June 4, 2014

Horse Camp

English Gymkhana

Schooling Show

Register for 4-H Horse Events at 4H Online. Follow the instructions located here.



June 4, 2014

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Friday, July 4
Knowledge Tests for Horse and Livestock at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 5
4-H Horse Show starts at 8:00 a.m.
– Enter by June 23.
– Pick up premium money on or after Sunday, July 13 in the Extension office. Premium money is awarded to 1st through 3rd place.
– Horse Record Books are due August 15, 2014.

Monday, July 7
General Project Interviews, Judging, and Project Revue
– Enter by June 23.
– Schedule an interview at
– Bring your exhibit to the Multi-Purpose Building 10 minutes before your scheduled interview. Check out exhibit requirements and interview guidelines.
– Come to the Project Revue at 7:00 p.m. and auction your exhibit, if eligible.
– Pick up premium money on or after Sunday, July 13 in the Extension office. Premium money is awarded to 1st through 4th place.
– Pick up your project Sunday morning, July 13. If eligible for the Colorado State Fair you may leave it.

Monday, July 7
Dog Show starts at 9:00 a.m.
– Enter by June 23.
– Come to the Project Revue at 7:00 p.m.
– Pick up premium money on or after Sunday, July 13 in the Extension office. Premium money is awarded to 1st through 4th place.

Mandatory Set-Up and Clean-Up Times
Each livestock project member who exhibits at Cattlemen’s Days must work and participate at 3 of the following promotion, set-up, or clean-up times:
Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 6, 12:00 p.m.
Monday, July 7, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8, 2:00 p.m. (Approx.)
Friday, July 11, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, July 8
– Enter by June 23.
8:30 a.m. Fiber Goat Show
– Clean up following Goat Show
– Pick up premium money on or after Sunday, July 13 in Extension office. Premium money is awarded to 1st through 3rd place.
– Livestock Record Books are due August 15, 2014

Wednesday, July 9
– Enter by June 23
8:30 a.m. Rabbit & Poultry Shows
– 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Unload pigs and sheep (no sooner than 8:00 a.m.). Must be inspected before unloading.
– 11:00 a.m. Livestock Knowledge Tests
– 1:00-1:30 p.m. Sheep Weigh In
– :30-2:30 p.m. Swine Weigh In
– Fill out stall signs, Forever Fund pledges, Disclosure
– Pick up premium money on or after Sunday, July 13 in Extension office.
– Livestock Record Books are due August 15 in the Extension office.

Thursday, July 10
– 7:00 -7:30 a.m. Unload steers and goats. Must be inspected before unloading.
– 8:00-8:30 a.m. Steer Weigh In
– 8:30-9:00 a.m. Goat Weigh In
10:00 a.m. Swine Show
– 2:00 p.m. Knowledge Tests
2:30 p.m. Sheep Show

Friday, July 11
9:30 a.m. Market Goat Show
10:30 a.m. Beef Show
1:30 p.m. Round Robin Showmanship
– 2:30 ish Set Up Sale Arena
– 4:00 p.m. Swine & Sheep Ultrasound

Saturday, July 12
9:00 a.m. 4-H Parade Float
12:30 p.m. Buyers Bar-B-Q
1:30 p.m. Scholarships Presentation
2:00 p.m. Junior Livestock Auction

Sunday, July 13
– 8:00 am Load animals
– Livestock members are expected to help clean up their barn area
– Pick up premium money. Premium money is awarded to 1st through 3rd place.
– rite buyer thank yous and pick up sale check.
– Livestock Record Books are due August 15 in the Extension office.

onlineEnter all Livestock, Horse, Dog, Rabbits, Poultry, and General Project Exhibit online at 4H Online. Entry deadline is June 23. Follow the instructions located here.

The Extension office did not thinkk June would be busy enough so we decided to dive deeper into the use of technology and 4H Online. Lori and Brooke have been typing away to get everything accessible. Registration for the horse activities will be done online and Cattlemen’s Days entries will be available at 4HOnline. There may be some glitches so please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions at 641-1260.

