Missaukee County 4-H

How to Join 4-H4-h logo

Missaukee 4-H Newsletters 

Missaukee Agricultural Youth Show (MAYS)

For more information click here

4-H Education Series for 2018 MAYS Exhibitors

In order to sell market animals at the Missaukee Agricultural Youth Show, you must attend 2 full meetings from the list below. If you are a member of a 4-H or FFA club and regularly attend meetings, this requirement is waived. If you have questions, call Fair Board President Sue Beerens (231) 510-8701 or 4-H Program Coordinator Laura Quist (231) 839-5848. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Contact Missaukee MSUE 4-H Office at 231-839-4667 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

1.      Pathogens, Zoonotic Disease, and Biosecurity - OH MY!!  When someone in our household is sick we take precautions to prevent others from getting sick, for instance we may stay home from school or work, we may wash our hands more frequently, and may use various cleaning products to help disinfect surfaces.  How cautious are you when you travel with animals?  How cautious SHOULD you be when you travel with animals, or travel to another person’s farm? Have you considered how easy pathogens spread from one area to another?  Come learn about the things you can do to prevent the spread of disease from animal to human, human to animal, and animal to animal. PRESENTER: Karie Saxton, Kalkaska 4-H Program Coordinator and Teen Leaders    LOCATION: Lake City Research Center, 5401 W Jennings Rd, Lake City, MI 49651  WHEN: 26 February, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.   

2.      Biosecurity-Animal Health Biosecurity is a very important thing to practice in order to keep yourself and your animals healthy!  In this session, you will learn basic biosecurity principles and practices that you can use both at home and at exhibitions to help stop the spread of diseases. PRESENTER: Katie Ockert, MSU Extension 4-H Animal Science Educator    LOCATION: Lake City Research Center, 5401 W Jennings Rd, Lake City, MI 49651    WHEN: 10 April, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

3.      Embryology: Hatching Chickens at the Library Learn about the life cycle and development of chickens as we explore “Embryology at the Library”. We will be starting fertilized eggs in an incubator and following their development all the way through hatching! Each of the three sessions will include a bit of the overview of the project, but each session will have unique activities as the chicks move closer to their hatch date – timed with the first day of Spring! PRESENTER: 4-H Staff and volunteers    LOCATION: Ardis Missaukee District Library    TIME: 3:30 – 4:30 (Each class worth ½ credit – attend any 2 sessions for a full credit.)    DATES:  All will cover a basic introduction, but each will be different.  27 February, 2018: Part 1: Introduction to Embryology and Egg Dissection Activity    9 March, 2018: Part 2: Embryology Intro, Egg Candling Activity, Monitoring Chick Development   20 March, 2018: Part 3: Hatch Day! Care of hatchlings, Embryology overview  

4.      Farmland Stewardship:  Farms have many methods of protecting soils and waters on and around their operations. Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) helps farmers, voluntarily achieve the goal of being compliant under Right to Farm Act. Learn about the MAEAP program while we tour Dick Haven Farm, a Missaukee dairy farm . See how they assessed their risk to the environment and implemented solutions. Tour Dick Haven Farm, see their robotic milker, and observe many ways the farm protects the environment. Participants will be provided with slip-on boot covers to guard against biosecurity issues. PRESENTER: Jodi DeHate, MAEAP Technician for Missaukee, Wexford, Crawford and Kalkaska    LOCATION: Pre-registration required for meeting location – at Missaukee dairy farm    WHEN: 14 April, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

 5.      Communicating with Your Buyer:  Communication is a lifelong skill that can be developed and enhanced throughout the 4-H experience.  This is also an important career skill that youth will be able to use no matter which career path they choose.  Join us for some experiential learning about both written and verbal communication skills as they relate to livestock and other fair projects.  Session will include tips on writing buyer’s letters and thank you notes. PRESENTER: Sara Keinath, MSU Extension Educator, co-author Youth Business Guide to Success: Make the Most of Your 4-H Market Animal Project    LOCATION: Falmouth Community Center, 219 E Prosper Rd, Falmouth, MI 49632    WHEN: 17 April, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

6.      Showmanship Class: (multi-species) Come brush up on your showmanship skills or learn about an entirely new and different species. We will teach you about some of the tips and tricks of how to do your very best in showmanship. A complete list of species covered will be available closer to the event. PRESENTER: Lynnae Dick, 4-H Moo Crew Club Leader and other volunteers    LOCATION: MAYS Fairgrounds    WHEN: 5 May, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

7.      Providing Excellent Animal Care: Way to provide excellent animal care: nutrition, housing, access to feed and clean water, cleanliness, observations, treating animals with respect, following animal health protocols, and prepping animals for fair; Sharing your story – AG-vocacy, why it’s important to talk about how animals are raised and cared for. PRESENTER: Melissa Elischer, Extension Educator, 4-H Dairy Youth Programs    LOCATION: Falmouth Community Center, 219 E Prosper Rd, Falmouth, MI 49632    WHEN: 17 May, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
8.      4-H WORKSHOPS and CAMPS SHALL COUNT AS EDUCATION CREDITS. Michigan 4-H offers training workshops for teen and adult volunteers in a variety of content areas. Coordinated by state 4-H staff members, these training sessions are held at Kettunen Center, Kellogg Biological Station and other Michigan sites. Club-enrolled 4-H members are reminded that Missaukee’s 4-H Advisory Board offers scholarships to pay for ½ the workshop participation fee. (The remainder of fees could be raised through club fundraising efforts!) Listed below are some workshops that count as education credits, with prior approval. There are many others. Questions? Contact Laura Quist or Sue Beerens for details. Surrounding counties offer a variety of other 4-H educational opportunities. To see if one of these classes may count as credit towards MAYS, contact Laura at 231-839-5848 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

A.      4-H Veterinary Science Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop (Feb. 16-17, 2018) Kettunen Center
B.      4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop (Feb. 17-18, 2018)
C.      Michigan 4-H Dog Project Leader and Judges Workshop (February 17, 2018) MSU, E. Lansing
D.      4-H Animal and Vet Science Camp (Summer dates TBA) MSU, E. Lansing
E.       Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders’ Conference (Feb. 23, 2018)
F.       Embryology Program Training for Volunteers and Staff (Feb. 24, 2018) Traverse City

Shop 4-H Online and Support Michigan 4-H

Return to Missaukee County