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


District Livestock Judging Contest





























Thirteen 4-H'ers participated in the District Livestock Judging Contest held in Fredericksburg on April 23rd.

The Junior team of Layton Hemann, Dylan Wunderlich and Peyton Wirebaugh was 2nd overall Junior team and 3rd in every species. Dylan was 4th overall individual and 2nd individual in swine. Layton was 5th in sheep and goats.

The Junior team of Wyatt Edwards, Rylee Wunderlich and Abby Cloe were 1st place team in sheep and goats. Rylee was the 1st place individual in sheep and goats.

The Intermediate team of Kayla Wunderlich, Presley Wirebaugh, Kylee Edwards and Trey Hoffmann tied for 2nd in reasons. Kayla placed 1st overall in reasons and in hogs.

The Senior team consisted of Kenzy Hoffmann, Payton Miner and Hannah Wunderlich.

From Coach Casey Ellis: "All of these 4-H'ers did wonderful this year while still juggling all of their extracurricular activities. I was honored to work with all of them! Go Comal!"

District Leadership Lab - June 22-24 at the Texas 4-H Center!



Livestock Judging Camps

LIVESTOCK JUDGING CAMPS
Date: June 10-12; June 13-15
Place: Texas A&M University 
Cost: $300 
Deadline: May 2


Participants must be 11-18 to attend camps. 

This year’s camps are designed for 4-H and FFA members interested in building their knowledge of evaluating market and breeding animals, including beef, swine, sheep, and goats. This camp focuses on selection principles, oral reasons, live market evaluation, and breeding animal performance data. Any 4-H and FFA members are welcome to attend. Instructors include Texas A&M faculty and staff, and members of the 2014 livestock judging team.
The camp schedule and registration can be found online at http://animalscience.tamu.edu/workshops/youth-workshops/livestock-judging-camp/

Range Camp - June 20-22, 2016

The Comal-Guadalupe Soil & Water Conservation District #306 is sponsoring their 21st annual Range Camp June 20-22, 2016. This year's camp will be held at the Slumber Falls Camp Facilities in New Braunfels on River Road.

There is a $75 registration fee. The District will pay for all expenses, including lodging, drinks and meals.

What do you need to bring?

- Minor's release, signed by parent or guardian
- Camp rules and policies, signed by participant and parent/guardian
- Bedroll and pillow
- Swimming suit
- Life jacket, if necessary
- Old tennis shoes for river swimming
- Casual clothes, CLOSED TOE SHOES (you will be walking through some brush and high grass areas)
- Personal medications
- Mosquito and insect repellent
- Towels and wash cloths
- Toiletries - soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
- Sun screen
- Hat or cap
- Cardboard Coke box flats (25-40) 12" x 16" - CUT TO SIZE with flaps cut off
- Newspaper (80 sheets or more)
- Your plant press (if you attended a previous range camp)

For the forms, you can contact Janet at the Comal County Extension office (jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu) or you can contact Beverly at the Soil and Water Conservation District directly at 830-379-0930 x3.

District Range Evaluation and Grass ID Contests

Range Eval and Pasture Grass ID Teams with Coach Carolyn Phelan


























Results of the District 10 Range and Pasture Grass ID Contest:

The Comal County Junior Grass ID Team #1 composed of Kasen Kreusler, Reagan Ackermann and Owen Vollbrecht won 1st place; Kasen placed 1st High Point, Reagan placed 2nd High Point and Owen placed 4th High Point.

The Comal County Junior Grass ID Team #2 composed of Wyatt Edwards, Ray Allen Schaefer and Weston Ackermann won 3rd place; Wyatt placed 6th High Point.

The Comal County Intermediate Grass ID Team composed of Davis Mathews, Keene Kreusler and Kylee Edwards won 1st place; Davis placed 1st High Point, Keene placed 2nd High Point and Kylee placed 3rd High Point.

The Comal County Senior Grass ID Team composed of Hayden Mathews, Phillip Vineyard, Caitlyn Homewood and Helena MacCrossan won 3rd place and earned the opportunity to advance to State 4-H Roundup; Hayden placed 1st High Point and Phillip placed 3rd High Point. Hayden was the overall High Point Individual in the entire contest!

Results of the District 10 Range Evaluation Contest:

Comal County Junior Range Evaluation Team #1 composed of Kasen Kreusler, Reagan Ackermann and Owen Vollbrecht won 2nd place; Owen placed 2nd High Point and Reagan placed 4th High Point.

Comal County Junior Range Evaluation Team #2 composed of Wyatt Edwards, Ray Allen Schaefer and Weston Ackermann also competed.

