Horse Practice & Levels Testing

A reminder that the Cherry County 4-H Horse Committee will be hosting the first practice this Thursday, May 29 at 6:30 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds for passing the horsemanship levels. This is an opportunity to work on the advancement levels needed to compete at the county fair. Call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email if you are attending so the leaders have an idea how many 4-Hers they will have to work with. All horse information and a schedule is located at

 Shooting Sports

Mark your calendars for the .22 sessions on June 2 and June 9 and June 16, all starting at 6:00 PM. If you have questions about the program or needed equipment, you may contact Tom Lancaster at or (402) 376-6185.

Trap practices will start in June. Gerry and Jackie Lurz will be hosting practices on June 16, June 30, July 14 and July 21. We hope to have a schedule soon for a session or two in Cody. Jackie can be reached at These practices are being provided to help all 4-Hers meet the requirement of attending two practices to be able to participate at the County Fair shoot.

 2014 Clover Kid Days

Clover Kids will have a chance to experience much of the Clover Kid curriculum and activities in six different sessions throughout the summer. Cost for each session is $5. Please sign up by the dates listed in the schedule so we can be sure to have enough supplies for everyone. RSVP for each session by calling the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or by emailing Ben Shelbourn at Jr. Leaders are needed to help with all of the sessions. If interested in assisting please contact Ben. Weather permitting, many activities will be outdoors so please use or send your child with sunscreen and bug spray.

June 4 – Outdoor Discovery – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 6/2

June 18 – Aerospace- Cherry County 4-H Building– 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 6/16

June 25 – Outdoor Discovery – Valentine City Park pavilion – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 6/23

July 9 – A Space for Me – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 7/7

July 16 – Making Foods for Me – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 7/14

July 23 – Theatre Arts, Leap Into Careers & Safety – Cherry County 4-H Building – 1 to 3 PM. RSVP by 7/21

 Junior Leaders

Junior Leaders are needed to help with the Clover Kid Days. If you would like to help out and/or lead an activity, please call Ben. Help is also needed leading Quality Assurance sessions that will be held in conjunction with the Livestock Judging Contest on June 24. Please contact Jody if you would like to help.

 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.

 Special Garden Project

Youth interested in horticulture and gardening will have a unique opportunity to take part in the 2014 Special Garden Project. This project allows 4-H gardeners to grow something fun, new, and different! All you need to do is call the Extension Office to receive a packet of Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth seeds (one packet per family). We will have 20 packets available on a first come basis. Call the Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 or email right away to reserve your packet. When you get your seeds you will also receive a newsletter about planting and growing Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth, problem insects, cutting, storing and exhibiting. There will also be a special class just for these at the County and State Fair.

Food Project Days

A special line-up of food and nutrition workshops are being held in Nenzel and Valentine. Beginning levels will cover the projects Six Easy Bites and Tasty Tidbits. Participants will learn about My Pyramid, find out about sports nutrition, discover the basics of measuring and microwaving, planning a menu and making a main dish.

Intermediate and advanced levels will cover You’re the Chef, Foodworks and Fast Foods projects. Participants will learn how to alter recipes to make them more nutritious, sports nutrition, learn how to cook and plan nutritious meals using My Pyramid and learn how to eat nutritiously on a budget. Alert us to any food requirements or allergies you have when registering. Cost for each session is $5. RSVP by calling the Office at 402-376-1850 or emailing

June 9 – Beginning levels (Six Easy Bites & Tasty Tidbits)

Cherry County Fairgrounds- 10:00 to 1:00, CT. RSVP by 6/4

June 10 – Intermediate & Advanced (You’re the Chef, Foodworks & Fast Foods)

Cherry County Fairgrounds, 9:00 to 1:00, CT. RSVP by 6/4

June 16 – Beginning levels (Six Easy Bites & Tasty Tidbits)

Nenzel Community Center – 10:00 to 1:00, MT. RSVP by 6/11

June 17 – Intermediate & Advanced (You’re the Chef, Foodworks & Fast Foods)

Nenzel Community Center, 10:00 to 1:00, MT. RSVP by 6/11

Special Foods Contest

We had so much fun last year that we are once again offering the Special Foods event! In the Special Foods contest each participant will have 90 minutes to prepare a main dish for a meal and complete a place setting. During the preparation time the judge will observe and score on components including: measuring methods, presentation of finished place setting, knowledge of nutrients and personal diet needs. This contest will be held in conjunction with Clothing Day on July 15.

We will be hosting a workshop that will prepare you for this event. During the workshop you will learn: proper measuring, place settings, menu planning, nutritional requirements and proper attire for the event, as well as answer any questions that 4-Hers or parents may have. RSVP by calling the Office at 402-376-1850 or emailing

                June 19– Cherry County Fairgrounds – 10:00 to 1:00, CT. RSVP by 6/13

                June 20th – Nenzel Community Center – 10:00 to 1:00, MT. RSVP by 6/18

Family & Consumer Sciences Skill Days

FCS Committee members Jody Wilson, Michelle Garwood and Liz Ravenscroft will be hosting Family & Consumer Sciences Skill Days on June 26th and 27th at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Get your sewing projects finished with plenty of time to spare before the Clothing Day and Fashion Show! Learn to cook a nutritious lunch and get prepared for the Special Foods contest! Learn how to coordinate your outfits and model like a pro! Fee for the two-day event is $10 and registration is due by June 23. Call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email to sign up. Please let us know of any food allergies when registering. Bring your own water bottle and snacks as needed. Bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit. Parent volunteers are NEEDED, even if you don’t know how to sew! Call Michelle Garwood if you have any questions at 402-389-1655.

