4-H News

Below are posted articles about Burt County 4-H deadlines, information, and events.  If you have any questions or would like to join the fun please call the Nebraska Extension Office in Burt County at 402-374-2929 or E-Mail us at burt-county@unl.edu.

February 21, 2017

Kylie Penke and the OC FFA (and Burt County 4-H) are celebrating 4-H and FFA Week with a Livestock Lottery.

Go to the Oakland-Craig Knights website at:   http://www.ocknights.org/  and click to complete an entry form on the “baby pool”.

Prize winners will be determined by the most correct day, gender, weight and time of the birth of the calf.

Entry guesses must be made by February 26th for a birth date after February 26 and obviously before the birth of the calf.

Coming soon (hopefully) will be live-streaming of the calf’s birth.


4H and FFA Livestock Lottery

This is Allie (picture take 2/20/17)! Each year her calf is donated to a 4-H or FFA member who applies for the Allison Penke Memorial Scholarship!

Fill out the form below and you will be contacted if you are the closest on the date of birth, time of birth, weight of offspring, and gender of offspring!

Click HERE for Form

February 5, 2017

4-H Achievement Celebration – Sunday, February 19!!

Everyone is invited to help wrap up the 2016 4-H year and kick off the 2017 4-H year at our annual 4-H Achievement/Kickoff Celebration. It will be held Sunday, February 19 at the Oakland Auditorium. Fun activities will start off the event at 4:00 p.m. including your chance to participate in a wide variety of “Minute To Win It” games.

Don’t come late or you may not have time to try them all! At 5:00 we will present our 4-H individual, leader and club awards. We’ll finish up the day with a pizza supper at 5:30 so you can be on your way home by 6:00 or shortly after!

Call the Nebraska Extension Office at 402-374-2929 by Friday, February 17th to let us know how many from your family plan to attend and then bring a friend too!

Lee Valley Auction – Thursday, February 16 – WE NEED YOU!

The 2017 winter Lee Valley Auction will be held Thursday, February 16. The Flying Needles 4-H Club will staff the lunch stand at the auction. This has been a major fundraiser for many different 4-H groups over the years. We’re not sure we have quite enough people to run a smooth operation, so if you or someone from your club would be available to help it would be most appreciated. Please call the Extension office at 402.374.2929 if you are available to help. Thanks! 

4-H Online Enrollment and Re-Enrollment

4-H on-line enrollment and re-enrollment is up and running! This year nothing’s changing and you’re all going to be pros at it! Just go to the Burt County website at www.burt.unl.edu and click on “Burt County 4-H” under Burt County Extension News to get to the re-enrollment or new enrollment pages. We have been told that the Internet Explorer browser does not work well with the 4-H Enrollment – Google Chrome is the preferred browser so you may need to add Google Chrome as your internet browser for this job.

Burt County 4-H Leaders will also do on-line enrollment. The email and password leaders used last year will work for leader re-enrollment. If you forgot your password you can get a new one. If you are a new leader you’ll just go through the steps to enroll. If a 4-H leader is part of a 4-H family their profile needs to be located within that family.

2017 Nebraska 4-H Month – Share Your Story! 

What does being a Nebraska 4-H member look like? We want to know!  

February is Nebraska 4-H Month, and we want to hear your 4-H story! Maybe it’s showing a rabbit. Interview judging. Or zooming down the zipline. Share a short video or photo that shows your 4-H experience. Videos or photos may be shared through social media using the #NE4H and #TrueLeaders hashtags.  

Video shared as a #NE4H Video View  may also be shared at the Nebraska State Fair and through state 4-H social media networks.

We look forward to seeing your 4-H story this February during Nebraska 4-H Month!

Author: Tracy Pracheil, State 4-H Office

Burt County 4-H Week

Make plans now for Burt County 4-H Week, February 19-25. Get your 4-H group together to celebrate 4-H or just make plans yourself to promote 4-H during the week. Put on your 4-H thinking cap and see what you can come up with, then let me know so I can help promote it too!

February 2, 2017 

NDA Premises ID

Attention Livestock Exhibitors! Please view the following pamphlet to be sure you meet the requirements set forth by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture for livestock exhibitors in 2017. View the pamphlet here.


January 29, 2017

4-H Achievement/Kickoff Event – February 19

The 4-H Council held their reorganizational meeting last week and made plans for the annual 4-H Achievement/Kickoff Event. It will be held Sunday, February 19th at the Oakland Auditorium. Minute to Win It activities will start off the event and get everyone going at 4:00 p.m. Don't come late because you'll want to try all the fun games!At 5:00 we will present our 4-H individual, leader and club awards. We'll finish with a pizza supper at 5:30 so you can be on your way home by 6:00 or shortly after! Call the Extension Office at 402-374-2929 by Friday, February 17th to let us know if you and your family plan to attend!

Burt County 4-H Week

Don't forget to make plans to celebrate Burt County 4-H Week, February 19-25th. Whether you take treats to your class at school, make a special meal at home or get together to make a snow sculpture, make sure you let me know so I can keep a good list and help publicize your efforts! GO GREEN!

