Dallas County 4-H Event and Meeting Calendar

Friday, September 30, 2011

2012 Calf Scramble Flyer

Attached is information related to the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show 2012 Calf Scramble.

Attachments: 2012_CS Newsletter_FWSSR Background color_4.0.pdf

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2012 Texas 4-H Photography Contest Rules and Guidelines

Attached are the 2012 Texas 4-H Photography Contest rules and guidelines. So of the changes for the 2012 contest include:

Theme Category is TRAINS. This theme allows 4-H members to take photos of all types of trains. The train theme includes both real and model trains. Photo subject must be either the engine or a train car. Photos of train accessories such as stations/depots, signs, tracks, etc are not allowed.

STORY BOARD has been added back as a category.

Formatting of photos has been simplified. In 2012 all photos must be able to be printed at a 300 dpi at a 3 X 5 inch size. Max memory size of 1.5MB.

Both entry form and uploading of photos will all be done on 4-H CONNECT.

Time period for entry will be from April 1, 2012 to April 15, 2012.

In addition to being attached to this email, the rules and guidelines are also posted on the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Website under the Youth Section > Photography.

Please feel free to contact the Texas 4-H Office if you have any questions.

Toby L. Lepley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Extension 4-H
and Youth Development Specialist
Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
4180 State Hwy 6 South
College Station, TX 77845
Voice: 979-845-1212
Fax: 979-845-6495

Email: t-lepley@tamu.edu
Web: texas4-h.tamu.edu

Attachments: youth_photography_guidelines (2).pdf

Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo Calf Scramble Information

The new Calf Scramble program is now called Ultimate Scramble Championship, and it will be a one-day tournament (Saturday, March 17th), with half of all 112 participants winning certificates of at least $1,000. The top winner will win $5,000, and all winning participants can purchase any of the following: market steer, lamb, goat, barrow, or breeding heifer or breeding goat. Online entries begin January 15th. County agents and ag teachers will be the ones to sign up students wanting to participate. The entry process will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we are no longer allotting a certain amount per district. We will have more details about the entry process up on our website as we approach Jan. 15. Here’s the link to the USC page on our website:


Feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. Have a great day!

Amanda Sudduth
Competitive Events Coordinator
Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo
9100 Decker Lake Rd.
Austin, TX 78724

P 512.919.3000
F 512.919.3005


Join us for Rodeo Austin March 9 - 24, 2012!

The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, contributes more than $1.9 million annually to the youth of Texas with the help of over 2,000 volunteers, donors and sponsors. Through its acclaimed Livestock Show, Fair, Rodeo and other fundraisers, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo continues to work towards the advancement of its mission, Promoting Youth Education - Preserving Western Heritage. While delivering superior entertainment and boasting an economic impact that exceeds $68 million annually, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is an established community tradition founded in 1938. Staying true to the official sport of Texas, Austin is home to the world’s 5th largest indoor, regular season ProRodeo known as Rodeo Austin.

Junior Leadership Retreat Announcement

Attached please find information about Junior Leadership Retreat, November 11-13, 2011 at the 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood. Please share this information with your 4-H families. Registration is open and can be accessed from the 4-H Center website texas4hcenter.tamu.edu Just click on the Register Now button. Deadline to register is November 4.
Junior Leadership Retreat is the epitome of “youth teaching youth”. Members of the Texas 4-H Council serve as the coordinators of the weekend leadership retreat and facilitate all of the concurrent workshops. Junior and Intermediate level 4-H members have an opportunity on a state-wide basis to begin networking with other 4-H members while learning about new and exciting 4-H projects and opportunities. This year’s focus will be on Healthy Lifestyles, Outdoor Challenge, Record Keeping, Housing and Agricultural Products.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact

B. Darlene Locke, Ed.D.
Director, Texas 4-H Conference Center
Assistant Professor and Extension
4-H and Youth Development Specialist
5600 FM 3021
Brownwood, TX 76801
(325) 784-5482
Fax (325) 784-6486

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JLR11 Flyer Agenda.pdf

4-H CONNECT Quick Reference Guide

Attached is a Quick Reference Guide for 4-H CONNECT for some of the more common steps being performed by county offices during this time of year. Please print a copy, review, and keep handy as you working in the system and preparing payments to be submitted.

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4-H and FFA Launch TEXAS PROUD of Texas Agriculture Website

A website that tells the credible, proven and honorable story of Texas agriculture has been launched as a joint effort between Texas 4-H, Texas FFA and several Texas farm organizations.

