September 9, 2014


4-H Junior, Intermediate, Senior Members of the Year Nominations Open

Clubs can nominate a candidate for member of the year. You can also nominate yourself for member of the year. There is an award for Junior member, Intermediate member, and Senior member. All candidates must turn an application into the Extension office by October 22. Applications can be picked up at the Extension office, Mergelmen 4-H Building, or they are also located on-line under at Outstanding members are chosen by a committee.

Basic RGB

Looking for Outstanding Horse Members

The Krisjan Harnish Horseman Award is given each year in memory of an outstanding 4-H member and horseman. To be considered for the Master Horseman Award please complete the application form and return to the Extension Office by October 18.  The application and instructions can be found at under 4-H Scholarships. Your record book will be attached after being judged.



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.



February 24, 2014

horseHorse Members

Get rested up and geared up. New activities and opportunities are coming your way.

Born for 4-H club welcomes all horse members to their horse activities. Two are coming up:

Pattern Practice: Sunday, March 2 at the Multi-Purpose Building

How to Tie Your Horse: Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mergelmen 4-H Building.

A Horse Member packet will be sent to all Horse members with info and registration forms for the spring events.

The following is a tentative schedule for this spring:

May 1              Horse ID’s Due

May 31            English Riding Clinic (Tentative)

June 10-11       4-H Horse Camp

June 14            Gymkhana

June 21            4-H Schooling Show

June 27-28       District Horse Show in Hotchkiss

TBD                  Working Ranch Horse Clinic

July 5               4-H Horse Show

Horse Levels-Riding and Knowledge Motivation

Now is a good time to invest in working on your levels certification. Take your Horse Levels written tests! Make an appointment with Nadine to take your test. If you feel you need to study then become real familiar with your horse manual. If you don’t have a horse manual then pick one up at the Extension office. Information and study guides are located at

animal graphicLivestock and Small Animal Projects

Manuals for beef, swine, lamb, goat, horse, dog, and rabbit are also available in the Extension office. These are excellent resources for raising and feeding your animal and completing your record book. Project help is available for your project also.


January 6, 2014

Speakeasy – A Presentation Field Day

Many, many 4-H alumni have shared that they became comfortable speaking in front of a group through their 4-H experience. Many of you probably don’t know that giving a demonstration/presentation every year is an expectation of every 4-H member. Take advantage of this new opportunity to learn about presentations, perfect your skills, and build, practice, and deliver a demonstration. This field day is geared towards 5th through 8th graders but all members, parents, leaders are welcome. Speakeasy will be Saturday, February 1.

The fun will start 9:30 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building. Lunch will be provided. Contact Nadine for more information, 641-1260.

Shooting Sports Leader Trainings

COLORADONationwide, 4-H shooting sports is known for its ability to help youth develop essential life skills. Through periodic interviews, Colorado shooting sports members say they have learned respect, discipline, self-control, leadership, problem solving, sportsmanship and role modeling. There is plenty of room for a Gunnison County Shooting Sports program to grow. In order to grow dedicated leaders are crucial. Shooting Sports leaders need to be certified. The following is a list of all the 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Trainings across the state. Contact Nadine, 641-1260, if you are interested in helping with Shooting Sports and attending a training. There will be financial support to help you attend.

Location Date
Cortez: February 7-9
Canon City: March 7-9
Grand Junction: April 11-13
Colorado Springs: April 25-27
Eagle: May 16-18

National Western Stock Show Badges and Passes

national%20western%20stock%20show%20logoThere are day passes for National Western Stock Show at the Extension office. Please swing by the Extension office and pick up if you are headed that way. You will need them if you are not attending a ticketed event.

STATE FAIR RESULTS-Congratulations to all participants! You represented Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties well.