4-H Snow Sculpture Contest

We received our first entry in the 4-H Snow Sculpture Contest thanks to last week's storm! However the snow didn't stay around long, but if you didn't get right out there and create your 4-H entry, don't be sad...you've got until March 17 to make an entry.If by chance we don't get enough of or the right kind of sculpting snow you can always get creative to make a "snowless 4-H sculpture" using other mediums, like wood, cardboard, tires, whatever!The 4-H Council voted to continue awarding cash prizes in the three sculpture themes of:

1. Greenest
2. Best Message
3. Most Creative

There will be entry categories for individuals, teams and clubs. So get out there and get creative! Make sure you put your 4-H sculpture somewhere it can be seen by the public...not in your back yard please. We want to promote how creative and fun 4-H can be so also make sure you get a picture of your sculpture – with the 4-H member(s) who created it included in the photo.Send your photo and the names of the 4-H members pictured to mloftis2@unl.edu or bring it in to the Nebraska Extension office in Burt County in the Burt County Courthouse in Tekamah.I look forward to seeing your results of this fun, creative and cheap promotion contest.


January 27, 2017

Dodge County Beef Fitting Clinic
Clinic Flyer


January 23, 2017

Youth Livestock Programs/Veterinary Feed Directive

Program Flyer

2017 Burt County Beef Preview

Preview Flyer
Entry Form


January 20, 2017


We invite you and your horse to join us for the first annual Come Ride With Me clinic, Saturday, March 4th, featuring Casie Maxwell, Former coach of the Kansas State University, NCEA Equestrian Team (see below).This is a 2 part clinic on Horsemanship, with the morning session focusing on Body Work 9-12:00. After lunch we will finish the day with pattern work from 1:00-3:30pm. Yes, you get to bring your own horse to learn on!The costs are $50 per session or $90 for both. There will be stalls available for rent at a rate of $20 per night. Space is limited to 8 riders per session and is open to youth and adults. You must pay in full to reserve your spot! If you do not have a horse or cannot bring your own you may come audit the clinic for $10 a person. Please bring your own food and drinks as there are no concessions available on site.

Casie Maxwell served as Head Coach for the K-State Equestrian Team from 2009-2016 when the program was discontinued by the Athletic Department. The 2016 Big 12 Coach of the year and 2015 Co-Big Coach of the Year, Maxwell guided the program to a national runner-up finish at the 2010, 2011, and 2013 National Championship. Maxwell also served as President of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) from 2011-2013. During her time coaching the Equestrian Team, Maxwell led her athletes to numerous accolades both in and out of the arena. Prior to coaching, Maxwell served as a student coach at the Texas A&M University, where she assisted with Aggies squad that placed third nationally in Western at both the Varsity Equestrian and IHSA National Championships. As a four-year member of the Aggie Equestrian Team, she was the Reserve High Point Regional Rider of the year in 2005 and also have two top-four finished at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships as a senior.
Saturday April 22nd – Horse Judging School

The Horse Judging School will be held at the UNL Animal science complex from 9:30am-3:30pm. This school is for horse show judges, aspiring judges, judging team coaches, and youth! There will be classroom demonstrations as well as live classes to judge. The main classes to be covered are horsemanship, reining trail, ranch riding, and how to conduct oral reasons the colligate way.More information will be coming soon regarding signing up!


The annual 4-H Horse Stampede and Companion Animal Challenge is pleased to announce its annual events being held April 1st, 2017, at the UNL Animal Science building located on East Campus. This combined event is open to youth ages 10-18 years old. Youth can compete in demonstrations, horse and dog quiz bowls, dog skillathon, art, photography, and speech contests. Speech contests can be done from a distance through Adobe Connect. These contests are a great opportunity for youth to gain valuable life skills and participate with other youth in animal related contests where you do not actually need an animal to participate.

Registration 4-H Horse Stampede:

Begins at 7:30 a.m. The program will start at 8:00 a.m. For more information, contact Lena Luck at402-472-9098 or lena.luck@unl.edu. Contest rules and entry forms are available at: http://4h.unl.edu/horse/stampede. Entries are due March 10th to the Extension Office. 4-H Companion Animal Challenge: Begins at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 9:00 a.m. with the quiz bowl followed by demonstrations and contests. Contest rules and entry forms are available at: http://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/challenge. Mail in your 4-H Companion Animal Challenge entries, by March 10th to:

Lisa Karr

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

C204e Animal Science

Lincoln, NE 68583-0908


January 12, 2017

The Burt County 4-H and FFA Market Beef Weigh Day will be held Saturday, January 21 at the Johnnie Johnson Farm. The address is 1340 County Road E, Craig, NE and weighing will be from 8:30-11:00 a.m. Bring along some cash or your checkbook as the tags vary in price depending on if you want the EID tags or are just planning to do local shows around the area and only need a 4-H or FFA tag. The weigh day and subsequent rate of gain contest at the county fair is especially important this year. Burt County exhibitors won't want to miss out on this weighing opportunity as there are some really special rate-of-gain awards this year and you won't be eligible if you don't weigh at the Burt County Weigh Day.

The Burt County 4-H Council will hold their organizational meeting, Monday, January 23rd in the Burt County Courthouse meeting room in Tekamah. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and all 4-H Council members are encouraged to attend as well as any 4-H members, parents or leaders. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to attend.

Burt County Fair Fundraiser

If you're looking for a fun evening out on the town that supports a good cause you'll want to make plans to "Enjoy the Ride" by coming to the Burt County Fair Foundation Fundraiser on Saturday, February 25th. The event will be held at the Tekamah Auditorium with the social hour beginning at 5:30 and the meal at 6:30. Besides the wonderful meal there will be live and silent auctions as well as dancing to the band "Taxi Driver". Call the Nebraska Extension Office in Burt County for ticket locations. This could make a wonderful Valentine's gift! (Hint hint!)