Monday, July 24, 2017

Fair Information For Rabbit Project Members

4-H Rabbit Information 
Please read the following information letter from the Rabbit Superintendents. It outlines the steps required prior to check in. In order to speed up the check in process, they are asking all members to send them an email no later than July 31st for Breed Entries and August 3rd for Market Entries.

Rabbit Entry Instructions

Friday, July 21, 2017

Important Fair Information

2017 Jackson County Fair Information
In place of our usual pre fair post, we have created a printable newsletter full of information for 4-H members for the  2017 Jackson County Fair. The newsletter has information on barn set up, project check in, cloverbud showmanship, and much more!

2017 Jackson County Fair 4-H Newsletter

Monday, July 3, 2017

Newsletter

July Newsletter

The July Newsletter is now available. Please read it for important information regarding the 2017 Jackson County Fair and other upcoming events.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fair Entry Reminder, Dairy Superintendent Position, and Superintendents Meeting

Fair Entries Reminder
Fair entries for all Animal Exhibits are due this Friday, June 16th by 5:00pm. This paperwork needs to be turned in to the Fair Office (200 W Ganson) and is in addition to any paperwork you have turned in to your superintendent. Don't forget to bring a picture of the exhibitor for their fair pass. The form, along with the fair book, can be found on our website under the fair documents tab.

4-H Dairy Superintendent Position
We have a position opening for Dairy Cattle Superintendent. If you are interested in applying, please download our application and return it to the MSU Extension office by Friday, June 23rd. The applicant will be selected by a committee and be in place prior to the 2017 Jackson County Fair. Please contact the Extension office if you would like more information about the position.

4-H Superintendents Meeting
There will be a 4-H Superintendents Meeting on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds main office. Still Exhibit and Animal Superintendents are asked to attend this meeting. We will be discussing changes for 2017.

Friday, May 26, 2017

June Newsletter

Newsletter
The June Newsletter is now available. Please read it for important information regarding the fair book, cloverbud policies, and upcoming workshops and deadlines.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sheep and Swine Check in Reminder, May Newsletter, Rabbit Registration Paperwork Deadline

Sheep and Swine Check In
Pre Fair Check in for Sheep and Swine is this Saturday, May 6th 10:00am-12:00noon. Check In takes place at the MSU Extension Office at 1715 Lansing Ave, Jackson, MI. Details and forms are located under the Fair Documents tab of our website.

May Newsletter
The May Newsletter is available. Please see it for upcoming events.

Rabbit Registration Paperwork Deadline
Don't forget that the deadline for registering your rabbit project is May 12, 2017. The required forms can be found under the Fair Documents tab of our website. Forms may be paper mailed or emailed to any of the superintendents.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Small Animal Garage Sale, Swine and Sheep Check In, Cloverbud Orientation, and Poultry Registration

Small Animal Garage Sale
We will be holding our annual Small Animal Garage Sale on Saturday April 29th 8:00am-3:00pm
We are seeking donated items for the garage sale. Items can be dropped out on April 28th 4:00-7:00 at the Sheep Barn at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Please contact Tina Esham if you need to drop items off early or if you need an item picked up.

We are also seeking volunteers for the event. All small animal project members are asked to participate. Information about shifts and sign up are on the flyer below. Sign up can be done online at
http://www.slyreply.com/app/sheets/wbypq080k36r/


Swine and Sheep Check in
Don't forget that Swine and Sheep Pre Fair Check in is May 6th from 10:00am-12:00noon. The required paperwork is found under the fair documents tab at the top of our website.

*Please note that SWINE pictures may be emailed. Please make sure that the email identifies which 4-H Member is submitting them and make sure that there is a clear picture of the head (one in which ear notching can be distinguished). Any emailed pictures must be submitted prior to check in and sent to the following email addresss:

JacksonCountyLivestockAssoc@gmail.com


Cloverbud Orientation
Cloverbud orientation will be on Saturday May 6th 10:30am-12:00noon. We will go over fair registration paperwork and members will create two items that they can bring to fair. Please RSVP by May 1st to ensure enough materials for everyone.
Poultry Registration Form
The Poultry Registration Form is available under the fair documents tab. This form is due by May 1st to the Superintendents. Members can also drop the form off to the Extension office to be scanned and emailed. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter

April Newsletter
The April Newsletter is now available. Follow the link for important information including PQA, Exploration Days registration and Cloverbud Orientation.

