4-H Events and Activities

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2019 County Fair Livestock Show Entry Night

2019 County Fair Validation and Entry Night

Kaufman County 4-H will hold their County validation and County Fair entry night on November 15th, at the Kaufman County EXTENSION OFFICE!!

We will be tagging in
-Market Goats, Market Lambs, Unregistered Ewes, Unregistered Does, County Wether Does
-finalizing entries for the county fair.
-IF you validated Market Goats, Market Lambs, and Wether Does for the 2019 spring majors we will be using that validation tag for validation for the county fair. So you do not have to bring goats or lambs.

Entry Forms have been loaded on the county website- http://kaufman-tx.tamu.edu 

Please make your check out for the county fair entries to 4-H Council Fund. As we send in the entries AS A PACKET. If you by pass the 4-H office then you will not be included on the summary, which equals you are not entered.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Quiz Bowl Demonstration

To help us gather questions from several resources, we have created a Google Sheet for you to indicate which resource and chapter/document you will be developing questions from. We felt this was better than making assignments yet at the same time allows us to track question development so everyone is not writing questions from the same resources. Each species is a separate tab in the Google Sheet and the resources are listed as a drop down menu.
Click here to sign up for Quiz Bowl Database Assignments
Once developed, questions can be submitted by accessing links below.

Questions may be submitted by agents, volunteer leaders, and youth. As a reminder, those competing at state will be required to submit 15 questions per contest that they are competing in at Texas 4-H Roundup. 
Quiz Bowl Live Demo
Lastly, agents from District 9 have volunteered to host a Live Quiz Bowl Demo for those that wish to see the new contest rules in action. We realize this date will miss those in District 3, but this was the best available time for those hosting the demonstration. We will plan to record the demo. It will be held using Zoom. Information for joining the session will be sent out shortly. We encourage you to share the attached Save the Date with your volunteers/coaches.
Quiz Bowl Guide & Resources
As a reminder, all the updated contest information can be found at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/
If you have questions, please feel free to contact the state 4-H office.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

District IV 4-H Photography Contest

District IV 4-H Photography Contest
November 2
Registration Fee $10.00


SPECIAL NOTE: This photography contest has NO bearing on senior members qualifying for the state photography contest. Members must qualify at the county level. As such, this district contest is a standalone event and should not be confused with county or state contests. Please consult your County Extension office for qualifying procedures within your county.


4-H Connect registration opens October 2, 2018
4-H Connect registration closes midnight, November 2, 2018
Photos are due to the District or Morris County office by 4 PM, November 14, 2018
Judging will take place on November 28
Results will be emailed to County Extension Offices
Awards and photos will be distributed to County Extension Offices
Registration. Each participating member is required to register on 4-H Connect and pay the district contest registration fee. When registering on 4-H Connect, you will be assessed a $10.00 fee when you select your first entry. Subsequent entries are an additional $0.50 per photo.

Participation. Participants must be active 4-H members enrolled in a Texas 4-H and Youth Development county program in District IV.

Age. Age divisions are determined by a participant’s grade as of September 1 of the current 4-H year. Age divisions for this contest are:

Junior grades 3, 4, or 5
Intermediate grades 6, 7, or 8
Senior grades 9, 10, 11, or 12
Photo Categories

Details & Macro
Dominant Color
Elements of Design
Landscape & Nature (non-animal)
Theme: “Promote 4-H”
Travel & Place

More detailed information can be found on the Districts Event Page.

State Fair of Texas Is HERE!!! Go cheer on Kaufman County 4-H!!