The Comal County Intermediate Range Evaluation Team composed of Davis Mathews, Keene Kreusler and Kylee Edwards won 1st place; Davis placed 1st High Point.

The Comal County Senior Range Evaluation Team composed of Hayden Mathews, Phillip Vineyard, Caitlyn Homewood and Helena MacCrossan won 3rd place and will advance to State 4-H Roundup; Hayden placed 1st High Point and Phillip placed 4th High Point. Hayden was the overall High Point Individual in the entire contest!

There were over 65 contestants from 7 counties! Quote from Coach Carolyn Phelan, "We have some CRAZY good kids in this group who will go on to do great things!!! So proud of them all."

Congratulations!

State Roundup Kick Off - Friday, May 20th

What a great group we have going to State Roundup!

To those who qualified for an event, those receiving scholarships and those doing invitationals - join us at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20th for a kick off celebration and planning session for this year's events! We will have some fun, practice with the bells...and we will plan our nights at Roundup!

We invite all contestants and parents to join us so we can show you how proud we are of each of you!

Livestock Project 101 - May 25th

Livestock Project 101 – May 25th
New to livestock projects? Interested in showing livestock for the 2015-2016 4-H year? Come to Livestock Project 101 on Wednesday, May25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Extension Meeting Room.

County Agent Troy Luepke will discuss the projects available, what you need to know, and the costs incurred with a livestock project!

RSVP by May 23rd so we can have enough materials on hand!  

Point Values from County Show

2016 Point Values

Broilers$147.69
Goats$233.03
Hogs$192.59
Lambs$175.14
Rabbits$94.94
Steers$419.77
Turkeys$207.51

Congratulations, Shelby!

Shelby Steinbach was selected to be a Lobbyist at the 2016 Texas 4-H Congress!

Congratulations, Shelby!

Bluebonnet Elects 2016-2017 Officers

Bluebonnet 4-H Club met on April 10 at the River Chase Club House. We talked about upcoming project meetings, summer camps and the State Roundup Competitions. Mr. MacCrossan gave an update on the Bluebonnet Archery Project funding. The majority of our meeting was spent on officer elections.

We are proud to announce the 2016-17 Bluebonnet Officers:
President: Presley Wirebaugh
First Vice President: Kenzy Hoffmann
Second Vice President: Lila Moseley
Third Vice President: Trey Hoffmann
Secretary: Helena MacCrossan
Treasurer: Maya Langendorf
Reporter: Peyton Wirebaugh
Parliamentarian: Ryan Owens
Health & Safety Officer: Layton Hemann
Council Delegates: Maya Langendorf, Maggie Lind, Trey Hoffmann
Historian - to be appointed

There were 25 youth and 13 adults at the last Bluebonnet 4-H meeting.


Our next meeting will be May 15 and will be our end of the year picnic at the River Chase Club Pavilion.

Submitted by: Lila Moseley

Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador Program Applications Being Accepted

Applications for the Texas 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador Program are now being accepted. You can click here to access the online application, which will be available through Friday, May 27th.

The purpose of the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador Program is:

Promote the purpose and goals of the 4-H healthy lifestyles program;

Empower youth by giving them the opportunity to provide leadership to the 4-H healthy lifestyles program;

Provide educational experiences that will enable 4-H members across the state to become knowledgeable and skilled in the healthy lifestyles subject matter;

Coordinate educational events that will provide learning opportunities for the development of leadership and effective citizenship related to the healthy lifestyles projects; and

Help each ambassador experience personal growth and achievement, as well as be of service to others.

Requirements and Application Information:

To apply and serve as a 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador, youth must be at least 15 years old at the beginning of the 2016-2017 4-H year (as of 08-31-2016).

Ambassadors will serve a two-year term, with terms beginning in the summer prior to the start of the 4-H year (Summer 2016).

Ambassadors may serve consecutive terms but must re-apply if they wish to renew membership.

Ambassadors are required to participate in an ambassador training, which will take place July 6-8, 2016.
Registration fee for the ambassador training is $200 per person.

Ambassadors are expected to attend all face-to-face and online meetings as well as complete the plans and submit reports as required. Specific ambassador requirements, including hours, leadership or program efforts, and community service projects will be outlined at the ambassador training.

Any costs associated with participating in ambassador training and/or meetings, including travel, registration fees, etc., are the responsibility of each individual ambassador.

Ambassador applications will be accepted now through Friday, May 27th.

Those selected to serve as an Ambassador will be notified by Friday, June 17th.

