Tuesday, October 27, 2020

2020-2021 4-H Enrollment Reminders

It's a brand new 4-H year!!!!

If you would like to join 4-H as a new or returning member, enrollment will start up August 15th!  Everyone wishing to participate in any 4-H activities this fall and/or continue to receive the 4-H email blasts will need to enroll as soon as possible.  Active enrollment is required in order to turn in registration information for any 4-H activity (including livestock shows, District 4-H Activities, or other contests).

If you are a new family looking into 4-H, we invite you to check out the information available on our website at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/links/4-h/.  We have a lot of information on resources and how to join on our Projects & Resources page at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/bastrop-county-4-h-welcome-projects-resources/.  The 4-H CONNECT Website is available at https://tx.4honline.com/.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to our County Extension Office at 512-581-7186 or MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu!


Monday, October 26, 2020

2020-2021 Quality Counts Reminders for Livestock Exhibitors

Hey y'all!  Are you looking for something to do to help prepare your for your livestock project for the 2020-2021 year? 

Get ready for the upcoming show year by completing your Quality Counts!  All livestock exhibitors in Bastrop County (both 4-H & FFA) will need to participate in the learning modules and pass the exam with at least an 80% to be able to exhibit their livestock projects. 

To register and get a head start, head over to https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx.  Be sure to save the registration email to be able to access the program and take the exam. 

If you have any questions, please contact your AST/CEA.  The Bastrop County 4-H Agent can be reached at 512-581-7186 or at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu. 


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Virtual Club Officer Training - Monday, 10/26/20

 Hey all! Remember, if you are a 4-H Club Officer, we are hosting a training on Monday, October 26th, to go over Parliamentary Procedure!

To sign up, follow these 2 steps:
  1. RSVP at https://rb.gy/vyvtux
  2. Download the virtual waiver at https://rb.gy/ejyltx and send it to Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu



Saturday, October 17, 2020

10/17/20 4-H Email Blast: General Reminders, Club Officer Training, & Roundup Contest Information

 

https://counties.agrilife.org/bastrop/2020/10/16/10-17-20-4-h-email-blast-general-reminders-club-officer-training-roundup-contest-information/ 


INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER)

  • Food & Nutrition Series
  • Fashion & Interior Design Project Interest
  • Club Officer Training
  • County 4-H Council Meetings
  • County Fall Roundup Contests
  • District 10 4-H Fall Roundup Contests
  • New Resources Available on the Website
  • Other Opportunities

Good evening, y’all!

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the cooler weather!  I wanted to pass on a more general email blast that had most of the non-livestock project updates on it for y’all.  We also wanted to give you a heads up that we are setting aside some time in the near future to do some short-term and long-term planning on what our educational opportunities and schedules may look like this year.  We are noticing a lot of virtual burnout in our youth and we want to make sure that the 4-H side of things is still as fun and educational as possible.  With that, let’s jump into some fun project updates:


Food & Nutrition Series

  • Please join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 PM to participate in our Virtual Food & Nutrition Project Series!  The series will be held over Zoom and the information for each session will be emailed out 1-2 days ahead of time.  If you have any questions, please contact the Bastrop County Extension Office at 512-581-7186 or MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu.
  • To RSVP:


Fashion & Interior Design Project Interest

  • While our fabulous FCH Ambassadors are hard at work with getting ready for the Virtual Food & Nutrition Series, we would now like to start thinking about the Fashion & Interior Design Project!
  • Quick Overview:  In this project you can learn to design, construct and be a smart consumer when purchasing clothing and household items.  This project encompasses the whole concept of fashion and interior design, starting with the basics of sewing and fabric selection, principles of designing a space, clothing and textile construction, incorporating artwork (photography or other medium) into a space, etc.  – we will collect the topics that you’re interested in to design the series and maybe even work on re-designing one of the rooms in the County Extension Office!
  • If you are interested in participating in this project or learning more about it, please Complete the Google Form by Monday, November 16, 2020 – we will be using this information to get an idea of how many people we will have participating and to help with planning the project series (topics, scheduling, etc)


