The USDA is again requiring COOL for ALL LIVESTOCK. What 4-Her's need to do: The Iowa COOL Coalition has a simple affidavit that can work for all species of livestock (beef, sheep, swine, poultry, goat). This affidavid is located at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files . Page 1 explans the steps needed to be taken as well as example documents that can be used for an audit trail. Page 2 is the actual affidavit.
4-H'er's who raise their own livestock for projects need to fill this affidavit out and keep it on file for a minimum of two years.
4-H'er's who purchase their livestock from others MUST have the producer fill out the affidavit, give it to the 4-H'er, and the 4-H'er should keep the affidavit on file for a minimum of two years.
Don't forget to identify any of the following animals that you might possibly be exhibiting by May 15th, 2014 at ia.4honline.com:
If you have a bucket-bottle calf that you plan to bring back as a breeding heifer in 2014, you should have the calf vaccinated for brucellosis before 10 months of age.
Those 4-H'ers who weighed a market steer or market heifer during the county beef weigh-in will need to CONFIRM data entered by February 1, 2014 in order to be accepted by the State 4-H office. Click here to get the directions to verify your Market animal in 4-H On-line.
**If your originally weigh your heifer in as a market heifer, the animal does NOT need to be ID'd again in 4hOnline as a breeding heifer. It just needs to be entered correctly on the fair entry form.**
*FREE Broilers Project—Any 4-H members who have never participated in the poultry project area before are encouraged to be part of the Emmet County 4-H Foundation Broiler Project. You get 10 free chicks—all you have to do is bring at least 2 of them to the Emmet County Fair as an exhibit (also eligible for the Fair Premium Auction!) *Contract deadline is April 30th! Find it on our website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/emmet/BroilerContract1.pdf or pick one up at the Extension Office.
Broiler Class Order Deadline—All Emmet County 4-H’ers planning to participate in the broiler class this year at the fair need to order their chicks through the Extension Office again this year. There is a minimum order requirement of 10 birds. The deadline to place your order is April 30th—call the office to order @ 362-3434. Pick up date for chicks and cost of chicks will be released as soon as it is available (probably 1st week in June). *Remember that ALL poultry need to be ID’d by May 15th in ia.4honline.com—even if they aren’t born yet.
Click Here for Broiler Contract
Weigh-In—Pens of three and individual market sheep & meat goats need to be weighed in at the Emmet County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 3rd. Expect to weigh between 9:00 and 10:00am. Ear tags must be in place before the weigh-in! These can be purchased at the Extension Office for $1.25 each. FFA projects will need to be tagged separately with FFA tags. Each exhibitor may weigh a maximum of 20 animals. *If you are planning to show at AK-SAR-BEN or the Iowa State Fair, you will not weigh-in on this date. Please let the Extension Office know by April 1st if you plan to do this, so that we can get you the rest of the details on where and when to do weigh-in/verification for those events. *All information for sheep or meat goats weighed-in at the weigh-in will need to verified in each 4-H’ers ia.4honline.com account by May 15th. All breeding sheep and meat goats and dairy goats not weighed-in, but that a 4-H’er wants to identify for the county fair need to be tagged with any herd tag and entered in ia.4honline.com by May 15th. Breeding sheep for State Fair and Clay County Fair also need to be ID’d by this date with a 4-H tag.
All breeding sheep and meat goats and dairy goats not weighed-in, but that a 4-H’er wants to identify for the county fair need to be tagged with any herd tag and entered in ia.4honline.com by May 15th. Breeding sheep for State Fair and Clay County Fair also need to be ID’d by this date with a 4-H tag.
The showmanship contest for sheep/meat goats will again be done during the sheep show on Thursday of the fair.
Meat Goat Workshop, April 5th, 1:00-3:00PM, Livestock Pavilion-Clay County Fairgrounds. Learn about showmanship, trimming, clipping, & feeding. RSVP to the Clay County Extension Office by March 31st--712-262-2264.
Horse practices will begin in May and will be held at the fairgrounds arena. Practices will go from 7:00-9:00PM on Tuesdays—make sure to have your horse unloaded and ready to go by 7:00.
Don’t forget that all 4-H’ers participating in the horse project must wear ASTM/SEI approved protective headgear with chin strap and properly fitted harness when mounted and riding/driving at all 4-H related events.
Horse Practice Schedule:
Everyone should have received their new “Rules and Regulations for 4-H Equine Shows in Iowa” book (4H 511C). Please review before practices begin.
Remember to ID your horses by May 15th in ia.4honline.com
4-H Lakes Region Equine Educators Events:
Remember to ID your rabbits by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com - even if they aren’t born yet.
Bunny Bonanza Workshop, Clay County Extension Office in Spencer, April 12, 10:00AM-Noon. Bring your bunny & build it a carrier if you’d like to, work on showmanship, learn about grooming—also an opportunity to tattoo your bunny. RSVP to the Clay County Extension Office--712-262-2264. Free for 4-H’ers—fees for carrier TBA.
SWINE Exhibitors please read:
***Due to the outbreak of the PED Virus among swine in Emmet County and recommendations from the state veterinarian and state 4-H livestock staff, we have canceled the Derby Swine Weigh-Inthat was scheduled for April. There will not be derby classes for swine at the 2014 fair.
