Cherry County 4-H Scholarships

Cherry County 4-H is offering three $500 scholarships. Two scholarships will be awarded to 2017 graduated high school seniors and one to an undergraduate college student.

The Kerry Bryant Memorial Scholarship is available to a 2017 high school graduate that have exhibited at a county contest in livestock (beef, swine, sheep, goats) and/or horse and competed in shooting sports 3 of their 4 high school years. This is a $500 scholarship.

Applicants must be or have been an active member of Cherry County 4-H, including their senior year of high school. More information can be found on the 2017 applications at

Applications must be postmarked or emailed by September 15, 2017.


4-H Video Cat Showmanship

4-Hers enrolled in the Cat project have an opportunity to participate in a state-wide event.

The Nebraska 4-H Video Cat Showmanship Contest provides youth an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills they have developed in their 4-H cat project. The contest is open to youth ages 10-18 who are enrolled in the cat project.

Youth should thoroughly review the rules and regulations below before participating. Rules can be found at

Videos will be recorded by Extension staff at the Cherry County Extension Office on July 28. Contact the office to set a recording time. The Extension office will then submit youth’s entry including the video recording and Cat Vaccination Form.

Livestock Quality Assurance

Youth planning to exhibit any livestock, poultry or rabbit projects at the county fair are required to complete Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA). This includes: beef, sheep, swine, rabbit, poultry, meat and dairy goats and dairy cattle. Three options for completing this requirement are out-lined below.

  1. A hands-on training for Cherry County 4-Hers will be held in conjunction with the Livestock Judging Contest on June 20 at Valentine Livestock Auction at 4:00 PM, CT. Attention new families: This is by far the easiest option, mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Youth NOT attending the class offered in conjunction with the Livestock Judging Contest must complete either the online LQA (all ages) or the Written Test Out Option (ages 12-18).

  1. Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

The new LQA Online Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is available at Cost of the course is $15.

  • You will use your 4HOnline login (email address) and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family.  Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course.
  • If you have forgotten your password for 4-H Online, use the 4-H Online program to make a password change.  Then log into YQCA.
  • Google Chrome browser works best for this program.
  • All registration questions with YQCA should be directed There will not be local support for the YQCA program.
  • All 4-H’ers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations.
  • Youth are required to complete three (3) modulesin the YQCA Online Course by July 24 in order to complete this year’s LQA requirements. To receive credit for the modules, youth will need to pass the module’s associated quiz with a score of 80% or higher. If youth do not pass a quiz on the first try they will have the option to return to the materials and review them again prior to attempting the quiz, or choose a different module instead.
  • Please print the certificate of completion from YQCA and bring it to the Extension Office when complete or email to
  1. Testing-Out
    Intermediate and senior level youth are eligible to test-out by taking a written test at the Extension office to fulfill Quality Assurance age level requirements.  To test-out of Quality Assurance, please contact the Extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information and/or to schedule a testing time.

All training and/or testing must be completed by July 24.


Cherry County 4-H Livestock Judging Contest & Livestock 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 Livestock Judging Contest on June 20. This is an awesome opportunity for inter-generational interaction.

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

The contest will be held at the Valentine Livestock Auction beginning at 5:00, CT on Tuesday, June 20.

The Livestock Quality Assurance hands-on training will take place before the judging contest at 4:00 CT. Quality Assurance is required of all 4-Hers showing livestock, poultry, rabbit and dairy projects at the fair. 4-Hers that are unable to attend the hands-on session, please see the Cherry County 4-H Alert about Livestock Quality Assurance for other options to complete this requirement.


DATE:                    Tuesday, June 20

TIME:                    Livestock Quality Assurance: 4:00 pm

Contest Registration: 5:00 pm

Contest: 5:15 pm

LOCATION:         Valentine Livestock Auction

Livestock Judging Divisions will include Clover Kid (5-7), Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11-13), and Senior (14-18).

4-H Livestock & Horse ID’s due June 15

Animal ID sheets (animal ownership affidavit forms) are due to the Extension Office no later than June 15.  ID sheets and ear tags may be picked up at the Extension Office or you can find the ID forms at under Cherry County 4-H Project Resources.

This applies to:

  • Breeding Heifers
  • Feeder Calves
  • FFA Bulls
  • Bucket Calves
  • Cow/Calf pairs
  • Dairy & Meat Goats
  • Breeding & Market Sheep
  • Market & Breeding Hogs
  • Rabbits
  • Horse (unless turned in with District entries)
  • Dairy Heifers

There will not be a county-wide I.D. day for livestock. There is no need to take pictures of your animals.

Be sure to review the information on the Sandhills Production breeding heifer classes on our website at under Cherry County 4-H Project Resources.