Club Officer Training


County 4-H Council Meetings

  • We highly encourage 4-H members to attend and participate in the Council meetings – they count towards their awards and leadership activities for recordbooks as we get further into the year.  All youth are allowed to contribute to discussions and help direct the conversations towards the best interests of the County.  Additionally, it’s a great way to get to know some of the 4-H members in the other clubs and see what’s going on in the county!
  • If you would like to join us, please RSVP by completing the virtual camp waiver (Download the Waiver Here) and emailing it to me at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu  - if you have already done so for Council meetings – you are all set for the rest of the year!  We only need 1 form per family, just be sure to list everyone’s names on the forms.
  • Upcoming Council Meeting Dates:
    • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (6:00 PM)
    • Tuesday, February 2, 2021 (6:00 PM)
    • Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – Officer Elections for 2021-2022 (6:00 PM)


County Fall Contests/Practices:

  • Food Show
    • If you are planning on participating in the District 10 Contest – please email your District 10 4-H recipe submission to Mellanie by 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 23, 2020 (see the D10 Contest Rules below for the forms)
    • If we have more than 1 person in an age group or category we will plan to have a virtual contest on Monday, November 2nd at 5:30 PM; If we do NOT have more than 1 youth in each age group/category then we will simply make appointments to practice your presentation at your convenience
  • Public Speaking & Educational Presentation: If you are planning on participating in the District 10 Contest (or are interested in educational presentations or public speaking) please contact Mellanie to talk about your topic and arrange a practice presentation


District 10 4-H Fall Roundup Contests

  • What is this? District 10 4-H Roundup is a clustered set of contests where youth from all 21 counties in District 10 4-H compete against each other.  There is a D10 Fall Roundup and a D10 Spring Roundup.  A few of the contests have a maximum number of teams/participants that are allowed to compete – for those contests, we have a qualifying County Contest where youth must participate and/or make a certain placing to move up to the District Level.   
  • Disclaimer: these dates and locations are subject to change based on local health mandates for the safety of all participants
  • Date: December 1-3, 2020 (tentatively)
    Location: Kerrville, TX (and/or virtual depending on contest)
  • Contests included:
    • Food Show (Qualifying Contest Needed: 1 entry per age division, per category can advance to District)
    • Entomology
    • Beef Quiz Bowl (team activity)
    • Horse Quiz Bowl (team activity)
    • Nutrition Quiz Bowl (team activity)
    • Public Speaking (virtual)
    • Educational Presentations (virtual)
  • Registration Available via 4-H CONNECT: October 19, 2020 to November 3, 2020
  • 2020 Fall Round-Up Guide (Posted 10/09/2020):  2020-2021 District 10 4-H Fall Round-Up Guide 
  • 2020 Food Show Junior/Intermediate Entry Form and Score Sheet: Food Show Entry Forms and Score sheets Fillable Food Show Recipe Submission Form


New Resources Available on the Website:


Other Opportunities:

  • Other opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
  • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186


Thank y’all and have a great weekend!

M

Mellanie L. Mickelson
Bastrop County Extension Agent - 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

Website - https://bastrop.agrilife.org 
Blog - www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H

 

 

Friday, October 16, 2020

10/16/20 4-H Livestock Email Blast

 

https://counties.agrilife.org/bastrop/2020/10/16/10-16-20-4-h-livestock-email-blast/


INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER)

  • Major Show (State) Validation Reminders
  • Rabbit Exhibitor Reminders
  • Virtual Livestock 101/201 Series
  • Local Livestock Show Updates
  • Major Livestock Show Updates
  • Calf Scramble Information
  • Other Opportunities

Good afternoon and Happy Friday, Y’all!

