The 2016 State 4-H Livestock Health Requirements are now posted on their homepage http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects/livestock/ , under the “4-H Resources” column (right side). It’s good for 4-H families to review them each year.
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.***
ANIMAL ID DEADLINE
All 4-H livestock will be ID’d online through your account at: https://ia.4honline.com
Please log on to your account and enter in any animals that you might possibly bring to the Emmet County Fair, State Fair, or Clay County Fair. Animals that need to be ID’d are:
*Feeder Calves (Clay County Fair)
*4-H Bucket/Bottle Calves
*Poultry-exception need to be ID by July 1st
*Rabbits-exception need to be ID by July 1st
*Sheep—Breeding for Clay County Fair
*Swine—Non-Derby, Breeding for State Fair (must be ear notch) or Clay County Fair
You must complete this process and make any changes before May 15th, so go ahead and work on that now!
Don’t forget to identify any of the following animals that you might possibly be exhibiting by May 15th at ia.4honline.com
Breeding Heifers for State Fair, Clay County Fair, and Ak-Sar-Ben need a tattoo and 4-H tag.
If you 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 for the fair.
**If you have a bucket-bottle calf that you plan to bring back as a breeding heifer in 2015, you should have the calf vaccinated for brucellosis before 10 months of age**
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. 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 July 1st in ia.4honline.com—even if they aren’t born yet.
MARKET SHEEP/MEAT GOAT WEIGH-IN
Weigh-In—Pens of three and individual market sheep & meat goats need to be weighed in at the Emmet County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 7th. 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. Exhibitors may weigh a max of 20 sheep.
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 March 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.
*Scrapie Eradication Program—same requirements as in the past—call us or check the website for more info: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4hfiles/agriculture/LHSheepScrapie.pdf
The showmanship contest for sheep/meat goats will again be done during the sheep/goat show on Thursday of the fair.
Horse practices will begin in May and will be held at the fairgrounds arena.
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.
Everyone should have received their “Rules and Regulations for 4-H Equine Shows in Iowa” book (4H 511C). If you are a new horse exhibitor and do not have this book, please contact the Extension Office. Please review this book before practices begin.
Remember to ID your horses by May 15th in ia.4honline.com
Remember to ID your pets by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com
Remember to ID your rabbits by July 1st in your account at ia.4honline.com.
Swine Care/Disclosure Statement (Drug Affidavit)
Derby Swine Weigh-In will be Saturday, April 9th from 9:00-10:00am at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Sign up to participate in the weigh-in by April 4th. Ear tags must be in place prior to being weighed ($1.25 each at Extension Office). All swine tags must be the green USDA tags this year for the county fair. 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 plus EAR NOTCHES this is a new requirement. 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 entered in ia.4honline.com by May 15th
*At this time, we are planning for the Swine show for the 2016 Emmet County Fair will be non-terminal and will include commercial gilt classes. Members may show up to 2 commercial gilts.
*Members can show up to 6 individual pigs at the county fair, as long as at least one is a derby pig.
*The swine show will begin at 8:00AM on Friday, July 29th for the 2016 fair.
*The showmanship contest for swine will again be done during the swine show on Friday of the fair.
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 and Derek Smith 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 4th 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:
-April 4, 6:30-7:30, First Presbyterian Church
-April 12, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
-April 19, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
-April 26, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
-May 3, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
-May 10, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
-May 17, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
-May 24, 6:30-7:30, Fairgrounds
*There will also be one practices in June and one practices in July—dates will be announced later.
*Remember, you must attend at least 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. The Dog Show will be held on Saturday, July 30th at 3:00 p.m.
Remember to ID your dog by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com
FSQA is 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 requirements align with grades as we do in 4-H. So all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders livestock exhibitors 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!
Upcoming FSQA Training Opportunities:
March 12. O'Brien County, O’Brien County Extension Office 340 2nd St SE Primghar. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Contact Sarah Fiddelke, 712-957-5045 or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 16. Palo Alto County, Palo Alto County Extension Office, 2008 10th St., Emmetsburg. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Preregistration is required for participants from outside Palo Alto County. Contact Julie Naig, 712-852-2865 or email@example.com
April 7. Dickinson County, Dickinson Community Room 1600 15th St Spirit Lake. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Preregistration is preferred. Contact Hannah Brockshus, 712-336-3488 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 24th. Clay County, Royal Community Building. 4 to 6 p.m. Preregistration is required by calling 712-262-2264.
April 11. Emmet CountyFirst Presbyterian Church 723 1st Ave. South Estherville 7 to 8:30 pm Preregistration is preferred. Contact Britney Rosburg, 712-362-3434 or email@example.com
May 18. Palo Alto County, Palo Alto County Extension Office, 2008 10th St., Emmetsburg. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Preregistration is required for participants from outside Palo Alto County. Contact Julie Naig, 712-852-2865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 8. Clay County, 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fair Grounds, Spencer. 6 to 8 p.m. Preregistration is required by calling 712-262-2264 or email@example.com
June 15. Emmet County, First Presbyterian Church 723 1st Ave. South Estherville 10 to 11:30 am Preregistration is preferred. Contact Britney Rosburg, 712-362-3434 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 20. Cherokee County, Iowa State Extension and Outreach-Cherokee County 209 Centennial Cherokee. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Debbie Erpelding, 712-225-6196 or email@example.com
Check here for a complete list of county dates, times, locations, etc. for FSQA trainings and testing: http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/fsqa.html
FSQA Testing in Emmet County will be held on June 16 at the Emmet County Extension Officebetween 8:30 am and 4 pm. Please call the office at 712-362-3434 to schedule your time to take the test.