4-H Events and Activities

Friday, August 13, 2021

2022 Spring Major Validation Orders are due by August 30th!!!

 Just a reminder, I need orders by August 30th to be able to order the $15.00 tags. After August 31st they go to $25.00

I have updated the online order form.  PLEASE use this form.  Do not call the office.  We end up getting orders crossed and I end up paying for tags that were not needed.  If you have a problem with the online system please let me know, Carrie Sharp – cl-sharp@tamu.edu.  Below is the direct link to the site.

https://kaufman.agrilife.org/event-registrations/2021-spring-major-show-validation-tag-order-information/

We are looking forward to another successful season of validation this October.  We are in a new cycle for ordering for heifers, Market Lambs, Market Goats, Wether Dams, Wether Does, Breeding Sheep and Breeding Goats, intending to show at 2022 Spring majors. Of course, heifers that were previously validated do not need to be re-validated, unless they changed breed or ownership. In addition to Breeding Sheep and Breeding Does that were validated in June of 2021.

HEIFERS

I have included links to all of the new documents, including: 2021-2022 Texas 4-H/FFA Livestock Program Ethics Policy, the updated October heifer validation guidelines, as well as other forms that have been slightly revised for this season. Not much has changed, but we do want to bring special attention to the Ethics Policy and changes/processes included in that important document. I have outlined all of the documents below to help you get a feel for what’s most important. Please check these out and become familiar with updated rules/forms. 

Also, please see note below regarding uploading heifer registration papers early. This is highly recommended if you are validating heifers.

Documents:

GOATS AND SHEEP

 Reminders

·         Validation Fee for all Sheep and Goats.

o    $15 per head August 1 – August 31.

o    $25 per head September 1 – October 25.

o    Payment will be due at the time of invoicing, not ordering. Invoices will be sent in September for orders placed on or before the deadline. Late orders will be invoiced as they arrive. Please send payment with the invoice for each ordering period.

·         Single Validation Tag and Validation forms for sheep and goats.

o    All Market Lambs, Market Goats, Breeding Sheep, Wether Dams, Breeding Goats, and Wether Does will use the same RFID validation tag.

o   All Market Lambs, Market Goats, Breeding Sheep, Wether Dams, Breeding Goats, and Wether Does will be on the same form.

o    Breeding Sheep and Goat registration papers will be uploaded to the validation website by the county validation chairman.

o    Beginning June 1, 2021, registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does will have 3 total years of eligibility UNLESS A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP TAKES PLACE.  Breeding animals validated for State Fair in June do not have to be revalidated for major shows.  Put plainly- if you validate for State Fair during the June 2021 validation period, your validation will be eligible until June 2024, unless a change of ownership occurs during that time- then you must re-validate.

o    All sheep and goats are eligible for family validation.  Registered sheep and goats can family validate if the registration papers have all exhibitors full names listed as owners.  Registration paper ownership will determine the exhibitors eligible to show that project.


MARKET LAMBS AND GOATS VALIDATED FOR THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS MUST BE REVALIDATED FOR THE 2021-2022 SPRING/WINTER MAJOR SHOWS. STATE FAIR OF TEXAS MARKET LAMB AND GOAT VALIDATION TAGS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE MAJOR SHOWS.


Texas Lamb Breeders Association (TLBA) and Texas Goat Breeders Association (TGBA) tag numbers MUST be in the animal’s ear and  be  recorded  on  the  validation form at validation. NO TLBA or TGBA tag numbers will be added to the validation forms after the forms are submitted to the Sheep and Goat Validation of Texas program. Market lambs and wether does must have a TLBA tag to be eligible to compete in the San Angelo Stock Show.

I have updated the online order form.  PLEASE use this form.  Do not call the office.  We end up getting order crossed and I end up paying for tags that were not needed.  If you have a problem with the online system please let me know, Carrie Sharp – cl-sharp@tamu.edu.  Below is the direct link to the site.

https://kaufman.agrilife.org/event-registrations/2021-spring-major-show-validation-tag-order-information/


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

May Newsletter

Council News

Council Meeting

The next 4-H Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 18th, at the Kaufman County Extension Office at 6:30 pm. This will be Nomination Night for the elections for the 2020-2021 Council Officers.  So it will be really important that each club is represented.  If you are unsure who your reps are please contact Carrie at the extension office. 