I hope everyone is doing well and getting a little settled into the school routine; thank you so much for your continued patience as everyone figures out how to best support our youth this year!  I wanted to send out a few reminders for upcoming events as we head into the weekend.  Please remember that all of our livestock and validation information is available on our website at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/livestock/.  Additionally, you can see all of the upcoming workshops and opportunities on our calendar at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/calendar/ or at https://www.judgingcard.com/Registration/Default.aspx.  With that, we’ll jump straight in:


Major Show (State) Validation Reminders:

  • Lamb/Goat/Heifer Validation
    • A reminder email will go out this afternoon to everyone who purchased tags – if you have NOT received the first email, please let me know as soon as possible
    • Validation will take place on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, starting at 5:00 PM – an RSVP is REQUIRED this year to help with social distancing
    • If you have a breeding animal, please remember to email Mellanie a COLOR copy of the registration papers ahead of time to save time at validation
  • Swine Validation
    • We are placing the LAST order for swine validation tags this afternoon
    • Swine validation will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, starting at 5:00 PM – an RSVP is REQUIRED this year to help with social distancing
    • We are going to be sending out more information and the link to select a time early next week


Rabbit Exhibitor Reminders:


Virtual Livestock 101/201 Series:

  • We just finished our 101 series for each of the major livestock species, we are going to work on posting them to our YouTube channel and website so everyone will have access to them
  • To Register for one or more of the Livestock 201 programs in this virtual camp series, please complete the following steps:
    • RSVP for session(s) you would like to attend; Please make sure that you receive an email confirming your submission(s): https://rb.gy/tkft7y  
    • Download, complete, and submit the Virtual Camp Waiver form to the Bastrop County 4-H Agent at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu: https://rb.gy/mn34h6
  • Livestock 201 Sessions cover evaluating your project, adjusting project nutrition, and an advanced health topic and are scheduled for:
    • Thursday, October 22, at 6:00 PM: Lambs/Goats, Wayne Morse
    • Thursday, October 29, at 6:00 PM: Beef, Dusty Boullion
    • Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 PM: Poultry, Dr. Coufal
    • Thursday, November 12, at 6:00 PM: Swine, Jeff Shows
    • Thursday, November 17, at 6:00 PM: Rabbits, Jason Platt


Local Livestock Show Updates:

  • Bastrop Area Livestock Show
    • Reminder: Rules are posted and available online at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/bals/
    • The next upcoming event is Saturday, December 5, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM:
      • Validation & Entry Day:  Swine, Goat, & Market Lambs
      • Entry Day Only: Rabbits
      • Contest Entry: Plant Show (extended from September!!)
  • Elgin Livestock Show
    • The show board is working on getting control of their old website; please see the updates posted in the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/635101307136083
    • The Elgin Livestock Show Association is doing a To-Go Pork Steak Plate Fundraiser on Sunday, November 20, 2020, from approximately 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (or until sold out)
      • Plates are $9.00 each and can be picked up at the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department
      • If you’d like to purchase tickets, please reach out to the Elgin Livestock Show Association or the Elgin 4-H Club members
    • Reminder: All Elgin Livestock Show and Youth Fair entries will be due to the Show Board by November 1, 2020
  • Smithville Livestock Show
    • The show is scheduled to take place on April 17, 2021
    • The updated rules and important dates have been released and published to our website:
    • The next upcoming event is Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM:
      • Validation & Entry Night: Steers, Heifers, Market Goats, Broilers, Lambs
      • Entry Night Only: Rabbits


Major Livestock Show Updates:

  • Please remember that the deadline posted on each show website is the deadline for the County Extension Agents and Ag Teachers to collect, process, do the online entry, and catch any errors or missing information on your show entries; we ask that you follow the deadlines listed in our email blasts for each show below.
  • Fort Worth Livestock Show
    • Recently announced that the 2021 Show is canceled. 
    • They are working on a couple of other opportunities for youth – we’ll let you know as soon as information is confirmed
  • San Angelo Stock Show Entry Forms (click on links below): DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 5, 2020
  • Texas Elite Swine Showcase (click on links below) : DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 5, 2020
  • Expected Soon:
  • Reminders for Open Show Entries and Eligibility/Excused Absences:
    • We’re happy to help you get entered in the open show opportunities you want to participate in, but please remember that we are only allowed to request eligibility and excused absences for youth show entries that require the exhibitor to be a 4-H/FFA member. 
    • When we request excused absences for youth to participate in the shows, the schools do NOT have to grant them.  Please make sure that you are in communication with your teachers and principals to keep them in the loop on your 4-H activities to they understand the learning experiences associated with them and are more likely to grant the request. 


