Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Very fitting for this time of year will be a session on zero-turn mower safety and ATV/RTV safety. Make sure you're navigating your yard and fields with the safest behaviors possible.
Also included will be a tractor rollover prevention seminar, plus a station with representatives of the Motor Carrier division to discuss highway laws and how they pertain to farm vehicles and equipment. Have questions? Get answers from the experts!
Finally, if you employ young farm workers up to age 24, learn how their needs differ from other employees. Safety responsibilities ultimately fall to the farm owner/employer, so attendance at this session will help you think about potential risks that currently exist to your young employees.
Lunch is being provided by New Virginia Tractor, and they will have new product demonstrations as part of their open house event.
Pre-registration is not required. We do hope to see you on April 23rd!
Monday, March 28, 2016
VSU Announces Summer Enrichment Program for High School Juniors and Seniors Interested in Plants, Soils, and Environmental Science
Summer Enrichment Program —
Friday, March 25, 2016
On Friday, the youth completed the Stockman's contest, which involved a quiz, identification of ten each of livestock breeds, equipment, feeds, and retail cuts of meat. It also included judging hay, meats, beef cattle, sheep, and hogs.
In the junior division (ages 9-13), the following youth earned awards out of 254 individuals. Sadie Wentz placed 8th in judging and questions and was 19th overall. Diesle Gilbert ranked 13th in judging and questions and Abbie Gill was 24th in judging and questions.
The junior team of Brice Norford, Gini Bryington, Sadie Wentz, and Case Norford placed 19th in quiz and ID, 6th in judging and questions, and 11th overall. The team of Salaar Ali, Abbie Gill, Connor Dodson, and Diesle Gilbert placed 7th in judging and questions and 20th overall. There were 69 teams in the junior division.
In the senior age division (14-18), Blake Hopkins placed 21st in quiz and ID, 3rd in judging and questions, and 8th overall. Garrett Hopkins placed 5th in judging and questions. There were 273 individuals in the contest. The senior team of Blake, Garrett, Skyler Hitt and Roxanne Akers placed 19th in quiz and ID, 2nd in judging and questions, and 13th overall out of 68 teams.
On Saturday, Orange youth competed in the livestock judging contest where they evaluated live classes of animals and some youth gave oral reasons.
In the junior reasons division of 76 contestants, Abbie Gill was 14th in cattle, 24th in sheep, and placed 21st overall. Brice Norford was 9th in swine, 17th in reasons, and 16th overall. Gini Bryington placed 7th in sheep, 17th in questions, and 22nd in reasons.
The team of Abbie, Gini, Brice, and Sadie Wentz placed 7th in cattle, 6th in swine, 5th in sheep, 6th in reasons, 6th in questions, and 6th overall (only one point behind the fifth place team). There were 14 teams in the division.
In the junior non-reasons division, Salaar Ali placed 23rd in cattle, 12th in swine, 5th in sheep, 9th in questions, and 4th overall. There were 182 youth in this division. The team of Salaar, Diesle Gilbert, Case Norford, and Connor Dodson placed 7th in cattle, 17th in swine, 6th in sheep, 8th in questions, and 9th overall. This was out of 40 teams.
In the senior non-reasons division, Garrett Hopkins placed 18th in cattle, tied for first in swine, and placed 7th overall. Roxanne Akers was 12th in swine, 17th in questions, and 15th overall. There were 201 senior non-reasons individuals.
The senior team of Garrett Hopkins, Roxanne Akers, and Skylar Hitt placed 6th in cattle, 2nd in swine, 21st in sheep, 14th in questions, and 6th overall out of 41 teams.
Congratulations to all of our contestants! You did a great job with minimal coaching and preparation for this contest.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Three Rivers Livestock 4-H Club Animal Care & How To Show Workshop for Poultry and Livestock
Saturday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m.
Hanover Extension Office (13015 Taylor Complex Lane Ashland VA 23005)
Directions - Take I-95 to Exit 92 Hanover. That will put you on Route 54 East. Continue approximately 1.7 miles and Turn right onto Taylor Complex Lane. The office is in the same Building as Hanover Parks and Recreation, our entrance is the furthest on the Left.
Starts at 9am - registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
You should attend this great event if you . . .
Want to pick up some general knowledge and care about . . .
