Thursday, April 27, 2017

Art Contest Available to ALL 4-H Members

June is Dairy Month and all 4-H members are invited to submit original artwork for the 4-H poster contest. Youth ages 9-19 may submit. This year's theme is "Get More with Milk" and entries are due June 1st to the Orange Extension office.

Make sure your entries follow all the rules in order to be eligible to compete in the state contest.

  1. Poster must be on standard poster board and must be of uniform size - 14” X 22” - other sizes are ineligible.
  2. Use slogan and stick to theme.
  3. Newspaper and film cartoon characters may not be used.
  4. Posters must contain only original, hand-drawn artwork done by the participant. Computer-generated artwork and text are not acceptable and will result in disqualification of the poster.
  5. Do not attach items thicker than the poster board to the poster.
  6. Get ideas from television, magazines, parents, and friends. Study pictures from your grocery store, dairy plant, dairy nutrition council, or milk cooperatives for additional ideas.
  7. Keep it simple and to the point.
  8. Complete a contest entry form and tape/paste it on the back of your poster in the upper right corner.

State Dairy Judging Workshop Announced

There will be a state 4-H dairy judging workshop in Shenandoah County on Saturday, May 20. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the event will conclude by 2:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FINAL REMINDER: Hog Nomination Photos

Final Reminder that all hog nomination photos are due by this FRIDAY, April 28th. We hope that everyone has found success in finding and purchasing your hog projects. Remember that this is a REQUIREMENT for all hog exhibitors in order to exhibit your project at the 2017 OCF.

Thanks in advance for your attention to the following nomination process:
  1. Pick up official identification tag from the Extension Office (tags were also distributed at the last livestock club meeting; so some exhibitors procured them at that event)
  2. Install tag in 4-H project hogs ear (if further information about proper installation is needed please email
  3. Take a digital photo of the hog with the newly installed tag  being visible in its ear. We must be able to read the tag in the photo. If any other specific, physical IDs can be documented in the picture along with the tag that is recommended. (Note: tag readability is the first priority in the photo, if color or any other distinguishing characteristics can be documented through the photo, along with the tag being readable that is a bonus)
  4. Please email photo to on or before Friday, April 28th
*Example of a suitable nomination photo.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Market Animal Boot Camp 2017

Market Animal Boot Camp will be held once again this year. This is one of the premiere educational events in the area for 4-H'ers and family members interested in learning more about raising competitive market animal projects.