September 28-October 21, 2018 FAIR PARK • DALLAS
Thursday, September 27
1PM-9PM Move-In: Breeding Gilts
Brooke Horton - (Swine Barn)

Friday, September 28
Gate 15 will open for staging at 12am
12PM Checked-In Deadline: Breeding Gilts (Swine Barn)
4PM Show Ring Success Seminar, Market Goats and Lambs BCLC
Youth Gilt Showmanship

Saturday, September 29 Swine Arena
Pan-Am Purebred Gilts, followed by Pan-Am Crossbred Gilt
12PM      Show  Swine Arena
7PM Exhibitor Appreciation Dinner BCLC
(Breeding Gilt and Llama Exhibitors only)
Gate 15 will open for gilt staging at 8am

Sunday, September 30
7AM Release: Breeding Gilts (Swine Barn)
8AM Youth Purebred Breeding Gilt Show Swine Arena
Release: Youth Market Lambs (Non-Sale) (CB1)

Monday, October 1
Gate 15 will open for staging at 12am
4AM-8AM Move-In: Youth Market Barrows  (Dk OPB, Duroc, Hampshire, Dk Cross)   (Swine Barn)
Brooke Horton – Market Barrows                               Tyler Horton – Market Barrow
8AM-11AM Kiosk Check-In: Youth Market Barrows (CB1)
8AM             Registration: Youth Food Challenge Contest (BCLC)
Cassidy Daily          Emily Daily               Tristan Dreher              MaKayla Townsend          David Townsend       Laina  Elam
Lizette Rodriguez  Ruth Ellen Stecher  Eli Stecher                      Noah Garcia                      Owen Garcia              Sarah Baird
9AM Youth Food Challenge Contest, followed by awards BCLC
12PM-7PM Move-In: Youth Market/Prospect Steers (CB1&2
Mary Beth Beam     Maddox Henderson
4PM Show Ring Success Seminar, Barrows BCLC

Tuesday, October 2
Gate 15 will open for staging at 5am
7AM-12PM Move-In: Youth Market/Prospect Steers (CB1&2)
11AM-2PM Kiosk Check-In: Youth Market/Prospect Steers (CB1)
4PM Show Ring Success Seminar, Market Steers BCLC
Texas Livestock Marketing Association will accept animals for consignment until 30 minutes after the last class champion is selected.

Wednesday, October 3
8AM Youth Prospect Steer Show (American, British, AOB) LJP
9AM Release: Youth Prospect Steers
5PM Prospect Steer Grand Champion Drive LJP
or 30 minutes following the last breed/division drive – whichever comes later

Thursday, October 4
9AM        Release: Youth Market Steers (Non Sale)
Texas Livestock Marketing Association will accept animals for consignment until 30 minutes after the last class champion is selected.

Friday, October 5

Monday, October 8
12PM Registration: Youth Livestock Judging Contest, followed by orientation
Mary Beth Beam,  Cheyenne Babovec,  Grace Bowden, Hannah Tackett, Hailey Knight, Anna Hiser (BCLC)
1PM Youth Livestock Judging Contest, followed by awards LJP/BCLC
6:30PM Exhibitor Appreciation Dinner BCLC

Thursday, October 11 
6AM-12PM Move-In: Beefmaster, Brangus, Red Brangus, Santa Gertrudis, Simbrah,
Simmental, ARB         (CB1&2)
Cheyenne Babovec – Simmental      Jessica Crawford – Simmental      Morgan Jackson – 4 Simmental, 
12PM-7PM Move-In: Dairy Goats (Swine Barn)
Abigail Giromini – Dairy Goats     Sara Giromini – Dairy Goats     Tabitha Giromini – Dairy Goats
 1PM Checked-In Deadline: Beef Cattle (CB1)

Friday, October 12
8AM Move-In: Youth Breeding Rabbits (Poultry Barn
Jostyn Weddell    Jayden Holstein
9AM Registration: Youth Beef Skillathon Contest
Grace Bowden (BCLC)
10AM Youth Beef Skillathon Contest, followed by awards BCLC
11AM Checked-In Deadline: Dairy Goats (Swine Barn)
2PM CTDGA Club Show (Junior Does only) Swine Arena
6PM Checked-In Deadline: Youth Breeding Rabbits (Poultry Barn)
6:30PM Exhibitor Appreciation Dinner BCLC

