County 4-H shooting sports group to hold meeting Dec. 6

The first shooting sports meeting of the year will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the New Salem Building in Rockdale. What will be going on at the meeting: chinese gift exchange (bring a gift, limit for gift $10), snacks (bring your favorite to share with everyone), and postal league sign-up.

If you are interested in the

shooting spor ts activ ities, which include: shooting safety, archery, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle, and shotgun; come to the organizational meeting. For more information contact the shooting sports leaders LeeAnn Smith (254-697-4049) or Susan Dean (512-446-2845).


The Consumer Decision Ma k ing Projec t is a great opportunity for 4-Hers to learn the importance of financial decisions. Through the project sessions, the 4-Hers practice comparing products for different situations. 4-Hers in the intermediate and senior age divisions learn to give reasons for their selections. For more information on the consumer decision making project contact the extension office at 254-697-7045.

All practices are tentatively set for 6:30 p.m. at Bea's Kitchen in Cameron on the following dates: Nov. 30, Jan. 4, 19 and 25 and Feb. 1.


The deadline to order broilers for MCJLS is Wednesday, Dec. 2. This will be a pullet and cockeral show. If a mixed pen is shown it will be in the cockeral division. Cost per bird is $1.35 each and 25 birds ordered per exhibitor per entry. Payment must be received by deadline. The birds will be wing banded.

Any birds that lose a wing band will not be eligible to be shown. Distribution date of the broilers is 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 at the Youth Exposition Building in Cameron. Please contact the extension office to order your broilers.


The 2009 Holiday Classic will be held Dec. 5-6 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. 4-H and FFA families are welcome to attend this free weekend clinic.

Animal species include cattle, goats, lambs, and hogs. Activities include: Saturday- animal species education and Sunday- showmanship and prospect show. Free give-a-ways, Saturday night meal, and tons of great information for your livestock project.

This is a clinic open to all 4- Hers and FFA members in about 21 counties in Central Texas.

Schedule of events: Saturday, Dec. 5

12 p.m.- All livestock in place

1:30 to 4 p.m.- Individual Specie Clinics (One set of clippers will be given away at the conclusion of each session. Must be present to win.)

4:30 p.m.- Beef Cattle and Goat Showmanship

6 p.m.- Dinner provided by Holiday Classic Sunday, December 6th

8 a.m.- Nondenominational church service

8:30 a.m.- Beef prospect show (heifers followed by steers)

9 a.m.- Goats, lambs and swine prospect shows (Prospect Shows to follow showmanship for lambs and swine.)


The "Last Hug" is a story about a small child who watched as he said good-bye to his father, who is a member of the United States Armed Forces. As the small child stood alone on that dreary, rainy, and cold day, he wrapped his arms around himself as if trying to hold on to that "last hug" until his parent returned.

Operation Huggables was created to collect new and gently hugged teddy bears, dolls, or other stuffed animals of a "huggable size." The goal is to provide as many huggables to military children of all ages across the state. Instead of the empty arms around themselves on departure day, kids will be able to hug and hold their huggables before, during, and after deployment.

William Dean and Cooper Smith are co-chairing an Operation Huggables stuffed animal drive. If you have any stuffed animals, there w ill be a box located at the Extension office in Cameron. If you need someone to pick up the stuffed animals, call William Dean (512-446-2845) or Cooper Smith (254-697-4049).

—4-H— Step out of the box and try something new for community service. Cameron and Rockdale Food Banks need your help! How can you help? Every other month we will select a couple of items for you to donate. At the end of those months we will donate those items to the local food banks.

You can also help by unloading donations at the food banks. Contact the Extension Office for additional information.

October/November items to donate: pasta, peanut butter, canned green beans, canned pumpkin. Turn in items at your club meeting the Extension Office.


Milam County 4-H is still collecting can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Temple. Save your tabs and submit them to the extension office. Money from the can tabs is used to support the families at the Ronald McDonald house. Keep collecting tabs. We want lots of boxes.


This year's State 4-H Teen Retreat is set Jan. 8-10 at the State 4-H Center on Lake Brownwood. 4-Hers 13 years of age and up can sign-up to attend. This is a great opportunity for 4-Hers to develop leadership skills with 4-Hers from across the state. Youth cost is $120 and adults are $80.00. To register, call the extension office. Registration closes Dec. 18.


This essay contest is open to all 4-Hers. Contestants write an essay with 750 - 1000 word limit on the topic of "Is My Community Honey Bee-Friendly?" Essays are judged on your research, accuracy, and creativity. Cash awards are presented to the top three winners. For more information on the rules and entries, contact the extension office or the Texas 4-H Website: beekeeping/index.html. Deadline to enter is Jan. 31.


Though the Rockdale Fair has just ended, it's not too early to begin thinking about the Milam Count y Junior Livestock Show, set for March 25-27.

The show rules are now available. Check them out on the Milam County Extension website at

Entry nights will be held in February 2010 in the Cameron, Rockdale, and Thorndale areas. Dates will be announced at a later time. All entries must be received by the show secretary no later than, Feb. 26.

The following are important dates to remember:

Nov. 1—Beef Heifers non-registered must be tagged by Nov. 1. Contact steer superintendent.

Nov. 23—Market lambs, goats, non-registered breeding meat goats tag-in, Youth Expo Building, 5-7 p.m. (subject to change).

Dec. 7—Market hogs and breeding gilts tag-in, Youth Expo Building, 5-7 p.m.

Dec. 2—Market broiler orders due.

Feb. 18—Market bunnies will be tattooed, Youth Expo Building, 5-7 p.m.

—4-H— Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative brain disease of sheep and occasionally goats. Scrapie is similar to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in cattle and Chronic Wasting Disorder in deer. Due to the risk of allowing infected animals without a method of trace-back could potentially spell disaster for the industry, so a means of identifying them is required.

For this reason, regulations exist to protect flocks and the industry. Scrapie tags are required to be in place when "animals are moved from their premises or commingled with sheep from another farm or ranch."

Sheep and goats that must be tagged before leaving the premises are:

• All sheep 18 months of age or older;

• All breeding sheep regardless of age;

• Sexually intact show or exhibition sheep and goats; and,

• Breeding goats and all goats 18 months or older, that have commingled with sheep.

Registered goats identified by tattoo if accompanied by registration papers and wethers or commercial goats used for fiber or meat production are exempt from tagging.

Tags are available from the TAHC at 1-866-873-2824 or put in place by the breeder prior to sale. Be aware that if a sheep or goat will be exhibited at livestock shows, make sure that they are appropriately tagged prior to validation or exhibition. Failure to do so could result in not being able to show.

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