Current Otoe County 4-H News:

Otoe County 4-H Shootings Sports Club Organizational Meeting

The club will be having their first meeting on March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Extension Office meeting room. This meeting will be an informational/organizational meeting for the parents (kids are welcome). There are mandatory forms that need to be completed in order for 4-Her's to be able to  participate and at that time we will be deciding on future meeting times. If you can't make it to this meeting please contact Junior Grotrian at 402-269-5591 before this meeting.

Beef Shows will be Blow and Go

The Otoe County 4-H Council voted at its January meeting to change to “Blow and Go” for the 2017 Otoe County Fair.  The 4-H Beef Shows including Showmanship, Market Beef and Breeding Beef will be Blow and Go.  Guidelines for the Blow and Go include:

  1. Beef animals may be clipped, blown and brushed or combed to enhance their appearance.
  2. Alcohol, water, oil, foam or any water- or alcohol-based products with no adhesive or   glue qualities, or artificial colorings are permitted.  These products include conditioners and commonly used sprays such as Kleen Sheen, Revive, Final Bloom and white show foam.  Paint will be allowed on the hooves and dewclaws only.
  3. Beef animals will be shown free of any adhesive, glue, paint, or powder products.
  4. Any compounds that have adhesive qualities that when applied cannot be combed or brushed through or alter the color of the animal are forbidden.  These products include, but are not limited to commonly used adhesives and colorants such as Prime Time, EZ Comb, Tail Adhesive, Ultra White Touch Up, Black Touch Up, Black Finisher and black show foam.

A 4-H Fitting Contest will be added to the Otoe County Fair schedule.  We are putting together the guidelines for the 4-H Fitting Contest.  When the guidelines are finalized they will be shared.    

Youth Livestock Projects and the VFD Regulation

Effective January 1, 2017, all livestock producers that use antibiotic medicated feeds to prevent, treat or control animal health issues will be required to get a written order or Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from a Veterinarian to purchase and feed these feeds.  The regulation will only affect antibiotics administered in feed or water for livestock.

Antibiotics are important to both human medicine and animal health, to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in both areas; producer must follow the FDA Approved Labels.  These labels determine what animal health issues can be treated with that specific antibiotic, dosage and proper administration.

The first step youth producers should take is to develop a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship by visiting with their veterinarian.  Within this discussion, producers need to review their herd/flock health plan and evaluate vaccinations and treatment plans for the animals they care for.  If you determine that medicated feeds should be used, plan on how to acquire a VFD Order from the veterinarian. 

Copies of the VFD must go to you and your feed supplier/dealer before you can purchase or feed these feeds.  Youth Livestock Participants may visit with their feed supplier/dealer to plan a nutrition/feed program prior to getting their project animals to discuss if medicated feeds should be used and if a VFD is required.

For more information visit the Nebraska BQA VFD Webpage at: http://bqa.unl.edu/veterinary-feed-directive   Or Contact Rob Eirich, Extension Educator/Director of Beef Quality Assurance via email at: reirich2@unl.edu

Basic Information regarding 4-H:

Otoe County 4-H Resource Page contains all the information you need for 4-H in Otoe County

May 1st is the deadline to enroll in Otoe County 4-H each year.  Everyone (4-H'ers and leaders) must re-enroll at this online site each year to be in 4-H ne.4honline.com .  This site opens mid October each year for the next year's enrollment.