December 5, 2013
It is that time of year again to order your electronic steer tags for the upcoming weighing, tagging, and tattooing of state fair steers in Jan and Feb.
This year I would ask that the 4-H Youth Development Educator in each unit email me with your tag number request for the counties you are responsible for.
We will mail them out to you for your distribution in your counties. This will prevent duplicate orders and mailings to individual counties. Please review the following check list before requesting EID tags:
In addition, there will be no charge for the EID tags this year. The State 4-H Office will be covering the cost of tags.
1 – I have attached an incomplete spreadsheet for you as a guideline as to what you have ordered and how many were used last year by unit and county. Click Here:
2 – Please look for and use any tags left over from last year before figuring what you will request this year. Last year's tags can and should be used this year.
3 – Please coordinate your unit order between Youth Educator and Program Coordinators, and then place one order for your entire unit.
4 – Remember all state fair steers get weighed, tagged, and tattooed (with box K) this year.
5 – Send back any unused tags to the State 4-H Office immediately following your weigh-ins.
6 – Click Here For nomination forms, rules, and procedures please review the attached documents in the portal.
7 - When requesting tags via email please make sure your name and complete mailing address, and phone number are in your email as well as where you would like the tags sent if they are not going to the main office.
8 – Remember to make 3 copies of the nomination forms and keep one in your office, mail original to Dan Jennings, and mail one to the owner/exhibitor.
9 – Please give yourself plenty of time in making the request because tags can take up to a week or longer to receive in the mail due to bulk, weight, and postage delivery method (large padded envelopes or boxes).
10 – County steer weigh-ins this year need to take place from January 25th to March 15th (most usually occur the last weekend in Jan and the first two weekends in Feb).
11 – Please review last year's webinar in the archives which goes step by step through the paperwork (nomination form) and the tagging & tattooing process with photos.
12 – Return original copy of nomination forms to me at address listed below:
December 3, 2013
The Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show is a 4-H only Stock Show that is held each year in Omaha, Nebraska the last week of September. 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming have the opportunity to make entries and exhibit at this show that will be in it's 87th year in 2014. This message is being sent to every County Extension Office in your state to make you aware of this opportunity that is available to your 4-H members. The Stock Show has a growing scholarship program that distributed nearly $100,000 in scholarship benefits to 4-H members in our ten state area to help further their education. In addition to seven livestock shows the schedule also includes several non-livestock competitions including a Quiz Bowl competition, Livestock Judging contests with divisions for 4-H, Junior College and Senior College teams and a Fitting Challenge competition.
If your office would like more information or you have 4-H members that need DNA supplies to nominate market animals for the 2014 Stock Show please contact me and I will answer questions and provide the information and materials your members will need to enter and participate in this excellent 4-H Youth Show. There are a couple of important deadlines that must be followed which I can provide for interested 4-H members. Please contact Dan Jennings or:
AK-SAR-BEN 4-H Stock Show Director
Knights of AK-SAR-BEN Foundation
402-554-9600 est. #111
December 3, 2013
The Illinois 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team placed 3rd at the 2013 National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl competition held in Louisville, Kentucky on November 8th and 9th. Nineteen state teams participated from throughout the United States. Team members included: Anna Folgate, Dakota; Emily Irwin, Belevidere; Nathan Koester, Scales Mound; and Daniel Obert, of Orangeville, IL. In addition, Illinois had three members placing in the "top 10" written test. Emily Irwin won 2nd high individual, Nathan Koester was 7th, and Anna Folgate placed 10th overall out of 76 contestants.
The 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl has become a premier educational 4-H event as it challenges the contestants' dairy knowledge in various areas including; dairy production, business management, dairy products and dairy science. Competition includes answering a 50-question test and then competing with other teams in the double elimination contest. Each round consists of a series of 5 team questions and 20 toss up questions.
The following day, this Illinois foursome also participated in the NAILE dairy judging contest where they finished 10th high team overall among 22 teams in the 4-H/FFA division. The team was 5th in Brown Swiss, 6th Holsteins, and 9th high team in the Ayrshire and Jersey breed. They also placed 10th high team overall in presenting oral reasons.
