Butler County 4-H

State Fair Contests & Livestock Entries

Entry site for Nebraska State Fair 4-H/FFA livestock and in person contests (presentations, fashion shows, plant science, insect id, etc.) event entries. The entry site is live from July 1 until 5 p.m. on August 10, 2016. Download the entry instructions (PDF 149 KB)here.

Tyson 4-H & FFA Swine Disclaimers

4-H and FFA members can download the Tyson County Fair Swine Affidavit (PDF 245 KB) & Tyson Treatment Record (PDF 65 KB) for exhibitors at Butler County Fair. The completed forms will be collected at swine check in at Butler County Fair.

NE 4-H District & State Horse Show

The 4-H District & State Horse Show Entry Form and the Horse Identification Sheets for district competition are due to the Butler County Extension Office, at noon on May 1.

  • District & State Horse Show Entry Form (PDF 340 KB)-due noon, May 1 to Butler County Extension
  • District & State Horse Show Entry Proceedures (PDF 88 KB)
  • Two & Three Year Old Western Pleasure Affidavit (PDF 12 KB)-due noon, May 1 to Butler County Extension
  • Horse ID Sheets-District & State Show (PDF 206 KB)-due noon, May 1 to Butler County Extension
  • Map of District Horse Shows (PDF 544 KB)
  • 2017 District Horse Show Contacts (PDF 116 KB)
  • 2017 Lincoln District Horse Show Information (PDF 422 KB)
  • Nebraska 4-H Horse Show Dress Code & Legal Bits powerpoint (PDF 2936 KB)addressing the dress code and bits to be used at 4-H horse competitions.

Butler County 4-H Newsletters

The current Butler County 4-H newsletters are available in pdf format. Please contact the Extension Office if you have questions regarding information in those newsletters. Workshop forms and information is also posted here.

2016 Butler County Fair Beef Rate-of-Gain Results
2016 Butler County Fair Swine Carcass Results

Butler County Fair 4-H/FFA Entry Forms

2016 Butler County 4-H Fairbook

2016 Butler County 4-H Fairbook (PDF 1.47 MB)

Introduction, Schedule, General Rules
Department A - Heritage & Citizenship

Department B - Communications & Expressive Arts
Department C - Consumer & Family Science
Department D - Conservation & Wildlife
Department D - Environmental Education/Earth Science
Department E - Nutrition, Foods & Food Preservation
Department E - Safety
Department F - Entrepreneurship & Judging Contests
Department G - Plants & Animals
Department H - Science Engineering & Technology
Department I - Clover Kids
Department K - FFA

Yearend 4-H Club Treasurer's Report

All 4-H clubs with bank accounts are required to submit an End of Year Treasurer's Report to the Extension Office by January 31, 2017. Contact the Extension Office with questions, 402-367-7410.

Diamond Clover Recognition Program

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring, and contributing citizens. The program's overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience.

Information on participating in this program can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/diamondcloverprogram .

Please let the Extension Office know if you plan on participating in the Diamond Clover Program so we know to order award pins for next year.

2017 Butler County Fair Dates Set - July 18-23, 2017

Fair dates have been set for the 2016 Butler County Fair. Dates will be July 19-24, 2016. Please check the new and improved Butler County Fair Website for more information as that date nears!

The 2016 Butler County 4-H & FFA Fair Book (PDF 1510 KB) are online for you to view.

Butler County Livestock Deadlines

The following dates are deadlines for identifying animals to be shown at the Butler County Fair, the Nebraska State Fair, and Ak-Sar-Ben. FFA exhibitors must also abide by these deadlines in order to show at the Butler County Fair. All information on the identification papers must be complete and turned in to the Extension Office by these dates.

**Late animal I.D.s at the county level will be accepted. However, entries will be lowered one complete ribbon color placing and will not be eligible for final championship drives.

Failure to meet these deadlines will forfeit any and all chances of exhibiting at shows outside of Butler County. Any transfer of ownership or new purchase of animals needs to be recorded on the appropriate ID forms and filed with the Butler County Extension Office prior to these dates. Any transactions after these dates will be considered a late ID and will be subject to the above mentioned penalty.

Animals can only be identified in one county.

State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben - DNA samples are required to exhibit at State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben. The deadlines for DNA samples to be taken are the same as the identification deadlines.

  • April 15 - DNA for Market Beef (steers & heifers)
  • June 15 - DNA for all other livestock (sheep, goats, swine, feeder calves)

Livestock Quality Assurance Training (LQA)

All 4-H'ers enrolled in swine, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dairy cattle, meat goat, rabbits or poultry need to be certified in Livestock Quality Assurance. 4-H'ers completing their quality assurance requirement online must complete three modules and present their three certificates to their local county extension office prior to June 15, 2016.

Online LQA certification @ http://campus.extension.org.

Instructions (PDF 321 MB) for registering and completing the LQA training courses.

Butler County 4-H

Butler County 4-H On TwitterTwitter

Keep track of Butler County 4-H on Twitter. All you have to do is set up an account. Butler County 4-H also follows the State 4-H Office and the Banner Press Newspaper. You can access those tweets as well from the Butler County Twitter page.

Once on Twitter, after you have set up your account, you will need to search for these organizations as follows: You can go directly to Butler County 4-H ; State 4-H Office - type in unlextension4H; and the Banner Press - type in BannerPressDC. Once linked in their page, click on the "follow" button.

Upcoming Livestock/Horse/Animal Shows/Clinics

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Butler County 4-H Social Networking Site

Have you heard your kids talking about Facebook, MySpace, or some other social network site? I'm sure you have heard about them on the news and from your kids. Butler County has joined the millions of clubs, groups and organizations with their own social networking site.
Ning is a free network where youth and adults alike can join together and explore their interests. There are a variety of sites that cater to hobbies, work, family and other interests.

The address for the Butler County 4-H social networking site is http://butlercounty4h.ning.com/. Sign in today and get connected to 4-H'ers and families from across the county! We will be using this site as a place to discuss things happening in Butler County and to possibly organize some social events! The newsletter and website will still be the main sources of communication but this is just another way to network!

My Favorite Kolache Recipe

Those youth who attended "My Favorite Kolache" workshop last year, got some hands-on experience on how to make the best kolaches! ! We are printing the recipe here for anyone who would like to enjoy these treats!

Overnight Refrigerator Rolls

2 pkgs dry yeast
2 1/2 c. warm water
3/4 c. soft shortening
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
8 to 8 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. salt

Soften yeast in warm water. Add shortening, sugar, eggs, 4 cups flour and salt. Stir and then beat until smooth about 1 minute. Stir in remaining flour (you may want to use your hands to work in the last 2 cups). This is a soft dough. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator overnight or until needed. When ready to use, punch down the dough and pinch off one third. Cover remaining dough and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for 2-3 days. Shape into rolls and place on a greased baking pan. Cover with a soft towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until double. Poke down the middle of the balls and add your favorite filling. Bake in hot oven (375 degrees F) for 10-15 minutes. This batch will make approx. 3 dozen kolaches.