Shooting Sports

A reminder that Air Rifle practices will be held April 28 and May 5. Sessions will be held in the Show Barn at the Cherry County Fairgrounds starting at 6:00 PM, CT. Certified Shooting Sports Instructors, Tom Lancaster and Rusty Kieborz will be leading each session. Bring eye protection, a mat or rug, firearm and pellets. Mark your calendars for the .22 sessions on May 12, May 19, June 2 and June 9. If you have questions about the program or needed equipment, you may contact Tom Lancaster at or (402) 376-6185.

 4-H Shooting Sports Certification Offered in May

A 4-H Shooting Sports Leader training has been set for May 16-18 near Central City.  This is only available to 4-H leaders/jr. leaders who hold a previous shooting sports certification.  The disciplines offered are Hunting & Wildlife on Friday and Saturday.  Blackpowder & Muzzleloading will be offered on Saturday and Sunday.  The cost for each discipline is $90.  To learn more, visit the 4-H Shooting Sports website at

 Opportunity for a Sheep Project

Are you interested in lambs? Have you ever wanted to exhibit one, but didn’t have the means to do it? You are in luck! Cordell Jeffcoat, former 4-Her of the Sandy Sheep 4-H Club, is so passionate about this project that he donated the sale of his 2013 market lamb to the Cherry County 4-H Foundation to set up a Lamb Futurity.

The object of this program is to provide new and current Cherry County 4-Hers the opportunity to start or add to an existing sheep project. It is also designed to promote the number of sheep that are shown at the Cherry County Fair, thus increasing the number of 4-Hers participating in livestock projects. A sheep project can provide those that do not have large areas to house an animal the opportunity to participate in showing livestock and all of the benefits that come from raising animals.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity all that is required is to write an essay explaining why you want a sheep project or why you would like to start a breeding program. After the essays are reviewed, top essays will be chosen for interviews. Essays need to be turned in to Jody Dexter at the Cherry County Extension Office by May 1.

Two lambs will be provided to the winning 4-Her. The lambs will be picked from a local flock at the end of May. The 4-Her will be responsible for IDing, tagging and showing it at the Cherry County Fair. The   4-Her will have assistance in care and feed management, fitting and showing, if needed. This project can either be a breeding or market project.

 District & State Horse

4-Hers 10 years old and older interested in participating in 2014 District & State 4-H Horse Show will find all of the information needed at Horse IDs, entries and fees are due to the Cherry County Extension Office no later than May 9. Horse Advancement Levels testing will also need to be completed by May 9. NEW this year: All horsemanship levels have to be given by certified leaders. Be sure to read the entry form for Level II or III requirements. Tests are taken at the Extension Office and the written report and feeds chart is also turned in to the Extension Office.

Horse Leaders

The 4-H Horse Program will be implementing a new policy starting for 2014 that all leaders who give the skills portion of the level 1 and 2 advancement level tests will be required to take a certification course in order to give these tests. 

ž  Online course

¡  The course is located at

¡  Then once on that site search courses for:  Nebraska Advancement Level Youth Leader Certification

¡  Once you have located the course you will need to create a new account. 

¡  Start the course

¡  You will need to watch all the videos, take the quizzes and then you will receive a certificate indicating the completion of the course

ž  If you are in the process of performing the skills test with youth please continue doing so we just ask that you complete the certification course before entries are due for the District and State Horse Shows.

ž  Once a leader is certified their name and information will be listed on the 4-H horse webpage under Examiner Information (Level I & II Examiners).

 Horse & Livestock Shows

The Extension Office has information about upcoming horse and livestock shows and clinics across the state. If you would like to receive this information, contact Jody.

 4-H Recruitment Event

Current 4-Hers are asked to invite friends and families to the 4-H Recruitment Event that will be held on May 20th in the 4-H Building at the Cherry County Fairgrounds from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, CT. 4-Hers and their friends will have a fun-filled evening experiencing the opportunities 4-H has to offer including Healthy Lifestyles, Safety, Horse, Rocketry and Archery. Snacks and a light meal will be served as part of the activities.

Leaders, volunteers and parents will be able to experience 4-H 101, while the youth enjoy their activities. Cathy Johnston, Youth Educator from the Nebraska State 4-H Office, will be on hand to give tips on club management, 4-H resources, safety policies, opportunities for youth and the benefits of being a leader.

 Tractor Safety Training

Valentine will be one of the seven sites across the state for the 2014 Tractor Safety Trainings. Any youth 14 or 15 years of age who works on a farm or ranch other than his/her parents’ is required to be certified through a tractor safety course. Extension Educators and field specialists will teach the 2-day courses. The training in Valentine will be June 5 and 6 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Cost for the course is $60, which includes all course materials, lunch both days and breaks. Registration is required by May 29th. For details or to register, contact the UNL Extension office at (402) 376-1850.

 Nebraska Youth Range Camp

The 51st annual Nebraska Youth Range Camp will be held June 9-13, 2014, at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey

The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a four-and-a-half day dynamic curriculum that appeals to students (ages 14-18) with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife.  With nearly 50 years to perfect and evolve this curriculum, every student, no matter what prior experience they have, will learn substantial information that will help them become more aware of Nebraska’s most prevalent land use; rangelands.

The students that attend this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hands-on experience, and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are all led by up to 20 of Nebraska’s most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers, and professionals from various agencies, colleges, and universities.  Each student will be sent home with a binder that is filled with educational materials.

Applications are due May 26. For more information or a brochure contact the Extension Office.