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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) - location will be announced. 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. 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—let us know by Dec 5th, so we have supplies on hand.

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.







IA 4-H Horse Lease Agreement

Everyone should have received their new “Rules and Regulations for 4-H Equine Shows in Iowa” book (4H 511C). Please review before practices begin.







C.O.O.L. (Country of Origin Labeling) Required for 2014/2015

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: .  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.


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.


Iowa State Fair - August 7-17, 2014

Clay County Fair - September 6-14, 2014

County 4-H News

September 15, 2014


Emmet County Extension & Outreach office will host an Continuing Instructional Course for the following commercial pesticide applicators:

  • Roadside, Forest, & Aquatic Pest Management
  • Mosquito & Public Health Pest Management
  • Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators
  • Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease Management
  • Fumigation
  • Pest Control Operators
September 8, 2014

There will be a 4-H Skating Party on Sunday, October 5th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Skateland in Estherville. Help us ROLL into the new 4-H year and celebrate National 4-H week!

September 8, 2014

More than $7,600 in scholarships will be awarded.

This contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. It will test their knowledge on all aspects of the beef industry and beef cattle management issues. Stations cover the following topics:
•    Handling and Health 
•    Nutrition 
•    Marketing (Beef cut evaluation) 
•    Seedstock Merchandising 
•    Job Interview 
•    Keep-Cull Replacement Heifers 
•    Reproduction 
•    Beef Management Challenge 
•    Credit and Finance 
•    Beef Industry Issues and Advocacy

September 8, 2014

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey and farmer Nate Anderson were guest experts in the Farm Progress Show tent organized by Iowa State University. They shared their management strategy experiences and listened as farmers talked about management practices for their own farms.

August 28, 2014

Mark your calendars for an outstanding poultry educational workshop to be held in conjunction with the Master’s Cup Poultry Show on November 21-22, 2014, in Webster City, Iowa.

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