4-H Update

Important deadlines and information about 4-H, can be found at Burt County 4-H.  If you have any questions or would like to join the fun please call the Nebraska Extension in Burt County at 402-374-2929 or e-mail us at burt-county@unl.edu.

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August 31, 2018

It's Always 4-H Season in Burt County


If you weren’t aware – it’s 4-H Season, and not just because this of the big State Fair weekend in Grand Island – although that is a wonderful opportunity to see what opportunities 4-H offers! But for those of us involved in 4-H, it’s AWAYS 4-H Season!

So what is 4-H?

4-H is a youth program recognized around the nation and the world. The four H’s in the programs name stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Those signify developing the Head to clearer thinking, the Heart to greater loyalty, Hands to larger service and Health to better living. This is part of the 4-H pledge and through projects, activities and community service 4-H members of all ages can develop these important traits making their lives more successful and meaningful, as well as developing a strong sense of community.
4-H membership is open to all young people ages 5-18.

The younger group, ages 5-7, called Clover Kids get a chance to explore lots of different non-competitive activities including, projects, exhibits and day camps. Youth ages 8-18 can pick 4-H projects that fit their interests and there are over 100 projects to choose from! There are also activities, a wide variety of camps, projects, and exhibits that can be competitive or non-competitive.

4-H has been around for over 100 years. But it’s not stuck where it started 100 years ago, it’s an evolving youth program. It’s evolving because when something new comes up, 4-H is right there to jump in and add a project or activity to encourage education and growth in that area.

4-H members can do projects independently or they can be part of a 4-H Club. There are established 4-H clubs in most communities, but there’s always room for more! All you need to start a 4-H Club is 5 youth from 3 different families and a caring adult to provide leadership to the group.

To learn more about the 4-H program contact the Nebraska Extension office in Burt County at 402-374-2929 or go to the website at: 4h.unl.edu for more information.

It’s always 4-H season, because it’s always time for fun and learning for the whole 4-H family in the 4-H program!

August 24, 2018

New Opportunity: Nebraska Fed Steer Challenge

The University of Nebraska – Extension 4-H Youth Development and Department of Animal Science will host the inaugural Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge in 2019. The Fed Steer Challenge is a new contest/educational opportunity for youth with a desire to become the next generation of leaders in the Nebraska Cattle Industry. The goal is to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H Market Beef Project by rewarding production merit and carcass value of the market animal, along with accurate & complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement by the 4-H member. You are encouraged to find out all the details during an informational webinar on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM CT. This meeting is open to youth and their families, volunteers, and Extension staff looking to learn more about the 2019 Fed Steer Challenge. They will review the contest details and guidelines and provide time for questions and answers. Join from:

  • PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Andriod: https://go.unl.edu/fedsteer 
  • iPhone one-tap: +16699006833,,736196533# or +16468769923,,736196533#
  • Telephone: +1-669-900-6833 or +1-646-876-9923 | Meeting ID: 736 196 533

The contest will consist of two parts:
1. Raising a commercial steer

  • 4-H member selects and raises a commercial steer to market weight (1,350 lbs).
  • Utilize management and nutrition protocol similar to a commercial feedlot.
  • Maintains detailed record book related to the management and feeding of the steer.
  • Steers will be displayed in the Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge Commercial Cattle Class at the 2019 Nebraska State Fair.
  • Steers will be visually evaluated by a commercial cattle buyer representing a packer.
  • Predicted carcass merit (USDA Quality Grade and Yield Grade) and market value.
  • Following the live exhibition, steers will be transported to a commercial packer, harvested and carcass data collected.

2. Evaluation of 4-H member's knowledge and interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge related to their project and the cattle industry as a whole
  • Accuracy and details related to a record book
  • Interview with representatives from the cattle industry

Recognition and awards will be based upon: Carcass merit and value, Record book, Project presentation and Interview.

Join in a Zoom Informational Meeting: Thursday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. • On-line applications will be due October 15, 2018. 4-H’ers will be informed of their selection into the program by November 15. Cattle selection day will be January, 2019. Industry interviews and awards will be held Dec. 5, 2019 during the Nebraska Cattleman’s Convention in Kearney. • Contact: Bryan Reiling (402) 472-8960 or breiling2@unl.edu or Bob Meduna (402) 624-8064 or bob.meduna@unl.edu.

State Fair Exhibits Pick-Up Information...
Don’t forget to pick up your State Fair 4-H static exhibits Tuesday, September 4 through Friday, September 7 in the Extension office. We love your exhibits, but have no place to put them! Thank you!