Elections will be June 13th at 1 PM.

Record Books – Deadline June 11th

Project Record are due June 11th to the County Extension office.  Information and help guides can be found on:  http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/recordbooks/

For record books to be considered for district competition they need to be turned in by the Deadline.

And SSOOO Much More!!!  Check the Blog and the County Website for more opportunities!!!

Camps, Clinics, Workshops

Multi County Camp – July 5-7

Planning for the Multi County Camp in Lone Star, Texas is once again started.  This year a full three days of fun are centered on the Theme – “Explore 4-H.”  Come have fun with 4-H’ers from 6 other District IV counties.  4-H’ers from 8 yrs and in 3rd Grade to 18 Yrs old has fun at the Lake front camp. Registration is $120.00 for 3 days and 2 nights of fun and activities.  (Registration is Due May 31st.)

District ULTRA Leadership Camp 2021 – July 12-14th

This year’s District Leadership Camp will be held on July 12-14th, at Lakeview Baptist Church Camp, Lone Star Texas.  It will be 2.5 days of fun and excitement!! Hold these dates and look for more information to come!!! Deadline to register is June 7th on 4H Connect.

Texas Farm Bureau Youth Success Series

Texas youth can expect the best in life by holding themselves to the highest standards, and Texas Farm Bureau can help students travel the road of excellence. Kaufman County 4-H Will be hosting these virtual trainings at the extension office in June.  So you can come participate IN PERSON with other youth taking the program activities.  If you would like to know more about how to sign up and the dates to participate, just email back! 

Through our new Student Success Series, students in 8th through 12th grade can learn more about leadership, networking and personal professionalism this summer.

There are four experiences for students to participate in:

  • Jumpstart: Virtual event for 8th grade students
  • Activate: Virtual event for 9th grade students
  • Engage: In-person district meetings for 10th grade students
  • Thrive: Virtual event for 11th and 12th grade students

We are working on dates to host at the County Extension Office in June BUT you HAVE to get signed up May 21st at http://txfb.us/StudentSuccessSeries

Project Talk

Kaufman Co 4-H Horse Club Hosts TAMU Horsemanship – June 10-11th

If you and your horse want to improve your team work then the TAMU Horsemanship clinic is GREAT for you!!  The clinic will be held at the Legends Horse Ranch in Kaufman.  The Two day clinic is full of opportunities to work on areas to improve your horsemanship.  The cost for the 2 days is ONLY $150 and that includes 2 lunches and snack breaks. For more information contact Carrie Sharp cl-sharp@tamu.edu she will put you in touch with the horse club leaders Amy Wolfe or Dianne Hiser.

2021 State Fair of Texas Lamb/Goat Validation

If you bought a tag for the State Fair Market Goat and Lamb shows we will be tagging on June 22nd at the Mabank FFA Barn starting at 5 pm and June 29th at the Kaufman County at 3 pm.

ALSO - The State Fair of Texas is requiring validation for registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does.

2021 State Steer Tag In – June 22 and 24th 

Major Steer Tag In will be held on June 22nd  at the Mabank FFA Barn starting at 5 pm.  Dr. Risinger’s Vet Clinic in Terrell on June 24th , at 6:30 p.m. Please Do Not arrive before 6:30 p.m.

2021 Fall Show Heifer Validation

Fall Show Heifer Validation is for any fall junior heifer shows.  We will be validating on June 22nd  at the Mabank FFA Barn at 5 p.m. and June 29th at the County Fair Grounds at 3 pm.

 THE 29th  VALIDATION ARE FOR HALTER BROKE HEIFERS ONLY!! IF YOUR HEIFER IS NOT HALTER BROKE BRING THEM TO THE JUNE 22nd at Mabank FFA or the  24TH STEER VALIDATION AT RISINGER VET CLINIC. 

We are verifying ownership, registration paper upload and physical validation. A $15.00 per heifer fee will be collected. PLEASE DO NOT UNLOAD YOUR HEIFERS TILL DIRECTED. 

