Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Breeding Chicken Order Information

Breeding Chicken Orders

If you would like to order breeding chickens, T.J. McCully will be placing an order next week with Stromberg hatchery.  Please contact T.J. at 734-717-1466 or email at mccullyeggs@gmail.com  with your order.  The minimum number for an order is 5 chicks.”

Money Management Education Webinar
Michigan State University Extension is offering a webinar that is geared towards classroom teachers and educators. The webinar will cover ways to include financial education into the classroom and incorporate it into school settings. Please share this information with any teachers that might be able to use this curriculum.

Talking Cash in the Class
When: Sept. 27, 2016
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

To register and find more details go to:

We will be engaging in activities from three different youth money management curriculums.
Elementary School -Reading Makes ¢ents, National 4-H Curriculum
Middle to High School- My Financial Future. National 4-H Curriculum
High School-National Endowment for Financial Education, High School Financial
                    Planning Program

Monday, September 19, 2016

October 4-H Horse Council Meeting, Administrative Leaders Meeting, and Letter from the CDC

October 4-H Horse Council Meeting
The location for the October 4-H Horse Council has changed. The meeting will be held at 7:00pm on Monday October 10th at Parma Elementary School. Please contact Superintendent Betsy Powers if you need directions.

Administrative Leaders Meeting
As discussed at the 4-H Council Meeting, we will be holding our annual Fall Administrative Leaders Meeting on Monday October 3rd at 7:00pm. All administrative club leaders are expected to be at this meeting to go over important financial changes, club audit paperwork, and reenrollment information. If you are unable to attend, please call Britney at the Extension office to set up an appointment to go over the updates.

Please note that any administrative leaders that would like to participate in county award selection are encouraged to come at 6:00. We will review applications from 6:00-7:00 that day.

Letter from MDHHS and CDC
Please see the letter below from the MDHHS and CDC:

Dear Exhibitors and Exhibitor Families,

Congratulations on a successful fair experience this summer. As part of our continuing effort to improve animal and human health at fairs, we would like your input! Now that the fair is over and the dust is clearing, we are hoping you will take 5 minutes to complete this important survey. Your answers won’t be linked to your name, but will be incredibly helpful for better understanding youth involvement at the fair and how to continue to improve human and animal health.

Thank you for your time and best wishes for a great fall.


The team at MDHHS and CDC

Monday, August 29, 2016

4-H Livestock Species Meeting Reminder

4-H Livestock Species Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder, we have our annual Livestock Leaders Meetings this Wednesday, August 31st. The meeting will be split up as follows: Sheep Leaders: 6:00pm-7:00pm, Swine Leaders: 7:00pm-8:00pm, and Beef Leaders: 8:00pm-9:00pm.

This is the meeting at which we develop changes for next year and determine the Judges list for 2017. Leaders and Members are encouraged to attend to provide valuable input.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Letter to Swine Exhibitors from the Jackson County Health Department

Recently, pigs at fairs in Michigan have tested positive for influenza A and some fair attendees have also tested positive for the type of influenza that has been found in pigs.The Jackson County Health Department, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, would like families to enroll a text messaging system to see if household members who attended the fair develop any flu-like symptoms. Please click here for a letter from the Jackson County Health Department. The letter outlines the optional program and how to enroll. 

For any additional information, please contact the Jackson County Health Department.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

4-H Check In

Still Exhibits: Saturday 9:00am-12:00noon


Swine: Friday 3:00pm-10:00pm

Poultry: Saturday 7:00am-10:00am (members who are going to help with Saturday check in may check their birds in Friday night. Contact superintendents for details)

Rabbits: Saturday 7:00am-10:00am

Goats: Saturday 8:00am-12:00noon

Sheep: Saturday 10:00am-12:00noon

Beef: Saturday 5:00pm-8:00pm

Dairy: Saturday 12:00noon- 9:00pm as scheduled by superintendent

Please remember that animals are not to enter the barn without going through proper check in procedures with your species Superintendents. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

KMS Baskets/Donations and Sheep Show Clarification

Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship Silent Auction

The Jackson County 4-H Foundation is collecting donations and baskets for the KMS Silent Auction. If you have donations to make, you can drop them off at the 4-H Information Desk on Saturday August 6th.

