May 3, 2013

2013-sc-artwork-smState 4-H Conference
The 2013 Colorado State 4-H Conference will be held June 18-21. State 4-H Conference provides great training and an opportunity for 4-H members (ages 14-18), leaders, and Extension agents to strengthen their leadership skills.

It also hosts the following state contests including: Livestock Bowl, Livestock Judging, Consumer Choices, Consumer Bowl, Horse Bowl, Horse Judging, Hippology, Horse Demonstration and Public Speaking, Prepared Speech, and Extemporaneous Speech.

The 2013 Conference will include powerful and engaging guest speakers and workshops including Blur the Line, Use Your Heart: New Rules for Changing the World, and Discovering the Leader Within You. Other activities include the District Dodge Ball Tournament, campus tours, and dances.

Schedule, workshop descriptions, and details are on line at http://www.colorado4h.org/events_opportunities/stateconference/index.php
Contact the Extension office for Registration form and more information.

REGISTER AT 4-H ONLINE BY May 17. If you want to go you need to decide, commit, and pay by May17. Cost of June Conference for Gunnison County members will be $100.00 (actual cost is $290). Gunnison County Council is offering $200.00 to cover registration expenses. Your club could possibly be another source. Transportation will be provided.

Contact Nadine with questions, 641-1260

IFYE Host Families Needed
Host families are needed for incoming IFYE’s. Colorado began participating in the IFYE program in 1951, although the program was developed in 1948 as a post-war peace effort involving 4-H farm youth from around the world. Currently IFYE participants come from countries on every continent, except Antarctica. Colorado has the largest continuous state IFYE program in the United States hosting 11 delegates from 10 countries.

IFYEs generally stay with a host family for two to three weeks. The goal is for these exchange participants to learn about everyday life in the United States by participating in the home stay experience. All delegates have medical insurance and personal spending money.

Please contact Courtney Loflin at the State 4-H Office for more information regarding these IFYEs.

Courtney Loflin – Colorado 4-H International Programs Coordinator
Phone: 970-491-2711
E-Mail: courtney.loflin@colostate.edu



May 3, 2013

futureCongratulations, class of 2013! Congratulations and thank you. Thank you for exemplifying “Making the Best Better.” You have made your clubs and the county program strong by your involvement and service. Hopefully you have received as much as you have given. You make up a graduating group that will be missed. Most of you are ten year members who have served as President and other offices in your clubs and council. You have contributed the most just by your example. Each one of you has shown excellence and success in all of your project work. There are many buckles, harnesses, jackets, honors, and blue, champion, and State Fair ribbons rightly earned by this group. You know how to set a goal and work at achieving it. You have been true junior leaders and discovered what leadership is by helping others to be successful. Wishing you success in all of your future endeavors.

Wyatt Lehmann
Casey Nordberg
Dally Hanson
Hannah Wenum
Haydyn Pike
Jessica Howard
Justina Mundell
Kaitlin Stewart
Tyler Haus


May 3, 2013

Swine, Market Goat & Market Sheep Weigh-In, Sunday May 5
– Market Lamb and Goat Weigh-in 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please walk your animal to the scale.
– Market Swine Weigh-in 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Please enter the fairgrounds through the southwest gate. Get in the weigh-in line forming from the pavilion. Exit through the northwest gate or the north entrance.
– State Fair nominations or id’s will also be done at this weigh-in. Livestock Committee will do ear notching for swine nominations if needed.
– Members must be enrolled in your market project by Tuesday, April 30 in order to weigh-in.

Quality Assurance

4-H members, and a parent or guardian, participating in any livestock project (market or breeding) are required to attend the yearly Meat Quality Assurance/Animal Care Program at least once if they are ages 8-13 or a first year exhibitor in each species. Each exhibitor who is 14 must also have attended as a review. Anyone can attend as a review every year.

These are the members who are required to attend:

Shannon Alves
Audra Bailey
Colton Bailey
Clara Cranor
Grace Delany
Leo Ferraro
Nic Ferraro
Jarren Howard
Cole Hatch
Bunk Jackson
Madi Johnson
Zachary Lavato
Sonjay Matison
Katie Melby
Shay Percival
Ty Percival
Haley Roper
Riley Roper
Taylor Roper
Brooke Sanders
Annie Schoenmakers
Connor Stahlnecker
Jason Vader
Porter Washburn

Quality Assurance programs are scheduled Tuesday, May7 or Wednesday, May 8, or Thursday, May 9 at the Multi-Purpose building. Programs start at 6:30 p.m.