Calf Scramble Information:

  • What is a calf scramble? A calf scramble is a competition where a group of youth and smaller calves are turned out into an arena.  The goal is for the 4-H/FFA member to catch a calf – if they do, they are awarded a certificate with a monetary value to purchase a show animal for the next show season.  Not everyone will catch a calf.
  • Rules and requirements:  Rules and requirements for calf scrambles vary from show to show.  On average, you need to be at least 12 years old to participate.  The other key detail is that if you get a calf scramble certificate, you must purchase an animal that you will show at their show the following year.  To enter the competition, you must turn in any application materials to your County Extension Agent or Ag Teacher.
  • Currently Available:
  • Expected Soon:
    • Fort Worth Calf Scramble (October 15th-ish was the original date, we are waiting on updates)
    • San Antonio Calf Scramble (November 1st-ish)
    • Houston Calf Scramble (November 1st-ish)
    • Rodeo Austin Calf Scramble (November 1st-ish)


Other Opportunities:

  • Other Livestock related opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
  • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186

That is all for now!  Please let us know if you need anything and have a safe and happy weekend!

M

Mellanie L. Mickelson

Bastrop County Extension Agent - 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

Website - https://bastrop.agrilife.org 
Blog - www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H

 

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

2020-2021 4-H Enrollment Reminders

It's a brand new 4-H year!!!!

If you would like to join 4-H as a new or returning member, enrollment will start up August 15th!  Everyone wishing to participate in any 4-H activities this fall and/or continue to receive the 4-H email blasts will need to enroll as soon as possible.  Active enrollment is required in order to turn in registration information for any 4-H activity (including livestock shows, District 4-H Activities, or other contests).

If you are a new family looking into 4-H, we invite you to check out the information available on our website at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/links/4-h/.  We have a lot of information on resources and how to join on our Projects & Resources page at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/bastrop-county-4-h-welcome-projects-resources/.  The 4-H CONNECT Website is available at https://tx.4honline.com/.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to our County Extension Office at 512-581-7186 or MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu!


Monday, October 12, 2020

2020-2021 Quality Counts Reminders for Livestock Exhibitors

Hey y'all!  Are you looking for something to do to help prepare your for your livestock project for the 2020-2021 year? 

Get ready for the upcoming show year by completing your Quality Counts!  All livestock exhibitors in Bastrop County (both 4-H & FFA) will need to participate in the learning modules and pass the exam with at least an 80% to be able to exhibit their livestock projects. 

To register and get a head start, head over to https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx.  Be sure to save the registration email to be able to access the program and take the exam. 

If you have any questions, please contact your AST/CEA.  The Bastrop County 4-H Agent can be reached at 512-581-7186 or at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu. 


2020 Virtual Livestock 101/201 Series!

  2020 Virtual Livestock 101/201 Series!

We are excited to offer this opportunity to our 4-H/FFA Livestock Exhibitors!  Please join us on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM to participate in our Virtual Livestock Project Education Series. 


To Register for one or more of the programs in this camp series, please complete the following steps:

  1. RSVP for session(s) you would like to attend; Please make sure that you receive an email confirming your submission(s): https://rb.gy/tkft7y 
  2. Download, complete, and submit the Virtual Camp Waiver form to the Bastrop County 4-H Agent at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu: https://rb.gy/mn34h6

We will double check 4-H/FFA enrollment a few days before each session.  If you have any questions at any time, please contact Mellanie Mickelson (512-581-7186 or 
MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu) or Geri Kline (979-542-2753 or Geri.Kline@ag.tamu.edu)


Friday, October 9, 2020

Swap It, Make It, Share It! Virtual Food & Nutrition Project Series - RSVP DUE 10/16/20

 Please join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 PM to participate in our Virtual Food & Nutrition Project Series!  The series will be held over Zoom and the information for each session will be emailed out 1-2 days ahead of time.  If you have any questions, please contact the Bastrop County Extension Office at 512-581-7186 or MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu.

To RSVP:

Please email a simple family recipe and a completed virtual permission slip (1 per family - be sure to include everyone's names) and email them to our 4-H Agent, Mellanie, at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu!