Sheep Show Clarification
Our last post pointed out that the sheep show begins at 11:00AM. The show is still on Sunday, but we noticed the fair book said PM and didn't want anyone to show up for a late night show.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Large Animal Pen Set up/ Check In and Small Animal Barn Clean Up Day

4-H Large Animal Pen Set Up and Check in Info

Pen Set Up: July 25 at 7:00pm
Check In: Saturday August 6th      10:00am-12:00noon
    *Please note that the show is at 11:00 AM  on Sunday August 7th

Pen Set Up: July 27th at  6:00pm
Check In: Friday August 5th      3:00pm-10:00pm
    *Please note that check in time is beginning earlier than the time listed in the fair book

Pen Set Up: Anytime after August 1st.
Check In: Saturday August 6th      5:00pm-8:00pm

Check In: Saturday August 6th      Noon-9:00pm as scheduled by superintendent

4-H Small Animal Barn Clean Up Day
This year, the clean up day will be on Sunday July 31st beginning at  10:00am. Small animal project members are encouraged to attend to help set up the barns for fair.

Friday, July 22, 2016

4-H Rabbit Information

4-H Rabbit Check In Paperwork

Paperwork for Rabbit Check In is now available. It is located under the Fair Documents tab on our website. Please note that exhibitors are limited to two rabbit projects.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

4-H Still Exhibit Entry Deadline and 4-H Teen Spokesperson Training

4-H Still Exhibit Entry Deadline
All entry forms for 4-H Still Exhibits are due Friday July 8th by 5:00pm. This form needs to be filled out if you plan to bring any still exhibits to the 2016 Jackson County Fair. The forms can be found under the Fair Documents tab of our website.

4-H Teen Spokesperson Training
Please see the flyer below for information regarding an upcoming workshop on the campus of MSU on July 18th. We have several members from Jackson County planning to attend but would like more members to join them. The registration deadline has been extended to Monday. Contact the Jackson County Extension Office if you are interested in attending.

Monday, June 6, 2016

4-H Small Animal Education Workshop Reschedule

 4-H Small Animal Education Workshop Reschedule

Due to a schedule conflict, we need to postpone our Small Animal Education Workshop scheduled for tomorrow, June 7th. The meeting will now be held Thursday, June 9th (2 days later than originally planned). We will cover Rabbits 6:00-7:00pm, Goats 7:00-8:00pm, and Poultry 8:00pm-9:00pm.

Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Fair Books, Upcoming Deadlines, Small Animal Shirts, and Upcoming Rabbit Clinic

2016 Fair Books
Fair Books are posted online. They can be downloaded by clicking on the Fair Documents tab at the top of our Connections Website

Upcoming Deadlines
Don't forget, the deadline for registering your animal projects with the Fair Office is June 17th! This paperwork needs to be done in addition to any paperwork that you have given your species superintendent. The form is located in the back of the Fair Book or can be downloaded separately under the Fair Documents tab at the top of our website.

The deadline for registering Still Exhibits is July 8th. Still Exhibits use the same registration form as animal projects.

All registration forms must be dropped off at the Fairgrounds (200 West Ganson St) by 5:00pm on the deadline.

Animal Projects: June 17th, 2016
Still Exhibit Projects: July 8th, 2016

Small Animal T-Shirts
The Small Animal Association has shirts available for $10.00 each. Sizes Available: S, M, L, XL, and 2XL. We have a limited number of shirts available, so be sure to purchase one soon. Shirts can be picked up at the Extension Office (1715 Lansing Ave Ste 257) Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm (closed for lunch 12:30-1:30).
Rabbit Workshop
Please see the flyer below for information about a 4-H Rabbit Workshop being held in Coldwater on June 29th.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Eaton County Livestock Judging Clinic

Eaton County 4-H is hosting a Livestock Judging Clinic on May 15th. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how to compete in Livestock Judging events. Please see the flyer below for more information about this free event. If you RSVP today, you can get a free shirt!

