September 9, 2014


Great job getting project buyer, livestock buyer, and sponsor thank you’s done. Your letters are very appreciated by buyers and sponsors and encourage their continued support.

 Thank you to everyone for getting their record books in.

 Carcass, Rate of Gain, and Knowledge Test results have been posted


Premium Money Special

You can still collect premium money in the Extension office until September 19. If you placed 1st through 3rd in a Livestock or Horse class then you are eligible for premiums. Premium money is awarded for 1st through 4th place for General Projects.


4-H Ribbon

Project Pick Up

Please pick up projects in the Extension office. State Fair exhibits are back from Pueblo and there are some projects left from Cattlemen’s Days.






September 9, 2014

make it with woolColorado Make It with Wool

The Colorado Make-It-With Wool State Competition will be held on November 1 at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The rules are simple. Construct a garment of at least 60% or more wool or wool specialty fibers after January 1, 2014, be a Colorado resident, be willing to be a MIWW ambassador and enter the contest. Contact Nadine if interested. There is time to make something! 4-H can even provide the wool.


Colorado Leadership Conference

The Colorado State 4-H Senate officer team will be hosting the annual Colorado Leadership Camp (CLC), November 7-9 in Glenwood Springs. 4-H members ages 6th-9th grade are invited to attend. Registration cost is $50 per camper. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 22. Transportation will be provided. More information will be provided. Contact Nadine if you are interested in attending, 641-1260.

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4-H for kids 5, 6, and 7 years old will be meeting each 2nd Tuesday of each month with Leader Lenora Mears. Meetings will take place in the Mergelmen 4-H building at 3:50 p.m. Come check it out.


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.”


May 13, 2014

June ConferenceJune/State 4-H Conference

June 17-20
Colorado State University – Ft. Collins
Open to ages 14 and older

State 4-H Conference provides great training and an opportunity for 4-H members, 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, Public Speaking, Horse Demonstration and Public Speaking, and Parliamentary Procedure. Don’t miss this great opportunity to strengthen your leadership skills and meet new friends from all around our state. Schedule, workshop descriptions, and details are on line at

REGISTER AT 4-H ONLINE by May 15. If you want to go you need to decide, commit, and pay by May15. Cost of June Conference for Gunnison County members will be $100.00 (actual cost is $320). Your club might provide some stipend funds. You can also apply for a State 4-H Conference Scholarship sponsored by Murdock’s Ranch and Home Supply. Applications are due by May 15 and can be found at Contact Nadine with questions, 641-1260.

4-H Japanese Exchange Host Families Needed

Host families are needed for 65 inbound Japanese boys and girls, ages 12-18, coming to Colorado through the 2014 inbound Colorado-Japan Teen Exchange. Hosting dates are July 23 – August 18 OR July 25 – August 18.

This program is coordinated through Colorado State University and has been running since 1975.

Host families do not need to be a member of 4-H and may reside in urban, suburban, or rural settings throughout Colorado. They may share a room with their host sibling. Matches are made on the basis of same sex and close in age, as well as some common interests. Note: Host siblings may be as young as ten to match with a 12 year old Japanese participant.

All participants are 100 percent medically covered with 4-H insurance and may participate in host family vacations, camping trips, youth camps. They are expected to become part of the family: help with household chores, follow house rules, share Japanese culture, and participate in other aspects of US daily life. The program covers costs for the exchange. Each participant has his/her own spending money.

Japanese participants will attend an orientation in Denver before going to host families and a debriefing in Denver before returning to Japan. Orientation for host families is done in Denver on the same day as delegate pickup. Carpools are planned to transport delegates to homes if host families are not able to attend orientation or pick up their exchange student. A complete orientation packet including program information, culture information, and complete application of the delegate they are hosting will be mailed to host families. Individual orientation will be provided to families who are unable to travel to Denver.

Host siblings have the option of traveling to Japan to participate in a four or eight-week exchange while staying with Japanese host families and learning Japanese culture.


