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  • 2015 SD 4-H Quotes to Live By Essay Contest

    The South Dakota 4-H Quotes to Live By Essay Contest is an easy and effective way to enhance character efforts. The contest is to inspire youth to reflect upon, express and commit to wise and enduring truths that will guide them to make ethical choices throughout their lives. The SDSU Extension 4-H Staff invites your entries for the contest.

    Who May Participate
    All South Dakota Schools/Home Schools/Individual 4-H members are eligible to participate. Schools must judge their entries locally, and may send five winning entries in each class/per grade/per school to South Dakota 4-H.

    Statewide Winning Essays
    Five winning essays will be selected in each grade statewide. Cash prizes and awards will be given to the winners in each grade level.

    What to Base Essays On
    Essays must be based on the Quotes to Live By – Wise and Enduring Truths Maxims relating to character education (pages 5-21 of this packet).The South Dakota 4-H Quotes to Live By Official Contest Packet is now available. The Official Packet has the necessary materials to enter your 4th, 7th and 9th grade students in the contest.

    To receive the South Dakota 4-H Quotes to Live By Official Contest Packet contact the SDSU Extension Aberdeen Regional Center at aberdeen.center@sdstate.edu .

    The winning essays from your school will advance to the statewide competition.

    For more information view the Quotes to Live By Flyer 2015 and 2015-Official Quotes to Live By Essay Contest Packet.

    Pick-A-Chick in 2015

    rhode_island_red-2Have you ever wondered what it would be like to show poultry? Maybe you’re a Cloverbud, and you are ready to add responsibility to your day.

    If so, we have the perfect project for you!

    This spring we will be starting our first ever Pick-A-Chick program. Youth from ages 5-18 will have the opportunity to learn from a poultry breeder how to care for and show poultry. They will be able to purchase exhibition type show Bantams (smaller than many farm chickens you may be familiar with) for $5 a chick.

    Chicks would need to be purchased in early March. Please let the Yankton County 4-H office know before January 6 if you are interested in purchasing a bird. At that time the office would need to know how many birds you would like to purchase so we can send an order in.

    At the end of the summer, there are opportunities to return the birds or sell the birds back to the breeder if you cannot care for them over the winter.

    Early in March, birds will need to be kept in basements or garages in a box with a heat lamp until they feather out. If this is a concern for anyone, let the 4-H office know and we can discuss what the best options would be for you to care for a bird.

    Again, if you are at all interested in this opportunity, please let me the 4-H office know so we can get everything lined up with our breeder, Reynold Loecker.

    Yankton County Beef Weigh-Ins

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    Are you excited for the 2015 Yankton County Achievement Days Beef Show? On January 3rd, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Yankton County will hold weigh-ins for the beef project at Rob Barger’s farm.


    Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day Contestant Packet

    2015 Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day Contestant Packet

    At the Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day, in Rapid City, youth can participate in two events. Events to choose from include: a beef cook-off, livestock judging, horse quiz bowl, hippology, livestockology, and a dog show. There is free lunch that day for all participants and their families. There is also a scholarship opportunity and a chance to attend a PQA Plus training. For more information view the contestant packet here: http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4036-2014.pdf.


    4-H Cloverbuds Meetings


    For more information on being a Cloverbud: Yankton Cloverbuds Flyer

    Creative Spirits Painting

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    For More Information: Creative Spirits Painting

    December Newsletter






    December 2014 – Newsletter

    Brookings Winter Calf Show

    Tuesday, December 30th

    For more information: Brookings 2014 Winter Calf Show Poster

    Brookings 2014 Winter Calf Show entry form

    Brookings Winter Calf Show 2014 rules and regs



    Davison County Winter Beef Show

    December 30th & 31st – Mitchell SD

    Davison County Winter Beef Show

    2014 Davison County Winter Beef Show Entry Form

    Sioux Empire Farm Show

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls

    For more information: Youth Invitational Calf Show entry form 2015