Friday, April 29, 2016

4-H Upcoming Deadlines and Small Animal Education Meetings

4-H Upcoming Deadlines

The 4-H Registration Deadline is May 1st. All new members need to have a profile in the system by then. It is OK if the profile says "pending". Participation fees can be paid to your club leader.

Small Animal Registration Paperwork Deadlines:

Poultry - May 1st, along with the order form for meat birds if you would like to do a meat pen project

Rabbit - May 12th

Goat - May 31st

Large Animal Date of Possession and Paperwork Check In:

May 1st is the deadline for having possession of Sheep and Swine. Required paperwork can be found under the fair documents tab of the website. All paperwork will be turned in on May 7th from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM. If you are unable to drop off your paperwork at that time, you may send your paperwork with another member or set up an appointment to give it to the superintendent or Extension office. Please note that alternate appointments will need to be made prior to the May 7th check in date.

Small Animal Education Meetings (Held at the Extension Office):

The meetings will cover Record Books and Showmanship. Please pay attention to the rotation order for the day you plan to attend, as they change each meeting to accommodate member schedules.

May 9th
6:00 PM Poultry
7:00 PM Rabbit
8:00 PM Goat

June 7th
6:00 PM Rabbit
7:00 PM Goat
8:00 PM Poultry

July 13th
6:00 PM Goat
7:00 PM Poultry
8:00 PM Rabbit

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

4-H Turkey Order Pick Up, Exploration Days Registration Reminder, 4-H Project Poster Boards, and Parliamentary Procedure Training

Turkey Orders
Turkey orders placed through the superintendents will be available for pick up on Wednesday, April 13th. They can be picked up from 1:00PM-5:00PM at 12831 King Rd Concord MI 49237 or from 7:00 -8:00PM at the extension office (1715 Lansing Ave Ste 257 Jackson, MI 49202)

Exploration Days Registration
Don't Forget: All Exploration Days Registration forms must be turned in to the Extension Office by Tuesday April 26th. Classes are filling up quickly. Forms can be downloaded by going to the Exploration Days website here.

4-H Project Poster Boards
We now have tri-fold poster display boards available at the Extension Office. The cost for each board is $3.00, and can be picked up any time during regular business hours. These boards can be used for Poultry Projects or any other 4-H display you plan to make.

Parliamentary Procedure Workshop Reminder
We have a Parliamentary Procedure Workshop coming up on Sunday April 24th 2:00pm-4:00pm. This workshop will be a fun and engaging way to learn basic parliamentary procedure to use in meetings. All 4-H club board members are asked to come. All youth and adults are welcome. Door prizes will be given out and each club that has a representative at the training will receive a set of flags and a gavel.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Online PQA, Small Animal Association Garage Sale, and New Cage Sponsor Request

Online PQA
If you missed the PQA session, there is still time to get your certification before the date of possession (May 1st). Anyone who was unable to make the face-to-face class can complete the training online through the National Pork Board.

To register for the training, please click here. Users can register with or without a certificate number.  Parents can locate existing youth records or add children to their account, and then grant access to train. Based on the birth year provided, youth will be directed to the appropriate age level course. There is an exam for Intermediate and Advanced. PQA is a required component of the Swine Project. Please note that swine leaders and superintendents would like youth who plan to exhibit swine at the 2016 Jackson County Fair to have their PQA certification before they drop off swine paperwork on May 7th.

Small Animal Association Garage Sale

Click here to sign up for a volunteer slot

Rabbit and Poultry Cage Request
The Small Animal Association is asking our small animal project members to reach out to the community for cage sponsorship. Cages are $60 and a sponsor plaque will be attached to the cage with the donors name. For an additional $10, a company logo can be added to the plaque. For a printable order form, click here.