Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2019 Hays County 4-H Youth Point Shows

Click here for information on the 2019 Hays County 4-H Youth
 Point Shows

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

2019 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship application

The Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation is once again pleased to offer senior high school 4-H members and current college students the opportunity to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship. Texas 4-H members can apply for scholarships in three areas, baccalaureate, courageous heart, and technical. Former Texas 4-H members will be able to apply for scholarships through the collegiate scholarship program.  

Changes for the 2019 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Process:
  • All applications (except collegiate) must be submitted through 4-H CONNECT.

  • Applicants must work directly with their school administrators to ensure they have quartile ranking for their application. A quartile ranking is required to be considered for a Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship.
  • Any incomplete or incorrect application submitted will not be considered.  It is the responsibility of the 4-H member and parent/guardian to ensure all information is correct and complete prior to submitting.  Absolutely no follow up or updates will be allowed once submitted.

All applications (except collegiate) must be submitted through 4-H CONNECT and meet all criteria to be considered.

Event Title: 2019 Texas 4-H Scholarship Application

Due dates and deadlines for 2019 Scholarship process are as follows:
November 2018 – January 2019                Applicant complete FAFSA
January 31st 2019                Application due to County Office
February 1, 2019                                           County Review and 4-H Connect Approval Deadline*
February 15, 2019                                         District Review and 4-H Connect Approval Deadline*
April 12, 2019                                                Interview selection notification
May 3-5, 2019                                               Interviews in College Station
June 11-13, 2019                                           Awards Assembly in College Station
*The status of “APPROVED” on 4-H CONNECT simply means that the information was submitted.  It does not indicate eligibility or awarding of a scholarship

Requirements for the Baccalaureate, Technical, and Courageous Heart Scholarships
All applications MUST meet the minimum requirements/criteria to even be considered for judging (see guidelines for complete details).  Those applications not meeting the requirements should not be approved in 4-H CONNECT by the County Extension Agent. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Volunteers needed to help review recipes for the Homeskills competition. 

December 18th @ 6pm 
Extension office 

Please contact Kate Blankenship at 512-393-2120 or if you are able to help!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Horse Paperwork Due!!!!

Horse exhibitors please do not forget that your Coggins and Proof of Ownership or Grade horse paperwork (if this applies to you) is due to the Extension Office by November 1st, 2018. If you plan on participating in any of the shows this year please be sure to get all of this information into us, here at the office.

For Grade Horse Paperwork- Click Here

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Major Show Sign Up for Fort Worth, SALE, San Angelo, Houston, Austin Entry Forms

Major Stock Show Sign Up!!!! If you plan to sign up for a the Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston or Austin Major Stock Show here are the links to the Junior Market Show and Junior Breeding Show Entry Forms. Please be sure to print off the entry form and fill it out and then bring it by the office with a blank check, so that we have a chance to look at the forms here in the office to make sure everything is correct and there are no changes before you write the check.

Please use the links below to find the entry forms for the Major Shows listed below.

The Deadline for turning in the entry forms will be November 14th at 4:30pm

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Junior Market Show Form- Click Here
Junior Breeding Show Form- Click Here

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
Junior Show Entry Worksheet- Click here

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Junior Entry Form- Click Here
Junior Heifer Show- Click Here

Houston Stock Show and Rodeo
Junior Show Entry Worksheet- Click Here

Austin Rodeo
Junior Show Entry Worksheet- Click Here

Please be sure to fill out all the information under each link, if there is something else you are wanting to sign up for at one of the shows please call the office (512-393-2120) or send me an email at or if you just have any questions please do not hesitate to get a hold of me.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Validation Update- Be Aware

Validation for (Major Sheep, Goat and Heifer as well as County Sheep, Goat, Heifer and Steer) has been changed from Saturday 10/20/18 to Sunday 10/21/18 from 12 to 4.  There was a scheduling conflict on Saturday.

If you all could help spread the word to anybody and everybody that you know it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Reminder: Swine Validation Tag Orders

I just want to remind everyone that swine validation tag orders are due to Jordan Blount by Monday, September 24th (next week). If you have not done so already, be sure to get the form from below and get those sent in. After monday late fees will start to charge. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Rabbit Seminar for Hays County 4-H and FFA

October 13th, 2018
10 am- Noon or when done
Buda VoAg
2801 Jack C Hays Trl

Purpose: to give youth and parents information on how to raise and show rabbits. Following topics to be discussed: How to buy rabbits, feed, equipment/supplies needed, medications, grooming, handling, selecting your market pen. Additionally the new changes to the rule book will be discussed. Hopefully there will be some young rabbits for participants to "feel" on. Any questions can be directed to Blaine Eiben, 512-750-3597

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Broiler Orders Due

It's time to order Broilers for the 2019 Show Season.  Broiler orders are due to the Extension Office by Friday, October 5, 2018.  Orders must physically be in the office by 4:30 pm.  No late orders will be accepted.  There will be NO Refunds.  Broilers must be ordered in increments of 25 chicks up to a maximum of 75 chicks per exhibitor.  Please make checks payable to Hays County 4-H.
For the order form, click here.

