MILAM 4-H NEWS
You bring a dish that you have prepared at home with a serving utensil. A team of judges ask you questions about your dish and the nutritional value. Entry forms and additional resources are available on the county website: milam.agrilife.org.
MEMBERSHIP—From now through Oct. 31 youth from third grade through 18 years of age can enroll in 4-H for $20. If you wait until Nov. 1, the enrollment fee goes up to $25. You need to be an active 4-Her to participate in any 4-H event.
Youth from kindergarten through second grade along with 4-H leaders can register on 4-H Connect at no charge. The on-line 4-H enrollment is at https//texas.4honline.com. If you have problems with the 4-H Connect system, contact the Milam County Extension Office at 254- 697-7045.
LAMB, GOAT VALIDATION— Milam County will hold validation for any lamb or goat that will be exhibited at one of the Spring Major Livestock Shows. Validation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 30 behind the Youth Expo Building in Cameron. Remember, your animals must be validated in order to show at Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston or Star of Texas in Austin. You must also have pre-ordered validation tags.
You must bring all animals that you plan to validate for show, and a parent or legal guardian to sign paperwork at validation. If a parent is not available to accompany the animals at validation, there is additional paperwork that must be completed before your animal can be validated. Please contact the extension office in advance to make arrangements for additional instructions if the parent of an exhibitor cannot attend validation.
TURKEY PICKUP—If you ordered turkeys for the Milam County Junior Livestock Show or for the major shows in the spring, you need to prepare your facilities for the turkey arrival on Oct. 31. Call the extension office that day to confirm the pick-up time which is planned for 4-5 p.m. at the Youth Expo Building in Cameron. Remember to bring a suitable box to transport your birds.
MAJOR SHOW ENTRY— Any 4-Hers interested in exhibiting livestock in any of the Spring major livestock Shows, such as Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston or Star of Texas in Austin will need to turn in completed entry forms for all shows to the Extension Office by Nov. 1. Please note that the deadline on the show websites will be later than this date, but all entries for Junior Market, Breeding and Judging Contests must be entered as one group through the extension office.
The early deadline will provide ample time to review, enter and ensure each entry for accuracy.
HOLIDAY CLASSIC—The annual Holiday Classic will be held Nov. 10-11 at the Belton Expo Center in Belton. This is a free, two day livestock specie clinic and showmanship show for 4-H and FFA members. On Saturday, Nov. 10 participants can bring their animals to the livestock specie clinics and gain knowledge to improve their showing skills.
4-Hers and FFA members that have not purchased an animal can still come to the Saturday clinics and learn about training future projects for show. If you attend the clinics on Saturday, you are eligible to participate in the showmanship show on Sunday. All exhibitors are invited to attend. There are no registration fees and a meal is served Saturday evening.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about raising livestock projects and an opportunity to sharpen showmanship skills. For more information, please refer to the 4-H newsletter or contact the office. We are also accepting donations and selling tickets for a giveaway. These efforts help offset the cost of prizes, meal and other expenses and keep the cost of the event free.
Sponsors will be listed in the program and announced throughout the weekend.