Thursday June 26

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Beginners

9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Intermediate and up

9:00 – 11:30 Beginners sew

9:00 – 11:30 Intermediate do foods

11:30 – 12:30 All eat Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 All go to Outfits and Modeling with Liz Ravenscroft

1:30 p.m. Beginners dismissed

1:30 – 4:00 Intermediates Sew

 Friday June 27

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Intermediate and up

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Beginners

9:00 – 11:30 Intermediate sewing

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Beginners do foods

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. All eat lunch

12:30 – 1:30 All go to Outfits and Modeling with Liz Ravenscroft

1:30 p.m. Intermediates dismissed

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Beginners sew

 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 24 (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 county fair entry day on July 21.  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.

Katie Ochsner, UNL Livestock Judging Alumni and BKR Extension Intern, 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 24

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

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.

 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 and bottle lambs must be tagged and ID forms turned in to the Extension Office no later than June 15. Because of PEDV, swine will not be transported for the ID day nor will committee members check them. Swine project members will be on an honor system for getting their animals tagged/notched and IDed. 4-H tags and ID sheets are available at the Extension Office. ID sheets are also available online at If you are considering showing at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben, DNA samples will need to be collected. County –wide ID day will be Monday, June 9 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. If that date does not work, 4-Hers are responsible for contacting a Livestock Committee member to inspect your animals and sign off on the ID sheet. Livestock committee members that you may contact include: Kurt Busenitz (823-4136), Dale Bowlin (823-4337), Cody Gale (823-4147), Craig O’Kief (376-4133), Dan O’Kief (376-5142). Call any of these members to schedule an appointment. Everyone is busy. Remember to plan ahead if you are not coming to the county ID day. Do not call a committee member at the last minute and expect them to be able to come to you. Plan ahead.

 Salmonella Outbreak Disease Risk and Prevention

Source: State 4-H Office 

 A salmonella outbreak has been reported in 23 states, so we are providing an awareness of the outbreak and sharing information on disease risk and prevention.  According to the CDC, this outbreak has been linked to small and backyard farmers working with live baby poultry. Since many of those involved in 4-H poultry projects are small and backyard farmers, and with this being a popular time of year for embryology school enrichment projects, we wanted to make sure that you were made aware of this outbreak and that you have the links to the most current information. We hope you find the below links and educational posters helpful as you continue to promote best practices in safe poultry handling:

Information on the outbreak: 

Information about Salmonella infection from live baby poultry: 

Poster on backyard flocks:×11.pdf 

Poster on salmonella: 

Dr. Sheila Purdum, UNL Poultry Specialist, has shared that most of the cases can be traced back to an Ohio hatchery and there have been no cases in Nebraska.  Since most of our embryology projects are completed, we are probably at low risk.  That being said, we want you to be aware and have the latest information.  Please refer to the referenced material as needed and let us know if there are questions.

2014 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Source: Elizabeth Killinger

 The 2014 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging contest is just around the corner. This year the contest will be available from June 16th at 1:00 a.m. until June 23rd at midnight. It is composed of three parts; general knowledge questions, plant parts and seed identification, as well as a judging portion.  It is open to all 4-H youth, as well as adults, and even Extension individuals. The password is ‘Nebraska’ and the two links listed below will take you directly to the contest.

 Please have the youth fill in all of their information completely.  The online contest should only be taken once by each participant. If it is taken multiple times, the first score entered will be the one used.  No study materials are to be used while taking the test.  The contest will allow an opportunity for the participant to review the answers prior to submitting.  Once submitted, the participants will see their score, but they will not be able to see which questions they missed.  After the contest has ended, the participants can request to see their scores and their answers.

 Study Materials for the Online Horticulture Judging Contest and the State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest held during State Fair are the same and they can be found at:


51st Annual Nebraska Youth Range Camp

Source: Society for Range Management, Nebraska Section

 The 51st Annual Nebraska Youth Range Camp will be held June 9-13, 2014, at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey!  Please help us recruit students between the ages of 14 – 18 that are interested in learning more about natural resource management.  

The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a four-and-a-half day dynamic curriculum that appeals to students 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, hand-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.  

Financial sponsorship is available!  Every student that attended last year received a substantial level of sponsorship.  Interested individuals can find more information, the Range Camp application, and the brochure by visiting the Nebraska Society for Range Management website at  Please direct questions to Shelly Kelly at

 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Volunteers Needed

 Get involved in Nebraska for National 4-H!  The National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational is coming to Grand Island, Nebraska and ‘volunteers’ are needed.  You can sign up for easy jobs like delivering water, outdoor jobs like hosting an archery target, or technical jobs like scoring.  The dates are June 24-29 with the majority of help needed on June 26, 27, and 28.  To sign up, visit

 PEDV Update

Source:  Kate Pittack

Nebraska 4-H has developed guidelines on handling tagging events and weigh-ins in relation to the 4-H Swine Project. 

The link to this document includes basic information on PEDV, as well as:

·         How will PEDV affect 4-H projects

·         What is Nebraska 4-H doing

·         How will 4-H Market Hogs be identified

·         What can 4-Her’s do to improve biosecurity   

Please make sure that all 4-Her’s enrolled in the Swine Project are aware of this information! 

This document can also be found on the web at: It is labeled “PEDV” and found under the Swine References and Forms heading.