District 4-H Roundup Info

District 10 4-H Roundup is being held April 30th at Lockhart Junior High, 500 City Line Road in Lockhart. 

District Roundup events include:
- Beef Quiz Bowl
- Horse Quiz Bowl
- Public Speaking
- Educational Presentations
- Share-the-Fun
- Discover Science Method

All participants must be at Lockhart Junior High to check in 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. on April 30th. Awards ceremonies will be held immediately following each contest in the contest room.

If you would like more information about Roundup and the contests listed above, see the Roundup guide at http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/

Earth Day - April 23rd

Earth Day Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Comal County 4-H has been invited to have a booth at Earth Day Saturday, April 23rd at the Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 South Access Road, Canyon Lake, TX.  Earth Day is from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. We are looking for a few more volunteers. Volunteers may work a morning shift 9:30 – 12:30 or afternoon shift 12:00 – 3:15.


If you are interested in helping with this event please contact the Extension office at (830)620-3440 or email Victoria at Victoria.grissom@ag.tamu.edu

4-H Outdoor Challenge

Outdoor Challenge Dates: June 17-19, 2016
Location: Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, Seguin, Texas
Registration: 4-H Connect May 1-29
Late Registration: May 30 - June 2.
Contest fee: $35

Help Needed at Open House

The Spring Open House is being held on the Comal County Extension grounds on Saturday, May 14th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be many booths and a lot of information available. 

4-H'ers are needed to help lead tours of the facilities. This is a great Community Service activity for your recordbook!

We'd like to have 3 per shift, and shifts will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m., 10:30-12:30, and 12:30-2:30. If you can help lead tours on May 14th, please contact Janet at the Extension office (jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu) and tell her which shift you can help with.

Watch the newsletter for more information!

10:30-12:30 shift is already filled!

Sherwood 4-H Club - April meeting

Sherwood 4-H Club met on April 11th with 40 attending (23 members, 14 parents and 3 guests). We held elections for 2016-2017 officers. We are having a canned food drive for our community service project. Those who were interested signed up for soil judging and members reported their results from the various stock shows. The club welcomed new member Christopher.

Our next meeting will be May 2nd at the Krause Ranch for our end of year party.

Submitted by Kayla Wunderlich

Congratulations, Payton and Zoe!

CONGRATULATIONS to Zoe Lovelady and Payton Miner, who will be interviewing soon for the 4-H Opportunities Scholarships. 

Scholarships are presented at Texas 4-H Roundup in June - good luck to these two outstanding young ladies!

Comal 4-H Photography Project


Texas 4-H Roundup - June 7-9, 2016



Contest Rules and Guidelines can be found here

Roundup Tentative Schedule found here

Registration Period April 15 - May 20.  
Registration details will be released March 18th

Eli's Fund Community Service Project here
Coordinated by Texas 4-H Council

National Anthem Entries and Guidelines here
Deadline May 2nd

Healthy Lifestyles Invitational Information here

Texas 4-H Roundup App 
Update will go live April 15th

Hotel Lodging Information here  

Roundup Trade Show & Career Exposition Information here


And last but not least.....Randy Rogers Band will be in concert Thursday, June 9th to close out the event! 

Homegrown 4-H Club's Final Meeting

Homegrown 4-H Club held its end of the year party with 16 present (12 members, 4 parents). We had a brief meeting and covered our reports and went through announcements. This was our final meeting - we had a closing club party.

Submitted by Jacey Hall, Reporter

Bulverde 4-H Club - April meeting

The Bulverde 4-H Club held its monthly meeting on Monday, April 11th in the Rahe Bulverde Elementary School cafeteria. There were 10 members and 6 adults present, including 4 new members. We all reported about projects we had recently entered in any contests, shows and fairs, and how we did.

Our next meeting will be held Monday, May 9th at 5:30 p.m. or as early as you can get there at the Twin Sisters Hills Ranch. More details will be sent out later with directions. We will have election of officers and our end of the year party.

Ms. Andrea Retel gave us a very interesting program on bee keeping and we adjourned  to snacks.

Submitted by: Curtis Stricker, Reporter

District 10 4-H Horse Show - June 14-15, 2016

The District 10 4-H Horse Show will be held June 14-15, 2016 at the Uvalde County Fairplex in Uvalde, Texas.

REGISTRATION ON 4-H CONNECT: MAY 2 - MAY 20, 2016 - $15 flat fee per class
MUST BE REGISTERED ON 4-H CONNECT BY MAY 20 - NO EXCEPTIONS!!

