December 12, 2014

National Western passes

Please swing by the Extension office and pick up passes if you are headed that way. You will need them if you are attending a non-ticketed event.

New SteerWeigh-InDate



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.





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.



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.

Jr. Livestock Committee Vacancy

January 10, 2014

The Jr. Livestock Committee is looking for a new member. If you are interested in serving on the Jr. Livestock Committee please write a letter of interest and send it to or drop by the Extension office. A complete list of committee responsibilities and by-laws can be obtained at the office or contact Steve Hamilton, 641-2111 with questions. Letters of interest need to be submitted by February 21, 2014.


January 6, 2014

Re-Enroll Now

enrollPlease have your enrollment done by January 31. Clubs are rocking and project help is starting so help those volunteer leaders out by signing up. It is a tremendous help to them to know who is participating. Dragging your enrollment out does take additional time and effort from those volunteers. The Extension office also needs to order books and manuals and we try to make one order to expedite project work. If you have not re-enrolled please do so through 4H Online.

Club Leaders, Horse/Livestock/General Committee members, Project Leaders, Resource Leaders should also enroll at 4H Online.

Project Help Starting

The following project areas will be having their orientation meeting at the end of the month. We will be setting schedules and also reviewing the project. All orientations happen afterschool at the Extension office. Members may take the bus from school to the fairgrounds.

Clothing Construction and Artistic Clothing: Tuesday, January 28
Foods: Wednesday, January 29
Leathercraft and Photography: Thursday, January 30
Knitting, Crochet, Visual Arts: Thursday, January 30. Please contact leader Juniper Phillips with questions at 596-4356.
Archery: Monday, January 13 and January 27. Please contact leaders Lenora and Garland Mears with questions at 209-2390.
Electricity: Starts in February. Please contact Melody Roper with questions at 641-8561.

Beef Weigh In

The Market Beef Weigh-In will be held Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fred Field Heritage Center. Please read the following guidelines for this weigh in:

– 4-H members must be enrolled in the Market Beef Project by Friday, January 31. You can enroll on line at 4H Online.

– Market Beef animals must be halter broke and able to be lead to and from the scale.

– The loss of an ear tag must be immediately reported to the Extension office. Market animals present at the Cattlemen’s Days show without proper identification will be prohibited from being shown or sold.

– Please bring all applicable paperwork for the brand inspector.

– Let Eric know at the Weigh-in if you will be needing a Colorado State Fair ID. Arrangements will be made at another time to do the retinal scan.

Livestock Judging

???????????????????????Informational meeting for parents and kids will be January 28 from 4:00-4:30 at the Extension office. For those interested, judging is a great way to teach livestock knowledge and speaking skills. Come to the meeting to find out how you can get involved.