form

Grant opportunity for individual members and 4-H clubs

Each year, the NCC Order of the Links provides 4-H members and club with a chance to submit for a grant. Individual grants up to $50 and club grants up to $100 are available. In the past, clubs have used these funds in a variety of ways including to support a specific club project, purchase supplies for Ag Day booth, and for community service opportunities, just to name a few. To apply, please submit the application form to the 4-H office by Wednesday, January 13.

 

2016 Jan Links Grant InfoLinks Grant Application

If you have any questions regarding the grant, please contact Robyn Hunter.

 

 

4-H Winter Happenings

2016 Favorite Foods Contest

Compete with other 4-Hers from across the county as you create your favorite dish and formally present it to a judge. The contest will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Registration deadline is Friday, January 8. – No Exceptions!

Rules and Information

Registration Form

If you have questions, please e-mail Kaitlin  Klair or contact the 4-H office at (302) 831-8965.

2016 Foods & Nutrition Judging

All 4-H members participating in the Foods and Nutrition project are invited to attend the judging competition. The judging contest will be held on Saturday, January 23 in conjunction with the Favorite Foods Contest.

Judging Contest Guidelines

Please contact Kaitlin Klair if you have any questions or would like to schedule a training for Foods Judging with your club.

2016 Photography Contest

2016 Photography Contest Flyer

Photography Contest Online Registration Form

2016 Photography Contest Rules

 

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.

Explore! Create! Capture! – Photography contest set to return in January

 

2016 Photography Contest FlyerNEW THIS YEAR:

We are no longer using a paper registration form. All photography contest entries must be submitted by January 11, 2016 using our Photography Contest Online Registration Form!

2016 Photography Contest Rules

For additional information, please visit the NCC 4-H page and view the Photography Contest tab. Contact Mallory Vogl with any questions regarding this competition.

 

2016 Favorite Foods & Foods Judging Contests

Favorite FoodsThe Favorite Foods Contest is open to all 4-H members currently taking a 4-H project.  Participants select a category to enter:

  • Breads, Meat or Main Dish, Fruits or Vegetables, Dessert, Small Appliances, Appetizers, Hors d’oeuvres, or Soups (Beginner, Novice, Junior, Senior)
  • Cookies or Cupcakes (Cloverbuds Only)

Contestants (8-19 years old) will also plan a menu to complement their selected dish.

Entry Forms for this contest are due to the 4-H Office by Friday, January 8, 2016.

You can use either the Word registration form or the PDF registration form.

Rules and Information  are where you can find rules, recipe and menu tips, and more!

On Saturday, January 23, participants will bring their prepared food item, place setting, centerpiece, etc. to the contest. The extension office will schedule a time for each 4-H participant to meet with a contest judge.  Judges will ask questions about the recipe, menu, and prepared dish and then sample a taste of the foods entry.

After meeting with a judge, participants my test their knowledge in the Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest. There will also be opportunities for members to watch a foods demonstration and participate in a craft! This is always a fun-filled and educational event! Visit the State 4-H website for the foods judging guidelines.

Exciting Winter Workshops…Coming in February 2016

Every February, New Castle County 4-H features a Winter Workshop series. This series provides 4-Hers with an opportunity to participate in hands-on, fun activities in a variety of topics.

Winter Workshops 2016

We are still looking for individuals or clubs that are interested in teaching a workshop. Please contact Serena Conner if you would like to request a specific workshop topic or if you would like to teach.

2015 NCC 4-H Public Speaking Contest

The 2015 Public Speaking Contest for NCC 4-H will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00pm. This event serves as a qualified for the Delaware State Fair contest and will return to the Brandywine Hundred Library.

This contest helps develop public speaking skills and is a great experience for 4-H members of all ages. Cloverbud members are encouraged to participate in this contest. Additionally, the contest is broken down into 4 divisions:

  • Beginner I (Ages 8-9)
  • Beginner II (Ages 10-11)
  • Junior (Ages 12-13)
  • Senior (Ages 14-19)

Please contact Mallory Vogl if you would like a public speaking training during an upcoming club meeting. To register, please submit your registration form to Lisa Bishop by Wednesday, November 11.

Registration Form
Public Speaking Resources

 

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.