Livestock Registration Information

Hello 4-H Community!

We are at the end of another week of quarantine and still busy as ever!

I would like to keep the updates coming, so I am including some information below for our 4-H families.

Just some FYI’s:

Senior Fair Board met Thursday night via Zoom and wanted to let everyone know that they are still moving forward with planning fair. Fair might look different but it is really still too early to tell what is going to happen. Much of the decision in in the hands of the governor’s office. The Senior Fair Board is making a point to be proactive and start thinking about Plan B options, if we cannot have our fair as normal. They are trying to do whatever they can and keeping our youth and community’s safety in mind. They will be organizing more meetings via Zoom and I will try to keep the lines of communication between us all open as best as I can.

As for livestock registrations, please keep an eye out on email, Facebook, Instagram and this blog for the link to be posted next week. Registrations will be posted early next week for market hogs, rabbits, market lambs, market goats, horses and beef  & dairy feeders. At this point in time, I can tell you there will be no lamb and goat tag-in and that all market ID tags will have to be picked up at the office after July 13th when we HOPEFULLY return to the Extension office. To which all market lambs, goats, hogs, and feeders will be self-tagged at home. There will also be required picture identification for animals. We will be asking for a head shot and side view of your animals you are registering. For lambs and goats, we also need an up close picture of the scrapie ID in the animal’s ear! 


The poultry letter is posted on the link below and has the information we typically send youth to order from hatcheries.

*Note- this will be the same link you will go to for registrations when they are posted next week!


Registrations will be collected via mail to the Extension office or scanned and emailed to Original copies can be supplied once the Extension office staff returns to working in the office.

If there are families that absolutely cannot access the forms due to internet or printing issues, please let us know. We can work with those who need accommodations.


Registration Due Dates are as follows:

Hogs, Horses, & Rabbits – June 1st

Lambs & Goats – June 6th (the previously scheduled tag-in day)

Beef & Dairy Feeders – June 15th



Committees that will be meeting via Zoom in the coming weeks:

4-H Council Scholarship Interviews – 5/5/2020

4-H Council Meeting – 5/7/2020

Jr Fair Board – 5/28/2020

Senior Fair Board – 5/28/2020

4-H Teen Ambassadors – TBD

4-H Horse Committee – TBD


I just wanted to let you know how appreciative I am of all the support and understanding you have shown during this difficult time. It has been a learning experience for us all and navigating a virtual 4-H program is not easy for all of us. We are in this together and I hope that if you have questions, please reach out. Just remember, when reaching out, keep mindful of how you come across when presenting concerns to those around you. Other’s are very much in the same boat and are trying to come up with solutions to the problems. Please, know that if you call in on an angry rant, it will not get you anymore help than what we can provide. We are doing what we can to accommodate the needs of our youth and community with the means that we have available.


To our new families that are joining us in this adventure of a year! This is not a typical 4-H year for any of us and if you feel the need to reach out; my office door may not be open right now, but I am still just a phone call away!


Stay safe & stay healthy!

Sincerely, 😊

Crystal Antill

4-H Program Assistant


Hands to Larger Service Opportunity

Have a youth at home who can sew? Family is bored in quarantine at home. Consider sewing a fabric medical mask for local healthcare workers and others working with the public!

Great for beginning level sewers!

As many hospitals nationwide face the potential for critical shortages in the coming weeks, one way to help with the shortage is by sewing fabric masks for us to use for both outpatients and inpatients. This allows us to preserve surgical masks for our physicians and staff members. These cloth masks are a great tool to prevent others from catching viruses via droplets from coughing or sneezing.
Use the link below for instructions and a video tutorial. See flyer below for drop off point. If you have questions, let us know and we can put you in contact with someone. Please, share with anybody interested in helping with this cause!

Please, note that these masks are not used for those health care workers working directly with COVID-19 patients.

Many agencies are using them over top of the medical grade masks in efforts to lengthen the supply of n-95 masks. They will be used to service various healthcare agencies and workers in need due to short supply of n-95 masks. 
Visit the following sites for some patterns you can use and for any questions, please contact us to get in touch with someone.


Why are you in 4-H?

What do you hope to gain?

Words of a fellow 4-H Professional. She stated this very well and we thought she hit the nail on the head! So we are sharing…


“As 4-H educators, we have been receiving a lot of questions related to whether families should move forward with purchasing market livestock for fair. What if we don’t have a fair? What will I do with my animal? Or, the one that hurts the worst, what if I lose all my money?

My response to all these questions is a question itself. What are you in this for? What do you hope to gain?

If you are in 4-H so that your child can learn about the effort that goes into raising livestock and producing food animal products, get the animal.

If you are in 4-H so that your child can become a better citizen or learn about goal setting or gain effective leadership skills, get the animal.

If you are in 4-H so that your child can be a step above their peers, so that they can develop a sense of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity, get the animal.

If you are in 4-H so that your child can learn about resilience, determination and never giving up hope (even in the middle of a pandemic), get the animal.

But, if you are in 4-H so that your child can sell their animal for twice what you invested in it, don’t get the animal.

If you are in 4-H so that your child can bring home a big banner or a shiny trophy, don’t get the animal.

If you are in 4-H so that you can boast to co-workers and friends about how your child beat out 15 other people’s children to be the coveted “Grand Champion,” don’t get the animal.

Ultimately, if you do this thing called 4-H so that you can clean up at the county fair and earn awards, money and bragging rights, don’t get the animal. Because I can’t guarantee you those things this year.

I can only guarantee you this:

The agricultural community is powerful. The loyalty and camaraderie among us is bigger than words can describe. Even if we are unable to have fair in the traditional sense, we will do everything humanely possible to ensure youth have the opportunity to display their work. Whether it’s posters or videos or, fancier yet, virtual judgings, we will go to the ends of the Earth to save the 4-H experience for your children. We will work cooperatively with the Junior and Senior Fair Boards and Sale Committee to help with arrangements for animals. We will not strand you with a project; instead, we will work right alongside you to figure out where that animal can go. Whether it’s taking it to a packer five minutes up the road or loading it on a trailer headed halfway across the U.S., we will do the best job that we can to help you navigate the “end-game.” And lastly, we can guarantee you that your child will learn. That, despite limited club meetings or seven days at the county fair, your child will learn the important things. The things that matter. They will fill the days of this pandemic with hope as opposed to grief. Your child will develop a relationship with their animal(s) like they never have before, because, quite frankly, it’s one of the few things they have left.

Is there a chance their experience will be different this year? Yes.

Is there a chance they will lose money? Yes.

As a result, is their 4-H year a lost cause? Should they just give up?

I’ll leave that up to you.”


Shared from:

Cassaundra Dietrich

Extension Educator Shelby County,

4-H Youth Development