** Heifers validated last fall or summer will not need to be validated unless there has been a change in breed or ownership. **

***YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR PAPERS IN YOUR NAME AND HEIFER AT THE VERIFICATION DATE. Make sure your heifer is tattooed and the tattoo is correct matching the papers. If it is not, we will not validate your heifer. ****

2021 State Fair of Texas Breeding Sheep and Breeding Goat Validation – NEW!!

The State Fair of Texas is requiring validation for registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does..

The Texas Lamb and Goat Validation of Texas is pleased to announce the introduction of the Roll-over Breeding Sheep and Breeding Goat program.

Who does this impact? Registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does ONLY

Who does this NOT impact? Market lambs and market goats

What does this mean? Beginning June 1, 2021, registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does will have 3 total years of eligibility UNLESS A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP TAKES PLACE. This will be offered during major show validation as well. Put plainly- if you validate for State Fair during the June 2021 validation period, your validation will be eligible until June 2024, unless a change of ownership occurs during that time- then you must re-validate. If you validate during the October 2021 validation period for major shows, your validation will be eligible until October 2024, unless a change of ownership occurs during that time- then you must re-validate.

More information regarding the Roll-Over Breeding Sheep and Breeding Goat program will be released soon.

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO MARKET LAMBS AND GOATS!!!

Market lambs and market goats validated for the State Fair of Texas MUST RE-VALIDATE for Major Shows in October! This has NOT changed!

District IV 4-H Horse Show

The District IV 4-H Horse Show will be held Thursday, June 17th at the Sulphur Springs, TX.  Grounds will be open at 3-9 pm on Wednesday, June 16th, for early arrival and early check-in with registration.  All entries for the District IV 4-H Horse Show will be done on 4-H Connect.  4-H Connect will be open starting on May 10th, and closes at midnight on Friday, May 25th   NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED NO EXCEPTIONS. The entry sheet is only a tool for the contestants and parents to work from before going on 4-H Connect.  It is not a valid means of entry and will not be accepted.

State Horse Show Rules and Regulations

The 2021 State 4-H Horse Show rules and regulations are ready at http://animalscience.tamu.edu/academics/equine/state-4h-show/   If you should have any questions please call the Extension office.

2021 State Fair of Texas Market Poultry Show

If you are interested in showing broilers at the 2021 State Fair of Texas your orders need to be turned into the Extension office by Monday, June 28th.

2021 State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition

The State Fair offers more than 1,100 categories in 12 departments to be entered and judged before the fair begins on September 28th.  The Fair also offers 24 daily contests during the annual exposition.

2021 Important Dates

·         March: Online Registration Begin

·         July 26­­: Registration Deadline for Pre-Fair Contests

·         August 6-8: Pre-Fair Entry Take-In at Fair Park

After judging, all exhibitors will be notified of their entry’s status via mail or email.  Also, keep an eye on www.bigtex.com where they post all the judging results.

Community Happenings

There is a lot going on in Kaufman County, with that will come lots of opportunities to showcase 4-H.  If you have a chance to help with any of the community events listed in the Council Update section.

Congratulations!!

District Roundup

Educational Presentations

Anna Hiser – 4th in SR Public Speaking

Kaitlyn Espinosa – 3rd in Open Ag & Natural Resources

Share the Fun - Vocal

3rd Place Senior Division – Caiden Garcia and Abigail Dunn

1st place Junior Division – Owen Garcia

Helpful 4-H Websites

 

Other helpful websites:

http://kaufman-tx.tamu.edu              http://texas.4-h.tamu.edu

http://texas4h-ctr.tamu.edu               http://d44-h.tamu.edu

http://kaufman4hcouncil.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Texas 4-H LEAD 2021

 


LEAD Academy 2021 will be held on Zoom June 1-3, 2021 and will feature a range of topics for both you and adults. Make plans now to join us! More details and session topics will be available soon on


CORRECTION OF DATE!! 4-H Record Book Workshops

 It is May 2nd AND County 4-H Record Books are due June 11th. SO less than 40 days away. Record Books will be due into the office June 11th. I will be hosting 2 workshops on =>


#1-Friday, MAY 7th; 6 pm - 4-H Story and Photo Portfolio
#2 Thursday, MAY 13th; 6 pm - Project Experiences
#3 Sunday, MAY 16th; 2 pm - Leadership & Community Services, and the rest

These all will be hosted at the Extension office. Please RSVP so I know how many to prepare for. IF you have last years record book please bring it with you.