The website is part of an initiative called Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture, where the youth of Texas will unite with a common voice to promote the positive story of agriculture across the Lone Star State.

“Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture is an exciting joint venture of great youth organizations with proven leadership,” said Chase Vineyard of Stephenville, president of the Texas 4-H Council. “Our goal is to promote trust and encourage understanding of an industry essential in maintaining food security for millions of Americans.”

The website is a hub of information for 4-H and FFA youth and includes a “how-to” toolbox for communicating agriculture’s story, messages for agricultural promotion and an activity page where youth can share their experiences.

“Texas Proud youth will tell positive stories of agriculture,” said Dakota Fleming of Troy, a member of the Bell County Farm Bureau, Beef Ambassadors and a student at Texas A&M University. “We will connect consumers with the food they eat.”

The initiative carries three main messages:

· Agriculture is critical to the life of every Texas resident. Without it, we would not survive.
· Agriculture is more than food and clothing. It contributes to your home, health, lifestyle and economy.
· America’s farming and ranching families care about their animals and their land.

“Our generation will blaze new trails in dispelling the myths about Texas agriculture and telling the truth about the rural way of life that we love,” said former Texas FFA State President Mason Parrish, a student at Texas A&M University.

The Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture website may be found at http://www.texasproudoftexasag.org/
Again, more on this tomorrow specific to 4-H and how our youth can lead this movement!


Christopher T. Boleman, PhD, CVA
4-H and Youth Development Program Director
4180 State Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845

Tel. 979.845.1211
Fax. 979.845.6495

Monday, August 15, 2011

JMGSC Sanctioned show held at the Parker County 4-H Youth Center

Attached you will find a flier for a JMGSC sanctioned show held at the Parker County 4-H Youth Center in Weatherford. Mirror C Meat Goats will be offering 10-15 head of June born wethers sold private treaty at this show.

Kayla B. Neill, MAg.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
County Extension Agent, Parker County
4-H and Youth Development
817.598.6172 phone
817.598.6159 fax

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Look at this AWESOME clothing and textile opportunity!

Operation Kid Comfort creates custom-made quilts for children of deployed military personnel who experience grief from missing their mom or dad.

Created in 2004 at Ft. Bragg/Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, N.C., ASYMCA’s Operation Kid Comfort is designed to address the emotional stress that children of military personnel suffer during a parent’s absence from home, providing free quilts for children ages 6 and under and pillows for children ages 7 and older. To date, the program has made nearly 6,000 quilts for children of deployed parents.

9/11 National Day of Service

Greater DC Cares, the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the region, chose Operation Kid Comfort as the flagship service event for its 9/11 National Day of Service events. As the banner event, more than 200 volunteers created dozens of quilts for children all over the country.

Click here for more information, to request a quilt or to volunteer.

Tamra McGaughy (pronounced McGoy)
4-H and Youth Development Agent, Dallas County
10056 Marsh Ln, Suite B-101
Dallas, Texas 75229
Phone: 214-904-3061

4-H Volunteer Online Learning Modules

Below are links to two separate learning modules for 4-H volunteers (about 15 minutes each to complete).
Maximize your learning opportunities for youth in just 15 minutes. This animated video with pre- and post-assessment helps you identify targeted outcomes for young people and keep the focus on what you want participants to achieve.
View the "Learning by Doing" Module

Improve your ability to help youth reflect on their learning, whether it is science, health or any other topic. This online lesson will help you ask the right questions to deepen the learning.
View the "Reflecting on Learning - A Question of Curiosity" Module

Poultry Youth Newsletter

The latest issue of the Youth Poultry Newsletter is attached. It can also be found at http://posc.tamu.edu/extensionprograms/youth_programs/index.htm

Attachments: Poultry Youth Newsletter, Summer 2011.pdf

Major Stock Shows Updates– 2011-2012

Major Stock Shows – 2011-2012
Attached below are documents shared by the major stock shows. These documents provide updates/changes on their upcoming shows.

Fort Worth 2012

Heart of Texas 2011

Houston 2012

San Angela 2012

San Antonio 2012

Star of Texas 2012

State Fair of Texas 2011

This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Project Butterfly WINGS

WINGS, Winning Investigative Network for Great Science, is a partnership between 4-H youth and professional scientists. Participating youth are “citizen scientists” who collect data on butterflies to help professional scientists determine:

The presence or absence of specific butterfly species

The abundance of butterfly species by state and county throughout the country

The information helps butterfly scientists better understand and conserve butterfly populations.


