Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Update on Swine Weigh In

Due to the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus that has been diagnosed in Idaho and the risk
factors involved in bringing pigs to a central location at this time, there will not be an official
Western Idaho Fair 4-H/FFA initial swine weigh in for 2014. This decision was made with the
guidance of the Idaho Department of Ag by representatives of the Western Idaho Fair, Ada County Extension, FFA, Swine Supervisors, and the Junior Livestock Sale Committee.

In order to show and sell a pig at the 2014 Western Idaho Fair exhibitors must do the following:
  •  Have ownership and care of your animal(s) by no later than May 6.
  •      Properly ear tag your animal(s). Numbered tag issued from the Ada County Extension Office should be in the pig’s left ear with the number on the outside of the ear. Several breeders in to area have agreed to help with this process when you pick up your animal; check with them first before you pick up ear tags at the office.
  •      Submit a COOL form to the Extension Office along with fee of $4 per head to cover meat quality fund and tags by no later than May 6, 2014. (Checks payable to Junior Livestock Sale Committee)
  •      COOL form must include ear tag number (ear tag for WIF), breed, gender, detailed description of animal, and at least one (1) picture attached of the pig with the ear tag number showing (over back to show breed/color). Pictures can be attached to the COOL form or emailed to kjensen@uidaho.edu and must have your name, ear tag number, and club or chapter in the email.
  •       Animal ear tag number and animal submitted on the COOL form(s) must be the same animal and ear tag number that is entered on the fair entry form and exhibited at the fair.
Please call 287-5900 with any questions!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

4-H Adventure Camp

4-H Adventure Camp is held in Donnelly, ID every summer. There are camps for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8.

The camp is at Cascade Lake 4-H Camp which will soon be celebrating their 50th year! Kids get to enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing, shooting sports, and other outdoor events. The kids stay in groups in cabins with their camp counselor. Bus transportation is available to and from camp.

This year we're offering payment plans so everyone can enjoy camp! Some county extension offices have scholarships available so be sure to check with your local extension office also.

Kids Camp: June 27-30
Grades - 3-5
Cost - $165 if paid by June 13
Cost - 4205 after that date

Teen Camp: July 7-11
Grades 6-8
Cost - $205 if paid by June 23
Cost - $245 after that date

Kids Camp: August 1-4
Cost - $165 if paid by July 18
Cost - $205 after that date

To register for camp fill out and return the Camp Registration Packet For more information on camp call 287-5900

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4-H Monthly Calendar

Check out events and deadlines for the month of April!

Tuesday, April 15:
  1. Horse Declaration forms are due to the Ada County Extension Office by 5 pm. You can email them dhobbs@uidaho.edu or fax 208-5909 or bring them in! They're available on our website.
  2.  Applications are due to the state 4-H office to host male Japanese delegates this summer. The boys are ages 12-13.
  3. Early bird deadline for Teen Conference. The registrations are on the state 4-H website http://www.uidaho.edu/extension/4h/
Saturday, April 19:
3rd Annual Poultry Clinic at the Expo Idaho, small animal barn. 9 am to noon. Everyone is welcome. Bring your bird and have some fun learning about showmanship and more!

Saturday, April 26:

  1. Ada County Horse Hippology Contest, Ten Mile Riding Club. Registrations will be available soon.
  2. Farmway Village Egg Drop. 10 am to 3 pm. Compete in ETV (egg transport vehicle) drop competition, naked egg drop just for fun, and the Tech Wizard Day Camp! Call 287-5900 for more information.
Call 287-5900 or email dhobbs@uidaho.edu for more information on any of these events!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

4-H Healthy Living - Preserving with Kids

If you're thinking about a gardening project this year consider the food preservation projects too! You can combine two projects while enjoying your produce year around.

The 4-H Food Preservation project includes drying, freezing, canning, and pressure canning. These re-vamped project manuals are available through the University of Idaho.

We're also offering an extensive 4 hour workshop on these projects on Thursday, May, 1 from 1 to 5 pm at the Ada County Extension Office. The cost is $10 which includes manuals and supplies. The workshop is taught by Extension Educators from across the state. If you would like to attend this workshop pre-register by Thursday, April 24 to Donna Gillespie at donna@uidaho.edu or 208-436-7184.