Saturday, October 13
9AM Youth Beefmasters, Simbrah, and Simmental Show LJP-North
Youth Breeding Rabbit Show Poultry Building
Pan-Am Dairy Goat Show, and
CTDGA Club Show (Senior Does only) Swine Arena

Sunday, October 14
8AM Youth Heifer Showmanship followed by Santa Gertrudis,
Brangus, Red Brangus and ARB Show LJP-North
Youth Breeding Rabbit Show
9AM Release: Beef Cattle Poultry Building
Youth Dairy Goat Showmanship, Wethers, and Youth Show
10AM Release: Dairy Goats
3PM Release: Youth Breeding Rabbits, Dairy Cattle

Tuesday, October 16
10AM-7PM Move-In: Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou,
Mini Hereford, Polled Hereford, Red Angus, Shorthorn, ORB                       (CB1&2)
Morgan Jackson – 1 ORB               Maddie Jenkins – Hereford, Polled Hereford, Maine Anjou
Emily Jenkins– Hereford, Polled Hereford, Maine Anjou
Cody Jones – Maine Anjou, ORB  Lauren Jones – Chianina, Polled Hereford
Grace Bowden – 3 Angus
Move-In: Breeding Sheep (Swine Barn)
Hailey Knight – 4-Dorper Breeding Sheep    Case Lambeth – Dorper Breeding Sheep
Mandy Jo Lambeth– 2 Dorper Breeding Sheep

7AM Registration: Youth Agricultural Public Speaking Contest, (BCLC) followed by orientation
Lauren Jones                Cody Jones
8:30AM Youth Agricultural Public Speaking Contest, followed by Cotton Bowl/BCLC

Thursday, October 18
 7AM-12PM Move-In: Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, 
Mini Hereford, Polled Hereford, Red Angus, Shorthorn, ORB                       (CB1&2)
Move-In: Breeding Sheep (Swine Barn)
1PM Checked-In Deadline: Breeding Sheep (Swine Barn)
Checked-In Deadline: Beef Cattle (CB1)

Friday, October 19
8AM Pan-Am Red Angus, Pre-Junior Mini Hereford, Angus and
Shorthorn Show LJP-North
Pan-Am Mini Hereford, Youth Red Angus Bred and Owned,
Youth Red Angus Showmanship, Pan-Am Hereford, and Polled Hereford Show LJP-South
9AM Pan-Am Dorper, White Dorper, Medium Wool and Wether
Dam Breeding Sheep Show Swine Arena
6:30PM Exhibitor Appreciation Dinner BCLC

Saturday, October 20
7AM Registration: Youth Sheep Skillathon Contest (BCLC)
Mason Henderson     Maddox Henderson
8AM Sheep Skillathon Contest, followed by awards BCLC
9AM Youth Red Angus, Angus, Hereford, and Polled Hereford Show                           LJP
1PM Pan-Am Fine Wool Breeding Sheep Show, followed by Youth Swine Arena Showmanship
8AM Youth Dorper, White Dorper, Fine Wool, Medium Wool 
Breeding Sheep Show Swine Arena
Youth Heifer Showmanship followed by Shorthorn, Charolais,
Chianina, Limousin, Maine Anjou, and ORB Show LJP
10AM Release: Breeding Sheep
Release: Beef Cattle
Sunday, October 21

*LJP, Livestock Judging Pavilion; *BCLC, Briscoe Carpenter Livestock C

Good Luck to those heading to East Texas Fair this Weekend!!

Good Luck to the Kaufman County 4-Her's heading to East Texas this weekend!!

Cassidy Daily – Market Goats & Longhorns
Emily Daily - Market Goats 
Kaelyn McDougald - Market Goats
Bethany Ragsdale - Market Goats 
James Ragsdale - Market Goats
Mason Henderson – Market Lambs

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Texas 4-H Community Service Project

National 4-H Week Photo Challenge

Are you ready for National 4-H Week October 7-13? 

