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2018 DECEMBER "THE ADVISOR"

THE ADVISOR

DECEMBER  2018

 

AG EDUCATION NEWS SHORTS

  • Mark your calendar for the 2019 Saline County Fair, July 16-21

  • The Saline County Fair Market Beef Weigh Day is January 5, 2019 from 8:30 to 11:00 am.  Tagging pulling DNA and weighing market beef will be held at Weber Feedyards located 2 miles west of Dorchester.  State Fair or Aksarben beef must be identified with an EID tag and DNA sample. Cost is $2.50 for an EID and DNA sample costs $6.00/animal.  As of this writing Jefferson and Gage Co. do not weigh in beef.

  • The District 5 Leadership Development Contests will be conducted at York on Jan. 16th.  All participants must have official dress and the noon meal is at your own expense.

  • Mark your calendar…  2018 Jefferson County Fair is July 11-14

  • A face to face Livestock Quality Assurance Training class will be given December 31st at the Jefferson Co. Extension office.  The time is 2-3 pm.. Pre-register by 12/28.

  • Complete your quality assurance requirement for 2019 at a NEW one-hour Face To Face training rather than completing the online course. The training will be held at the Saline County Extension Office on Friday, Dec. 28 from 1:30  to 2:30 p.m. for 4-H youth ages 8—18 as of Jan. 1, 2019.

  • The eight Chapter officers went shopping 12/12/18 to donate items for a family in need…. Proud of you Tri County Chapter.

  • President Savannah Gerlach funded and sent out Holiday cards featuring the Chapter officers in December.

 

                .AG EDUCATION COMPETES AT LIVESTOCK CONTEST

Tri County students enrolled in agriculture education competed in the District 5 Livestock Evaluation Contest in York, NE on November 7th.  The contest was held in three divisions; junior high, junior and seniors. Area livestock producers served as the officials.

 

Eight livestock classes were judged and students also took a written animal science quiz.  Classes included breeding goats, market & breeding ewes, cull/keep heifers, yearling bulls, market beef, and market & breeding swine.  There were two question classes and the 9th and 10th graders gave one set of oral reasons and the 11th and 12th graders gave three set of oral reasons.  There are 16 South Central schools in District 5.

 

The Junior High team of Taylor Koch, Chris Janssen, Colton Bales and Carter Holtmeier finished in 3rd place.  Koch lead Tri County in scoring. Janssen, Bales and Holtmeier placed in the top 25. Other junior high students competing were Karli Scherling, Ellie Peters, Kaden VanWinkle, John Wehrman and August Gerlach.

 

Hannah Holtmeier paced Tri County to a 5th place finish out of 16 schools in the Junior Division.  The team of Holtmeier, Garvin Weichel, Cole Siems and Brevin Damrow just missed going to the state contest.  Other judgers in this division were Tyler Houser, Logan Brown, Emerson Schultis, Emily Thavenet, Mya Maxwell, Kanin Baker, Nick Loxterkamp and Hanna Taylor.  One hundred and sixty students judged in this division.

 

In the senior division, Evan Larson, Alexx Malchow and Savannah Gerlach finished in the top twenty.  These three and Jacob Kapke earned 5th place and missed going to state by one place. Patty Monnin also competed in this division.  Ninety-five students judged in this division.

 

2018 FFA State Fair Animal Identification Requirements

Market Beef

EID Tag, DNA Envelope & animal information submitted online via Showstock Manager database

April 15

Breeding Beef

Tattoo or EID Tag & animal information submitted online via Showstock Manager database

June 15

Feeder Calves

EID Tag & animal information submitted online via Showstock Manager database

June 15

Market Swine

EID Tag, DNA Envelope & animal information submitted online via Showstock Manager database

June 15

Breeding Swine

EID Tag & animal information submitted online via Showstock Manager database

June 15

Market Sheep

Scrapie Tag, DNA Envelope & animal information submitted online via Showstock Manager database

June 15

Breeding Sheep

Scrapie Tag & animal information submitted online via Showstock Manager database

June 15

Market Goats

Scrapie Tag, DNA Envelope & animal information submitted online via Showstock Manager database

June 15

Breeding Goats

Scrapie Tag & animal information submitted online via Showstock Manager database

June 15

 

*Youth Dairy will follow the same identification requirements as in past years.

** The due date is when all tagging is to be finished, animal information should be submitted online via the Showstock Manager database, DNA collected and completed DNA Envelopes should be in the possession of the FFA Advisor. DNA Envelopes must be mailed to AKSARBEN

livestock Show no more than five days past this deadline without exception. The address for mailing is:

AKSARBEN Stock Show

P.O. Box 130;       Grand Island, NE 68802-0130

2019 State Fair Livestock Nomination Proposal

County Staff/FFA Advisor Responsibilities:

           1. Request DNA collectors from the 4-H/FFA (Ryan Hassebrook) office.

2.     Distribute DNA collectors to families.

3.     Order EID tags from a tag supplier. Note: Exhibitors will need a premises ID prior to ordering 840 tags. While any tag supplier can be used, here are a couple options:

Animal Health International

Catalina Hecker, Customer Service Representative

Direct Line: 970-347-3016

Office Number: 402-562-5544

Email: catalina.hecker@animalhealthinternational.com

 

CSR Company

Craig Schmidt, Sales Representative

Office: 402-731-9600

Email: cschmidt@csrcoinc.com

 

4.     Collect market beef DNA collectors by April 15. Copy each market beef DNA collector for county/chapter records and mail all completed DNA collectors to the AKSARBEN, postmarked by April 20.