Due to County Extension Office by May 20:
- Copy of current Coggins. Coggins must be valid through the District and State Horse Show (July 31, 2016). MUST BE LEGIBLE.
- Medical Release for each exhibitor.
- Sample Registration Form from 4-H Connect. This will help us certify your entry!
- Horse Registration Papers showing sole ownership by 4-H member, their parents, brother, sister or guardian on or before May 1, 2016.
- Be enrolled in 4-H on or before May 1, 2016.

Class Changes/Scratches:
Contestants who registered by May 20, 2016 may add classes at the Horse Show or after registration closes. However, each additional class will cost the original $15 plus another $25 late registration fee (totaling $40 per class). All added classes must be paid with check only. NO REFUNDS!

Stalls & Shavings: Stalls will be pre-assigned by the District Office. DO NOT call the Uvalde County Fairplex to reserve a stall. Stalls will be paid on 4-H Connect ONLY at a cost of $20 per night. Shavings will NOT be available for sale. Exhibitors may bring their own.

***Please note: THE SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED FOR THIS YEAR***
In addition to changes in the schedule this year, we will also be offering age divisions in some of the classes. Those classes marked with an asterisk (*) will be broken into two age division. Those age divisions will be Junior/Intermediate – Grades 3-8 and Senior – Grades 9-12.

Tuesday, June 14
9:00 am-Registration opens, practice arena open, RV spaces available
10 am - National Anthem, then classes begin:
-       Showmanship at Halter
-       Registered & Grade 4 year old and younger Geldings
-       Registered & Grade 5 year old and older Geldings
-       Grand & Reserve Gelding
-       Yearling Halter Gelding Futurity
-       Registered & Grade 4 year old and younger Mares
-       Registered & Grade 5 year old and older Mares
-       Grand & Reserve Mare
-       Yearling Halter Filly Futurity
-       Yearling Longe Line Futurity

Noon – Lunch Break (approx.)

1 pm -   Approximate Time Schedule
            Main Arena
-       Hunter Showmanship*
-       Hunter Under Saddle*
-       Hunt Seat Equitation*
-       Hunt Seat Versatility (Arena #2)*
-       30 minute break
-       Western Pleasure*
-       Western Horsemanship*
-       Western Riding*
-       Stock Horse Horsemanship*
-       Trail (Arena #2)*

Wednesday, June 15
8:30 am – Registration opens, stalls available, practice arena open
10:00 am – National Anthem, then classes begin:
-       Pole Bending*
-       Barrels*
-       Stakes*
-       30 minute break
-       2 Year Old Futurity Pleasure Pattern Class (Phase 1)
-       3 Year Old Futurity Pleasure Pattern Class (Phase 1)
-       2 Year Old Futurity Versatility Class (Phase 2)
-       3 Year Old Futurity Reining Class (Phase 3)
-       2 Year Old Futurity Pleasure Class – Group (Phase 3)
-       3 Year Old Futurity Stock Horse Trail Class (Phase 2)


Remember, all horses MUST be validated by May 1, 2016. Validation is done via 4-H Connect.

The District will offer the following 28 classes in Divisions that make up the Qualifying Show. 
A 4-H’er must show in at least one class in a Division in order to ‘qualify’ for the State 4-H Horse Show in that particular division. A futurity project horse must be shown at District in order to qualify for a futurity division at State.

RV Spaces will be handled through the District 10 4-H office. The fee will be $35 for each RV spot, per night. RV spots are first come, first served. RV spots will be paid for on 4-H Connect and your assigned spot will be given to you upon check-in at the show.

District & State Entries:
A total of 28 classes will be offered at the District Show. All are qualifying classes. These classes are divided into 9 Divisions. 4-H members may enter as many of the 28 classes at District as they wish/are eligible to participate in.

Divisions/Classes:     Halter Division (1 horse per sex/4-H’er)
                                    Registered & Grade 4 year old and younger Geldings
                                    Registered & Grade 5 year old and older Geldings
                                    Champion & Reserve Gelding
                                    Registered & Grade 4 year old and younger Mares
                                    Registered & Grade 5 year old and older Mares
                                    Champion & Reserve Mare

                                    Judged Western Division (1 horse per class/4-H’er)
                                    Showmanship
                                    Western Pleasure
                                    Western Horsemanship
                                    Western Riding
                                    Trail

                                    Speed Events Division (1 horse per class/4-H’er)
                                    Barrels
                                    Pole Bending
                                    Stakes

                                    Hunter Flat Division (1 horse per class/4-H’er)
                                    Hunter Showmanship
                                    Hunter Under Saddle
                                    Hunt Seat Equitation
                                    Hunt Seat Versatility