May 3, 2013

“Each exhibitor who plans to sell an animal must have submitted (to the Extension Office between May 15 and June 15) a thank you and/or personal invitation to a previous Gunnison County Livestock Buyer as part of their Sale Promotion responsibilities to be able to participate in the Junior Livestock Sale.”

If you have forgotten your buyer contact the Extension office. If you have not sold at the Livestock Sale before contact the Extension office and we will give you a buyer to invite.

There are stories of buyers who have returned to buy a specific animal based on how they were thanked the year before. There are stories of a buyer who did not return because they were not thanked the year before. There would not be a sale without buyers and they should never be taken for granted.

Please go beyond “Thank you again for buying my animal and please come to the sale again, or, thank you for supporting 4-H and I am inviting you to the sale” in your thank you and invitation.

Here are some guidelines to writing a great letter and invitation information:

– 2013 4-H/FFA Junior Livestock Sale is July 13 at 2:00 pm with a barbeque starting at 12:30. They will receive two barbeque tickets later in the mail.

– Thank them for buying your animal in the past or for buying an animal or for
supporting 4-H.

– Tell them something about you and your project or your 4-H experiences. Tell them “why they should come to the sale and buy your animal again.”

– Contact the Extension office if you have any questions, 641-1260


May 3, 2013

– Turn Horse ID’s into the Extension office by June 1 if you have not already done so.
– Born for 4-H is having a tack swap in the Mergelmen 4-H building May 9 at 5:30 p.m.
-English Riding clinic is Saturday, May 11. It is open to all 4-H members. All levels especially beginners are welcome. Info and registration in Extension office or at http://www.gunnison.colostate.edu.
-Record Book help May 10 and May 31 afterschool at Extension office.


May 3, 2013

Model Rocketry Project
Dan Lindahl is helping rocketry members every other Wednesday in Mergelmen 4-H building. Next meeting is May 8 at 4:30.

Dog Obedience Project Orientation
Please attend the orientation on Tuesday, May 7, 5:30 in Mergelmen 4-H Building to get all the details on the Dog Project.

Leader Jessie Steele will start Dog Obedience on Thursdays on May 16th in the Esty Room (rubber room) at Fred Field Heritage Center.

Cake Decorating Workshops
Tuesday, May 7, 4 p.m. Unit 1 Basics (Units 2-6 members welcome to join and help)
Thursday, May 23, 4 p.m. Units 2-6 Basic Skills with tips

Tuesday, June 4, 4 p.m. Unit 1 Decorating with eatables
Tuesday, June 25, 4 p.m. Decorating cakes with tips

Saturday, June 15, 1-4 p.m. Professional demonstration and practice

Workshops take place in Multi-Purpose Building kitchen.

It is strongly encouraged that first year/first time cake decorating members attend the May 7 workshop to help you start or get on trac. Leader Margo Patton Blair will guide and help you get going with your practice cakes if you have not started.


May 3, 2013

Join us on May 10 and May 31 after school at the Extension office for record book help. We will work on all project books. Hopefully all of the livestock and horse members have discovered that record books have some changes, including the option to record in Excel format except for Lease a Goat and Lease a Sheep record books. The help sessions will provide some tips on how to fill these out; or, check out the tip guide at http://www.extension.colostate.edu/boulder/erecords.shtml

The brief guide below explains what you should be done or started in your livestock or horse record book.

1. Cover – should be completed except for signatures. Project Agreement should be completed; with dates and signatures by the member and parent or leader.
2. Goals – should be completed; seniors – 2 goals minimum; intermediates – 1 goal minimum; juniors – answer goal questions about projects. Goals should written in complete sentences and measureable.
3. Horse ID – Horse ID should be completed and signed.
4. Animal Inventory – The first START section should be completed; juniors – record “Was this Animal Sold?” or “Did this Animal Die?” at end of your project. Should be used mostly for breeding or horse projects.
5. Equipment Inventory – Beginning or start inventory (what you had on-hand at the start of the project) should be completed.
6. Animal Purchase Record – This gets tricky. Market animal purchases should be recorded here. If you recorded your animal under Animal Inventory do not record again on this page.
7. Feed Expense Record – There should be at least one entry on this page.
8. Health Expense Record – New page. Record the price or expense of treatments from your Health Record.
9. Other Expense Record – Record any new supplies, equipment, tack, boarding that you purchase this project year.
10. Health Record – This should be up to date.
13. Market Animal Performance – There should be at least your starting weight. Steer projects should have several entries.
15. Involvement Records – This should be up to date.
16. 4-H Story – Read the guidelines for your story now so you will have ideas to write about.
17. Project Pictures – Remember to take pictures working with your animal. Project pictures are also located at gunnisoncounty4h.shutterfly.com
18. Breeding Livestock Supplements – Breeding project books must have a supplement.