4-H News

Nancy Lambert


Swine Weigh-In on Saturday
The Saline County 4-H Swine Weigh-In will be held Saturday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m. at the back parking lot of Southern FS on South Main Street in Harrisburg.  4-H members enrolled in swine projects who want to participate in the Rate of Gain Contest and/or have their market animals tagged for the county or state fair should plan to attend.
Swine exhibitors who anticipate attending the Illinois State Fair in August must know the ear notch numbers on their animals.  Bring the numbers to this weigh-in.  Swine will NO longer have to be blood tested for Brucellosis and Pseudorabies to show in Illinois.  They will only need a health paper/certificate of vet inspection and an ear tag.  Registered Purebred Market Swine must be ear-notched or tagged.  Crossbred Market Swine must be tagged.
For those who do not want to participate in the Rate of Gain Contests, Swine market entries are due in to the Extension Office 10 days after the weigh-in, Tuesday, April 18.
State Fair Lamb & Meat Goat Tattoo Information
The Regional Weigh-In and Tattoo
opportunity for State Fair Lambs and Meat Goats will be held at the Jefferson-Franklin County Fairgrounds in Ina on Saturday, April 8, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  Contact Teresa Steckler at 618-695-4917 for more information.

Members of the 2017 Saline County 4-H Trailblazers posed for a picture before beginning their competition in the Regional 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology Contest held recently. In front l-r are: Tayler Threet, Sierra Wilson, Remington Curry, Shelby Pribble, and club leader and coach Joy Richey. In back l-r are: Raegan Smith, Avie Counts, Hannah Haney, Natalie Schimp, Jaci Wood, Daisy Bond, Logan Hunt, and coach Ryan Smith.

Horse Bowl and Hippology Winners
The Regional Horse Bowl and Hippology Contest was held on March 25, 2017.  Our teams consisted of 4-H members from Saline, Gallatin, and Pope Counties who all participate in the Trailblazers 4-H Club.
The first part of the day was the Hippology Contest.  Hannah Haney was 2nd out of 30 in the Intermediate division and Shelby Pribble was 4th out of 30 in the Junior division.  Both will be going to the Illinois State Contest on April 29, 2017.
Also going to the state contest is our Senior Horse Bowl team, which placed 2nd.  Members of the team are Hannah Haney, Natalie Schimp, Raegan Smith, and Logan Hunt. In addition, Hannah Haney had the most points scored in individual Senior Horse Bowl division.  Avie Counts ranked sixth and Remington Curry ranked eighth for most points scored in the individual Junior Horse Bowl division.
Trailblazers club leader, Joy Richey, says, “I am extremely proud of everyone who participated!  Several of these members were first time participants in these events.”