County 4-H News

2021 clayton county fair logo
July 7, 2021

371 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members have entered 2617 exhibits for the county competition.  The annual Clayton County Fair is scheduled for August 3-8 at the fairgrounds located at the village of National (5 miles north of Garnavillo).

adv feeder class 2021
June 22, 2021

Eleven 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 21 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood.  Animals were weighed and ultrasound scanned, and the youth worked with ISU Extension and Outreach staff and feed industry representatives to calculate their total cost of production.  They used their actual feed fed with fixed costs for many feed ingredients, yardage, chute costs, feeder prices, and their actual costs for any additional costs.  The youth were then interviewed by a judge while the carcass results of their calves were calculated.  The judge placed the youth based on their knowledge and interview skills, their cost of production, calf performance, visual conformation of the cattle and market readiness.  A showcase was then held to exhibit their animals for the audience with the participants explaining the performance and costs for their project, and the judge sharing his comments and thoughts.

int trip photo
June 17, 2021

Nine intermediate 4-H members from Clayton and Fayette counties enjoyed a summer adventure trip to Boone, Ames and Story City.  The trip started off with a stop at the Iowa State 4-H Office in Ames.  After lunch the group headed to Boone for a train ride on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad.  On the way home the group stopped in Story City to ride the 1913 antique carousel. Participants included Nolan Gaul, Strawberry Point; Carter Hillers, Colesburg; Kyson Moss, West Union; Maxwell Schantz, Strawberry Point; Abigail Schilling, Colesburg; Ashley Schilling, Colesburg; Damien Scott, Arlington; Blake Sparrgrove, West Union; and Caleb Zuercher, Luana.  

May 21, 2021

During May Clayton County schools participated in Iowa’s Dairy Story at the NICC Dairy Center in Calmar. MFL Mar Mac second graders visited on May 7 and the third-grade class went on May 18. Central fifth graders participated on May 20. Clayton Ridge schools did the program virtually this year. The Dairy Center combines a working dairy farm with teaching, research and hand-on learning.

May 13, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County is happy to announce their summer youth programming: Summer camps and Adventure days! Summer Camps are for youth Kindergarten thru third grade. Adventure Days are for youth third grade thru sixth grade. These programs offer hands-on learning and exploration of many interesting topics. Summer Day Camps are Pint Size Science, Growing Up Wild, NASA Astro Camp, STEM Sport Games, Dig Those Dinosaurs, The Missing Bear Mystery, Slime Time, and County Fair Camp.  Summer Adventures include Invent STEM, Science Detectives, NASA Astro Camp, Slime Time, and Explore Clayton County. Space is limited for each camp and adventure day; early registration is recommended to ensure your spot. Summer Camps and Summer Adventures will begin in June and will conclude with the County Fair Camp in August.

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