If you are planning to show livestock at State Fair or AK-SAR-BEN, DNA samples must be turned by June 15. State Fair Breeding Heifers must have a tattoo and registration papers. Registration papers need to be submitted (unless showing commercial) along with a Breeding Nomination Card. FFA Stocker Feeders showing at State Fair will need an EID tag and Breeding Nomination Card. 4-H Feeder Calves going to AK-SAR-BEN need an EID tag and DNA collected. A premise ID is required for any animal carrying an EID tag. County only breeding heifers may have a ranch tag or tattoo. If you have questions about the process, please contact Jody at (402) 376-1850 or email

New 4-H website format

The Cherry County 4-H web page has been updated to conform to the new UNL website format.  Utilization of the website should provide you with answers to nearly all of your 4-H related questions.

From click on Cherry County 4-H.  The drop down menu has the same topics as those in the grey box area.  Information that is available from there includes:

CHERRY COUNTY 4-H ALERT NEWSLETTER – all previous newsletters are posted here.

CHERRY COUNTY 4-H SUMMER EVENTS SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION – list of all events currently scheduled for this summer.  A link back to the newsletter is included to obtain detailed information.  There is a search button at the top of the newsletter site to aid in finding specific activities.

CHERRY COUNTY 4-H ENROLLMENT – links to 4hOnline enrollment site, lists of Cherry County Projects and step by step enrollment instructions are found here.

CHERRY COUNTY 4-H PROJECT RESOURCES – Information and links to resources are available here.  Included at the current time are:

Project Manuals – purchasing information for 4-H manuals

Horse Project – Horse Packet which includes summer horse activities information and schedule, Advancement Levels guidelines, and link to Horse IDs

Livestock Projects

Fill in and printable Livestock Affidavits (IDs)

Sandhills Production Beef Class info

New QA Curriculum info and links

Photography – links to the new data tags required for 4-H Photography units

Shooting Sports – link to 2017 summer schedule

Citizenship Washington Focus – information and registration form for 2019 CWF trip

CHERRY COUNTY FAIR EVENTS RESOURCES – Everything related to County Fair can be found here:

2017 County Fair schedule

2017 County Fair Premium book – includes all guidelines and policies for fair                                                                      entries

2017 Fair Events Entry forms – entry forms for all county fair activities will be                                                                                                     posted here


Additionally, at the right side are green bars with UPCOMING EVENTS posted on the UNL Cherry County Events Calendar.  Clicking on these bars will provide general information with appropriate links to detailed information.  There is a search feature on the calendar site to locate specific activities you may be interested in.
















Life Challenge

4-Hers 12 and older that are interested in competing on a team at the State 4-H Life Challenge Event need to contact the Cherry County Extension Office by Tuesday, May 30.

Life Challenge is a two-day event on June 26 and 27 designed to help youth learn about issues related to Family and Consumer Sciences, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state, and have fun!

Opportunities at Life Challenge include family and consumer science team problem solving challenges, ESI Contest, and campus tours. Youth can participate in any or all of these activities. In addition, you will have chances to explore the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus, meet with faculty members, and have time for fun with friends.

The Life Challenge Event is open to any current 4-H’er who is at least 12 years of age as of January 1st of the current year. Pre-registration for the 4-H Life Challenge Event is required by May 30 by contacting the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850. Each participant must turn in a 4-H Permission and Health Form. 4-H’ers can select to do any of the team challenge events, a college tour, or any combination.

For more detailed information go to

Upcoming Cherry County 4-H Horse events

June 3 – 10 AM CT – Clinic with Juli Brown and Beth Till in the pavilion at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. This will be ground work only. Do not bring your horse. Please bring Horse Manual, Horse Show Guide, and Horsemanship Advancement Level books. In addition to ground work, we will be learning about feeds, tack, and parts of the horse and hoof. Register by 5/31. Cost is $10. Lunch on your own. The written portion of the Horsemanship Level I and II can be taken as well. Even if your 4-Hers hasn’t studied, I encourage them to take the test just to see what information is included and what they need to learn.

June 7 – First of several horse practice with Ryan Sexson and other leaders at the Cody arena. Register by 6/5. Time for all is 6 PM MT.

Other dates are:

June 14. Register by 6/12

June 21. Register by 6/19

June 28. Register by 6/26

June 10 – 8 AM MT – Cody arena. Clinic with Tim Vivian, accomplished horseman in all areas, including WRH and roping events. Bring your horse and all equipment. Register by 6/7. Cost is $10. Bring your lunch.

July 5 – 5-8 PM CT – Cherry County Fairgrounds warm-up arena. Eve Millar will be doing the th riding skills tests for Advancement Levels testing. Register by 7/3.

State 4-H Camp is coming to Valentine!

Check out this opportunity to experience Halsey State 4-H Camp right in our own back yard.  This opportunity is for youth ages 6 – 12 and will be held on June 5 at the Fairgrounds in Valentine from 8 – 5:30.  Check out the flyer for details NW Nebraska Travel Day Camp Highlights.

Register on-line at

Bring your friends!  You don’t have to be a 4-H member to attend this camp.