Tuesday, February 2, 2016

4-H Beef DNA Collection Reminder, Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship, and Jackson County 4-H Foundation Meeting

4-H Beef DNA Collection
This Saturday, February 6th, is our Beef DNA and Paperwork collection date.  Paperwork, DNA, and Pictures are to be turned in between 9:00am and 11:00am. The required paperwork can be found under the Fair Documents tab on our website. If you are unable to drop off your items at that time, please contact the Beef Superintendents or the Extension to set up an appointment to submit paperwork prior to the collection date. Late paperwork will not be accepted.

Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship
Scholarship applications are now available. This scholarship is available to current 4-H Members in Jackson County. You can download the form by clicking here. All applications and supporting documents are due by March 15th.

Jackson County 4-H Foundation Meeting
The next 4-H Foundation meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16th at 6:00. The public is welcome to attend this annual general membership meeting. Elections of officers will take place.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Small Animal Association Meeting

4-H Small Animal Association Meeting
The small animal meeting that was scheduled for last week has been rescheduled one week later and will be held Tuesday January 19th at 7:00pm at the Extension Office.

 Don't forget that we have our Poultry Expectations meeting the night after the Small Animal Association meeting on Wednesday January 20th.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Small Animal Association Meeting Cancellation

Small Animal Association Meeting Cancellation
The Small Animal Association Meeting scheduled for tonight, January 12th has been cancelled due to weather. The meeting will be rescheduled and that date will be posted on the website.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Poultry Expectations Meeting, Large Animal Pre-Fair Paperwork, and Beef Clinic

4-H Poultry Expectations Meeting
We will be holding an information session for the 2016 Poultry Project on Wednesday January 20th at 7:00.We will be covering changes for the coming year as well as reviewing deadlines. 4-H members who are new to the poultry project are strongly encouraged to come as well as returning members. The Poultry Expectations Packet has been posted under the Fair Documents tab at the top of our website.

Large Animal Pre Fair Paperwork
The pre fair paperwork for Beef, Sheep, and Swine has been posted under the Fair Documents tab of our website. Please be sure to check the paperwork closely for paperwork, picture, and DNA deadlines.

Possession Deadlines:
Beef- February 1st, 2016
Sheep- May 1st, 2016
Swine- May 1st, 2016

Pre Fair Check In:
Beef: February 6th 9:00am-11:00am
Sheep: May 7th 9:00am-11:00am
Swine: May 7th 9:00am-11:00am

Each check in will be done at the Jackson County MSU Extension office. Please see individual species paperwork for details.

4-H Beef Clinic

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

4-H Day at Breslin, Rabbit Superintendent, and Large Animal Bylaws Meeting

4-H Day at Breslin

You’re ALL invited to attend the eleventh annual celebration of MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development at the Spartan Women’s basketball game at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 16th, 2016. Last year over 5,100 MSUE staff, 4-H volunteers, members and their families attended this exciting opportunity at the MSU Breslin Student Events Center.

Ticket Price: FREE for MSUE 4-H youth and their families, 4-H volunteers and MSU Extension staff and their families!

Date: Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Time: Game begins at 4:30 p.m. Gate D will open at 3:00 and is the gate you need to enter whether you are picking up tickets or if you already have your tickets.  Tickets being held for pick-up will be at the 4-H Registration Table inside Gate D. (DO NOT go to the Breslin Center “will call” entrance).

Parking Information: Cars are $5. 

Attire:  Participants are asked to wear green and white 4-H and/or Extension apparel if possible. We really want to make our presence in the Breslin Center known!

How to order: please call the Extension office at (517) 788-4292 ext 0. Let us know how many youth, volunteer, and parent tickets you would like and we will notify you when they come in.

4-H Rabbit Superintendent
We are currently accepting applications for a Rabbit Superintendent. Applicants must be 21 years of age and willing to go through the MSUE Volunteer Selection Process. Applications can be obtained by contacting Britney at jamesbr2@anr.msu.edu.

Large Animal Bylaws Meeting
We will be meeting on December 14th 7:00pm-8:00pm to compile proposed changes to the Livestock bylaws. Anyone with suggestions is welcome to attend this meeting. Please bring with you the current wording as well as proposed changes in writing to the meeting. These changes will then be voted on at the January Large Animal Association meeting.