Tamra McGaughy (pronounced McGoy)
4-H and Youth Development Agent, Dallas County
10056 Marsh Ln, Suite B-101
Dallas, Texas 75229
Phone: 214-904-3061

Quality Counts: Important information for ANY 4-Her planning to SHOW ANIMALS at a MAJOR STOCKSHOW!

Quality Counts
New verification required for livestock exhibitors: Read this article if you plan to show livestock at the majors next year. Follow up with your Extension agent to learn how you can complete the process. http://www.ntxe-news.com/artman/publish/article_70054.shtml

Monday, June 6, 2011

Upcoming Poultry Events

Dear All,

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Poultry Unit and the Texas A&M Poultry Science Department have several events planned for the summer that may be of interest to you and your stakeholders. We would greatly appreciate it if you would pass this information along via your distribution lists.


Morgan Farnell

1. June 4, 2011 – Market Poultry Workshop – College Station, TX – Pearce Pavilion

o This workshop provides an excellent opportunity for CEAs, agri-science instructors, leaders, parents and youth to “hear the experts” and work alongside Texas’ major poultry judges. Youth interested in a career in poultry science should make a special effort to attend the workshop. Departmental personnel will be available to counsel potential students. Educational activities include in-depth discussion on brooding, management, sanitation and feeding programs and selection and processing methods for broilers, turkeys and roasters. Discussion on selection procedures and bird quality characteristics will be followed by “hands on” practice in early culling and selecting and “putting together” show pens.

o Program agenda attached to this email.

o https://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/; Keyword: Poultry

2. June 7-8, 2011 – Agri-Science Teacher and Youth Leader Institute – College Station, TX – Texas A&M Poultry Farm

o This workshop is specifically designed for adult mentors and will cover topics including an overview of the poultry industry, poultry husbandry, poultry judging, hatchery management, avian anatomy and future careers in the poultry industry.

o http://gallus.tamu.edu/extensionprograms/youth_programs/index.htm

3. June 12-15, 2011 - Poultry Institute for Youth – College Station, TX – Kleberg Bldg, Texas A&M Poultry Farm, Company Tours, Main Campus, etc.

o The institute is designed to give junior and senior level high school students “the university experience”. Students will attend lectures, participate in laboratories, go on poultry industry field trips and live on campus for four days.


o http://gallus.tamu.edu/extensionprograms/youth_programs/index.htm

4. June 16, 2011 – 4-H Round Up Poultry Judging Contest – College Station, TX – Texas A&M Poultry Farm

o This event is part of the 4-H Round Up program and provides a competitive environment to evaluate poultry products and to test an individual’s knowledge of Poultry Science.

o http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/youth/roundup/index.php#Resources

5. August 13, 2011 – Small Scale Poultry Production Workshop – Bryan, TX – Brazos Center

o This event focuses on the educational needs of small scale poultry producers. Topics may include nutrition, husbandry, avian influenza, disease prevention and treatment, biosecurity and rules and regulations regarding the marketing of poultry products.

o https://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/; Keyword: Poultry

6. September 10, 2011 – Amarillo Poultry Workshop – Amarillo, TX –

o This will be a regional meeting to meet the needs of poultry enthusiasts, county agents, adult mentors and youth.


7. All order forms for broilers and turkeys for State Fair of Texas, San Antonio, Houston and Star of Texas livestock shows are now available online at http://gallus.tamu.edu/extensionprograms/youth_programs.

Program Agenda - 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Science up your 4-H Workshop!

Are you looking for a great way to bring science into your 4-H project meetings? This 61 page document is in pdf format.  Use it to assist in the development of, identifying resources for, and teaching 4-H Science in 4-H Project work.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

District Lock-in Pictures are IN!

Just to let you know, in case you're a social media person, I have put together a District IV 4-H Facebook page.  Most recently, I have posted videos from our lockin.  Some have already found it, but if you haven't yet.....here's the link:


Please pass this link along to your membership. 

Most of the posts here will be automatically pulled from our website's blog feed, so there will be yet another means of getting the word out to everyone.

Interesting Tip
Have you ever wanted to download an entire photo album off of Facebook??  If so, this handy Firefox add-on that makes it terribly simple to do with just a mouse click or two.  No more saving the pics one at a time....this will do them all at once!

Here's the video that shows how to get it and how it works:  http://vimeo.com/16950161 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

District IV Update

Find out about everything happening in D4!

District IV 4-H Newsletter  View Download  
REMINDER: Lock-in deadline is January 7th!!!!!!

2011 DIV 4-H Lock-in Flyer.pdf  View Download 


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