Monday, February 27, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

The March Newsletter is now available. Please read it carefully for upcoming events and deadlines.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Newsletter and Scholarship Opportunity

February 2017 Newsletter

The February Newsletter is now available. Please read it carefully for upcoming events and meetings.

Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship
The Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship application is now available.  Paper forms may also be picked up at the Jackson County MSU Extension Office. The deadline for turning in scholarship applications is March 15th. If you plan to mail your application, materials must be postmarked by March 15th to be accepted.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

4-H Poultry Expecations Packet and Poultry Order Form

4-H Poultry Expecations Packet and Poultry Order Form

The 4-H Poultry Expecations Packet and Poultry Order Form are now available under the Fair Documents tab. Please note that the order deadline for production trios is this Sunday, January 29th.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Poultry Expectations Meeting, PQA Update, Foundation Meeting, and Large Animal Pre Fair Check in Dates

Poultry Expectations Meeting
The 4-H Poultry Superintendents will be holding an Expectations Meeting on Tuesday, January 24th starting at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Jackson County MSU Extension office. Topics for this meeting include ordering deadlines, project information and updates for 2017. New members are encouraged to attend this meeting if they plan to bring poultry to the fair. All members are welcome to attend this information session.

Youth PQA
At the end of 2017, Youth Pork Quality Assurance (YPQA) certification programs will be replaced by a similar, multi species program called  Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). This year, Jackson County 4-H  members who are planning to bring pigs to fair are only required to be PQA certified. Leaders ask that members have a current certification at the time of pre fair check in (May 6th) We will be offering one face to face PQA session (date TBD) and we will also allow members to take the online class if they would like.

If you plan to show pigs this year and your certification is expired: plan to attend our face to face PQA class. You can also do the online class instead but please note the online option needs to be done prior to the Pre Fair Check in Date (May 6th)

Directions for online Youth PQA certification:
 Go to pork.org and click on "online training" in the upper right corner. Create a login to proceed to the online class.

If you need the expiration date of your certification, please contact the front desk at the Extension office (517)788-4292 ext 0.

4-H Foundation Meeting

The next 4-H Foundation meeting will be held Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00. The public is welcome to attend this annual general membership meeting. Elections of officers will take place.

Large Animal Pre Fair Check In Dates

Beef
Date of Possession: February 1st
DNA/Picture/Paperwork Turn In: Saturday, February 4th 9:00am-12:00noon
Beef Pre Fair Check In Forms (3 Pages)

Sheep
Date of Possession: May 1st
DNA/Picture/Paperwork Turn In: Saturday, May 6th 10:00am-12:00noon
*Animals must be present for tagging
Sheep Pre Fair Check In Forms (3 Pages)

Swine
Date of Possession: May 1st
DNA/Pictures/Paperwork Turn In: Saturday, May 6th 10:00am-12:00noon
Swine Pre Fair Check In Forms (4 Pages)

Please note that if the check in dates do not work for your schedule, an alternate appointment must be set up to drop off your paperwork. Contact your superintendent or Britney at the Extension office to set up a date. This date must be prior to the check in date.

Forms are also available under the Fair Documents tab.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

January 2017 4-H Newsletter

January 2017 4-H Newsletter

The January Newsletter is now available. Please read it for upcoming events and educational opportunities.



Monday, December 19, 2016

Upcoming Events

So You want to Buy a _________

This Wednesday, December 21st, the Jackson County Ag Council will be hosting a panel discussion about the care of farm animals. Please see the flyer below for more information.

4-H Day at the Breslin Center

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 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017. Last year more than 5,100 MSU Extension staff, 4-H volunteers, members and their families attended this exciting opportunity at the MSU Breslin Student Events Center.

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

Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017

Time: Game begins at 5:00 p.m. Gate D (Gate D is now called the Northwest Kalamazoo Gate with the new construction) will open at 3:30 p.m. 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 (Northwest Kalamazoo Gate).  (DO NOT go to the Breslin Center “will call” entrance).

To order tickets: Call the MSU Extension Jackson Office at (517)788-4292 ext 0

Ingham County 4-H Rabbit Show


4-H Fitting and Grooming Clinic


Monday, December 12, 2016

Canceled: 4-H Horse Council Meeting

4-H Horse Council Meeting Update
Due to the weather, the 4-H Horse Council Meeting scheduled for tonight (December 12th, 2016) has been canceled. The December agenda items will be covered at the January meeting.