***The 2014 Emmet County Swine Show will be terminaland all swine will either go to the Tyson packing plant for slaughter or to a locker for slaughter if the family chooses and signs the related affidavit to do so.
***There will NOT be Commercial Breeding Gilt Classesfor the 2014 Emmet County Fair due to the show being a terminal show.
Ear tags must be in place prior to being weighed ($1.25 each at Extension Office). Each exhibitor may weigh up to 20 pigs. If you plan to show your swine at the State Fair or AK-SAR-BEN, please let the Extension Office know by April 1st. State Fair pigs need special DNA ear punch tags. Ak-Sar-Ben pigs need to have DNA samples taken. All information for swine weighed-in at the weigh-in will need to be verified in each 4-H’ers ia.4honline.com account by May 15th. All swine not weighed-in, but that a 4-H’er wants to identify for the county fair need to enter in ia.4honline.com by May 15th.
Members can show up to 6 individual pigs at the county fair,but not more than 3 barrow or not more than 3 gilts. The showmanship contest for swine will again be done during the swine show on Friday of the fair.
Remember to ID your dog by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com.
The Emmet County 4-H Shooting Sports Group will begin meeting on Sunday February 23rd at 4:00 at the Gruver Community Center. This first meeting is for 1st and 2nd year members and will cover sign up and safety. March 23rd Meeting will be for all members at the Gruver Community Center at 4:00PM. Gun cleaning will be covered. Waiver forms must be completed and turn in by this meeting. April 27th at 4:00PM the group will begin meeting at the Izaak Walton League (weather permitting). This meeting will cover archery safety as well as allow members a chance to practice their skills. Members will be asked to do a presentation at one of the meetings this year. During the summer the group plans to meet twice a month on a week night. They will meet through August for 2014. Sign up to be part of this group by calling 362-3434 by February 19th.
If you would like to attend 4-H dog obedience classes this year, so you can participate in the dog show at the fair, you must sign up by April 1st (362-3434). Our great leaders of the dog project group; Chelsey Smith, Derek Smith, and Shelby Guse are excited to get the group started for this new year! *The first meeting to discuss logistics, hand out info, etc will be held on Monday, April 7th at the First Presbyterian Church from 6:30-7:30PM. Parents are encouraged to come with their child to this meeting. Please do NOT bring your dog with to this meeting. Please bring with you to this first meeting a copy of your dog’s rabies vaccination number and date given, date of temporary or permanent distemper immunization (recommended), date of vaccination for parvo virus and birth date of dog.
Dates for dog obedience classes are:
There will also be two practices in June and two practices in July—dates will be announced later. Remember, you must attend 5 of the offered dog obedience classes to qualify to participate in the dog show at the fair. If this is your first year, or you have a new puppy, plan to come, even if don’t plan to participate in the dog show at the fair. Remember to ID your dog by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com.
A New 4-H Cooking Project Group will begin meeting on January 19th!! Leaders Kevin Krull and Carol Solberg have some great plans in place to help teach Emmet County 4-H’ers how to cook!! From sautéing to chopping and basting to julienning, they’ll learn lots of new ways to prepare foods while following food safety guidelines. The group is hoping to do a cooking demonstration at the County Fair this summer and possibly participate in the Cook This! contest at the Iowa State Fair. The group is open to 4-H’ers in 4th-12th grade – there is still time to join 4-H for the year if you aren’t a member. If you are interested, please contact the Emmet County Extension Office.
FSQAis a statewide program that all livestock exhibitors (except dog, horse, cat, or pet) are required to be certified in. Trainings teach good production practices and ethics. Remember that FSQA is now aligned with grades as we do in 4-H. So all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders are required to come to a training. 7th-9th graders can test out at the intermediate level or train. 10th-12th graders can test out at the senior level or train. When members test out it certifies them until they reach the next level. If you have already tested out you are good now until you reach the next grade level. Those that can test out are encouraged to do so. You DO need to call ahead and reserve a seat so enough materials and refreshments can be on hand.
We will be offering the following training sessions and no make-up sessions!
Saturday, April 26 —FSQA Training Armstrong—Nazareth Lutheran Church, 9-11AM Pre-register by April 24
Wednesday, June 18—FSQA Training 1st Presbyterian Church in Estherville, 7-9PM Pre-register by June 13 FSQA Testing Day will be held on June 17th, 8:30AM-4:00PM, at the Extension Office. Please call and set up a time you would like to test on that day by June 13th—362-3434.
FSQA Trainings in other counties:
Palo Alto County (Extension Office) March 11th, 7:00-8:30PM, RSVP or May 15th, 7:00-8:30PM, RSVP to712-852-2865
Clay County (Royal Community Center) April 27th, 4-6PM or (4-H Exhibit Building—CC Fairgrounds) June 9th, 6-8PM, RSVP to 712-262-2264
Dickinson County (Expo Building) March 28th, 5:30-7:30PM, RSVP to 712-336-3488
Pocahontas County (Extension Office) June 12th, 10AM-Noon, RSVP to 712-335-3103