Dear 4-H Members, Parents, and Advisors,
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family from all of us here at the Wayne County Extension Office. Here is this week’s Wayne County 4-H News and Notes Update. Click the headlines below for more details!
Please note additional details including a registration form for the Required 4-H Advisor / Volunteer Trainings scheduled for February will be available in early January.
2015 Wayne County 4-H Calendar of Events Now Available Online
Attention Teens – Achievement Records (Application for Junior Fair Board, Camp Counselor, Food & Fashion Board, trips and more) due January 2, 2015 by 4:30 pm at the Extension Office
Next Junior Leaders meeting is Monday January 5th at the American Red Cross building in Wooster from 7-9 pm
Ohio 4-H Ambassador Applications due to State 4-H Office on January 23, 2015
Dairy Service Unit Scholarship Applications Due February 17, 2015
Outstanding Dairy Youth Award Nominations Due February 17, 2015
Each year the Wayne County Dairy Service Unit (DSU) presents an Outstanding Dairy Youth Award ($250) at its annual meeting. The recipient of this award must be nominated by a FFA or 4-H advisor who has some knowledge of the individual and their work with a dairy project and/or contribution to the dairy industry.
The award nomination form should be returned to the Wayne County Extension office by February 17, 2015. Award forms are available on the Wayne County Extension web site at: http://go.osu.edu/vU7 and at the Wayne County Extension office. Forms can be mailed in or filled out on line and submitted electronically.
The Wayne County Dairy Service Unit offers a scholarship to provide financial assistance to students in Wayne County that intend to go on to post-high school education in the field of agriculture, with a special interest in the dairy industry. At least one scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to qualified applicants.
Applicants for the scholarship must be a resident of Wayne County at the time of application, have graduated from an accredited high school program or be in their senior year, and have an agricultural background with interest towards continuing in agriculture. Special consideration is given to those applicants with a dairy background, involvement in a 4-H or FFA dairy project or having employment in a dairy based business. Applications for the scholarship are due to the Wayne County Extension office by February 17, 2015.
Scholarship applications are available on the Wayne County Extension web site at: http://go.osu.edu/vU5.
Scholarship applications can also be obtained from FFA advisors and the Wayne County Extension office located in the upper level of the county administration building at 428 West Liberty Street in Wooster, phone: 330-264-8722.
The next Wayne County 4-H Junior Leaders meeting will be Monday January 5, 2015 from 7-9pm at the American Red Cross building located at 244 West South Street Wooster, OH 44691. More details about our activities for the evening will be shared after the Junior Leaders Officers meeting on December 22, 2014.
Junior Leaders is open to all Wayne County teens ages 13-19.
Prospective new 4-H Advisors / Volunteers can stop by the Extension Office or have someone come in for them to pick up the new advisor /volunteer packet. The packet contains an application, reference forms, and information about completing the fingerprint background check and new volunteer training requirements. All prospective new advisor / volunteer applications must be received by the Wayne County Extension Office by April 1, 2015.
Please Consider Supporting Wayne County 4-H!
Financial contributions to the Wayne County 4-H Hugh Kline Endowment Fund and our new Wayne County 4-H Youth Development Fund help support numerous Wayne County 4-H programs throughout the year including camp scholarships, grants for innovative projects proposed by Wayne County 4-H clubs, and support for youth participating in various statewide camps, trips, and other leadership opportunities.
All gifts to the Wayne County 4-H Hugh Kline Endowment Fund and to the Youth Development Fund are tax deductible. No amount is too small or too large—we appreciate any support you can provide! For more information, please contact 4-H Educator Doug Foxx.
All Dairy Steers, Beef Steers/Heifers and Carcass Steers/Heifers must be TAGGED and WEIGHED at county check-in on SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015 at Wayne County Fairgrounds, Wooster 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M.
In case of inclement weather, listen to WQKT 104.5 FM for cancellation. The back-up check-in date will be January 24th.
Calves must be tagged and weighed on January 17th. Members need not be present, however calves not tagged and weighed at the county check-in will not be eligible for Wayne County Junior Fair participation.
Rate of gain will be figured accordingly. NO BULL calves will be tagged. ALL calves must be castrated prior to weigh-in or will be ineligible for participation. If steers are clamped, this should be done prior to early November. Calves should be dehorned and haltered for check-in.
Each member may tag and weigh-in (2) beef steers, (2) market beef heifers, (2) dairy steers, and (2) carcass evaluation steers or heifers for a total of eight (8) animals. DAIRY STEERS MUST BE PURE DAIRY BREEDS. Beef steers may be purebred or crossbred beef breeds. Beef steers/heifers that were born at a Wayne County residence and raised by a 4-H/FFA member in Wayne County are also eligible to be entered in the “Wayne County Born & Raised” class at the fair (must complete form at January weigh – in).
Recommended weight is 400-600 pounds in the fall.
Please get new member addresses to the extension office and we will mail them a weigh-in information letter directly.
Each member must identify one market animal in his/her name. Extra (backup) animals may be signed up / weighed in under one family for all siblings in that family. All backup animals must be added onto each child’s weigh-in form.
****A beef or dairy steer may be tagged and weighed as both a fair show steer and as a carcass steer. If during the year the animal loses it’s ear tag, the member must contact the Extension Office immediately.****
All market beef and dairy market beef exhibitors will be required to once again show/exhibit during one of the following options prior to the Wayne County Fair.
- OPTION 1: During the January check-in, the member can show his/her animal. If the animal is not calmly lead several times around the ‘show area’ then the committee will expect that the member return to one of the following options prior to the Wayne County Fair.
- OPTION 2: Showing at any winter/spring preview or jackpot show (including OCA BEST show). Member must get a paid entry receipt to the extension office by August 1st.
- OPTION 3: Showing at the spring show held in April at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Member can show during the regular show OR at the end of the show there will be a beef showmanship class and a dairy beef showmanship class. There is no entry fee and no pre-registration.
- OPTION 4: Exhibit a steer at the OSF. Member must get proof of exhibition to the extension office by August 10.
Members who want to exhibit a dairy beef AND a market beef animal will need to show BOTH prior to the Wayne County Fair. Show means to lead the animal(s) several times around the arena and set up as would be expected in an actual show. Back up animals do not need to be shown.
If you do not show your animal(s) during any of the above opportunities, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO EXHIBIT YOUR ANIMAL(S) AT THE WAYNE COUNTY JUNIOR FAIR.
This is an effort to get youth more involved with their projects and create more interest and time spent with the projects to help ensure a quality experience at the fair and to improve the quality of our show.
Organizational Advisors, please call the Extension Office by January 23, 2015 with the number of Family Guides, number of youth enrollment forms, and number of volunteer enrollment forms. Your club’s materials will be prepared for you to pick up during the Required Advisor Training Sessions in February.
You can also preview the Family Guide, online at http://go.osu.edu/XDG