April 26
MQA/PQA Training

April 30
Deadlines are by 5 PM
Deadline - Swine ID forms due to the Extension Office
Deadline - Enroll into General Projects & Pay Fees
Deadline - ID Deadline for Horse, Dog, Cat, Llama, *Sheep, and *Goat
If you are attending the Sheep/Goat Weigh-In May 1st, you can turn in ID forms there.

May 1
Sheep/Goat Weigh In

May 7
Youth & Leader's Council

May 7
Horse Level 1 Ride Night

May 11
Deadlines are by 5 PM
Deadline - 4-H 201 RSVP
Deadline - Horse Camp and Working Ranch Registration forms and fees due to the Extension Office
Animal ID Deadline
Monday, April 30th at 5:00 pm
If you are unable to stop into the Extension Office before 5:00 pm prior to April 30th, please use the document slot in the front door of the office for drop-off after normal business hours .

Animal IDs are due for the following animals:

Dog – uploaded in 4H Online with vaccine records
Cat – uploaded in 4H Online
Llama – uploaded in 4H Online
Horse – ID uploaded in 4H Online. Signed Showring Code of Ethics and Animal Care & Housing Form emailed to dani.bash@colostate.edu, or brought to the Extension Office.
Swine – ID Form dropped off to the Extension Office.
Breeding Sheep - ID uploaded in 4H Online OR *can also bring ID form to Sheep/Goat Weigh in on May 1st*
Non-Market Goats (breeding, dairy, fiber, utility, pygmy) - ID uploaded in 4H Online OR *can also bring ID form to Sheep/Goat Weigh in on May 1st*

If we do not have an ID for your animal, you will not be allowed to show at county fair. 

If you have questions, call the Extension Office: 720-733-6940
Douglas County Junior Livestock Show
June 2nd, DC Fairgrounds

Open to 4-H members! Classes for market steers, market goats, market lambs, dairy/fiber/pygmy goats.
Flyer and Entry Forms can be found through the link below. Please call the Extension Office if you are interested in volunteering!
Market Swine ID Forms

Market swine exhibitors must turn in their Swine ID Form filled out with necessary photos (see back of Swine ID Form) to the Extension Office by April 30th at 5:00 pm. Nothing needs to be done in 4H Online for Swine IDs.
Horse Level I Ride Night
We are planning a ride night at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Outdoor Arena on Monday, May 7th from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM (weather permitting) for those needing to take the LEVEL I riding test. Please contact Claudia to sign up: claudia.meeks@colostate.edu

Those taking Level II, III, and IV riding tests and jumping competency will need to sign up to take those tests on Monday, June 4 th. You do not need to sign up for Horse Camp to take the level tests. Contact Claudia to schedule a riding test that day if you are NOT attending Horse Camp. If you cannot make the June 4 th test date, you will need to contact an out-of-county rater. List of raters can be found here:
For those attending Horse Camp, you must be a LEVEL I rider to attend. This means that you must pass both the Level I Written AND Riding tests in at least one discipline prior to the first day of camp.
Sheep and Goat
Tuesday, May 1st
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Livestock Barn, DC Fairgrounds

Please be sure to arrive on time.
Market Goats and Market Lambs
Wethers must be fully castrated prior to weigh-in (no intact males will be tagged). Any female market goats/lambs, must have a Scrapie Ear Tag.

Pygmy Goats
Pygmy Goats with microchips need to attend weigh-in to have their microchips read. Pygmy Goats must have a Non-Market Goat ID Form uploaded in 4H Online BY APRIL 30th OR can turn in hard copies at weigh-in on May 1st.

Dairy/Fiber/Utility/Breeding Goats
Non-market goats must have ID information uploaded in 4H Online BY APRIL 30th or can turn in hard copies at weigh-in on May 1st. ALL goats must have some form of official identification: Scrapie Tag, Tattoo, Microchip. 

Breeding Sheep
Breeding Sheep do not need to attend weigh in. All breeding sheep must have ID information uploaded in 4H Online BY APRIL 30th OR can turn in hard copies at weigh-in on May 1st. Breeding sheep must have a Scrapie Ear Tag.

