Fitting, showmanship clinic Saturday

Purina Mills, Honor Show Chow, w ill be hosting a fitting and showmanship clinic on Saturday at Galena Park ISD Agriculture Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Sessions include: Steer Selection and Management, presented by Kirk Stierwalt; Pig Selection, Management, and Showmanship, presented by Kevin Lynch and Kevin Burgoon; Lamb Selection, Management, and Showmanship presented by Lira and Kevin Burgoon; Goat Selection, Management, and Showmanship presented by Mike Harbour and Kevin Burgoon; and Steer and Heifer Showmanship, presented by Kirk Stierwalt and Dave Allan; and two sessions of poultry management and nutrition by Keith Staggs. Register online at www.

Help burned 4-H'ers

Recently, several El Paso 4-H members were burned while working a food booth at a 4- H fund-raiser. Three of those youth are now in the Burn ICU at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Those families will be facing a long treatment in the hospital with a large burden of expenses.

Texas 4-H is calling out to other Texas 4-H families to help support a member in need. The Texas 4-H Foundation has set up an account for people to make financial donations to assist these families with meals and lodging.

If you would like to support these young 4-H'ers and their families, please send contributions to Texas 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 11020, College Station, TX 77842 (on the memo line state, "El Paso 4-H youths). You can also make a donation online at the Texas 4-H Foundation website. www.texas4hfoundation. org. Click on the donate button on the home page, this will then direct you to paypal, and specify donation on "El Paso Youth". Please keep these 4-H families in your thoughts.

County food show

The Milam County Food Show will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the New Salem Building in Rockdale with registration at 5:30 p.m., judging at 6 and the Food Challenge at 6:30.

This event is for all 4-H'ers interested in cooking. Entry forms, food show information, questions and resources are on the website http://milamco. - under 4-H activities and at the Extension Office. Submit your entr y form and recipe to the Extension Office by Sept. 21.

This year juniors and intermediates must do the Food Challenge to participate in the District Food Show. Seniors can elect to do the food challenge and/or the regular food show to compete on the District Level.

During our regular food show on the county level we will do a Food Challenge as an activity. Everyone will get a taste of the activity to see if you want to be part of the contest at the District Food Show on Oct. 31.

Photography contest

Photos for the County and District Photography Contests for Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors, are due Sept. 3. District photos will be displayed at the Heart of Texas Fair in Waco, the week of Oct. 8-17.

Rules and sample label is available at the Extension Office, on the website, and included in the August 4-H newsletter.

Senior photos will be due spring 2010 for the State Contest. This is NOT the qualifying contest for the state senior contest that will be held in spring 2010.

Breeding sheep program The Texas 4-H/FFA Breeding Sheep Validation Program has been initiated for the 2010 show season. Major shows that will be using the Breeding Sheep Validation Program are the San Antonio, San Angelo, and Houston Livestock Shows. A new validation form has been developed to meet the specific needs of this program. The ownership deadline for breeding sheep will be changed from November 1st to October 1st. Existing breeder tag numbers and tattoos will be used. What we will need from you? The registration number for each animal will be recorded on the validation form and a copy of the original registration papers will be needed to send in to the state. Nose prints and hair samples will be taken on all breeding ewes and rams. All breeding sheep will be validated in individual exhibitor names, and not by families as conducted on the market validation programs. No partnerships will be allowed as well. At this time, there will be no costs for the breeding sheep program. Please inform the Extension Office if you plan on exhibiting a Breeding Sheep at the list shows above, by August 28, 2009.

Livestock Information

Major show lambs/goats—Tag Orders due with payment Aug. 28. Order at the Extension Office. Tags are $10 each.

Major show tag orders for swine are usually due in September. Order at the Extension Office. Tags are usually $10 each.

Major show broiler orders are due Oct. 2. Submit orders at the Extension Office.

Entr y deadlines for major shows are:

• State Fair of Texas, Sept. 25 to Oct. 18—Entries due to Extension Office Aug. 14.

• Heart of Texas, Oct. 8 to 17—Entries due to Extension Office Sept. 4.

Rockdale Fair, Oct. 15-17

The 2009 Rockdale Fair Rules are now available on the Extension website http://milamtx. There are some major rule changes for this year.

Ag Mechanics Project Show

Interested in displaying your hard work in either welding or wood projects? Then enter the 2009 Rockdale Fair Ag Mechanics Project Show.

Entry deadline is Sept. 28 to be mailed to the Rockdale Fair Association. Complete rules and entry forms can be found on the Milam County website or at the Extension Office.

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