Want to make a special note for this year, you will have to make separate orders for Houston and Austin this year instead of as previous when you could order one group for both shows.   

4-H Fall Roundup

Fall County Roundup will take place on October 22nd at 6pm. 
County Roundup will consist of:
  • Food Show
  • Food Challenge
  • Public Speaking & Educational Presentations 
  • Beef, Horse and Nutrition Quiz Bowl
  • Entomology
  • Photography

Fill out County Roundup form and turn into the Extension office by October 15th. 

Click here for County Roundup form

**You must participate in County Roundup to be able to compete at District.***

FALL DISTRICT ROUNDUP will be December 6-8th in Kerrville

Click here to view Fall District Roundup guide


Quality Counts has a new look, a new site, and a new exam! We are excited to release the new version of the program! The new curriculum has been designed to better equip our youth livestock exhibitors with the most relevant and timely information related to the livestock project area. Focused on quality assurance and character education, Quality Counts is designed to teach young people the importance of displaying good character in carrying out livestock projects, and in every aspect of their lives. **There is a very important one-pager attached with detailed instructions of how students should enroll/login to the course.  Click here
  • Here are a couple of new components of the program to be aware of: 
  • Exhibitors will first be required to engage in the full learning content before being presented with the verification exam. 
    • Please be aware of this in advance as this could take around two hours for most students to complete the full content and test.
  • Exhibitors will be able to start and revisit the curriculum as many times as needed.
  • Exhibitors will have to complete the test once it is started.
  • Exhibitors must achieve 80% or great to pass the exam, but can take it as many times as needed.
  • Exhibitors will be exposed and tested on the content potentially three times in their livestock showing career: junior (grade 3-5), intermediate (grade 6-8), and senior (grade 9-12).
  • Exhibitors will access the course and exam at a new website:
    • This will be connected to the current Texas Livestock Validation Website for ease-of-access to information for supervising County Extension Agents and Agricultural Science Teachers.
  • Verification on the new system will be required for entries into Spring major livestock shows. 
  • **Verification on the old system is acceptable for State Fair of Texas and Heart 'O Texas Fair entries.** However, exhibitors may use their new number for these shows if they get verified before entry.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fall Heifer Orders

If you did not validate your heifer back in June this is your final chance to get your heifer validation for the upcoming Major Show Season. I need to have all Heifer UIN orders in the office by September 17, 2018. 

Validation will be the same day as county so be sure to come to the State table to get validated, the validation is set for October 20th, at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park from 8-11 in the morning.

Click Here for the Heifer Order Form
Major Livestock Show Swine Validation Order Form

Below I have attached the swine validation tag order form for 2019 major shows. Animals will be validated Saturday, November 17th, from 8:00 – 11:00 am at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park (in conjunction with county validation). This tag may also be used for Hays County project animals as long as they are validated on or before November 23rd.  If you plan on showing at the San Angelo Gilt show or the San Antonio Crossbred Gilt show, these gilts MUST be validated with a major show validation tag.


One order form per family.  No refunds given for unused tags.  Make checks payable to Dripping Springs FFA.

Submit orders to:        Dripping Springs High School
                                    Attn:  Jordan Blount
                                    P.O. Box 479

                                    Dripping Springs, Texas  78620

Click here for form

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


If you were not able to join us last night for registration, please join us on Saturday, Aug 18th, complete your Registration and Safety Training in the same afternoon!

August 18th @ 2:00-4:00pm


Buda VoAg
2801 Jack C Hays Trail, Buda 78610

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2018-2019 Rule book has been posted on the website  Hard copies will be available at your September Club Meetings

Applications for the Queen’s Court, Ambassadors and Scholarships have been updated and posted to the website and attached below. 

There is a mandatory meeting for all Queen and Ambassador applicants on Sunday, September 9, 2018 2pm at the Buda VoAg Building.