Want to learn how to start showing . . .
what items do you need to start showing, grooming your show animal, halter breaking and leading your show animal, how to show, feed, & more
Showmanship session . . .
what is showmanship
how to for each species
what do you need
The above sessions will be led by club members who have several years' experience in showing these animals - they show at county fairs throughout the state, breed shows, and the State Fair of VA and have lots of knowledge!
Parents there will be session for you as well . . .
Your involvement in showing
How to support your youth
Parents- your session will be led by club leaders who have children involved in showing for several years!
Youth will get hands on experience with the species they are interested in showing
Lunch will be provided (pizza, lemonade/water, dessert) - just bring your own chair!
Door prizes, give-aways . . .
No fee to attend this event, just bring bag or canned dog food donation - we are collecting dog food to support BARK in Hanover County as our spring community service project.
Pre-registration is required. Questions please contact Karen Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Contest areas include presentations, public speaking, extemporaneous speaking, table setting, and radio spot. County competitors can also advance to the district contests on Saturday, April 9, in Caroline County.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Cora Hoemann took first place in Public Speaking. Charlotte Manvell placed 1st in senior Hippology, 1st individual in Horse Bowl, and 1st in Presentations for a clean sweep! The senior Hippology team of Matthew Miller, Charlotte Manvell, Emily Wright, and Savannah from Williamsburg also place first in their contest.
These youth will now advance to the EquiSmartz state 4-H horse competitions in Doswell in April. Way to go!
Friday, March 11, 2016
We won't accept any packets until sign-up day on Wednesday, March 30, from 4:30-7:00 p.m., but fill out these things now and you'll be that much faster on registration day. The registration packet and a $75 deposit are all that's required to hold your spot on March 30.
Camp dates are June 12-16, 2016. We hope to see you at sign-up!
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The first contest will be a state 4-H tractor driving contest to be held in conjunction with the State FFA Tractor Driving contest on Friday, April 15th at 2:30 PM. The State Tractor Driving Contest provides 4-H members the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of tractor maintenance, safety, and skill in operation. The contest consists of the following events: written examination; parts identification; operating a tractor with a two-wheel implement attached; and operating a tractor with a four-wheel implement attached.
The second will be the Virginia Beef Challenge. Using a mystery bag of ingredients, the Virginia Beef Challenge will encourage teams to prepare a dish in 40 minutes and present it to a judging panel. Youth explain their preparation steps, serving size, food safety concerns, nutrition value. Each team will be provided an equipment supply kit and will be provided the name of the key beef ingredient in advance. Teams are challenged to be creative and develop their own recipe with the ingredients provided. The Virginia Beef Challenge will begin Friday, April 15th at 4:00 PM.
Since both contests are inaugural events, both contests are limited to the number of entries. The rules and contest information will be posted to the Junior Beef Roundup page on the Youth Livestock web site at: http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/4h-youth/youth-livestock/shows/beef-expo/index.html . Please get your entries in early to be eligible to compete.
Also, just as a reminder, entries are due next Tuesday, March 15th for both the Junior Beef Roundup Youth Beef Shows and the Youth Cattle Working Contests. Please get those entries in as soon as you can.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016
In the table setting event, participants plan a meal (no actual food preparation) and matching decor according to a theme. The meal must include Virginia-grown agricultural products, and each 4-H member prepares a presentation for judges about the foods they chose for their menu card and why. Additionally, linens, tablescapes, place settings, and drinkware should match the theme.
Hayden chose a sportsman's dinner, including wild game on the menu and colors of gold for her theme. She even had bird dog china, borrowed from a family friend, and a statue of a bird dog surrounded by boxwood clippings.
Dorothy creatively imagined her own southern restaurant and went all out for a BBQ dinner made with ALL locally sourced ingredients!!! She even featured pork BBQ made from a 4-H member's project animal. (Can you tell Dorothy has learned about direct marketing?)
She chose a pleasing color palette of blues and teals, and made menu cards complete with photos of each item she would offer.
Congratulations to both members for a job well done! It's never easy to be the first at something, but you did it and did it well. Hopefully both ladies will advance to the county contests on March 24 and the district event April 9.
If you are interested in table setting, it's not too late to compete at the county contest. Click on this link for a complete contest description and score card. Contact the Extension office if you have questions.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
See below for descriptions of the two delegates for summer. There is also a 25 year old man from India who will need host families this fall.
Let us know if your family would like to take advantage of this great opportunity!!!
We have heard great things about this event, so all new and experienced exhibitors are encouraged to attend.