Horse Reminders

Horse ID’s are due June 15. 4-Hers will need to have these turned in to the Extension Office to compete at the County Fair. There is also a Horsemanship Advancement level practice this Friday, June 13 at the Fairgrounds starting at 6:30. Horse Leaders will work with youth to complete the riding skills and demonstration portion of the levels. If you are planning to attend June 13, RSVP by calling 402-376-1850 or emailing by today, June 11. The written tests will need to be taken at the Extension Office. Complete horse project information can be found at

 Livestock IDs due June 15

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. DNA envelopes are available at the Office.  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.  Do not call a committee member at the last minute and expect them to be able to come to you. Plan ahead.

 Shooting Sports

.22 practice will be held on Monday, June 16 at the Fairgrounds starting at 6:00. Trap practice are scheduled for June 16, June 30, July 14 and July 21. 4-H members must attend a minimum of 2 practices 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 need to contact a certified instructor to discuss their options.

 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 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


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 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


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

The Cherry County 4-H Program invites all 4-H & FFA 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.