May 17, 2013

Clover Kid Fun Is Just A Click Away

  • Wondering what to do with your Clover Kids?  What can I do at a 4-H meeting with Clover Kids? Don’t have time to gather project ideas?  The UNL Clover Kid Team has developed resource materials and is continuing to develop and collect resources for leaders and parents.  It is just a click away of having fun with your Clover Kids. This is a great way of teaching one on one or in a group setting on a 4-H project area. The resources are just a click to age appropriate books to develop literacy skills on the project to a fun dance or song to do with the kids. You don’t have to be the best singer or remember the words just click and sing.  Teach science in each project by becoming a scientist and asking scientific questions. (The answers are provided for you also.)  Each project has printable table top activities to do with the youth. So come and explore the fun of Clover Kids in just a click!

This is a great handout for parents.

This is a sample of a group activity for Clover Kid Web Page

This is a wonderful resource for the Clover Kid (or any age) Chicken Project

2013 On-line Horticulture Judging Contest- June 14-24th

  • Do you know what it takes to pick out the best produce at the grocery store or what judges are observing when they look at plants during county fair?  We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn this and other important horticulture skills through the On-line Horticulture Judging Contest.  This contest is open to 4-H members, their families, and Extension professionals.  The horticulture judging contest consists of three parts; judging, knowledge exam, and identification of plant material which can include looking at plant parts, seeds, flowers, or vegetables.

The link for this years’ quiz is  The quiz will be available from June 14-24th @midnight and the password is Nebraska.

Livestock Quality Assurance (QA)

  • Quality can mean different things to different people. Quality in livestock might mean how an animal looks, its potential breeding value or how the meat looks and tastes.  Assurance means a pledge or promise. So, quality assurance for livestock producers means making a promise to consumers-the people who consume the meat, milk and dairy products, and eggs that come from livestock and poultry. The promise we make is that products from our 4-H livestock will be the highest possible quality and we will do everything we can to make these products safe to eat.

All 4-H members in the beef, sheep, swine, goat, dairy, rabbit and poultry projects need QA training. Members must have completed the training to be eligible to exhibit at the county fair. 4-Hers have two options for completing QA training. Hands-on training will be held following the livestock judging contest on June 25 (see info below) or 4-Her’s can now complete their Livestock Quality Assurance requirement online.  4-Her’s completing their quality assurance requirement online must complete three modules and present their three certificates to the Extension Office prior to entry day on July 24.  For more information about registering and using the online system, go to

 Cherry County 4-H Family Livestock Judging Contest & Quality Assurance

  • The Cherry County 4-H Program invites all 4-H families interested in spending time together and evaluating livestock to attend the Cherry County 4-H Family Livestock Judging Contest. This is an awesome opportunity for inter-generational interaction. 4-H clubs and individuals are also welcome to take part in this family event!

Livestock judging allows 4-H & FFA members to improve their basic livestock evaluation/selection skills and provide a good foundation for decision making skills.

Mike Roeber, Northeast Community College Livestock Judging Team Coach will conduct a brief clinic on placing factors, terminology and oral reasons format at 6:00 pm.

Quality Assurance hands-on training will take place following the judging contest while results are tabulated.

DATE:                    Tuesday, June 25

TIME:                    Clinic: 6:00 pm:      Registration 6:30 pm & Contest 7pm

LOCATION:         Valentine Livestock Auction

Divisions will include Clover Kid (5-7), Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11-13), Senior (14-18), Adult (19 & up). Teams will consist of three or more immediate family members. Team total scores will consist of the highest three scores from each family team.


  • All information regarding the Cherry County 4-H Horse program can be found at There are dates about clinics and practices, information regarding horsemanship advancement levels, ID requirements and the Incentive Program. If you need a hard copy of this information, please contact the Extension Office.

The Cherry County 4-H Horse Committee is conducting four opportunities to allow 4-H

Horse project members to practice their riding skills and work on completing all aspects of

Advancement Levels I, II, and III testing requirements, including riding skills tests, written

tests, demonstrations, reports, etc. RSVP to the Office by the indicated date is required.

All events will be in Valentine at the Fairgrounds. The schedule is:

May 28 – Practice & Levels Testing- 6 PM CT – RSVP by May 24

June 4 – Clinic & Show with Kay Fred – 4 PM – RSVP by May 30

June 12 – Practice & Levels Testing – 6 PM CT – RSVP by June 10

July 16 – Practice & Levels Testing – 6 PM CT – RSVP by July 14

Livestock IDs

  • All livestock, including breeding heifers, stocker feeders, cow/calf pairs, FFA bulls, bucket calves, dairy, dairy and meat goats, breeding and market sheep, bottle lambs and swine must be tagged and ID forms turned in to the Extension Office no later than June 15.  4-H tags and ID sheets are available at the Extension Office.  ID sheets are also available online. If you are considering showing at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben, DNA samples will need to be collected. 4-Hers are responsible for contacting a Livestock Committee member to inspect your animals and sign off on the ID sheet.  Livestock committee members include:  Brent Collier (425-3333), Cody Gale (823-4147), Debbi Hoffman (967-3028), RJ Luthy (376-1128), Eric Ravenscroft (376-2332) and Shane Wobig (308-684-3573).  Call any of these members to schedule an appointment. 

Beef Ambassador Contest

  • The Nebraska CattleWomen (NCW) will host the 2013 Beef Ambassador Contest on June 18 in Valentine, NE. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of three age divisions (8-11, 12-16, and 17-20). Winners of the junior and senior contest may be eligible to participate in the National Beef Ambassador contest in Bentonville, AR. All Nebraska Beef Ambassadors will be invited to promote the beef industry at events such as the Nebraska State Fair. Contest rules and registration forms (due May 15) will be available at the NCW website at For more information, contact Kelli Loos at 515-333-1215 or Judy Reece at 402-376-1879.

 Shooting Sports

  • The Cherry County 4-H Shooting Sports Committee has set a schedule for summer.  Check out the line-up and see the fun you can have!  All sessions will take place at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. You must be enrolled in shooting sports to participate.

Monday, June 3 @ 6pm – Air Rifle

Monday, June 10 – Trap @

Monday, June 17 @ 6pm – .22

Monday, June 24 @ 6pm – Air Rifle

Monday, July 1 @ 6pm -.22

Monday, July 8 – Trap

Monday, July 15 @ 6pm – Air Rifle

Monday, July 22 @ 6pm – .22

Monday, July 29 – Trap

Thursday, August 1 @ 4:00 – County Shoot Off

4-H members must attend a minimum of 2 meetings or practices in each discipline with a certified leader to compete in that division at the Cherry County Fair contest. B.B. and Air Rifle requirements may be combined. Youth unable to attend the county- wide sessions may meet this requirement by meeting individually with a certified leader.

Complete details and more information is available at

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