Cattlemen’s Days 4-H Schedule


June 4, 2014

blue ribbonGeneral Project Exhibit Requirements

Check out your exhibit requirements one more time before you bring your project to Exhibit and Judging Day, July 7. General Projects do not have the same exhibit requirements. It is very important that you check out the requirement for your project. Many projects ask for additional information for your record book. Check out exhibit requirements here.

Call Nadine at 641-1260
Reminder: There are specific guidelines for a display board. Only one size and type of display board is acceptable. You may purchase one in the Extension office for $5.00. Use the resource located here.

General Project Interview Tips

The interview is part of your Cattlemen’s Days exhibit experience. It gives the judge a chance to learn more about you and your 4-H project. Being interviewed is an important skill for members to master. Some of the questions you may be asked by the judges are:

– Why did you choose this 4-H project?
– What is your favorite part of the project?
– What would you change?
– What did you learn from your project?
– Tell me how you made your exhibit.

Please arrive on time for your interview. Parents are not allowed to be present during interviews. Be sure to dress neatly, be yourself, and have fun! You won’t be judged on how you answer the questions.

Please sign up for an interview tme by July 3. You can do this at 4H Online. Follow the instructions located here.

shutterfly-logoPhotos for Record Books

Project photos taken this spring have been uploaded to the Shutterfly site. You can access these photos and download them for your record books. Access and download photos at Shutterfly. Use the password 4Hphotos. Check back; more will be posted.


June 4, 2014

clip-art-remember-vkm0dmJunior Livestock Sale Participants Reminder

Submit your buyer thank you and invitation letter to the Extension office by June 15.

Market Beef Reminder

Market beef exhibitors must be able to lead their animal safely to the scale before July 1 to be eligible to show. The expectation is that market beef animals will lead to and from the Fred Field Heritage Center scale at the initial beef weigh-in. Exhibitors are required to show animal control before July 1 with another, individually scheduled weigh-in at the fairgrounds.

back numbersBack Numbers

Each exhibitor must wear a back number when they step into the horse arena or livestock show ring. These numbers can be picked up at the announcer table before each show time. This class number is printed in the program used by the superintendents, clerks, and viewing audience. You will get a new number for every show you exhibit in.

money_clipartHow to Get Your Sale Check

Sellers must write a separate thank you note to each of their buyers. For example, if your animal sells to three different buyers, the seller must write three thank you notes—one to each buyer.

Each thank-you note must be placed in a stamped envelope addressed to your buyer or buyers. Bring your stamped thank you note(s) to the Extension office at 275 S. Spruce between 8:00 a.m. and noon and 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can pick up your sale photos and buyer certificate that you will need to send or deliver to your buyer. You will receive a check release form to take to the Gunnison Bank and Trust to pick up your check. Checks will not be ready until two weeks after the sale.

Explanation of your Sale Check Deductions

Since we are talking about sale checks the following is a reminder or notice of the deductions that will be subtracted from your final animal sale amount.

1 % is deducted for insurance that covers the value of your animal from the time it is weighed in through the time it is butchered (hanging on the hook).

5% is deducted to cover the expenses of the sale. Some of these expenses include buyer invitations, advertising, bar-b-que meals for past and potential buyers, buyer board printing and shavings

$4.00 is deducted to cover the cost of buyer photos, certificates and ribbons.
Optional Forever Fund donation. Amount determined by the seller.

record bookRecord Books

Livestock and Horse Record Books are due in the Extension office August 15. Check out this new online tool to help you keep records at 4-H Record Book Tracker.


June 4, 2014

4-H Parade Float

Come help and be part of the Cattlemen’s Days parade float. It is a fun time and the more people the more fun. We are starting now to prepare. Council members voted to expect at least one member from each club be on the float committee. Anyone and everyone is welcome. First planning meeting is Friday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the Mergelmen 4-H building. Contact Brooke with questions, 641-1260.

Hot Dog4-H Council Concession Stand
Club members should check in with club leaders to find out their club concession stand duty and details. The following is the schedule:

Tuesday, July 8 11:30 -3 Young Guns
5:30 – 8:30 Crafty Critters
Wednesday, July 9 5:30 – 8:30 Get Your Goat
Thursday, July 10 11:30 – 3 Born for 4-H
5:30 – 8:30 Country Club
Friday, July 11 11:30 – 2 Boots to Bridles
5:30 – 8:30 Future Fitters
Saturday, July 18 5:30 – 8:30 Country Clovers

wrist bandSecurity and Wrist Bands for Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo

4-H exhibitors must have a wrist band to gain admittance to the rodeo. You can pick up those wrist bands in the Extension office before 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 10.

