ISU Extension Clay CountyMarch 2013

The Spark-

Lives of great significance begin with a SPARK, a nudge, a gesture...



It may not look like it outside, but Spring is officially almost here!  Be sure to visit our website and "like" our Facebook page to be kept up-to-date on all the happenings in Clay County.

 The 2013 Fairbook is now available online!

Did you recently attend a 4-H event or want to check out pictures of the Clay County Fair?  All photos taken are posted here.  This is a safe, private site for 4-H members and their families to view pictures from all Clay County 4-H events. 

County Recognition  

Attention all Clay County 4-H Clubs: Are you going to
Meet the Challenge 2013?  This is a great way to engage in some friendly club competition!  
Were you at the Clover Bowl?  In case you missed it, here is a full list of 2012 Clay County 4-H Awards!

General Information



Exciting changes, medical forms and code of ethics are online.  Click here to enroll today!   


Members also need to select their project areas in 4-H Online.  This is very important since we use this list to send event invites, weigh in reminders and other important 4-H information! 


Committee Members: You also need to enroll in 4-H Online! 


If you have forgotten which email address you use to log in, do not create a new log in, email

For members who enrolled before February 1st and paid the $25 fee, the $10 reduction was sponsored by Max Yield Cooperative.  Thank you's for this generous donation can be sent to:
PO Box 49
313 3rd Ave NE
West Bend, IA 50597


Attention 6th-8th Graders!  

 The Intermediate PLUNGE! Adventure to the Iowa 4-H Camping Center is for 6th - 8th grade youth from Region 1 in Northwest Iowa who want to build friendships, strengthen their leadership skills and have fun!   

We will board a chartered bus on April 26th after school and return home on Saturday night, the 27th.    

Email if you are interested! 


Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 25th-27th!

Please follow this link for more information about this year's 4-H Youth Conference for grades 8-12 on the ISU Campus! 


Livestock Project Areas


FSQA Testing

All 4-Hers exhibiting animal (except Dog & Horse) MUST have FSQA training or testing.  More information can be found on our website

Clay County Trainings:
April 21 from 4-6 in Royal
May 6th from 6-8 in 4-H Auditorium

RSVP here or call 712-262-2264. 

Testing is available Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm for 4-Hers in 7th-12th grade.  Appointments must be made by emailing me.  Study material is available here. 


Regional 4H Bunny Bonanza  

April 13, 2013  10 AM to Noon

Dickinson Co. Expo Center in the Community Room on the Dickinson Co. Fairgrounds (North of HyVee in Spirit Lake)


Bring your bunny to this Bunny Bonanza!  Committee members will help 4-Hers with present concerns about Nutrition/Feed Issues, General Care (clipping toenails, cleaning, etc.), Housing Concerns & Carrier Building,  County Registration Dates/timelines


If you are wanting to build a carrier.  Please call Kristi Peck at 712-260-3200. 


Prices for the carriers are as follows: 

Single (8"x 16") $17.00

Doubles (16"x 20") $29.00

Triple (16"x 24") medium to large rabbits $33.50

Triple (12"x 24") dwarf and small rabbits $29.00 


Please let her know what size you are wanting to build.  She will need to collect the money by March 20 for the carrier so she can have your pre-cut carrier there and ready for assembly.


Poultry Layers Order  

4-H members who wish to compete in the Hy-Line Layers class will be given 15 chicks.  Hy-Line will arrange for a group hatch and are donating the 15 chicks per participant.


Sign-up deadline is March 25th at NOON.  Please call 712-262-2264 to request your chicks. Pick up will be the week of April 8-12th. Please call Hy-Line before arriving.


Project members should include Hy-Line layers on poultry identification forms and have them on file in 4honline by May 15. At fair entry time each exhibitor will be allowed to enter two pens of three layers. Judging criteria for the layer class will include: quality and uniformity of birds and exhibitors knowledge of commercial layer production (i.e. birds, eggs, nutrition, environment, etc.).


State Fair Swine

There will be NO Derby contest at the State fair this year or State Fair Weigh In. Families must stop by the Extension Office to pickup ear tags, tag their animals, have them verified  and return information to Clay County Extension office by May 1st, they need to be in 4-H online before May 15th. A maximum of 20 market pigs may be tagged and identified. NO EXCEPTIONS.


SpIn Events  


Clay County Extension is continuing the programming format called SpIn or "Special Interest" Programming.  Most events are free to 4-Hers and are open to ALL Clay County youth grades 3-12. Events remaining in March and April include:  


March 24th - Groundwork, Body Condition Scoring, Selecting

                    Your Horse (Equine Educators)

April 20th - Decorating with Containers (Del's Garden Center) 

April 28th - Western Pleasure & Ranch Horse Pleasure Clinic  

                    (Equine Educators)


To register: Please call Clay County Extension 262-2264 or on our Facebook page.

Remember, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the 4-H program, deadlines, requirements or exhibit and project help, please contact us! We look forward to hearing from you and making this the best 4-H Year Ever.

Anissa Jepsen

ISU Extension Clay County  


4H Clovers  

Clay County 4-H
Youth Coordinator

Anissa Jepsen

In This Issue
County Recognition
General Information
Livestock Project Areas
SpIn Events

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4H Clovers
A 4-H Leader training will held on April 8th at 6pm at the Clay County Extension Office. 
RSVP to Anissa.

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Thank you to
 Max Yield Cooperative for being a
4-H donor!

The Peterson Livewires 4-H Club is looking for new members!  Contact Becky Orwig at
 or Pam Heuertz at 712-295-5052 or
 for more information.

The Meadow Motivators 4-H Club is looking for new members!  Contact Justin Spieker at 712-730-0380 or
 for more information.

The Spencer Sparks 4-H Club is looking for new members! 
Contact Anissa or Bonnie at or for more information!