Animal Care and Housing Form
If you are enrolling in ANY livestock or horse project this 4-H year you MUST have an animal care form on file if your animal is NOT housed on your property. These need to be in the office April 30th or can be brought in weigh-in.

State Fair
Any market lambs or market goats going to State Fair will need to have a retinal scan. These scans cost $2 per animals.

Any market lambs of market goats going to ARKSARBEN will need to have a DNA nomination pulled at weigh-in. Exhibitors are responsible to pay for these via Stock Show Manger. Below is a link to the DNA nomination process with step by step instructions. The fee is $6.00, paid through Stock Show Manager online. No cash or checks are accepted.
Swine Showmanship Clinic
May 26th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lowell Pitman Pavilion, Douglas County Fairgrounds
Who should attend: Beginner and experienced 4-Hers currently enrolled in the swine project and those looking to be in the project next year.

Trainers: Tanner and Shelbie Sperle, and the Swine superintendents, will be available to answer questions about the Douglas County Fair Swine Show.

Do I bring my pigs? No, please do not bring your pigs. We will have demonstration pigs for youth to work with.

Parking: Please park outside the fence in the parking lot.

Please RSVP to Claudia by May 21st: claudia.meeks@colostate.edu
Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports Update
The 2018 Colorado State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships will be held August 18-19 in Pueblo, CO and Sept. 1-3 in Colorado Springs, CO (more contest details coming soon).

The Western Heritage Invitational scheduled for May 26-27 in Whitewater, CO has been CANCELED. The 2018 Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports Western Heritage Invitational will now be held in Briggsdale, CO on June 24th. Please see the link below. Registration is done via 4H Online and is NOW OPEN.  
Douglas County 4-H Horse Camp
Horse Camp, June 5 – 7, Douglas County Fairgrounds
Registration Deadline is May 11th
Space is limited

Make plans to join us for horse camp! Our 4-H Horse Camp is a day camp that runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Horse camp provides 4-H members with clinic style skills, training in hunt seat, western, trail and gymkhana. Each day will focus on horsemanship skills. We will also have educational programming and fun team building activities!
Working Ranch Horse Clinic
June 8, 9:00 AM, Douglas County Fairgrounds
Registration Deadline is May 11th. Open to first 15 entries
If you are interested in learning how to work cattle, make plans to attend our Introduction in Ranch Riding, Roping, and Cow Work Clinic.
Save the Date! 4-H/FFA Branding Party!

Friday, May 18, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds
Pavilion Parking Area

Make plans to join us for a branding party. Youth will be branding boards for the 4-H and FFA Parade Float. This event is open to  all 4-H and FFA members, including Cloverbuds.  If you have your own brand, bring it to add to the float. For youth without brands, we will have brand inspectors there to temporarily approve 4-H and FFA members' brands. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Please RVSP by e-mailing Claudia at  claudia.meeks@colostate.edu.

Does your club want to do a fundraiser?

Tractor Supply Co. in Castle Rock wants to support Douglas County 4-H! They will host any club on a Saturday or Sunday that wants to run a car wash, bake sale, petting zoo - anything! Please call or stop in and ask for Rocky.

959 S Plum Creek Blvd.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
4-H 201, May 15th at 6:00 pm
Kirk Hall, Douglas County Fairgrounds

4-H 201 covers all things about the Douglas County Fair including how to use the ShoWorks fair entry program. This training is strongly encourage for all new families who will be participating in fair, animal shows, and county shoot. Livestock families are also encourage to attend, as we will be covering information on the Junior Livestock Sale and answer your questions. We will even have computers available for families to enter 4-H youth in the fair entry program. RSVP by May 11th by using the online form below, or by calling the Extension Office. Attendance at 4-H 101 not required!
Claudia Meeks - 4-H Agent
Mary Baldwin - 4-H Outreach Agent
Tina O'Bryan - 4-H Program Coordinator
Dani Bash - Administrative Assistant
MEMBER ACCOMMODATIONS: If your child is a member who will need accommodations at any 4-H event, please make an appointment with our office to discuss his/her individual needs. Any accommodation must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. A verifying letter from a
parent or guardian may be required before any accommodation is provided.
Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.