Registration Deadline: October 16, 2020

Download the Virtual Permission Slip Here

 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

10/01/20 Livestock Email Blast

 

INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER)

  • Major Livestock Show Validation Updates
  • Quality Counts Reminders
  • 2020-2021 Major Show Entries Update
  • 2020-2021 Calf Scramble Information & Opportunities
  • Livestock Skillathon Opportunities
  • Other Opportunities

Howdy and Happy Thursday!

We wanted to touch base with you all about upcoming livestock opportunities and information.  A lot of things are still being planned and talked about this year, but the official plans and entry information may not come until a little later than we’re used to.  Unfortunately, with the complications that COVID has presented, everyone is having to wait to see what we are able to do while being able to keep everyone safe and comply with the local and state health mandates.  Thank you all so much for your patience and understanding this year! 

On that note, let’s talk about some opportunities open for youth interested in livestock projects!  (Fun Fact for some of our new 4-H family members  – you do NOT have to have an animal to be part of a livestock project! – check out some of the contest or skillathon opportunities below!)


MAJOR LIVESTOCK SHOW VALIDATION UPDATES:

  • Families who ordered lamb, goat, or heifer tags should be receiving an email with information about validation on Friday – please be checking your emails  
  • Swine Tags: Accepting Late Tags
    • We are accepting late tag orders until 10/14/20
    • Validation Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (starting at 5:00 PM – time slot required; more information will be sent out to those who purchase tags)
    • 2 Options to Purchase Tags:


QUALITY COUNTS REMINDERS

  • All livestock exhibitors in Bastrop County (both 4-H & FFA) will need to participate in the learning modules and pass the exam with at least an 80% to be able to exhibit their livestock projects.
  • Website: https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx.  Be sure to save the registration email to be able to access the program and take the exam. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact your AST/CEA.  The Bastrop County 4-H Agent can be reached at 512-581-7186 or at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu.
  • Exhibitors will need to retake the exam this 4-H year if:
    • They did not pass with a score of 80% or higher
    • If they are moving into the 3rd grade
    • If they moved from 5th to 6th grade this year
    • If they moved from 8th to 9th grade this year


2020-2021 MAJOR SHOW ENTRIES UPDATE

  • Most of the Major Livestock Shows (Fort Worth, San Angelo, San Antonio, Houston, and Rodeo Austin) are planning on releasing their entry paperwork a little later than usual with the unpredictable nature of COVID and local health authority mandates this year. 
    • Fort Worth Entries should be available around mid-October
    • The others are starting to show dates of around November 1st
  • Currently Available:
  • Reminders for San Angelo Lamb/Goat Show: ALL MARKET LAMBS and WETHER DAMS MUST HAVE A VALID TLBA TAG AND THE NUMBER MUST BE RECORDED ON ALL OFFICIAL VALIDATION FORMS AND IN THE VALIDATION BOOKS. Make sure that you have your TLBA/TGBA Tag in your animals’ ear BEFORE you get to validation.
  • Reminders for Open Show Entries and Eligibility/Excused Absences:
    • We’re happy to help you get entered in the open show opportunities you want to participate in, but please remember that we are only allowed to request eligibility and excused absences for youth show entries that require the exhibitor to be a 4-H/FFA member. 
    • When we request excused absences for youth to participate in the shows, the schools do NOT have to grant them.  Please make sure that you are in communication with your teachers and principals to keep them in the loop on your 4-H activities to they understand the learning experiences associated with them and are more likely to grant the request. 


2020-2021 CALF SCRAMBLE INFORMATION & OPPORTUNITIES

  • What is a calf scramble? A calf scramble is a competition where a group of youth and smaller calves are turned out into an arena.  The goal is for the 4-H/FFA member to catch a calf – if they do, they are awarded a certificate with a monetary value to purchase a show animal for the next show season.  Not everyone will catch a calf.
  • Rules and requirements:  Rules and requirements for calf scrambles vary from show to show.  On average, you need to be at least 12 years old to participate.  The other key detail is that if you get a calf scramble certificate, you must purchase an animal that you will show at their show the following year.  To enter the competition, you must turn in any application materials to your County Extension Agent or Ag Teacher.   
  • Currently Available:
  • Expected Soon:
    • Fort Worth Calf Scramble (October 15th-ish)
    • San Antonio Calf Scramble (November 1st-ish)
    • Houston Calf Scramble (November 1st-ish)
    • Rodeo Austin Calf Scramble (November 1st-ish)