Thank you to Diamond V of Cedar Rapids, Iowa for sponsoring the team jackets and to the Illinois 4-H Foundation who sponsored the teams expenses. Dave Fischer, retired University Illinois Extension Dairy Educator, served as the coach with and was assisted by Becky Meier, Ridott, ILL.
December 3, 2013
Illinois 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team places 9th at National Contest
The Illinois State 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team placed 9th in the nation recently at the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest. The contest was held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville KY. Team members included Jordan Schippert, Iroquois; Eli Peterson, Livingston; Olivia Claire, Iroquois; and Andrew Livingston, Christian County.
The National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest is a premier event of education and competition for youth involved in livestock production programs. The Illinois team placed 5th in Quality Assurance, 10th in Identification of meats, breeds, and equipment, 12th in Evaluation, and 7th overall.
Individual honors went to Jordan Schippert for placing 6th in Quality Assurance and 9th overall. Jordan was named a Top Ten All American receiving a gold belt buckle. Eli Peterson finished 11th in Quality Assurance and 18th in Evaluation. The team was coached by Steve Austin and Eric Fugate. Thank you to the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the Illinois State 4-H program for their team sponsorship.
December 2, 2013
Illinois State 4-H Livestock Judging Team Crowned National Champions.
The Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Team bested a field of 31 states to become the 2013 National champions at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. The contest was held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville KY. Team members included Gabrielle Lemenager, Kankakee; Rob Johnson, Sangamon; Tyson Schulte, Rock Island; Amy Loschen, Kankakee; and Hank Carson, Mercer County.
The National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest is the premier event of education and competition for youth involved in livestock evaluation programs. The Illinois team placed 1st in swine, 2nd in cattle, 2nd in sheep and goats, 3rd in oral reasons, and 1st overall. Individual honors went to Gabrielle Lemenager for 3rd high individual overall in the contest. Gabby was 1st in cattle, 6th in swine, and 12th in oral reasons. Rob Johnson finished 2nd in swine, 4th in cattle, and 5th high overall individual. Tyson Schulte placed 8th in sheep, 10th in swine, 11th in oral reasons, 12th in cattle, and 6th overall. Amy Loschen was high individual in swine, 2nd in sheep, 9th in oral reasons and 7th overall. The team was coached by University of Illinois graduate student Chance Meteer. Thank you to the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the Illinois State 4-H program for their team sponsorship.
November 27, 2013
Marion County 4-H Livestock Judging Team Takes Top Honors at National Contest
The Marion County 4-H Livestock Judging Team traveled to Kansas City to compete in the American Royal Livestock Judging Contest on October 31, 2013. Team members have been preparing for this event since winning the State 4-H Livestock Judging event this past June.
After an eventful morning getting to the contest, the team finished first overall, first in swine, first in cattle, first in reasons, and second in sheep. Team member, Rhiannon Branch of Iuka, placed fifth in swine. Andrew Livingston of Taylorville placed thirteenth in cattle, thirteenth in swine, thirteenth in reasons and sixteenth overall. Dylan Sigrist of Farina placed second in reasons, fifth in cattle and fifth overall. Adrian Austin of Mt. Vernon placed third in swine, second in cattle, first in sheep, first in reasons, and first overall. The team is coached by Steve Austin of Mt. Vernon, IL.
November 15, 2013
November 6, 2013
We'd like to extend our sincere apologies to any staff members who were looking for the 4-H Opportunities Beyond the County Level webinar that was originally scheduled for today. We realized last week that we hadn't really promoted it and definitely weren't ready to hold it! (The date really snuck up on us!) So, we have rescheduled it AND given it a new name, so hopefully staff will be willing and able to join us this "second" time around!
4-H Experiences to Enhance Their Resumes (the new title) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. Curt Sinclair and Deb Stocker will talk about various opportunities that our 4-H teens have available to them that can have a lasting impact on their lives and build upon their future resumes for college and employment. From camp to conferences, we'll highlight a number of events and activities that occur year-round.
Registration for the webinar is now open at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=9153. (If this link doesn't work, just copy/paste into your browser). Please register by December 6 and we will forward you the Lync information on Monday, December 9.
November 4, 2013
October 30, 2013