* 4-H ear tag or tattoo required If tattoo: Right ear= herd prefix (ex: RFB); Left ear= individual identifier (ex: 534)
* Market meat goat class will consist of both market wethers and market does
* All State Fair nominated meat goats (both market and breeding animals) must have retinal images collected
* Entry limit increased from 4 total goats to 6 total (maximum of 4 market or 4 breeding goats entered)
* Increase from 2 horse to 3 horse entry limit per exhibitor
* ID maximum of 5 horses per 4-H’er
* Of those 5 IDed, a maximum of 2 can be leased
* No leasing of halter horses
Food Safety Quality Assurance (FSQA) training is REQUIRED for all livestock exhibitors (beef, dairy, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine) for both County Fair and State Fair.
* More information can be found below.
FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
If you plan to show any of the following species at the County Fair, you must be FSQA certified:
* Beef, dairy, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, swine
What is FSQA?
This is a program that focuses on seven Good Production
Practices to help ensure 4-H youth are producing safe food.
How do you become certified?
* 4-H’ers grades 4-6: Must attend a certification training every year (this year’s options shown to the right)
* 4-H’ers grades 7-9: May choose to either attend a training (shown to the right) each year or take a test which will certify them until they reach 10th grade
* 4-H’ers grades 10-12: May choose to either attend a training (shown to the right) each year or take a test to be certified until they reach 20 years of age
Each 4-H’er must be certified by July 1st. Training sessions will be held at the following dates, locations and times in Poweshiek County:
* Brooklyn School Lunch Room—March 26 4-6 pm
* Montezuma School Jr High Gym—April 14 7-9 pm
* Grinnell Fairgrounds—June 8 9-11 pm
Each training listed above is for all age levels. Contact the Extension Office to register. If you would like to test, you can do so at the end of each training session. To pass the test, you must answer at least 70% of the questions correctly. You are able to take the test three times.
If none of these dates work for you, please contact the extension office and we will help you find another county’s training to attend.
SHEEP/MEAT GOAL WEIGH-IN
Sheep and Meat Goat Weigh-In will be held on May 2nd at the Fairgrounds from 1-3 pm. All meat goats (market wethers and breeding does) and sheep (market, commercial and purebred breeding) being brought to the County and/or State Fair must attend this weigh-in. If this date doesn’t work for you, contact the Extension Office as soon as possible.
2015 LIVESTOCK HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
The 2015 Livestock Health Requirements are now posted on the state 4-H Livestock homepage (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects/livestock) under the 4-H Resources” column on the right side.
There are no changes for 2015 from last year but it is always a good idea to review these guidelines to be sure your animal is healthy enough to compete. Please contact the Extension Office if you have any questions regarding these requirements.
ANIMAL SCIENCE ROUND-UP
This is the perfect opportunity for 4-H’ers wanting to learn more about either the beef, dairy cattle, horse, sheep or swine species. Participants will be able to do a live carcass evaluation, be a part of hands on animal interaction, visit the
ISU farms, and explore careers related to the industry. There is a limit to 20 kids per species so be sure to apply soon!
This event is from June 30-July 2nd with participants spending the nigh on the ISU campus. You must be in at least 8th grade to attend. If interested, you may find the online registration at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects/livestock
Applications are due by March 1st!
As you work on your record books, particularly your project sheets, you need to keep in mind the difference between a project and an exhibit. You enroll in Project areas – Sewing and Needlecrafts, Beef, Dog, Visual Arts, Photography…… What you take to fair is an exhibit – an outgrowth of what you have learned in your project area.
Projects—A 4H project is an area of emphasis in which a 4H’er enrolls, studies, learns and keeps records. The 4-H 200 lists 34 different Project areas. Find them listed here in the 4H 200 publication
Exhibits—A 4H exhibit is an item resulting from project work that 4H’er has chosen to bring to the fair and have evaluated by a judge.
A project record sheet should cover :
A: What you learned– was it measuring ingredients, how to run the blender, how to use the arc welder, planning a nutritious meal, fitting a calf, comparison shopping, how to shoot a bow, tracking wildlife, programming a robot…
B: The exhibit or exhibits you took to fair —IF you took anything—you may not have or you may have taken 3 things in that project area. For example—you exhibited brownies, a pie and a poster with cost comparison. You do not complete a project sheet for each fair exhibit.