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Milam County teams place at district contests

MILAM 4-H NEWS
Cheryl Walker
Extension Agent


District Grass ID Intermediate first place team (l-r) Dr. Barron Rector—Extension Range Specialist, Kaylee Jackson, Ethan Stork, Preston Rose and Irby McWilliams—coach. District Grass ID Intermediate first place team (l-r) Dr. Barron Rector—Extension Range Specialist, Kaylee Jackson, Ethan Stork, Preston Rose and Irby McWilliams—coach. A pril is a busy month for 4-H contests. Twenty f ive Milam County 4-Hers tested their skills against 4-Hers throughout our district. Congratulations to all of the 4-Hers for doing an outstanding job representing our county. Here is a summary of the 4-Hers participation.

HORSE JUDGING—The Milam County junior team of Colby Barton, Sydney Vaculin, Jistol Walzel and Houston Harris and intermediate team of Gracen Dach, Emily Graham, Jale Walzel and Darci Denio both placed fifth at the District 4-H Horse Judging contest.

Dach also received a sixth place high point individual award. Thanks goes to the horse judging coach Monica Barton.

DISTRICT ROUNDUP— Rockdale’s Emily McCoy advanced to the state 4-H contest to be held in June in College Station after placing first in the senior vocal District Share-the-Fun contest.


District Grass ID Junior first place team (l-r) Dr. Barron Rector—Extension Range Specialist, Heath Hollas, Rebecca Kostroun, Kyrene Jackson, Mason Lindig and Irby McWilliams—coach. District Grass ID Junior first place team (l-r) Dr. Barron Rector—Extension Range Specialist, Heath Hollas, Rebecca Kostroun, Kyrene Jackson, Mason Lindig and Irby McWilliams—coach. Julianna Byrd was third in the senior poetry Share-the- Fun contest.

Abbigail Miller placed second in the junior Poetry Sharethe Fun contest.

DISTRICT FASHION SHOW— Abbigai l Mi l ler placed second at the District Fashion Show in the junior buying dressy division.

DISTRICT GRASS ID— The team of Heath Hollas, Rebecca Kostroun, Mason Lindig and Kyrene Jackson placed first in the junior division.

The team members also received the following high point individual awards: 1st Place - Heath Hollas, first; Rebecca Kostroun, second; Mason Lindig, third; Kyrene Jackson, fourth.


District Range Evaluation Senior second place team (l-r) Irby McWilliams—coach, Madeline Kostroun, Collin Kostroun, Karl Woelfel, Devin Fisher, Dr. Barron Rector—Extension Range Specialist. District Range Evaluation Senior second place team (l-r) Irby McWilliams—coach, Madeline Kostroun, Collin Kostroun, Karl Woelfel, Devin Fisher, Dr. Barron Rector—Extension Range Specialist. The intermediate team of Kaylee Jackson, Ethan Stork and Preston Rose won first place as well. Team members also received the following high point individual awards: Kaylee Jackson, first; Ethan Stork, second.

Beginners Ryan Luckey and J.W. Hollas also took the junior contest as a practice session as they start learning about the grasses.

RANGE EVALUATION— The Milam County senior team of Devin Fisher, Collin Kostroun, Madeline Kostroun and Karl Woelfel placed second in district contest.


The Milam County junior and intermediate horse judging team of (l-r) Darci Denio, Emily Graham, Gracen Dach, Sydney Vaculin, Jistol Walzel, Jale Walzel, Colby Barton and Houston Harris both placed fifth at the District Horse Judging contest. The Milam County junior and intermediate horse judging team of (l-r) Darci Denio, Emily Graham, Gracen Dach, Sydney Vaculin, Jistol Walzel, Jale Walzel, Colby Barton and Houston Harris both placed fifth at the District Horse Judging contest. The team members also received the following high point individual awards: Karl Woelfel, second; Devin Fisher, fourth.

Thanks goes to Irby McWilliams for coaching the Grass ID and Range Evaluation teams. Also thanks goes to 44 Farms for providing a location for the Grass I.D. Contest, Yoe High Ag Farm for providing a location for the Range Evaluation Contest and Dr. Barron Rector, Extension Range Specialist, for conducting the contests.

LIVESTOCK UPDATES— Rockdale Fair turkey and broiler orders are due by April 22. Cost of turkeys are $4.60 each and broilers are $1.54 each. Place your order at the Milam County Extension Office by the April 22 deadline. Payment must be received by April 22. Details, rules and schedules are available on the county website http:// milam.agrilife.org/. Click on the individual show for details or contact the Milam County Extension Office.

POULTRY INSTITUTE— The 2013 Poultry Institute for Youth, sponsored by the Texas A&M University Poultry Science Department and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, will be held June 16-18 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. This program gives high school students with an interest in the poultry industry a chance to gain first-hand knowledge.

They will have the opportunity to meet both Texas A&M faculty and Texas poultry industry leaders. A portion of the institute will also include hands on activities as well as field trips to local commercial poultry companies.

Students who will be a junior or senior in high school in the Fall of 2013 or have just recently graduated from high school are eligible to attend. Interested students must complete and submit an application that can be found at http://posc.tamu.edu/ files/2012/08/2013-Institute- Application.pdf by Friday, May 3.

The cost to attend is $50/ student (do not submit this with your application). Lodging and meals are provided. Students who are selected will receive a confirmation packet after May 17. For any questions please contact Jennifer Allen at 979-845-1654 or jallen@poultry.tamu.edu.

WHERE TO GET INFORMATION— For more information on 4-H opportunities, contact the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office-Milam County at 100 E. 1st Street, Cameron, Texas 76520, 254- 697-7045, hytp://milam. agrilife.org/ or email ce-walker@tamu.edu.


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