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Cheshire County
January 2013 
Beef Packet 1 is now online for entry forms for Beef steers going to the Big E.  These forms are due to the county 4-H office by February 1 and Beef heifers  by May 1, along with the 4-H approval form, Code of conduct form, and medical form. As well as Lease form for heifers only if applicable.
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4-H Foundation of NH RAFFLE

 4 Hockey Tickets -
UNH vs. UMass
Sat., March 2, 2013 - 7:00 PM
UNH Whittemore Center -
Sec 103, Row K

Drawing February 9, 2013
NH Farm & Forest Expo

Raffle Ticket $5
You do not need to be present to win! We have raffle tickets at the 4-H Office. Call 603-352-4550 if you're interested.
The Foundation for The Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.  


Essay topic: 

 "Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community"  


All essays are due by February 15, 2013 and can be emailed to  Rhiannon.   Essay Rules

Community Service Opportunity
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New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom (NHAITC) is an organization which helps NH students develop an understanding and appreciation for agriculture and the role that it plays in their daily lives. One of our annual activities is the Agriculture Literacy Program. Each year a book with a theme related to agriculture, is chosen and read in schools throughout the state. Supporting educational materials and presentations are also made available for teachers to expand the learning and integrate the topic into existing curriculum such as math, science, social studies, language arts, etc.


The book that will be shared in 2013 is called Mini Milk Maids on the Mooove by Rianna, Sheridan and Rebecca Chaney. It is about twin sisters who visit a dairy farm and learn about how the cows are cared for and how milk is produced. The book is appropriate for grades K-3rd. After the presentation, each book is donated to the school library for continued enjoyment and learning.


We are looking to build a "herd" of volunteers including dairy club members who are willing to visit schools during the month of March in celebration of National Agriculture Day, March 19th. If you would like to participate as a reader at your local school or if you have any questions about this program, please contact us at NHAITC or call 603-224-1934.

Dates of Interest 

January 23   Horse Leaders Meeting-4-H Office

January 26   UMASS-Rabbit/Cavy Workshop

January 28   4-H Council Meeting-4-H Office

February 1   Beef Steer Entries Due

February 2   Poultry Curriculum Committee Meeting 12:30-2:30  

                   Merrimack County Office

    Beef Curriculum Committee Meeting 10-12         
    Merrimack County Office

February 8-9 Farm and Forest Expo

February 16  Dairy Judging Clinic , Stonewall Farm, Keene

February 23  Lambing Clinic- Wellscroft Farm-Chesham, NH 

February 23  State Horse Advisory Council Meeting

March 1        ESE scholarship due  

March 4        Entries due for 4-H Day

March 16      State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, Walpole School

March 23      Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale-Eastern States    

                   Exposition, West Springfield, MA

March 30      4-H Day-Walpole School

April 5 & 6    VT Northeast Show Calf Summit & Summit Sale  

                   sponsored by VT Holstein Association at Cowtown

April 12-14   American Youth Horse Council Meeting, CT

New Hampshire 4-H Shooting Sports


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May 18-19, 2013

Barry Conservation 4-H Camp in Berlin NH
This training is designed for current 4-H volunteers as well as those who wish to become involved in the 4-H program. Shooting experience is not essential, but a willingness to learn about how to work effectively with youth is. Teen leaders 16 and older are welcome. Certified teen leaders must work under the direct supervision of a certified adult instructor. (Full Article)   Brochure and Registration Form 

2013 Youth Conservationist Program
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Here is an essay contest for youth interested in preserving a heritage breed of sheep!  This program awards a sheep at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  Last year they awarded 15 different sheep to youth ages 9 -18. Wouldn't it be great if a New Hampshire 4-H youth participated!  Application/essay must be postmarked by April 1, 2013.  

(Rules and requirements)  


Our office is located at 800 Park Avenue in Keene, New Hampshire. You are welcome to visit us during our office hours Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

For more information on UNH Cooperative Extension programs, visit our website, email ce.cheshire@unh.edu, or call 603-352-4550.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture and N.H. counties cooperating.