New, improved record book forms due by June 21

The 4-H record book format has been changed and improved for 2012. The new version is available on the record book website or you can complete a word version. Either format can be used for the 2012 4-H Record Books. Handouts and additional information are available at the Extension Office or on the Milam County 4-H website,

4-H record books have new format for junior, intermediate and senior levels. Beginners can complete the junior forms for county recognition. You must use the new forms for the 2011- 2012 4-H activities.

Your record book will start with the new forms for the current year. All previous years record book information will just be attached behind the current year. Start now so you will have a record book ready to submit for county judging on June 21. For additional information, contact the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697-7045.

Use either version of the 2012 4-H record book. Computer version forms can be found at aspx. Word version forms are at recordbooks.

COUNTY AWARDS—When you submit your 4-H record book, make sure you submit county awards applications: Gold Star, I Dare You, Silver Star and Bronze Star Awards. Applications are available at the Milam County Extension Office and on our website, http://milam. Interviews will be conducted in August for everyone that submits applications. Remember, you must submit a 4-H record book by June 21.

BEGINNER FUN DAY— Join the fun at the Beginner’s Workshop on Saturday, June 23 at the Gause ISD Cafeteria. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with activities running from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This workshop is for 4-Hers ages 5 to 8 years of age. If you plan to attend, call the Milam County Extension Office so we can prepare handouts and lunch. Wanda Lee and the Gause 4-H Club are planning lots of fun and educational activities for everyone.

If you have a friend that is thinking about joining 4-H, invite them to attend the Fun Day with you. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Parents are welcome to stay and join the activities.

LIVESTOCK PROJECT NEWS—Imporant dates are approaching for the 2012 Rockdale Fair. Turkey pick up is set for 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at the Home Demonstration Building at Fair Park in Rockdale.

Lamb, swine and goat tag-in for the 2012 Rockdale Fair is set for Saturday, July 14.

Major livestock show tag-in will be held from 7-9 a.m. Tuesday, June 26 at Arledge Feedyard on US 79 just west of Rockdale.

Steers for the 2012 State Fair of Texas, Heart of Texas and 2013 Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston and Star of Texas shows must be tagged-in on June 26.

Steers for the Milam County Junior Livestock Show (MCJLS)can be tagged-in on June 26 or at the MCJLS steer tag-in on Sept. 4.

Lambs, goats and swine for the 2012 State Fair of Texas show will also be tagged-in on June 26. These animals will be validated at the conclusion of steer validation.

Remember, at validation, your livestock project and a parent must be present to complete validation. If a parent is unavailable to attend validation, you must contact us beforehand to complete and sign additional paperwork. No animals will be validated without a parent/guardian present or paperwork prepared beforehand.

Validation only validates ownership of the animal project. You will still need to enter your livestock in the respective livestock shows.

Turkey orders for MCJLS and 2013 major shows are due July 11. If you plan on showing turkeys at major shows or the MCJLS, you must place your order at the Milam County Extension Office by July 11. The cost of birds is $3.50 per bird.

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