September 10, 2013

logo(2)Exhibitors: Please pick up your ribbons, record books, and projects in the Extension office.
General Project Exhibits
Shannon Alves , Cake Decorating- Participant
Nicolas Bifano, Model Rocketry- 8th
Sandra Bradshaw, Best Photo Contest- Participant
Aubrie Brown, Clothing Construction- 5th
Rankin Brown, Shooting Sports-Archery- Participant
Visual Arts- 9th
Clara Cranor, Video Production- 3rd
Nicholas Ferraro, Woodworking- Participant
Jaycee Fuller, Shooting Sports-Archery- Participant
Maia Harrison, Cake Decorating- Reserve Champion
Aurora Kattnig, Beginning Foods- 9th
Caleb Lindah,l Model Rocketry- Reserve Champion
Sport Fishing- Grand Champion
Tabitha Lindahl, Heritage Arts-Crochet- 3rd
Specialty Foods- Champion
Timber McNulty, Sport Fishing- 5th
Sam McPhail, Leathercraft- 8th
Chance Mears, Best Photo Contests- 7th
Brett Moore, Model Rocketry- Participant
Reese Moore, Shooting Sports-Archery- Participant
Justina Mundell, Photography- 7th
Kelly Mundel,l Clothing Construction- Reserve Champion
Orion Oulton, Specialty Foods- 8th
Taila Oulton, Best Photo Contest- 10th
Emily Rhea, Cake Decorating- 6th
Specialty Foods- Participant
Clay Sabrowski, Electricity- Grand Champion
Vica Shoemaker, Clothing Construction- Participant
Connor Stahlnecker, Forestry Reserve- Grand Champion
Amelia Stewart, Specialty Foods- 5th
Madeline Stewart, Home Environment- 6th
Catherine Washburn, Cake Decorating- 4th
Kali Wiggin, Photography- 4th

Horse Show
Lily Redden, Multiple Western Horsemanship
and Working Cow Horse Classes- Participant
Madaline Redden, Gymkhana Written Test- 5th
Ranch Written Test- 8th, Ranch Cow- 8th,
Ranch Cutting- 10th, Multiple other classes- Participant

Dog Show
Josie Bifano, Showmanship- Participant,
Obedience- Participant, Rally- Participant

Creative Cooks Contest
Aurora Kattnig, Specialty Junior- Champion
Emily Rhea, Individual Junior- Participant

Cashmere Goat Show

1 Year Old Does
Nicole Haase- 1st
Josie Bifano- 2nd
Samantha Brown- 3rd
Brooke Sanders -4th
Prairie Bergman -6th
2 Year Old Does
Martina Ritz -1st
Kestrel Gordon- 2nd
Jade Crow- 3rd
3 Year Old Does
Nicolas Bifano -1st
4 & 5 Year Old Does
Taylor Watters- 1st and Best of Show
Alexandra Hays- 3rd
Kali Wiggin- 4th
Kimberly Brown- 5th
6 Year Old Does
Brooke Sanders- 1st
Tyler Tucker -2nd
Josie Bifano- 3rd
Prairie Bergman- 6th


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

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
18. Breeding Livestock Supplements – Breeding project books must have a supplement.


April 5, 2013

Add/Drop Deadline Coming Up

All projects must be added or dropped by Tuesday, April 30. This means if you have changed your mind or feel you will not be able to complete a project, you need to DROP that project by April 30 via 4-H Online. Please call the office if you need help to do this, 641-1260. If you need to ADD a project you must do this by April 30.

Reminder: All market swine, lamb, and goat projects must be added or enrolled by April 30 in order to weigh-in and tag their animals.

Please make sure you are enrolled in any breeding or leased animal projects by April 30.

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.

The program is new and improved and in final stages of development. They will be scheduled for early May.

Cake Decorating Project Orientation

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Afterschool – 4:00 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Building

There are many changes and new units to cake decorating. Please attend the orientation with Margo Patton-Blair to get all the details. Margo will also have your manual, record book, schedule, and exhibit requirements. Please contact her with questions at or 970-596-2514.

Other Project Information

▷ Dog Obedience Project will start soon. Stay tuned!

▷ Archery members start shooting April 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Building Esty Room (rubber room).

▷ Other General Projects are rolling along. Please check schedule at

Horse Knowledge Games

Friday, April 19, 2013
Afterschool 4:00 p.m.
Extension office

Learn and review the endless amount of horse knowledge needed for the Horse Knowledge Test, Levels Test, and Showmanship.

New Horse Show Awards

New all-around high point prizes will be awarded to participants at the 2013 4-H Horse Show July 6. Points are awarded to participants according to how they placed in all divisions including Horse Knowledge and Showmanship. Prizes for the all-around junior, intermediate, and senior will be a belt buckle. Thanks to new sponsors at Gunnison Feed and Supply champion junior, intermediate, and senior from the showmanship classes will receive belt buckles.

Other Prize Reminders

▷ Gunnison County 4-H Program and General Projects Committee will award $100.00 for each Grand Champion
exhibitor at Colorado State Fair.
▷ Senior member exhibitors in most General projects who earn Grand Champion at Colorado State Fair in their project area become eligible to attend National 4-H Congress.