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Reminder of Livestock Achievement Program- please let your 4-H youth in beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry know about this additional educational opportunity AND that they can earn great awards as a part of this!


Livestock Achievement Program is an additional opportunity for enrolled livestock project youth, is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.


2023 Youth Crop Scouting Competition

August 2, 2023.  

Youth will learn ho to scout corn and soybeans?

Obtain Knowledge that will b ehelpful in future agricultural careers!

 Youth Leadership Conference June 19=21, 2023 Registration is now Open.

The Nebraska 4-H Youth Leadership Conference is an opportunity for all outh ages 14-18 to build connections with peers from across the state, learn from adult mentors, and develop and practive leadership skills.  Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend the conference.  

To Register fo to

Now is time to start providing high magnesium mineral to lactating cows to prevent grass tetany

Grass tetany occurs in cattle when low magnesium levels in the blood impact the animal’s nervous system. Although growing cattle can be affected, older lactating cows are at the highest risk, especially during early lactation.

Conditions align in spring to decrease magnesium levels in the blood of lactating cows. Lactation increases the cow’s magnesium requirement and vegetative cool season grass, especially on cool, cloudy days, decreases magnesium absorption. In addition, magnesium levels are dependent on consumption instead of being stored like other minerals.

Sheridan County Progress Show - Sunday, June 25th, 2023 

The exciting news for this year is the Progress Show will include Goats, Sheep, Beef and new this year is Swine.  We are excited to include swine this year to give as many market animal project  a chance to practice and get some great experience.  

If you have any questions you can contact:

Melissa Mracek 402.322.0655

Marie Nelson   308.327.2312

Check out this flyer with registration forms

2023 Online Horticulture Quiz The contest will be made available starting at 8:00 AM on Friday, June 2, 2023, through 8:00 AM on Friday, June 16, 2023.It tests your knowledge in 3 areas; identification, judging, and general knowledge. Please provide the answer you think is correct for each of the questions. Please fill in your information including your full name, county, and 4-H age so we can get all of your infor

We are once again offering the Online Horticulture Judging Contest this June. Below is some information to use as you see fit or you can find the story in 4-H Alerts.

Let me know if you have any questions.




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