5.     Collect market swine, market lamb, and market goat DNA collectors by June 15. Remind families that all breeding beef, breeding sheep and breeding doe online nominations are due by June 15. Copy each DNA collector for county/chapter records and mail all completed DNA collectors to the AKSARBEN, postmarked by June 20.

6.     Review all livestock entries submitted online by the exhibitors in your county or FFA Chapter. Check for complete animal nomination requirements per each species identification guidelines prior to validating each entry. Validate each completed entry after review. For any entries that require an edit, please note the edit in the nomination database.

7.     Inform families that all nominations have been uploaded and are available on ShoWorks for State Fair preā€entries during the registration time frame.

 

Family Responsibilities:

Exhibitors order EID tags from a tag supplier. Note: Exhibitors will need a premises ID prior to ordering 840 tags. While any tag supplier can be used, here are a couple options:

Animal Health International

Catalina Hecker, Customer Service Representative

Direct Line: 970-347-3016

Office Number: 402-562-5544

Email: catalina.hecker@animalhealthinternational.com

 

CSR Company

Craig Schmidt, Sales Representative

Office: 402-731-9600

Email:cschmidt@csrcoinc.com

 

2.     Exhibitors get DNA collectors from the county Extension office/FFA Advisor.

a.     Exhibitors collect the hair samples and fill out the DNA collector AND enter the required information from the DNA collectors for their market animals and breeding nominations in to the State Fair online nomination database by the required deadlines.

Each DNA sample will have a fee that will be collected during the online nomination process

3.     Exhibitors will turn in the DNA collectors to the county Extension office/FFA Advisor.

a.     Exhibitors showing market animals at State Fair or AKSARBEN must have a signed and sealed official DNA collector with hair samples for DNA verification turned into their county office/FFA Advisor AND the required information submitted in the State Fair online nomination database by the appropriate deadline listed in the table.  NOTE: Both the actual DNA collector (hair sample) and the online submission must be completed by the deadline in order for the entry to be valid; incomplete entries will not be allowed to exhibit.

b.     Exhibitors showing breeding beef, breeding sheep, breeding does and breeding swine at State Fair will be nominated with an online breeding nomination. Families will review each species identification guidelines in order to have the breeding nomination contain all necessary information for State Fair eligibility for their respected

organization. Families will need to have completed the online breeding nomination by the June 15 nomination deadline.   NOTE: The online submission must be completed by the deadline in order for the entry to be valid; incomplete entries will not be allowed to exhibit.

c.      Note: County paper affidavits for State Fair/AKSARBEN livestock entries is not a valid nomination and will not be accepted.

4.     Families will have until the nomination deadline to edit their information.

5.     Exhibitors will select which animal entries they have chosen to show at State Fair from a dropdown menu in ShoWorks. All validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for pre-entry registration in ShoWorks.

 

JEFFERSON COUNTY FARM BUREAU STUDENT PROJECT GRANT

What is the Student Project Grant? The Farm Bureau Student Project Grant will be given to Jefferson County FFA & 4-H students. The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for students to begin or expand their 4-H or FFA projects. There is no limit to the scale of the project – students are awarded money on the basis of their budget and goals for the project. Their personal statement, financial need, advisor statement and project summary are also taken into consideration. There will be a personal interview. If selected, the student must share how they have used the grant towards growing or starting their project at the county’s annual meeting in the fall. This grant has a maximum budget of $750. Grants will be offered every year in January/February.

What are the criteria for selection? Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges (Farm Bureau members and/or staff). The criteria for selection will be based on the completeness of the application in each area:  Project Summary Budget and Goals Financial Need Personal & Advisor Statements

How do students apply? Complete the attached form. Return postmarked by January 11, 2019 to the following address: Jefferson County Farm Bureau Attn: Judy Zimmerman 505 7th Street Fairbury, NE 68352 Application interviews will be on January 20th .

For additional information: Please contact Judy Zimmerman at 402-729-2728 (phone), judy.zimmerman@fbfs.com (e-mail) or at the above address. Student Project Grant Application Deadline January 11

THANK YOU ALUMNI

The Tri County FFA thanks the Alumni for conducting the Annual Pancake Supper on Dec. 8th.  The members appreciate your donations throughout the year. Those helping with this year’s Pancake Supper were Kyle Spilker ( President), Greg Meints, Teri Meints, Chris Peters, Jeff Zimmerman, Amy Gerlach, Vern Jantzen, Katie Jantzen, Doug Gerritse, Jeff VanWinkle, Mike Holtmeier, Gary Vorderstrasse, Henry Holtmeier, Brandon Pohlmann, Annette Weise, Ann Freese, Janet Gerritse, Jed Weise, Chad Weichel, Matt Uher, Jason Pohlmann, DeVern Pohlmann and Gale Pohlmann.

 

Sponsors for the supper include: Spilker Seed Service, Farmers Cooperative, Weise Dairy, Vern Jantzen, Plymouth Improvement Association, Prairie Egg Ranch, Pohlman Farms and FFA Alumni.