Friday, November 13, 2015

4-H Reenrollment Reminder

4-H Re-enrollment
As many of you have already learned in your club meetings, enrollment is underway in Jackson County. Please log in to your account at 4-H Online and re-enroll each youth member and registered volunteer in your family. A helpful re-enrollment guide can be found by clicking here.

Current members have until December 1st to re-enroll. New members have until May 1st to enroll. Payment must be made to your club leader by this date.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

4-H Board Elections

4-H Board Elections 
We have a lot of elections going on this fall. If you are interested in serving on a board, here is the information about elections and positions available.

Livestock Association
Elections: September 16th 7:00pm
Meetings: Quarterly with an Executive Board meeting the week prior to Association Meetings
Positions Available:
  • Co-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Trustee
  • Youth Representative

Horse Council 
Elections: October 12th 7:00pm
Meetings: Monthly on the 2nd Monday
Positions Available:
  • Co-Superintendent
  • Secretary

Small Animal Association
Elections: November 10th 7:00pm
Meetings: Every other month on the 2nd Tuesday
Positions Available:
  • Co-Chair
  • Treasurer

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

4-H Swine Leaders Meeting

4-H Swine Leaders Meeting
We will be holding a meeting for 4-H Swine Leaders on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00pm.

4-H Council Meeting
Just a reminder, the 4-H Leaders Council meeting has been moved back one week and will be held Monday September 14th at 7:00pm. This change is being made because the first Monday of the month falls on Labor Day this year.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

4-H Sheep Leader and 4-H Beef Leader Meeting

4-H Sheep Leader and 4-H Beef Leader Meetings
Just a reminder that we have our Sheep Leader and Beef Leader meetings this Wednesday, September 2nd. Sheep Leaders will meet 6:00pm-7:00pm and Beef Leaders will meet 7:00pm-8:00pm. We will be holding a leaders meeting for Swine at a later date.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sitting Tall Updates

Fall Updates for Sitting Tall

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Important 4-H Rabbit Update, Cloverbud Showmanship Schedule, and Fair Photo Update

4-H Rabbit Update
We were unable to get the water and food dishes previously discussed for the new cages. Because of this, we are asking all rabbit members to supply their own food dishes and water bottles.  Rabbit members are encouraged to bring  water from home to keep rabbits on a water that they are used to.  Each rabbit cage will have a cabinet below it to store food and water.

Cloverbud Showmanship Schedule
Sheep- Sunday August 9th (Please arrive by 2:00)
Goats- Wednesday August 12th (During milk out/lunch break. Contact species superintendent for more information)
Rabbits- Thursday August 13th (Please arrive by 12:00 noon)
Beef, Dairy, and Swine- Friday August 14th 3:00

Fair Photos
As previously discussed at the Small and Large Animal Association meetings, our photographer Jim West is unable to take photos this year at fair. We are still looking for volunteers to cover some of our shows. Volunteers will receive a pass to get them in to take photos. Here is what we still need covered:

Sheep- Sunday 2:00pm
Swine Showmanship- Monday 9:00am
Beef Showmanship- Monday 6:00pm
Swine Market- Tuesday 8:00am
Beef Market- Tuesday 6:00pm
Dairy Cattle- Wednesday 9:00am
Large Animal Auction- Thursday 4:00pm
Large Animal Showmanship Sweepstakes- Friday 7:30pm
If you know of anyone willing to cover the photography for one or more of these shows, please have them contact the Extension Office at (517)788-4292.

Monday, July 27, 2015

4-H Project Check In Schedule, Cloverbud Showmanship, KMS Scholarship Auction, Goat Barn Set Up, and Birthing Barn

4-H Project Check in Schedule
Thursday August 6th
6pm-9pm: Market Poultry
  • This check in will take place at the Jackson County MSU Extension Office (1715 Lansing Ave Ste 257, Jackson, MI)
  • Members are asked to wear nice clothing. Pictures will be taken to be used at the auction.
  • Birds will be processed and buyers will be able to pick them up at the Extension office after fair. (date to be announced)
Friday August 7th
3pm-10pm: Swine
Saturday August 8th
7am-10am: Rabbits
8am-Noon: Goats
9am-Noon: Still Projects
10am-Noon: Sheep 
Noon-3pm: Poultry breeding stock paperwork (Posters and Presentations)
Noon-9pm: Dairy Cattle (as scheduled by Superintendent)
5pm-8pm: Beef Cattle

Cloverbud Showmanship
 Most species will be integrating the cloverbud showmanship show into their regular showmanship day. However, due to numbers of members signed up, Beef, Swine, and Dairy Cattle will be Friday at 3:00pm.  We are working with each superintendent to determine where to put the Cloverbud Showmanship event within the show.  Here are the dates for each Cloverbud Showmanship show (Specific details such as show order or times will be posted later this week.):

Sheep: Sunday, August 9th
Goats: Wednesday, August 12th
Rabbits: Thursday, August 13th
Beef, Swine, and Dairy Cattle: Friday, August 14th (3:00pm)

 Each Cloverbud member is still allowed to show one large and one small animal.