There are many ways for your clubs and members to get involved in celebrating all 4-H has to offer, including our Big 5 Social Media Challenge as explained in the graphic above! 

Opportunities include: 
  • Kick off event: Texas 4-H Day in Aggieland
  • Big 5 Social Media Challenge 
  • Spirit Day on Tuesday, October 9th
  • One Day 4-H
Check out details and links to resources like radio scripts, social media messaging guides, and profile frames at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/national-4-h-week/

Monday, September 10, 2018

Record Books 2018-2019

I am most assured by now you have heard ......

"They Changed the Record Books!!!"

No need to worry!!! We will be putting the new formats for into the new leader trainings and the new family orientations. But for Right now for ALL age levels keep recording and documenting all that you do.

The biggest change is that the JUNIORS and INTERMEDIATES are going to be using the same forms as the SENIORS.
The positive part is that the juniors can now really document per their projects (Up to 4 projects) in the main area. More detailed information will be in the trainings coming up. So .... No Worries.. This will be awesome!!!

But here is alittle help....

The Texas 4-H Record Book state site has ALL the new information and the new forms.

But here is a little note to get you all started and I will work on a date for a record book workshop.

Effective September 1, 2018, the Report Forms for each age division (Junior, Intermediate, and Senior) request the same content. However, the number of allowable entries and pages vary by age division. The 4-H member may include information for the current year, plus up to three previous years on the Report Form. The 4-H member will only complete ONE Report Form each year that includes up to four years of information. (NOT four Report Forms with one year per form). Previous years’ Report Forms should not be included. Please see table below for more details.
Forms are available as a fillable Word document. The Texas 4-H Report Form is the main reporting form for the 4-H Record Book. It is used to report all of the activities that a member does, along with school, church and other community groups in applicable section. Always keep in mind that 4-H teaches growth, so show as much growth as possible when filling out the report form.

What will judges look for? Record Books submitted for competition will be evaluated based on project work, leadership, community service, awards, and non-4-H activities. Please refer to the score sheet for judging criteria.
Record Books will be judged primarily on content. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the member’s experiences, activities, leadership, service, and accomplishments. When readers look at a Record Book, they take into account the details in relation to how long the member has been in 4-H.

Clarification on learning activities that take place outside of 4-H clubs and project groups
Very often 4-H members can enhance their 4-H project learning experiences by participating in activities beyond the 4-H club/project. Example, a youth may participate in a showmanship clinic sponsored by a cattle breed association. The learning that takes place and the practice of showing transcends to their 4-H project and thus should be reported in the Report Form. However, if that same 4-H member competes in a showmanship competition sponsored by the breed association that would be reported as a non-4-H activity.
Another example may be in the Theatre and Performance Arts category where many learning experiences may take place within a community theatre or through school theatre. The knowledge, skills and practice associated can be reported as learning experiences within the Report Form. A competitive event or production, however, would be reported as a non-4-H activity.

4-H members also lead self-determined projects where they may be the only individual in their club or county with that particular interest. Learning activities that are self-directed are to be included and reported just as any other project learning activity. 

Look to the site for updated categories. A 4-H member will choose one of the categories for their Record Book entry. The category selected should be reflective of the 4-H member’s main (most active) project. 

Look for more information to come but the first thing of the 4-H year is to select your goals for each of your projects and then document them down.  

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

NEW!!! to 2019 Kaufman County Junior Livestock Show

The 2019 County Fair is going to be great!!!

And they have some awesome changes...

December 8th-Deadline to validate and enter at the fair grounds.

January 18th - Validation of Rabbit Meat Pens (New this year) must own meat pens by this date. You will still enter on December 8th

New to the schedule is that the Rabbit show, Breeding Sheep Show, Breeding Doe Show, Wether Doe and Wether Dam show will be held on WEDNESDAY, February 26TH this 2019 show.

More information to come.

Friday, August 24, 2018

One Day 4-H - Oct 13th

Lend a hand to your community on One Day 4-H October 13, 2018! This event allows 4-H members, parents, and volunteers help their communities through service projects. This event is flexible and can be as straightforward or intricate as you like.

