Club Resources

Clay County 4-H is home to nine community 4-H clubs, three special interest 4-H clubs and independent 4-H members. Youth in grades 4-12 may join 4-H and choose a club based on location, age or special interest.

Joining or Re-enrolling in 4-H

For information and resources related to joining or re-enrolling in Clay County 4-H through 4HOnline, visit our Join 4-H page.

Animal Identification


4HOnline Animal Identification Deadlines

Animals must be identified in 4HOnline by these deadlines in order to be exhibited.

  • Market Beef IDs - Due February 1st
  • Breeding Beef IDs - Due May 15th
  • Horse IDs - Due May 15th 
  • State Fair Swine, State Fair Goats & State Fair Sheep IDs - Due May 15th 
  • Clay County Fair Swine, Goats & Sheep IDs - Due June 15th 
  • Rabbit IDs - Due July 1st
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

In today's world, food safety is one of animal producers' biggest responsibilities.

All 4-H livestock exhibitors are required to be YQCA certified for county and
State Fair exhibition for the following species: Beef, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goats, Meat Goats, Sheep, Swine, Poultry and Rabbits. 

2023 Instructor-Led (Face-to-Face) YQCA Trainings:

  • March 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Iowa Lakes Community College Farm, Emmetsburg
  • June 2,  9 a.m. to 10 a.m., ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County Office, Spencer

Youth can also complete YQCA training online

Coupon codes to cover the cost of instructor-led or web-based training are available. Email to claim. 

Clay County Fair

For Clay County Fair 4-H Information, visit our Clay County Fair page

4-H Scholarships

The Clay County Bankers Association is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to Clay County 4-H Seniors. You must be a current Clay County 4-H member to apply.

Scholarship Application

  1. Complete the written portion of the application including responding to three questions in the Scholarship Application (below) AND complete a 4-H/academic resume, due to the Clay County Extension office by January 4.
  2. Provide 3 letters of recommendation included with step 1, due to the Clay County Extension Office by January 3.
  3. Complete a face-to-face interview with the 4-H Scholarship Panel at the ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County office. Someone will reach out to you to set up a face-to-face interview time. Expect the interview to last around 15 minutes. Business casual attire is appropriate.

Scoring for the Clay County 4-H Scholarships will be as follows: 

  • 30% will be based on the written and 4-H/Academic resume portion of the application
  • 20% will be based on the letters of recommendation
  • 50% will be based on the face to face interview.

Please drop off the written portion, 4-H/Academic Resume and Letters of Recommendation to the ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County office at 110 West 4th Street, Suite 100, Spencer, IA 51301, or email it directly to Isabel

Record Books & Recognition Options

Updated information coming soon!


We are here to help!

Isabel Dehrkoop
County Youth Coordinator

Jenna Keene
Youth Outreach Coordinator

Connect with Clay County 4-H!