All applications are due September 17, 2018 to the Extension Office by 4:30pm. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Queen/Ambassador/Scholarship Superintendent Lexi Lugo, 512-426-9292

For the Queens Court application Click Here

For the Ambassadors application Click Here

For the Scholarship application Click Here

Monday, August 13, 2018




August 14th @ 6:30-8:00pm


Buda VoAg
3719 Jack C Hays Trail, Buda 78610

Safety Briefing will be August 18th at the Buda VoAg from 2-4pm

Monday, July 30, 2018

Major Livestock Show Sheep and Goat Validation Order Form

One order form per family.  No refunds given for unused tags.  Make checks payable to Hays County 4-H.

Its time to sign up for State Fair of Texas and Heart O' Texas Shows this year. Entries are due August 22, 2018. Please use the links below

State Fair of Texas
Heart O' Texas

Monday, July 16, 2018


4-H End of the Year Party is coming up!
When: 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Blue Hole 

2018 District Recordbook Results

2018 4-H District Recordbook Results:

The spreadsheet will have the placing on the far right.
This shows placings of the top 5, if you see 
DNP= Did Not Place in the top 5
If highlighted, that means the recordbook is moving on to the State competition 😊

CONGRATS to Konleigh and Neil for advancing to state!!!!!!

Click here for results!

Friday, July 6, 2018

District Record books

REMINDER: District Recordbooks are due to the Extension Office by July 11th!! 

***This is for those who placed first at County***

Monday, June 18, 2018

CLUB Manger Training

If you are a 4-H Club Manger come to the Club Manager Training, that will be held on June 30th at 10am at the Extension Office. 

ATTENTION: Recordbooks

If you turned in a Recordbook and want to make any corrections before the County Recordbook judging, then please pick up your recordbook tomorrow at the Extension office and make any corrections and return by Thursday, June 21st. 

Also, we need HELP judging recordbooks at the County contest in Seguin. If your willing to help let us know! 😊

Friday, June 8, 2018


It is that time of year to start doing Turkey Orders for the 2018-2019 show year. If you plan on showing turkeys at the county or major shows this upcoming show season be sure to have the form into the office by July 31st by 5:00PM. You can print off the form with the link below.

For the form Click Here!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018



All 4-H Recordbooks and Star Award Applications are due to the Extension office by June 8th!! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Major Steer and Heifer Validation

We will be holding Major Steer and Heifer Validation on two different dates this year. Unfortunately, with all the 4-H events going on during June I am only able to hold validation on Saturday's this year.

The first one will be held on Saturday June 16th from 9-12 at the Cox's Ranch
Address: 9284 FM 150, Driftwood, Tx 78619

The second one will be held on Saturday June 23rd from 9-12 at the Krackau's Ranch

Families who show heifers do be aware that this is only the first validation of the year, so do not worry if you do not have a heifer yet as we will have another validation in November. This is a question I get every year so I thought I would go ahead an mention it now.

If there are any other question please feel free to contact me by email,, or by phone at 512-393-2120

Monday, May 14, 2018

Star Awards

2017-2018 Star Awards Applications are due June 8th to the Extension Office.

Click here to view requirements and application 

Star Award interviews will be held on July 2nd at the Extension office.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab "Soaring High with 4-H"

June 27th-29th
Texas 4-H Conference Center
5600 Farm to Market 3021, Brownwood, TX 76801

Cost: $200 per youth, includes all meals 

Register on 4-H Connect: May 1-31st  (after the 31st, late fees will incur)

Click here for more info

Click here for Waiver form 

Click here for Texas 4-H Council Informational Packet

Click here for Texas 4-H Council Membership Requirements

Click here for District 10 Officer Election letter

Multi-County Recordbook Judging

2018 Multi-County Recordbook Judging:

June 22nd

Guadalupe County Extension Office
210 E Live Oak ST
Seguin, TX 78155

Begins at 9am

***Please let me know if you can volunteer to help judge, lunch will be provided****

End of the Year 4-H Party!!!

Monday, April 30, 2018

4-H State Roundup

4-H State Roundup is June 12th-14th, 2018 
Register on 4-H Connect from May 1-17th (will incur late fees after the 17th)

There are a few changes to the steps involved in registering and we need your help in communicating that to our 4-H families. Roundup t-shirts will be purchased through Marketplace and the parking permits for the week will be direct through Transportation Services. See the attached flyers to share with your families. I have also attached the registration worksheets which some find beneficial for helping their families with the registration process.

Hotel Room Block information was released in February. If you have not made reservations, please do so. Some hotels have mid-May cutoff dates for their room blocks. If you are having any problems with a hotel block, please let me know ASAP.
Donor information will be released soon. The Texas 4-H Foundation is confirming with a few additional sponsors before we send the list statewide.  