How do you participate?

  • 4-H members and their clubs/county programs should start now on identifying and planning a community service project.
  • Work to secure all the necessary supplies/equipment/resources to get the project done.
  • Advertise/market your project to locate media and others in the community so they will know the difference you, and 4-H, is making.
  • Sign your project up at the one day 4-H website 
  • Conduct your project and then report your successes at the one day 4-H website.
  • Order One Day 4-H T-shirts at: 

One Day 4-H website for all promotional resources, planning guide, project signup and reporting, and additional information: 


District 8 Shooting Sports Leader training - Oct 27-28

We’re pleased to announce that District 8 4-H will be hosting a Shooting Sports Coach Certification Training for Archery, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun in Stephenville on October 27-28, 2018.

See the attached flyerwebsite, and/or participant information letter for more details.  
This training is open to any potential coaches across the state.
  • Registration will be conducted through 4‐H Connect.
  • Look for 2018 D8 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Certification (Stephenville) (Open state-wide)
  • Registration will be open starting September 24 and closes October 12, 2018.
  • Please pay close attention to the deadline!
  • Cost is $120

Participants MUST have completed and passed the Background Check PRIOR to registering for the event, so if they have not completed this, they should do so IMMEDIATELY! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

District 9 Shooting Sport Leader training-Sept 1-2

Information for the Shooting Sports Coach Training that will be held September 1-2, 2018 in Kurten located in Brazos County. There is a range nearby this facility that we will be utilizing and hopefully a new partnership built from this training opportunity. Please share the information with your families. The  information is attached and can be found at the following link: https://d94-h.tamu.edu/d-9-shooting-sports-leader-coach-training/

While this is a short turnaround time of getting volunteers approved in Connect, I do appreciate your cooperation in working with the volunteers and promoting this opportunity. 

30 Days of Doing Good

"Inspire Kids to Do" 30 Days of Doing starts September 1. Enter the 30 Days of Doing Photo Contest on September 1 - 30 and you could win a $10K scholarship for your kid! Here are 30 ideas to "Do" but the sky is the limit. 

Parents and volunteers can find out more information about the contest and campaign at 

Rabies Awareness & Prevention Poster Contest

Rabies Awareness & Prevention Poster Contest
The Texas Department of State Health Services would like to invite the kids at your school to participate in a Rabies Awareness & Prevention Poster Contest. Rabies is a viral disease that kills over 50,000 people every year around the world. Human deaths from rabies in the United States are very rare (approximately one death per year, almost exclusively due to rabies associated with bats). This is due to strict animal control laws, widespread pet vaccinations, and public health intervention in identified rabies-exposure cases. Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis is 100% effective when administered properly. However, the treatment is very expensive and requires multiple shots over a period of time.  
Skunks and bats are the most commonly affected species in Texas. Private residences and school grounds are the most common locations in Texas for exposure to rabid bats. Bat bites are not always noticeable and many people are unaware that exposure to bats poses a risk. Most of these rabies exposures are preventable through education. This is why we are encouraging school kids throughout Texas to become more aware about rabies and respecting bats and other wildlife from a distance. Students at your school can participate by entering a contest to design a poster promoting rabies awareness & prevention. There are prizes for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, and artwork from top-ranking posters may be used for future state sponsored public health educational projects. Prizes are provided by the Zach Jones Memorial Fund www.zachjonesmemorial.org/.

Please forward this information to the teachers in your school and encourage them to involve their students. Provided online is an information sheet for students and a teacher instruction sheet with details and an entry form www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/rabies/information/contest/The deadline for poster submission is April 8, 2019. If you are interested and need additional information, feel free to contact Ms. Bonny Mayes directly. Thank you!   

Bonny C. Mayes, MA, Epidemiologist
Texas Department of State Health Services
Zoonosis Control Branch, MC-1956
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756
Phone:  (512) 776-2888
FAX (512) 776-7454