Tuesday, May 22, 2018

YQCA Required for Youth Exhibiting Livestock at the State Fair of Virginia

Attention, State Fair Exhibitors! 

You will need to complete one YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) certification this summer in order to be eligible to show livestock at the State Fair of Virginia.Please visit the following website to see your choices of workshops: https://ext.vt.edu/4h-youth/youth-livestock/yqca.html

The closest training to you is in Madison on Thursday, June 28, from 7-9 p.m. That is limited to 40 youth, so don't delay in signing up. Sign-ups must be done online, not through the Extension office. If you attended the market animal boot camp in Rockingham, you're okay. You can choose whatever YQCA workshop time and location works for you. 

If you're a Facebook user, there's a Virginia YQCA page that you can "like" to stay up to date on workshops. 

For those who like lists, here's what you need to do for showing livestock at the State Fair:

  • Nominate market animals and commercial breeding animals at an official site. We offered this for cattle in January and sheep/goats at our May 1 county weigh-in. The Central Virginia nomination site will be in Louisa on Monday, June 18, the same week as our county fair. We are waiting on the final list of nomination sites; you can choose any across the state if you still need one. If you have purebred animals, make sure the registration papers are in your name by the ownership deadline. 
  • Complete YQCA certification annually. Previously, BQA certification would work (like what we did for cattle working), but that is NOT the case in 2018! All State Fair livestock exhibitors need YQCA
  • Enter your animals online before August 15. Entries are not open yet, but that will be coming in mid-July. Make sure you watch the State Fair website for details. 
Let us know if you have specific questions. We're here to help! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Cloverbuds Bugging Out

Both Orange County 4-H Cloverbud Clubs will be bugging out!
May 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm 
at Veteran's Park Shelter

This meeting will replace your regular May meeting.

Dr. Paul Semtner, the Bug Man, will have displays
of bugs and insects for the kids to enjoy!

Your fair entries will be due the day after this meeting, May 16.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Virginia State 4-H Horse T-shirt Contest

2018 VA State 4-H Horse Show
T-Shirt Design Contest

The Virginia State 4-H Horse Program is offering the 7th Annual T-Shirt Design Contest.

The winning entry will have their artwork featured on the official State Show T-Shirt at the State Show in Lexington in September.

Please read the attached rules and entry form closely and submit your design. Please note that all designs must be postmarked no later than Friday, June 22nd!!!

The artwork will be posted on the 4-H Horse Program website and the Virginia 4-H Horse Program Facebook and Instagram page after June 30th so that 4-H members can vote for their favorite design. The design with the most votes overall will win!

Guidelines and entry form can be found:  https://bit.ly/2HDKqop

Thursday, April 26, 2018

New at the Fair! Parent and Alumni Showmanship FUN SHOW

Calling all 4-H parents and 4-H alumni! We have a new FUN SHOW at the fair on Wednesday night! Befriend a 2018 exhibitor who will let you borrow a cow (beef or dairy), goat (meat or dairy), or sheep to show at the fair. There is no cost to enter and there will be prizes!

Brush up on your skills and we'll see you at the fair. Many thanks to Jay Eutsler for organizing and Patti Knight for sponsoring.

Enter online at this link!

 Image result for parent dairy show
Photo courtesy of Holstein Association