For more Roundup info: 

Recordbook Training

Recordbook Training on May 15th @ 6pm 
Extension Office in Wimberley 

Please RSVP by May 14th; call the Extension office @ 512-393-2120
The primary purposes of completing a Record Book are for a young person to develop the skills necessary to set goals, work toward achieving those goals, reflect on his/her experiences, and set new and higher goals for themselves. A secondary benefit is to prepare young people for the process of completing quality academic scholarship applications.

Come learn the process, organization and tips to make your recordbook successful 😤

**Recordbooks are due to the Extension office by June 8th***

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kids Baking Championship

Food Network is casting for Kids Baking Championship:
We are currently casting children ages 8-13 for who LOVE to bake.
Contestants will be selected to appear on the show to participate in a series of baking challenges. Ultimately, one winner will be awarded a cash prize!
We are trying to spread the word as much as possible about this awesome opportunity for talented kid bakers!
To apply, parents can visit: (Put my name(DANIEL) on "How they heard about casting")

Friday, April 13, 2018

Horse Awards Banquet

Hays County 4-H Horse Program Awards will be on May 22 at 6:30 at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park.  Meal will be provided.  Everyone is ask to bring a wrapped mystery item for the scholarship auction.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Clothing Drive

Rebekah McDaniel serves as Vice President on the State 4-H Clothing and Textiles Advisory Board.  The Advisory Board is holding a statewide community service project to collect gently used clothing to be donated to non-profit thrift stores in each county.  Rebekah hopes to collect 500 lbs of clothing to donate.  She is asking each club to collect children's and adult's clothing at their April meetings and bring the donations to the County Council meeting on April 23rd.  If you have questions please email her at

4-H County Council Officer Applications

4-H County Council Officer Applications will be due by April 11th. Turn into the Extension Office or email to

We will be conducting interviews for the council positions on April 18th starting at 4:30pm.
Once we have received all the applications, you will be notified of your time slot.

Click here for the application

Here are the positions and responsibilities for each position:

Preside at meetings
Contact/Meet with County Extension Agentto prepare in advance of meetings
Appoint committees
Serve on committees as an ex-officio member
Serve as voting delegate to DistrictCouncil, attend meeting/s, and actively represent County Councilas a member of the District 4-H Council.

1st Vice Chairman:
                        Assume duties of the Chairman in his/her absence
                        Serve as Programs committee chairman for council
Serve as voting delegate to District Council, attend meeting/s, and actively represent County Council as a member of the District 4-H Council

2nd Vice Chairman:
Assume duties of Chairman of 1st Vice Chairman in his/her absents
Serve as recreation chairman for council
Serve as voting delegate to District Council, attend meeting/s, and actively represent County Council as a member of the District 4-H Council (if fourteen or older)

Keep accurate minutes of meetings 9regular and executive0
Keep roll and attendance records
Tend to correspondence as necessary
Submit monthly report on 4-H Connect
Serve as chairman of membership committee

Submit reports of meetings and council activities to area media outlets
Submit information to 4-H newsletters 9county/district/other) as appropriate
Work closely with Secretary and Information Officer
Keep a scrapbook/digital presentation of County Council activities/events
Serve as chairman of community Service committee

Social Officer:
Update social media outlets
Work to update newsletters and 4-H Blog
Work closely with Secretary, Reporter, and County Extension Agent
Help Reporter keep a scrapbook/digital presentation of County Council activities/events
Serve as chairman of Public Relations committee

Oversee the conduct of County Council meetings
Use Roberts Rules of Order, Revised as a reference for correct procedures and conduct Council meetings
Serve as chair/member as appointed by Council Chairman

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Horse Validation

The 2018 Horse Validation is open on 4-H Connect.  
  As in years past, the cost for validation is $10 per horse from March 1st through April 15th, $20 per horse from April 16th through May 1st and we have added a late fee of $250 per horse from May 2nd through May 5th.  There will be absolutely no validations accepted after May 5th.   Also, please encourage those with registered horses to make sure that they apply for and receive any necessary transfer of ownership with the breed association.  The owner listed in 4-H Connect must match the owner of record on the horse’s registration papers, and appropriate relationship status selected between the horse owner and the 4-Her.  We are partnering with various breed associations to recognize those youth showing registered horses at the State 4-H Horse Show, and in order to be eligible for those breed awards the registration papers must be correct and uploaded to 4-H connect. 

We have several new additions to the State 4-H Horse Show this year, including a new class: Quad Drill; jackpots for speed, roping and ranch sorting events; and expanded scholarship opportunities including the Hi Pro feed incentive program.  

Click here for Horse Validation instructions