Courtney Loflin
State Coordinator – 4-H International Programs

Phone: 970-491-2711


May 13, 2014

4-H Clothing Projects

JMG Flyer Gunnison

Leadership Flyer

27th Annual Shooting Sports Family Campout

June 13-15

This is an opportunity for families to meet each other and have a good time. Shooting events will be educational and fun oriented. Access registration and information at

Invitational Shoots

The Gunnison Extension office has information and registrations for several invitational shoots.

Mesa County TRA Shoot – Grand Junction – June 7, 2014
Garfield County Invitational Shoot – Rifle – June 14, 2014
Delta County Invitational Shoot – June 28, 2014

More shooting opportunities and details and registrations can be found at


May 13, 2014


“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:

– 2014 4-H/FFA Junior Livestock Sale is July 12 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.” They enjoy reading about any details you share.

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


Swine ID’s are due by May 16 in 4-H Online
Horse ID’s are due by June 1 in 4-H Online

ChickRabbit1Rabbit/Poultry Clinic

May 22
5:15 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Building

Sherry Redden will cover rabbit care and raising for members in all Rabbit and Poultry projects. Showmanship and handling pointers will also be provided. Would be a great opportunity for new and experienced members.

dogDog Obedience

Wednesdays, Starting May 14
1st year members 5:30 6:30 p.m.
2nd year and above members 6:15 to 7:00 p.m.
Esty Room – Multipurpose Building

record bookRecord Book Help Session
May 22
Multi-purpose Building
After school to 6:00 p.m. – Come when you can

Everybody should be working on their projects by now including their record book. Whether your project is market goat or electricity you should be keeping track of your activities, expenses, health treatments, and more.

SSportsColorado State Shooting Sports Contests

Saturday, August 16, 2014
.22 Rifle/Juniors Pueblo West
Archery/Seniors Lake Pueblo State Park

Sunday, August 17, 2014
.22 Rifle/Seniors Pueblo West
Archery/Juniors Pueblo West

More details can be found at

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April 8, 2014

Dog-TrainingDog Obedience Project will start in May. Please attend the dog less orientation meeting April 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mergelmen 4-H building.

Other General Projects are rolling along. Please check the Calendar.


pigChanges to Swine Show and Contests for 2014

There will be no Swine Breeding Show in 2014 due to the recent heightened risks associated
with the outbreaks of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV). This doesn’t really affect
anyone since there are no members enrolled in Swine Breeding.

There will be no Swine Rate of Gain contest.

At this time, the Jr. Livestock Committee is researching how to safely ID/tag project pigs and
make a determination if the 2014 Cattlemen’s Day’s Swine Show will be terminal for all entries.
Market Swine members will be informed how to ID their project pigs for 2014 by the end of the month.

The reason for the cancellation and other changes this year is because pigs are being bought from multiple states from multiple sources right now. If a youth brings a weaned pig home and it was exposed to the PED virus their premises, and other pigs coming in contact with the pig, could get the disease. This virus is mainly spread in manure; so any animal coming to show could leave with the disease. The virus is not transmittable to people or other species of livestock. It is much like a bad stomach flu which causes vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea. Most young pigs infected do not survive. This has been a devastating new virus for many farrowing units in the US and Colorado. I encourage all members and families to think about biosecurity this year! Please call Eric if you have questions about anything. Each family can research PEDV further by visiting:
and Colorado State University Veterinarian Extension.


Market Goat & Market Sheep Weigh-In, Sunday May 4

–Market Lamb and Goat Weigh-in 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please walk your animal to the scale

–State Fair nominations or ids will also be done at this weigh-in.

–Swine members will be informed how and when to ID their swine project animals.

Quality Assurance

Public confidence in our meat products is extremely important to the success of the livestock industry. Maintaining healthy animals should be a top priority with any breeding or pet animal project. Youth livestock projects play an important role in building or losing the trust of our consumers and the public. It is important that youth livestock exhibitors exceed the standard in producing quality, defect-free livestock for consumers and have a basic understanding or proper animal care.

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.

The program is new and improved. They will be scheduled for early May.

horse Horse Members: Be looking for your Horse Packet in the mail. Horse ID’s are due May 1.