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.