Showmanship clinic Saturday
Cheryl Walker
Extension Agent

A showmanship clinic for goats, lambs and swine w ill be conducted at the Youth Expo Building in Cameron from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. The clinic will start with a presentation on showmanship etiquette. This w ill g ive 4- Hers t he basic information on how to show off your animal during judging.

Follow ing showmanship etiquette, the group will divide into goats, lambs and swine participants. Instructors w ill demonstrate t he correct techniques for the species and then have participants practice the skills. 4-Hers can bring an animal to work with during the practice sessions or just watch and learn from the presentations.

MCJLS ENTRY DEADLINES– If you have taggedin anima ls for t he Milam County Jr. Livestock Show and/ or you are wanting to enter Home Economics entries, you must complete entry forms and submit fees during February.

A nimal entr ies must be submitted during entry nights. Home Economics entries may be submitted at entry nights or at the Milam County Extension Office. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Feb. 25. Complete r ules and entr y forms for animal and home economics departments available at the Milam County Extension Office and the website,

Animal entry nights are as follows:

Feb. 17– Cameron Youth Expo Building, 4- 6 p.m.

Feb. 21–Thorndale Ag Science Classroom, 4- 6 p.m.

Feb. 23–Rockdale Ag Science Classroom, 4- 6 p.m.

Feb 25 . Cameron Yout h Expo Building, 4-5 p.m.

OTHER MCJLS DEADL INES–Here are other important dates to remember for the MCJLS:

Feb. 17–Market Bunnies will be tattooed, Youth Expo Building, 4- 6 p.m.

Feb. 25–All animal entries must be received by the show secretary; Home Economics entr y deadline, submit to the Milam County Extension Of f ice by 5 p. m. or to the show secretary.

March 24-26–Animal show at the Youth Expo Building in Cameron; Home Economics Department Show at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron.

CON TEST NIGHT– On March 8 the County 4-H Contest Night will be conducted at the Ben Milam Elementary School in Cameron. 4-Hers will have the opportunity to compete in Roundup Con- test Educational Presentations, Share-the-Fun Performances, Fashion Show Modeling and Fashion Storyboard Exhibits.

Registration starts at 5: 30 p. m. and judging will start at 6. 4- Hers of all ages can participate on the county level. Juniors, intermediates and seniors placing in the top three can compete at the District 8 4-H contests in April.

The Contest Night gives 4- Hers an opportunity to share project experiences and talents with others. It is a great way to build public speaking and presentation skills. For more information on these contests, contact the Milam County Extension Office at 254- 697- 7045 or 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron.

HORSE PROJECT–If you like horses, join the 4-H Horse Project Group at their meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 7 the home of Randy and Amy Laurrell’s home. The horse project is for 4- Hers who have horses or those that just like horses. At the meeting, Lyndy Laurrell will give a presentation on the District 4-H Horse Show experience.

There will also be a presentation on the 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl Contest. The quiz bowl contest is a contest that tests your knowledge of horses. It does not require horses.

The directions to the Laurrell’s home is in the 4-H newsletter or you can contact the Milam County Extension Office for directions.

PHOTOGRAPHY OPPORT UNITIES–The state 4- H photography contest deadline is March 31. This contest is open to senior 4- Hers. For the county contest, we need a printed copy of the print submitted to the extension office by March 31.

Any size picture is okay for the county contest, but it must be labeled with 4-Her’s name and entry category. The 2011 State 4-H photography rules are available on the Texas 4-H website, library/files/youth_ photography_ guidelines.pdf. For more information or questions, please contact the extension office.

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