4-H News – Nancy Lambert – 12-12-18

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2019 Youth Livestock Superhero Conference: It’s More than Meats the Eye
4-H youth in grades 7, 8, and 9 are invited to the 2019 Youth Livestock Superhero Conference January 26-27, 2019. The conference will be held at the Decatur Hotel & Conference Center, 4191 W US Highway 36 in Decatur, IL.
Cost for this conference is $165 per participant and includes a participant t-shirt, hotel, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast, snacks, and all workshop materials.
Participants should arrive by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, and will depart by 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 27. Registration is open now and will close on December 17, 2018. To register, go to: †go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock.
Here are a few of the ìGlove-up workshops we think you’ll enjoy:
Marvelous Medics
Youth Assemble! Help us unmask the possibilities of vet science in the Marvelous Medics workshop! Become a lifesaver as we learn how to dissect, inject, and get your suture-senses tingling! By the time you leave, youíll be able to stitch, vaccinate, and see your way well enough to save the day!
What Makes a Super Animal?î
Come discover the parts that gives super animals their power. Participants will get hands-on experience revolving around meat production. Individuals will get a chance to glove up and get into the cooler to explore a variety of different cuts. Use your X-ray vision with the help of ultrasound to see inside the super animals and Super-Suit up to end this session by competing against your peers. Here you will gain more power to fuel your super brains about the meat science industry.
Becoming Incredible
Glove up and power up as you learn the basic of breeding and genetics. We will start with learning about the multiple gadgets that you use in the barn for artificial insemination. Our adventure then takes us under the microscope to view the early stages of life while simulating embryo transfer and in-vitro fertilization!
Saving the Day, the Social Media Way
Save the livestock industry in the social media world with a jam-packed session about the proper way to promote animal science and 4-H to the general public. You will leave knowing how to respond to questions that families or reporters may have while walking through the barn at the fair. Learn the appropriate ways to use social media to promote not only the industry as a whole, but also your individual farm.
Taking Care During the Holidays
(The following is a special release from University of Illinois Extension.)
With the holiday season in full swing, many of us may find ourselves already feeling a bit over tired, over spent and over socialized. While this time of year may invoke feelings of love and joy, it can also be a time of increased demands and being pulled in many directions.
During the season of giving, don’t forget to give to yourself first. No one wants to begin the new year feeling exhausted, burned out and broke. With the feeling of one more party to attend, one more gift to buy, or one more dish to make, sticking to your boundaries can be a real challenge.
I invite you to give yourself permission to say “no” when you need to. I challenge you to not feel guilty for staying in, if that is what your body and mind are craving.
Twice in the past week, I have read about the HALT Principle. I believe this is good advice anytime, yet especially during the holidays. – Don’t allow yourself to get too:
Hungry – Angry – Lonely – Tired
So remember to keep yourself well fed, emotionally stable, in good company and get plenty of rest. By listening to your heart and giving yourself the self-care you need, the extra time with loved ones this season will be all the merrier.

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