Contact Us...

If you have questions about the information posted below, send an email to the Comal County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at Comal-tx@tamu.edu or call (830) 620-3440. View the web site: http://comal.agrilife.org

4-H Google Calendar

4-H Council - New Meeting Time!

Comal 4-H Council meets on Wednesday, August 27th. Council officers will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Extension Meeting Room. 

Full 4-H Council (President and 3 delegates from each club, as well as the Council officers) meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Extension Meeting Room.

Club assignments for this meeting:

Inspiration: Sherwood

Pledges & Motto: Homegrown

Snacks: Bluebonnet and Bulverde

Drinks: Canyon Lake


There is no 4-H Club Manager meeting during Council this year! Club Managers will meet on Wednesday, September 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Extension Meeting Room.

Fashion Workshops - August 1, 8 and 15

 Come learn about fashion design and the 4-H Storyboard contest!

Toni Mac Crossan is holding introductory workshops from 1:30 to 3:30 pm on three consecutive Fridays - August 1st, August 8th and August 15th - at the Comal County Extension Office. Participants will learn about color theory, translating inspiration into design, fashion illustration, and how to make a contest-ready 4-H Storyboard to enter in district contests.

Please sign up in advance: there is a $10 cost per participant for supplies, as each participant will be given their own fashion sketchbook.

Direct any questions to Toni at tmaccrossan@gmail.com


Saddle Slappers at the State 4-H Horse Show.



Grace Buschfort, Clay Elbel, Allison King, and Makenzie Knipe attended the 2014 State 4-H Horse Show in Abilene Texas. Over the course of one week they won many awards and created many memories. They have all worked very hard to get there and it has really paid off! They really represented Comal County well! Go Comal County!

Makenzie Knipe
Saddle Slappers Reporter 2013-2014

Congratulations, Payton Miner!

Payton was the only Equine Ambassador selected to attend the prestigious Texas 4-H Livestock and Equine Ambassador Advocacy Academy at the Capitol July 28-30!

The Advocacy Academy is a unique experience for those wishing to take the next step as a Texas 4-H Ambassador. This is a leadership course unlike anywhere else in the nation.

While the first year of the Ambassador Program focused on mentoring families and applying animal/equine science knowledge, the Advocacy Academy focuses on building participants' understanding of the importance of the political world surrounding agriculture, providing a global perspective of agriculture and endowing participants with the tools to effectively educate others about agriculture. 

Way to go, Payton!


Quality Counts - IMPORTANT!



Quality Counts verification is required for all youth exhibiting livestock (market and/or breeding) at major livestock shows in Texas (including the Ft. Worth Livestock Show, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Star of Texas Fair in Austin, San Angelo Livestock Show, Sandhills Stock Show in Odessa, State Fair of Texas in Dallas, and Hart O’ Texas Fair in Waco). The verification process will require junior exhibitors to pass an online test that measures their knowledge on quality assurance and character education content items.

The Quality Counts Program has now been in existence statewide for seven years. Over this time, it has reached an average of 30,000 youth per year through the 4-H and FFA Programs. The program outcomes clearly demonstrate youth being more knowledgeable of best management practices associated with livestock projects. More importantly, the program’s impact has demonstrated positive changes in personal character attributes as well as adoption of livestock best management practices.

Over these seven years, Quality Counts has been supported and endorsed by every major livestock show in Texas. These livestock shows have been instrumental in helping market the program statewide and have also been a strong partner regarding the educational content
developed for the Quality Counts Program. In addition, these livestock shows have fully endorsed this verification process.

Youth are able to go online to take the test and become verified. A verification number will need to be provided at the time of making an official entry into a Texas major livestock show. Thus, youth will need to have completed and passed the test before the major livestock show’s entry
deadline. A passing score has been determined to be 80%. For more information, please contact your County Extension Agent or Agriculture Science Teacher. To learn more about Quality Counts including the verification process, please visit: http://qualitycounts.tamu.edu.

State Fair of Texas Entries - Due August 15th

If you are planning on showing your livestock at the State Fair of Texas, entries are due by August 15th.

Entry forms can be found on our web site- click here for the direct link.

Lamb & Goat Validation Tags - Due August 20



It’s time to purchase your lamb and goat validation tags! As usual, they’ve given us a short turn-around time. You MUST purchase your lamb and goat validation tags ($12 each) by Wednesday, August 20th!

Lambs and goats validated for State Fair of Texas will need to be re-validated, so you must order these tags for all the animals you want to show this year!

The Texas 4-H/FFA Breeding Sheep Validation Program will again be conducted for the upcoming year. The ownership deadline for breeding sheep is October 1st. Breeding tags are $5 each.

San Antonio Stock Show added a Junior Wether Dam Show in 2014. This is intended to be an exhibition for ewes suited for club lamb production and are not required to be registered. They MUST be validated, though, so be sure to order your tags! For more information about this show go to http://www.sarodeo.com/

San Angelo will again be conducting a Texas Stars Doe Show and Sale in2015. They have also added a Junior Black and White Dorper Futurity. Ewes entered in the Futurity must be validated like other breeding sheep. For more info, go to http://www.sanangelorodeo.com

District Recordbook Results




Congratulations to all these 4-H'ers, whose recordbooks competed at District on July 10th.

JUNIOR RECORDBOOKS

A.J. Acosta
Horse
3rd place
Kylee Edwards
Poultry
2nd place
Nathanael Hall
SET
2nd place
Reagan Hoffmann
Rabbit
4th place
Trey Hoffmann
Goat  
2nd place
Kalli Kimble
Beef
4th place
Kasen Kreusler
Swine
1st place
Keene Kreusler
Natural Resources
1st place
Kaelyn McClellan
Sheep
2nd place
Clay Migura
Food & Nutrition
2nd place
Madison Migura
Clothing & Textiles
1st place
Mason Miner
Shooting Sports
2nd place

 INTERMEDIATE RECORDBOOKS

Clayton Eckhardt
Sheep
4th place
Clay Elbel
Veterinary Science
2nd place
Cody Elbel
Beef  
3rd place
Ashley Fuqua 
Horse 
1st place
Kenzy Hoffmann
Goat
1st place
Caitlyn Homewood
Rabbit
2nd place
Helena MacCrossan
Leadership
1st place
Lila Moseley
Clothing & Textiles
3rd place
Sarah Syamken
Poultry
Participant
Presley Wirebaugh
Food & Nutrition
2nd place




SENIOR RECORDBOOKS

Allison King
Horse
1st place – GOING TO STATE!
Antonia MacCrossan
Personal Development
4th place
Payton Miner
Communication & Expressive Arts
2nd place
Kolton Neuse
Sheep
5th place
Emily Noland
Food & Nutrition
1st place – GOING TO STATE!
Kaitlyn Smith
Wildlife & Fisheries
2nd place
Shelby Steinbach
Poultry
2nd place
Jordanne Stetter
Clothing & Textiles
1st place – GOING TO STATE!
Maemie Williams
Swine 
Participant
Jerry Wilson  
Photography
Participant