LIVESTOCK SKILLATHON OPPORTUNITIES:

  • What is a Skillathon? A skillathon is a contest where youth are tested/demonstrate their knowledge and skills gained while learning about or caring for livestock projects.  They are typically divided into one contest per species (Beef, Sheep, Swine, etc) and have stations that test knowledge/skills in breed ID, internal and external anatomy, feed ID and nutrition, cuts of meat, common medications, etc. 
  • Where can you participate in a skillathon?  There are a few invitational contests that are open to the state and a few of the Major Livestock Shows have a skillathon you can enter!
    • Beef Skillathon: State Fair & San Antonio Livestock Show
    • Horse Skillathon: San Antonio Livestock Show
    • Sheep Skillathon: State Fair & San Antonio Livestock Show
    • Swine Skillathon: State Fair & San Antonio Livestock Show
  • How can you get started? We are partnering with Lee County to help provide some additional opportunities to increase your livestock project knowledge AND prepare for and participate in these contests.  The current practices listed below are going to take place at the Lee County Extension Office (310 S Grimes St, Giddings, TX 78942) AND we are trying to incorporate virtual participation with the live practices for those unable to travel to the Lee County Extension Office.
  • Beef Skillathon Practices:
    • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 4:30 PM
    • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 4:30 PM
    • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 4:30 PM
    • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 4:30 PM
    • Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 4:30 PM
    • Monday, December 7, 2020 at 4:30 PM
  • Sheep Skillathon Practices:
    • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM
    • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5:30 PM
    • Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, December 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM
  • If you are interested in participating – please email Miss Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu and let her know which practices you’d like to attend and whether you are wanting to attend in-person or virtually


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Other Livestock related opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
  • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186

That’s all for now!  Have a great week and let us know if you have any questions!

M

Mellanie L. Mickelson

Bastrop County Extension Agent - 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

Website - https://bastrop.agrilife.org 
Blog - www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H

 

2020 CTYF Showdown on the Bosque (11/29/20)

Livestock exhibitors, check this opportunity out!


 



2020 Waldens Educational Clinic & Show (10/18/20)

 Livestock Exhibitors, check out this opportunity!



Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2020 Central Texas Showdown Livestock Judging Contest (10/10/20)

 The Central Texas Showdown Livestock Judging Contest will be hosted on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at The Wood Ranch (address in flyer).  We will be implementing a FFA division this year that will have questions and a test!

For junior/senior 4-H and FFA participants, entry fee will be $50/team or $12.50/individual. There will be no late fees but to help us out on planning, please register on Judging Card by October 7th through your CEA/AST

Late entries after the 7th, can be done at the contest. Also, you must provide your own scantrons: Universal Form - A (705A-12).

The Bastrop County Extension Office has some scantrons that can be purchased for $2 each.




2020 Texas 4-H Ag Product ID Workshop (10/06/20)

Join Texas 4-H during National 4-H Week on Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30 pm via Microsoft Teams to learn more about Ag Product Identification. The Agricultural Product Identification contest provides youth the ability to further their knowledge and skills when evaluating ag products grown in Texas. Pre-registration is required via https://tinyurl.com/yxe9mlnn .

Then be sure and get registered on 4HOnline between October 1 – 28, 2020 for the Virtual Ag Product Identification Contest. This contest will be held on Tuesday, November 10th. Two contest times are available, 4:00 or 6:00 pm. Divisions will include Junior (3rd-8th), Senior (9th-12th) and an Adult Challenge!!!  Team information is not required at time of registration but will be needed by November 6th . Adults will only judge as individuals.

The contest will be conducted using an e-scantron. Here's a demo/practice link for the Ag Product ID sheet: https://www.judgingcard.com/go/default.html?E=82333&A=89148  We recommend that contestants have the ability to watch the contest classes via one device and complete the scantron on another device or they may have a split screen on their laptop that allows them access to both simultaneously.

Attached you will find a flyer promoting the workshop as well as the contest opportunity.

DON’T DELAY!!! Get your enrollment in 4HOnline TODAY so that you may participate!!! Fun prizes for youth and adults!



