2016 Livestock Health Requirements
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 animals that have not been weighed-in, must be identified in 4honline.com by May 15th. This includes; Breeding Heifers, Bucket/Bottle Calves, Cow/Calves, Breeding Gilts, Market Swine not weighed as derby, Breeding Ewes, Breeding Meat Goats, Dairy Goats, Horses, Pets, Dogs, Poultry, and Rabbits
**MARKET BEEF WEIGH – IN**
Pens of three and individual market beef animals need to be weighed-in and DNA verified on Saturday, December 12th from (snow date is January 3rd) from 8:00 – 11:00 am at Gary Madden Farm 5150 240th Street, Ringsted, IA. Ear tags must be in before weigh-in and are for sale at the Emmet County Extension office for $1.50 per tag (FFA animals must have FFA tags in prior to weigh-in). You will need to have the Emmet County 4-H & FFA Market Beef Weigh Record filled out before weigh-in your animals. Rememberyou can weigh-in a market heifer and switch it to breeding animal prior to fair entry.
If you are planning to show beef at the Iowa State Fairyou must have your market calves verified through retinal imaging this cost $15 per head and we would like payment prior to weigh-in on December 11th. Please call/stop by Emmet County Extension office 712-362-3434 to sign up by DECEMBER 4TH.Ear tags must be in before weigh-inand are for sale at the Emmet County Extension office for $1.50 per tag (FFA animals must have FFA tags in prior to weigh-inYou will need to have the Emmet County 4-H & FFA Market Beef Weigh Record and IA 4-H Market Beef Verification Form for State Fair filled out before weigh-in your animals.
Those who plan to verify for Ak-Sar-Ben will do this on Saturday, December 12th cost is $15 per head and we would like payment prior to weigh-in on December 12th.Please call/stop by Emmet County Extension office 712-362-3434 to sign up by DECEMBER 4TH. This will allow us to know the amount of supplies we need to have on hand. Ear tags must be in before weigh-in and are for sale at the Emmet County Extension office for $1.50 per. All paperwork should be filled out before weigh-in your animals.You will need to have the Emmet County 4-H & FFA Market Beef Weigh Record and Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show Market Animal member waiver and guardian waiver and Ak-Sar-Ben DNA Envelope filled out before weigh-in your animals.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the Market Beef Weigh-In.
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**
Market Beef weigh-in verification
Everyone who weighed-in market beef needs to log on to their 4honline account and verify that the information entered is correct. Mistakes that aren’t caught and corrected now will cause major headaches later and in some cases will prevent you from exhibiting your animal at the fair. All information must be verified by the end of January. Check the helpsheet attached to this email if you need help completing this process or find it on the website at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wright/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/wright/LivestockVerificationForFamilies.pdf
If you do find any discrepancies in the information, please do not approve it – once this is done, the information cannot be changed! Let me know what information needs to be changed and I will do that, then you can go back in and verify it is correct.
Market Beef weigh-in information
Pens of three and individual market beef animals need to be weighed-in and DNA verified on Saturday, December 13th (snow date is December 20th) from 8:00-11:00AM at the Gary Madden Farm—5150 240th St, Ringsted. Ear tags must be in before weigh-in and are for sale at the Extension Office for $1.50 (FFA calves must have FFA tags)! **If you are planning to show beef at the Iowa State Fair, you will need to have your market calves verified through retinal imaging ($15 per head). This will be done the Friday afternoon (Dec 12th) before weigh-in. (Let the Extension Office know by December 5th if you plan to retinal image calves for the Iowa State Fair so that we will have enough supplies on hand). Those who plan to verify for Ak-Sar-Ben will do this on Saturday ($15 per head)—let us know by Dec 5th, so we have supplies on hand.
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 May 15th 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.
If you’re at 5th-12th grader interested in being part of the Emmet/Palo Alto horse judging team, please contact Lisa Berkland at 712-380-5595.
The Northwest Iowa Equine Educators are planning an event for Apirl—be looking for more details to be announced at a later date about this.
Remember to ID your horses by May 15th in ia.4honline.com
Remember to ID your rabbits by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com
Remember to ID your rabbits by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com - even if they aren’t born yet.
Swine Care/Disclosure Statement (Drug Affidavit)
DERBY SWINE WEIGH-IN
Derby Swine Weigh-In will be Saturday, April 9 time TBA 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). Each exhibitor may weigh up to 20 pigs. All swine ear tags must be USDA tags.
If you plan to show your swine at the State Fair or AK-SAR-BEN, please let the Extension Office know by March 1st. State Fair pigs need special DNA ear punch tags. Ak-Sar-Ben pigs need to have DNA samples taken.
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 Tuesday, 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 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.
Remember to ID your dog by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com
Winter break from school is a great time to be working on your communications exhibit to present on DATE TBA at the 2016 Clover Knowledge Escapade. Choose from:
*Educational Presentation - Teaching the audience about something or how to do something through a formal speech
*Working Exhibit - Set up a table with an exhibit or presentation that people can visit to learn something, do something, or make something to take with them.
*Share-The-Fun - Share a talent with the audience for fun, like; singing, dancing, instrument playing, reading a poem, doing a skit, etc.
*Extemporaneous Speaking - Do an impromptu speech about a subject that you draw that day! (High School age youth only)
Don’t forget that all exhibitors receive ribbons and premium money for these entries. They will also have a chance to be selected to go on to present the communications entry at the Clay County Fair or Iowa State Fair! Winning entries will also present at the Communications Showcase at the Emmet County Fair this summer.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
April 11. Emmet County First Presbyterian Church 723 1st Ave. South Estherville 7 to 8:30 pm Preregistration is preferred. Contact Britney Rosburg, 712-362-3434 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
June 8. Clay County, 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fair Grounds, Spencer. 6 to 8 p.m. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Contact Amy Forrette, 712-262-2264 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.