Family members will need to purchase tickets to gain admittance to the rodeos.

With increased fairground security there will be less room for parking. No trailer and vehicle parking in the area north of the pavilion unless to unload and load animals. The gates to the fairgrounds will be closed at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the rodeo.

forever_4h4-H Forever Fund

Volunteer leaders, Livestock Judging team, Clothing Construction Project members, district and state conference attendees were all beneficiaries of Forever Fund dollars this year. That means they were able to fully participate in 4-H events and activities with their own minimal expense. Over fifty youth were able to experience and learn more about their project or try new projects because of the past contributions of 4-H members and community donors.

4-H members are instrumental in growing the 4-H Forever Fund beyond the $100,000 benchmark when they donate a percentage or proceeds from the sale of their animals during the Junior Livestock Sale. The contributions of 4-H members will also show community members and livestock buyers that they value their 4-H experience. By giving a little, 4-H members can make “learning by doing” last into the future and make trips and experiences happen for themselves.

Members can ask questions, figure amounts, and fill out pledge forms if they choose to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Forever Fund at the office anytime or at the weigh-ins.

glass-cookie-jarDecorated Cookie Jar Fund Raiser

– Help raise funds for General Project support
– Decorate a gallon container
– Fill with homemade cookies
– Bring to Project Revue (or before)

Thank You to the 2013 Cookie Jar Buyers:

Julie & Doug Nelson
Bradshaw Family
Hannah Cranor
Polly Spann
Double Heart Ranch
Jill Stahlnecker
Lindahl Family
Stacy McPhail


June 4, 2014

4-H Offers Summer Programs

Gunnison County 4-H has two new programs starting in July after Cattlemen’s Days. Junior Master Gardener and Leadership Development will run Mondays and Wednesdays from July 14 to August 20. Junior Master Gardeners will meet in the morning and Leadership Development meets in the afternoon. The programs are geared towards middle school youth. You can take the Junior Master Gardner program or Leadership program or both.

Both programs involve the 4-H learning by doing way with fun activities. Leadership Development will culminate with an outdoor adventure activity such as climbing a 14’er or hiking the Grand Canyon in the fall. Both programs have a small fee and scholarships are available. Please contact Brooke, 641-1260 for more information and registration details.

Leadership Flyer

JMG Flyer Gunnison


June 4, 2014

state fairState Fair Teen Clerks

Looking for a few days of fun? The Colorado State Fair will provide you with food and lodging at Camp Tobin in return for a day or two of clerking the general projects. It is a great time to get acquainted with other 4-H members from around Colorado. Transportation will be provided to and from Pueblo. We will leave the afternoon of August 13 and return on Friday the 15. Teen clerks have a really good time as there is a small amount of time spent working in comparison to the fun. Teen clerks must be 13 years old prior to December 31, 2013. Apply at by July 1. Contact Nadine with questions, 641-1260.

thank youLivestock Judging Contest Thank You

The 2014 Livestock Judging Contest went off without a glitch thanks to the many volunteers who helped make this contest continue to be a success. Thank you to all the club members who helped set up and take down and serve lunch. Thank you to the group leaders and card runners. And, thank you to our tabulators.

One More Reminder

Youth livestock shows and project exhibits are celebrations of your individual accomplishments in your 4-H projects. They offer you an opportunity to display your project as well as yourself. It is a great education experience and should always be viewed with that in mind. It builds character, encourages responsibility and sportsmanship. During the week this year, take notice of all the volunteers and leaders that are giving of their time and effort to assist so that each of you will be able to enjoy your involvement. This may be the person helping get the projects checked in, the superintendents lining up classes, the ring stewards or your leaders. It takes many volunteers to make Cattlemen’s Days run smoothly. Be sure to thank them for their help. Keep in mind the benefits of friendly competition and cooperation with others and all that can be gained from our annual association with each other. Have a great “fair.”