The Resources can be found on the Texas 4-H Recordbook Page.

Monday, April 05, 2021

4-H News this week.

 4-H News this Week - April 5-11th

Virtual Skill-a-thon contest

If you are looking for one last contest to help prepare your 4-Her’s for the State Skill-a-thon take a look at the Texas A&M AgriLife Last Chance Online Contest. The dates are April 19-21, 2021. The contest will have a 50 question exam, 75 ID and 2 practicums from the 2021 practicum group. To register or with questions, at tyler.vogel@ag.tamu.edu.




Vet Science Project FUN for youth and adults

VSCP Events

While in person events are limited this Spring, the Veterinary Science Certificate Program will be conducting the following virtual events:

·     Enhancing Engagement in the Ag Classroom

·     Full day virtual event (8am - 5pm Central time)

·     Wednesday, April 14, 2021

·     Attendees are eligible for up to 6.0 CEU's

·     Follow link for registration: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/productListingDetails/3334

·     For more information click here

·     2021 CEA/Adult Leader Informational and Skills Event

·     Half day virtual event (9AM-12PM Central Time)

·     Tuesday, April 20, 2021

·     ZOOM platform

·     Learn about the vet science program and some alternative methods to vet science skills

·     For more information contact vscp@ag.tamu.edu

·     Veterinary Science Teacher Online Training

·     Virtual event, 2 half-day sessions (9am-12pm Central Time each day)

·     Monday and Tuesday, April 26 - 27, 2021

·     Attendees are eligible for up to 6.5 CEU's

·     Follow link for registration: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/productListingDetails/3377

·     For more information click here

·     Texas A&M AgriLife Last Chance Contest

·     3 day virtual event

·     April 19-21, 2021

·     To register for CDE Contest visit: www.judgingcard.com

·     For more information contact Tyler Vogel at tyler.vogel@ag.tamu.edu

Kaufman County Major Show Tag Orders/Validation Info

- Online Tag Order (click on the "Event Registration" tab; FFA please use the FFA link//4-H please use the 4-H link)

Fall, 2021 State Fair of Texas and Major Steer Validation Dates

Steer and Heifer Tag/UIN Ordering

·     Orders Open: April 1st

·     Last day for REGULAR Tag Orders: April 15th

·     Last day for LATE Tag Orders: June 20th

·     Validation fee for Steers

    • $25 per head April 1-April 15
    • $30 per head April 16-June 23

o  Payment due with tag orders

·     Validation fee for Heifers

o  $15 per head uploaded by July 8

    • Payment will be due at the time of  physical validation

·     Deadline for validating all steers and heifers will be June 30, 2021.  The actual site and date of validations will be posted later in May, 2021.

o  NOTE: Steers can ONLY Be Validated ONCE!!! MUST VALIDATE in JUNE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FALL, 2021 & Spring, 2022 Major Shows!!!!!

Goat and Lamb Tag Ordering – State Fair (ONLY)  The State Fair of Texas is requiring validation for registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does.

  • Orders Open: April 1st
  • Last day for REGULAR Tag Orders: April 15th

·     Last day for LATE Tag Orders: June 20th

·     Validation fee for Goat and Lamb

o  $20 per head April 1 – April 15

o  $25 per head April 16 – June 20

·     Actual physical validation will take place in June - The date and place will be posted later in May

NEW: Roll-over Breeding Sheep and Breeding Goat program

Who does this impact? Registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does ONLY

Who does this NOT impact? Market lambs and market goats

What does this mean? Beginning June 1, 2021, registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does will have 3 total years of eligibility UNLESS A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP TAKES PLACE.

