Horse judging reigns in awards at Bay City

New rules for MCJLS home economic divisions

Members of the Milam County 4-H Horse Judging teams that participated in a contest at Bay City last month area (front row, l-r) Connor Barton, Colby Barton, Mason Vaculin, Sydney Vaculin, (back row) Emily Graham, Gracen Dach, Darci Denio, Raegan Harris, Jazmin Vaculin and Joseph Barbo. Horse judging coach is Monica Barton. Members of the Milam County 4-H Horse Judging teams that participated in a contest at Bay City last month area (front row, l-r) Connor Barton, Colby Barton, Mason Vaculin, Sydney Vaculin, (back row) Emily Graham, Gracen Dach, Darci Denio, Raegan Harris, Jazmin Vaculin and Joseph Barbo. Horse judging coach is Monica Barton. Congratulations to the Milam County 4-H Horse Judging teams. These teams competed at an invitational contest in Bay City on Jan. 31. T hree teams completed in the contest.

The team of Darci Denio, Gracen Dach and Raegan Harris placed sixth. T he team of Emily Graham, Jazmin Vaculin and Sydney Vaculin placed ninth. The team of Joseph Barbo, Colby Barton, Connor Barton and Mason Vaculin placed 13th.

Darci Denio was also recognized as fifth place individual. Congratulations also goes out to the horse judging coach Monica Barton.

This invitational was a great opportunity for the team members to practice for the Houston Livestock Show and San Antonio Livestock Show contests in February and March.

TEXAS BRIGADE WILDLIFE CAMPS— 4-Hers ages 13 to 17 can submit applications for Texas Brigade Wildlife Camps conducted this summer.

The Texas Brigades offers five types of outdoor camps for our youth. Each camp not only teaches the cadets about wildlife conservation, but also about how to become a leader in today’s society.

Cadets will learn about plant ID, shooting and angling skills, radio telemetry, public speaking, and even television and radio interview skills.

For details on the camp options go to html. The different camps are:

Bobwhite Brigade— This camp will teach more than you can imag- ine about Bobwhite Quail. Two camps are offered in June.

Buckskin Brigade— This camp is for the deer enthusiasts that want to learn. One camp in June and one in July.

Waterfowl Brigade— This camp is for those interested in ducks and other waterbirds. One camp is held in July.

Bass Brigade—This camp is for those that like to fish for bass. One camp in July.

Ranch Brigade—This is a new event with one camp set in July.

Texas Brigades is proud to work with a new group of volunteers who are organizing the Ranch Brigade. This five-day program will encompass sustainable beef production from conception to consumer. The Brigade model of leadership development, education and empowerment will be just like other Brigade programs.

Livestock production and land stewardship are areas we cannot take for granted. More and more students will graduate from high school without any exposure to production agriculture.

The purpose of Ranch Brigade is to select 20 of the brightest and best high school students from across the state so that they can become ambassadors of land stewardship and livestock production in their respective communities.

This select group of students will spend five days of intensive training to develop leadership skills, and learn the truth about livestock production from conception to the consumer.

They will then give presentations in their communities, and in turn be rewarded through scholarships and future ranch experiences.

Registration is open now through March 1. Applications are available at http:// Camps/camps.html. If you are thinking about applying f or one of the camps, contact the Extension Office to discuss possible assistance with the $400 registration fee. The fee covers meals, lodging, and supplies. All of the 4-Hers who have attended the brigades enjoyed the experience and learned a lot of wildlife conservation.

NEW MCJLS HOME EC RULES—The new rules for the Milam County Junior Livestock Show Home Economics and Premium Baked Goods Divisions have just been received by the Extension Office. All entries will be submitted to the MCJLS show secretary during the registration nights in February.

Complete rules and entry forms are now posted on the Milam County Extension website and available at the Extension Office.

There is one entry form for Home Economics entries and one entry form for Premium Baked Goods entries. Feb. 18 is the deadline for entries for both divisions.

Major considerations for the Home Economics Division is no entry fees; open to youth residents of Milam County or youth that attend Milam County schools; four age divisions (beginners, junior, intermediate and senior); seven divisions for entries (collections; artistic arrangements; creative arts; drawing; painting; photography; and wood/metal); check-in times set for March 27 and March 28.

Premium baked goods division is new for 2014 and also has a showmanship division. The entry fee is $20 per entry with a maximum of three entries. The entry divisions are cakes, pies and cookies. Entries from any 4-H, FCCLA or FFA member will compete against each other in the cake, pie and cookie judging, but the showmanship judging will be divided into age divisions (beginners, junior, intermediate and senior).

The check-in and judging will be completed on Saturday, March 22. This is a premium contest and will not be part of the auction sale. To enter the Premium Baked Goods and Showmanship divisions you must be a 4-H, FCCLA or FFA member.

Remember the entry deadline for MCJLS Home Economics and Premium Baked Goods Divisions is Feb. 18. All entries must be submitted to the MCJLS during entry nights in February: in Rockdale on Monday, Feb. 10; in Thorndale on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and in Cameron on Tuesday Feb. 18.

MCJLS ANIMAL UPDATE—4-Hers and FFA members that ordered broilers for the MCJLS will need to prepare their facilities.

Broiler pick-up will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Youth Exposition Building in Cameron.

MCJLS rabbit entries must be tattooed from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 18 at the YEB in Cameron. You can submit your entry form and fee when you tattoo your rabbits.

If you are planning on showing at the MCJLS in March you must submit entry forms and fees during one of the entry nights in February.

Here are the dates:

• Rockdale ISD Ag Building, Monday, Feb. 10.

• Thorndale ISD Ag Building, Tuesday, Feb. 11.

• Cameron YEB, Tuesday Feb. 18.

You can submit entries from 4-6 p.m. during the entry nights. Remember to complete one entry form for each animal.

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