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EMMET COUNTY FAIR WILL BE JULY 24-27,2014

**Click here for a copy of the Emmet County Fair 4-H & FFA
Premium Rules Book for 2014**



Click here to be directed to the Emmet County Fair-Agricultural Show website.



Click her to be directed to Fair Entry Program to enter animal and non-animal exhibits.


Click Here for Emmet County 4-H Livestock Information for 2014

 

Click here to be directed to Emmet County Fair Informational Page

 


 

BEEF
 

Don't forget to identify any of the following animals that you might possibly be exhibiting by May 15th, 2014 at ia.4honline.com:

  • Breeding Beef-County Fair, State Fair, Clay County Fair
  • Feeder Calves-Clay County Fair
  • Cow/Calf Pair-County Fair
  • Bucket/Bottle Calf-County Fair
  • Breeding Heifers-State Fair, Ak-Sar-Ben **need a tattoo and 4-H tag**

Click here for ID Animail Help Sheets in 4-H On-line


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.**

Click Here for Beef-IA 4-H Animal Care and Management Disclosure Statement

            
 
CHICKENS

*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 ID Animail Help Sheets in 4-H On-line

Click Here for Broiler Contract

 
GOAT/SHEEP

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.

Click here for ID Animail Help Sheets in 4-H On-line

The showmanship contest for sheep/meat goats will again be done during the sheep show on Thursday of the fair.

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.

Click Here for Meat Goat-IA 4-H Animal Care and Management Disclosure Statement

Click Here for Market Lamb-IA 4-H Animal Care and Management Disclosure Statement

 

HORSE

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.

IA 4-H Horse Lease Agreement

Horse Practice Schedule:

  • May 6 Orientation, check equipment-CANCELLED
  • May 13 Halter & Showmanship
  • May 20 Western Pleasure/English Pleasure
  • May 27 Game (barrels, poles, keyhole)
  • June 3 Horsemanship/Equitation
  • June 10 Trail
  • June 17 Free Day (practice what you want to)
  • June 24 Games
  • July 1 Laura, Morgan, & Mandy Gradert lead clinic on showmanship
  • July 8 Pleasure Review
  • July 15 Pattern Class Review
  • July 23 Final Practice—Fair Rehearsal (horses can stay for fair)

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

Click here for ID Animail Help Sheets in 4-H On-line

4-H Lakes Region Equine Educators Events:

  • June 2nd, Time TBA, Horsemanship Clinic at the Clay County Fairgrounds
  • July 1st, Time TBA, Showmanship Clinic at the Emmet County Fairgrounds
 
RABBIT

Remember to ID your rabbits by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com - even if they aren’t born yet.

Click here for ID Animail Help Sheets in 4-H On-line

 
SWINE

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.

Click HERE for pre-fair information for Emmet County Fair Swine Exhibitors

Click Here for Swine-IA 4-H Animal Care and Management Disclosure Statement

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.

Click here for ID Animail Help Sheets in 4-H On-line

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.

 
DOG/PETS

Remember to ID your dog by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com.

Click here for ID Animail Help Sheets in 4-H On-line

 

 
C.O.O.L. (Country of Origin Labeling) Required for 2013/2014

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.

 
FSQA CERTIFICATION

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


Iowa State Fair - August 7-17, 2014


Clay County Fair - September 6-14, 2014


County 4-H News

July 11, 2014

A Farmland Leasing and Land Values workshop will be held at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative at 702 South 1st Ave. Estherville on Wednesday, July 30 at 1:30 pm.

July 11, 2014

Farm Generational Transition, "Managing for Today and Tomorrow" course for Farm Women begins August 19 in Graettinger. 

May 27, 2014

Want to learn the fine art of canning, freezing and drying fruits and vegetables?  Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Emmet County is offering a program that will benefit both beginning and experienced preservers

April 30, 2014

More than 1,000 teenagers are expected to converge on the Iowa State University campus June 24-26 for the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. They’ll take part in three days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet and community service activities.

May 23, 2014

Creating a beautiful, functional landscape depends on putting the right plant in the right place. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discuss considerations when selecting trees and shrubs for shaded, wet and dry areas of the lawn and garden.

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