This will be offered during major show validation as well. Put plainly- if you validate for State Fair during the June 2021 validation period, your validation will be eligible until June 2024, unless a change of ownership occurs during that time- then you must re-validate. If you validate during the October 2021 validation period for major shows, your validation will be eligible until October 2024, unless a change of ownership occurs during that time- then you must re-validate.

Swine Tag Ordering – State Fair and Heart of Texas (ONLY)

  • Orders Open: April 1st
  • Last day for REGULAR Tag Orders: April 15th

·     Last day for LATE Tag Orders: June 5th

·     Validation fee for Swine

o  $20 per head April 1 – April 25

o  $25 per head April 26 – June 5

Deadline for validating all pigs will be June 30, 2021.  Time and Place will be posted later at the beginning of June

    • Purebred (registered gilts) must be validated. Date of ownership, transfer and registration must all be on or before June 30, 2021.
    • Purebred (registered gilts) must have registration papers uploaded into the validation system by July 15, 2021.
    • Crossbred gilts showing at the State Fair of Texas and Heart of Texas MUST be validated.
    • State Validation tags must be in the pigs ear when it enters the holding pens. This means tags cannot be in the hand or pocket. Any pig entering the holding pen without a tag will not be allowed to show.



State Fair of Texas/Heart O Texas Validation Tag Order time

 

Kaufman County Major Show Tag Orders/Validation Info

- Online Tag Order (click on the "Event Registration" tab; FFA please use the FFA link//4-H please use the 4-H link)

Fall, 2021 State Fair of Texas and Major Steer Validation Dates

Steer and Heifer Tag/UIN Ordering

  • Orders Open: April 1st
  • Last day for REGULAR Tag Orders: April 15th
  • Last day for LATE Tag Orders: June 20th
  • Validation fee for Steers
    • $25 per head April 1-April 15
    • $30 per head April 16-June 23
    • Payment due with tag orders
  • Validation fee for Heifers
    • $15 per head uploaded by July 8
    • Payment will be due at the time of  physical validation
  • Deadline for validating all steers and heifers will be June 30, 2021.  The actual site and date of validations will be posted later in May, 2021.
    • NOTE: Steers can ONLY Be Validated ONCE!!! MUST VALIDATE in JUNE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FALL, 2021 & Spring, 2022 Major Shows!!!!!

Goat and Lamb Tag Ordering – State Fair (ONLY)  The State Fair of Texas is requiring validation for registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does.

  • Orders Open: April 1st
  • Last day for REGULAR Tag Orders: April 15th
  • Last day for LATE Tag Orders: June 20th
  • Validation fee for Goat and Lamb
    • $20 per head April 1 – April 15
    • $25 per head April 16 – June 20
  • Actual physical validation will take place in June - The date and place will be posted later in May

NEW: Roll-over Breeding Sheep and Breeding Goat program

Who does this impact? Registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does ONLY

Who does this NOT impact? Market lambs and market goats

What does this mean? Beginning June 1, 2021, registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does will have 3 total years of eligibility UNLESS A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP TAKES PLACE.

This will be offered during major show validation as well. Put plainly- if you validate for State Fair during the June 2021 validation period, your validation will be eligible until June 2024, unless a change of ownership occurs during that time- then you must re-validate. If you validate during the October 2021 validation period for major shows, your validation will be eligible until October 2024, unless a change of ownership occurs during that time- then you must re-validate.

Swine Tag Ordering – State Fair and Heart of Texas (ONLY)

  • Orders Open: April 1st
  • Last day for REGULAR Tag Orders: April 25th
  • Last day for LATE Tag Orders: June 5th
  • Validation fee for Swine
    • $20 per head April 1 – April 25
    • $25 per head April 26 – June 5

Deadline for validating all pigs will be June 30, 2021.  Time and Place will be posted later at the beginning of June

    • Purebred (registered gilts) must be validated. Date of ownership, transfer and registration must all be on or before June 30, 2021.
    • Purebred (registered gilts) must have registration papers uploaded into the validation system by July 15, 2021.
    • Crossbred gilts showing at the State Fair of Texas and Heart of Texas MUST be validated.
    • State Validation tags must be in the pigs ear when it enters the holding pens. This means tags cannot be in the hand or pocket. Any pig entering the holding pen without a tag will not be allowed to show.