2020 Double J Steer Show (10/31/20)

Steer Exhibitors, check out this opportunity!




Tuesday, September 29, 2020

2020-2021 4-H Enrollment Reminders

It's a brand new 4-H year!!!!

If you would like to join 4-H as a new or returning member, enrollment will start up August 15th!  Everyone wishing to participate in any 4-H activities this fall and/or continue to receive the 4-H email blasts will need to enroll as soon as possible.  Active enrollment is required in order to turn in registration information for any 4-H activity (including livestock shows, District 4-H Activities, or other contests).

If you are a new family looking into 4-H, we invite you to check out the information available on our website at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/links/4-h/.  We have a lot of information on resources and how to join on our Projects & Resources page at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/bastrop-county-4-h-welcome-projects-resources/.  The 4-H CONNECT Website is available at https://tx.4honline.com/.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to our County Extension Office at 512-581-7186 or MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu!


2020 In-person Robotics Project Leader Training (10/03/2020)

 We are excited to offer this opportunity to our Texas 4-H volunteers!  Please join us on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at the Lee County Extension Office to learn about the Robotics Project!  This training will be geared to those new volunteers who would like to know more about leading the robotics project, but we also welcome more experienced volunteers interested in some new ideas, as well as teen leaders.

In order to participate, you must be enrolled as a Texas 4-H Volunteer.  We will double check volunteer status with your County Extension Agents a few days before the training.

To Register, please complete registration through the 3rd party registration (Eventbrite): https://rb.gy/e6ar0y

Reminders and Risk Statements for Attending In-Person Meetings:

  • By choosing to attend you assume the risk that you may contact the virus by entering facilities, even when screening protocols and mitigation measures are implemented.
  • Masks/ Face Coverings MUST be worn by ALL individuals per Governor’s order (GA-29).  Individuals must provide their own mask/face covering.
  • If you or someone in your immediately family/group are not feeling well, are showing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, and/or have tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home!
  • Contact information for all organizers, participants, caterer’s and visitors at the event will be shared with local public health authorities if any participant becomes ill with a suspected infectious disease. If you will not agree to this, you cannot attend the event or meeting.

If you have any questions at any time, please contact:

Monday, September 28, 2020

2020 Junior Leadership Retreat (Nov 13-17; Brownwood, TX)

 We are excited to host Junior Leadership Retreat (JLR) again this fall! We will be following the many of the same precautions we followed for summer camp this year, as well as leaning on adult volunteers and agents to help us pull this retreat off safely. Below are the protocols we will follow and the specific needs for adult assistance for the retreat. Attached are the flyer and image for JLR and a flyer for other retreats and events held at the center..

JLR Registration will open Thursday September 17.

4-H Camp Fall and Winter Retreat Safety Protocols:

  • Face mask will be worn when indoors and when we cannot social distance
  • We will encourage hand washing between sessions and before meals. Hand sanitizer will be provided
  • Dorms will be limited to half capacity- 8 people per dorm side
  • We will limit registration capacity as well
  • We will continue with a drive through drop-off and pick-up process

Adult Assistance with retreats:

  • Arrive early and assist campers unloading behind dorms- Summer staff did this during camps and we are unable to guarantee how many of them will be available.
  • Assist in meeting gender chaperone requirements in each dorm (we are always short on male chaperones)
  • Assist the youth rotating to sessions
  • Assist in keeping dormitories cleaned and sanitized
  • Must be screened, cleared, and complete required trainings on 4-H Online.
  • All chaperone duties will be reviewed the first evening of camp.

 





2020-2021 Quality Counts Reminders for Livestock Exhibitors

Hey y'all!  Are you looking for something to do to help prepare your for your livestock project for the 2020-2021 year? 

Get ready for the upcoming show year by completing your Quality Counts!  All livestock exhibitors in Bastrop County (both 4-H & FFA) will need to participate in the learning modules and pass the exam with at least an 80% to be able to exhibit their livestock projects. 

To register and get a head start, head over to https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx.  Be sure to save the registration email to be able to access the program and take the exam. 

If you have any questions, please contact your AST/CEA.  The Bastrop County 4-H Agent can be reached at 512-581-7186 or at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu.