Market Beef Weigh-In

If you are planning to show Market Beef for the 2014 4-H year there are two options for the required I.D. and weigh-in. Weigh-in dates are February 8th from 10:00 to 11:00, CT or February 23rd from 2:00 to 3:00, CT, at Valentine Livestock Auction. Please be punctual, as our volunteers and staff have other commitments on both days. Calves need to be 4-H tagged prior to weigh-in. ID sheets, bills of sale and ear tags need to be picked up at the Extension Office. Tags will cost $1.25 each. If you have ear tags from last year, or tags still in from a feeder calf project, those can be used unless you plan on exhibiting at the Nebraska State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben. Bill of Sale and ID sheets must be turned in at the time you weigh. Make sure you have all required signatures. If you are planning to show at Ak-Sar-Ben or State Fair, DNA hair samples will need to be collected. Cost for each DNA sample is $6. Please share this information with any new youth that might be considering a Market Beef project, but haven’t enrolled in 4-H yet. A fillable ID sheet can be found at this link:


Luck of the Draw

The annual 4-H Luck of the Draw fundraiser will be held at the Cedar Canyon Steakhouse in conjunction with the Heart City Bull Bash on February 15. Tickets for the raffle will be sold from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm with the drawing starting at 4:30. If your family or club would like to donate something for the raffle, please contact Maggie Cox at 402-322-0180 or email her at The 4-H Council is requesting all donations be delivered to the Extension Office no later than January 31 so they can be included in advertising.  4-Hers are encouraged to help with set-up, ticket sales and clean-up.


Pre-ticket sales will be offered for the Luck of the Draw. 4-Hers can stop by the Extension Office to pick up the packets. Pre-sale tickets will only be sold through February 6. This is a great opportunity to sell tickets to those individuals that might be short on time the day of the Bull Bash. 4-Hers will be responsible for all the tickets that they pick up for pre-sale. Any unsold tickets will need to be returned to the Extension Office. The 4-H Council will provide an award to whoever sells the most tickets!


Nebraska Club of the Month

Any 4-H club may nominate themselves to the Club of the Month. Nominations are due the second Friday of the month before the club will be the Club of the Month. The club who is chosen to be Club of the Month will receive a $50 cash card from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Nomination form is found at Please email nomination forms to or mail directly to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation Office.


Seeking 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational Participants

Source:  Steve Pritchard

Nebraska will be hosting the National 4-H Invitational Shooting Sports Match at the Heartland Public Shooting Park and Events Center in Grand Island on  June 24-29, 2014.  This event will involve 4-H youth from across the nation competing in nine disciplines. These include: Compound Archery, Recurve Archery, Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle, .22 Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzleloading, and Hunting Skills.

Nebraska has selected or will be selecting teams to represent our State in shotgun, recurve archery, compound archery, air pistol, smallbore pistol and air rifle. However, we are still seeking eligible youth interested in participating in the 2014 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in the following discipline areas – muzzleloading, smallbore rifle and hunting skills. Participants must have passed their 14th birthday by January 1 of the current year and may not have passed their 19th birthday before January 1 of the current year in which the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational is held. More details will be available at a later date.

4-H youth who are interested in participating in one of the above discipline areas are requested to complete the “National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Interest Form.” This form can be found at – Deadline to complete and return this form is March 1, 2014. Participants will be notified by one of the Nebraska coaches with more details after the deadline. The number of interested youth in a discipline will determine whether a qualifying match needs to be held in Nebraska.

Feel free to contact me at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691, or  if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in the Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Program.


Annual Horsin’ Around Conference at UNL

Tommy Sheets will headline the 22nd annual “Horsin’ Around” conference Feb. 8-9 in the RB Warren Arena at the Animal Science Complex on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. Sheets is a professional All-Around-Horseman from New Albany, Ind. He has been in the horse business most of his life, with many World Champions, Reserve World Champions and 40 Congress wins on his resume.

He has 15 total AQHA National Honor Roll Champion’s titles in western pleasure, reining, western riding and trail and performance halter. He has earned over 7,000 AQHA points and has been a six time AQHA Team Wrangler Member.

Also speaking at the event will be equine extension specialist Lena Cottle and extension horse specialist Kathy Anderson.

Cottle oversees and develops horse-related youth extension and outreach at UNL. She is responsible for the 4-H Horse Stampede, district and state 4-H horse shows, 4-H horse show judges’ clinics and other youth-related activities. She also teaches equine courses in UNL’s animal science department.

Anderson has been at UNL since 1991 and teaches equine-related courses including Equine Reproduction, Equine Nutrition, Horse Management, Horse Evaluation and Horse Industry Study tour, all in UNL’s animal science department. She is also the coach for the UNL Horse Judging Team.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. both days and is open to participants of all ages. Adult registration is $30 for both days or $20 for one day. For youth 18 and under, the cost is $20 for both days or $15 for one day. If the clinic doesn’t sell out, registration will be available at the door for adults at $40 for both days and $25 for one day and for youth at $30 for both days and $20 for one day.

No phone-in registrations are accepted. For more information or a registration form, call 402-472-6411, email, visit the Horsin’ Around website at or the UNL Horse Facebook Page at