                                    Yearling Halter Gelding Futurity Division (1 horse/4-H’er)
                                    Yearling Halter Filly Futurity Division (1 horse/4-H’er)
                                    Yearling Longe Line Futurity Division (1 horse/4-H’er)
                                    2 Year Old Futurity Division (1 horse/4-H’er)
                                    3 Year Old Futurity Division (1 horse/4-H’er)

National Anthem:
4-H members have an opportunity to apply to sing the National Anthem on either Tuesday, June 14, or Wednesday, June 15, to kick off the District 10 Horse Show. Applications should be in the form of a video in Windows Media (.wmv) or .avi file format of the 4-H member singing the National Anthem a capella. Entries are to be emailed to Todd Swift, South Region – AG Regional Program Leader, at twswift@ag.tamu.edu no later than May 20, 2016 with the following information included in the email:
-       Name
-       Address
-       City/State/Zip Code
-       Phone Number
-       Cell Phone Number
-       E-mail Address
-       County
-       Age
-       Preferred Day to Perform


Buckle Sponsorship: Businesses, groups or individuals may sponsor a belt buckle for the District 10 Horse Show. Sponsorship is $100 and is to be paid to the Texas 4-H Foundation, District 10 Account. Sponsorship forms and fees are due to the District Office by May 20, 2016. Donors will be recognized in the printed program distributed at the Horse Show, as well as announced throughout the show. Email Janet to ask for the form.

Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership - July 24-29, 2016

Announcing the return of the Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Tour for 2016!! This year’s tour will be a 6 day trek (July 24-29) through West Texas.

Last year’s trip was lots of fun & very educational for the kids that participated. The youth were exposed to different aspects of agriculture which in turn gave them insight into different career opportunities they never knew existed. They also were able to tour different college campuses.


This is for eligible youth who are interested in expanding their knowledge of agriculture to become spokespersons in promoting the industry. This tour is open to all counties inside Districts 10 & 12 as well as Mason, Menard & Llano counties.

If you are interested in the application form, contact Janet at jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu. Application deadline is June 17, 2016.



Mandatory Barn Meetings Set!

For those of you who want to house a 2016-2017 4-H project in the Extension barns, the barn meetings have been set! 

Mandatory barn meetings are scheduled for:

May 11, 2016 - 6:30 p.m. - Extension Meeting Room

July 18, 2016 - 6:30 p.m. - Extension Meeting Room

August 16, 2016 - 6:30 p.m. - Extension Meeting Room

You MUST attend one of these meetings in order to house an animal at the Extension facility. The stalls are filled on a first come-first paid basis after you have attended a barn meeting and signed a Barn Boarder Agreement. 

**New this year: You may come prepared to pay for your stalls at the barn meeting - you will need to sign the agreement and pay $75 per head for lambs, goats and hogs - exact change or check made payable to Comal County. Horses are $100 a month (for stall and paddock).

**Be sure to read the Barn Boarder Agreement - there are some changes this year! The agreement is posted on our web site. Click here to read the Barn Boarder Agreement and Facility Rules. 

If you need a printed copy of the 2016-2017 Barn Boarder Agreement, they are available at the Extension office. Signed agreements will not be accepted until you have attended a barn meeting.

State Roundup - Registration Begins April 15th!


Lifelong Friends * Leaders * Legacy


The 2016 Texas 4-H Roundup Kicks off in 55 days!! Are you ready? 

REGISTRATION Opens on
Friday, April 15th on 4-H Connect

Registration Period
April 15 - May 20
Below are direct links to important information 
Visit the Texas 4-H Roundup Event Webpage for full event details

Appendix A: Registration Worksheet - YouthAdult 

ATV Safety Training Course offered during Roundup | details here

Veterinary Science Summer Camp | details here
June 6-9, 2016 in conjunction with Texas 4-H Roundup
Limited to first 20 registered via Roundup Registration on 4-H Connect

2016 Texas 4-H Roundup t-shirt
PRE-SALE ONLY via 4-H CONNECT Registration!!!


Roundup Contest Rules and Guidelines | details here

Donate to the Silent Auction | details here
Coordinated by TAE4-HA

Eli's Fund Community Service Project | details here
Coordinated by Texas 4-H Council

National Anthem Entries and Guidelines | details here
Deadline May 2nd

Roundup Trade Show & Career Exposition Information | details here

Randy Rogers Band will be in concert Thursday, June 9th to close out the event! 


Bryan-College Station is excited to host the 2016 Texas 4-H Roundup!