KMS Silent Auction
Again this year, we will be holding the KMS silent auction to benefit the Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship Fund.
Item donations are being sought from clubs and individuals. Items can be dropped off at the Extension office prior to fair or brought to the 4-H information desk at the fairgrounds on Saturday August 8th.

Goat Barn Set up Reminder
We will be painting parts of the Goat barn during pen setup on August 2nd. The goat superintendents wanted us to remind you to wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. 

Birthing Barn
Our fair vet, Duane Trupiano, is still looking for some clubs and individuals that might be interested in volunteering at the Birthing Barn. This fun opportunity is a great way to earn volunteer hours and spend some time with baby animals. Please call his clinic at (517) 524-8180 to sign up.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Barn Set Up Dates and Rabbit Cage Sponsor List

4-H Barn Set Up Dates
Swine: July 23rd 6:00pm
Goat: August 2nd, 10:00am
Rabbit: August 2nd 10:00am
Sheep: August 4th 6:30pm
Beef: To be announced. Superintendents will be contacting leaders once barn configuration is determined.

Rabbit Cage Sponsor List
Thank you to all of our rabbit cage sponsors so far:

Harry S. Thomson DDS
Dr. Robert Doane
Grass Lake Storage Units
Grass Lake Dental Center
Brooklyn Lawn and Landscape
Cricket Ridge Rabbitry
Still Water Acres
InBetweeners 4-H Club
Women First Health Services
Kelly Fuels
Ralph & Cheryl Kluk DDS
Patriots 4-H Club
Jackson Pediatric Dentistry
Ekins Family Farm
Tompkins 4-H Club
Schonhard Chiropractic
Napoleon Community Schools
Concord Veterinary Clinic PC.
Alan Trupiano
Raymond Ludlow

Thursday, July 16, 2015

4-H Rabbit Cage Painting Day, Swine Pen Tear Down, and Large Animal Auction Brochure

4-H Rabbit Cages
     Thank you to all of you who helped build and paint the cabinets this past Saturday.  We will be assembling the cabinets and painting them this coming Saturday July 18th starting at 10:00AM.  Please come out and help us complete this project as we are getting very close to fair and we need to get the cabinets into the Rabbit barn so that the sheep pens can be set-up. All Rabbit members and families are encouraged to come.

Swine Pen Clean Out

New this year: Due to falling participation in Swine pen clean out on the Sunday after fair, pen tear down will be required this year. We have split the clubs based on numbers of members bringing swine into two groups. One group will tear down the pens this year, the other group will tear down pens next year (2016). The group that was choosen for 2015 was randomly selected last night at the Large Animal Association meeting. This year, the following clubs will be responsible for tear down:

Concord All Stars
Farmer Commandoes
Concord Contenders
Jackson Area Career Center
Kountry Kickers
New Horizons

Each swine member is required to come to tear down. If you are unable to attend, you are allowed to arrange with the superintendents for a representative to come in your place. Failure to attend tear down or to send a representative will result in $50 being withheld from auction checks.

Pen Tear Down begins on Sunday, August 9th at 9:00am. Please contact species superintendents with any questions you may have.

Large Animal Auction Brochure

The Large Animal Auction Brochure is now available. It can be found under the Fair Documents tab at the top of our website.

Friday, July 10, 2015

4-H Dog Letter and Small Animal Cage Building

4-H Dog Project Letter

All members enrolled in the dog project should click on the link below to  read a letter from the Dog Superintendent, Melissa Allen. Please contact her with any questions.

Letter to Dog Project Members

4-H Rabbit and Poultry Cage Building

Just a reminder that we will be assembling and painting the cabinets for the new cages on Saturday July 11th at the fairgrounds starting at 10:00AM.  Please bring a power drill and a paint brush or roller if you have one.  If we have enough help we will also be taking down the poultry cages.