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

Blog Rules


Effective immediately, no more photos will be posted to the blog of 4-H members or winning teams. If the coach wants any photos or information posted, that coach needs to send in the photo and names of each child in the photo. We will no longer repost from anyone’s Facebook page. Same with sharing club info. If the club wants info shared on the county Facebook page, the written material and photo(s) must come into us via email to post.

Special Hearts Livestock Show - SAVE THE DATE! November 17th

SAVE THE DATE!
November 17, 2019
Comal County Fairgrounds
 
We will be looking for volunteers and animals.
Watch for more information and forms out next week.
 

Explore 4-H - September 14


2019 Dimmit County Classic Prospect Show - December 7 & 8


"Let's Get Started" Livestock Projects


We are excited to share the “Let’s Get Started” livestock project resources. The purpose of the resource is to provide novice livestock families a quick look into each species area. As you know, many families do not fully understand cost, time commitment, and facilities required for livestock projects. We are hopeful these resources will be another avenue for you to assist families in selecting the project(s) that best fit their family.  https://texasyouthlivestock.com/
 
 
Beef Cattle Project Information

Goat Project Information

Sheep Project Information

Swine Project Information

Poultry Project Information

Rabbit Project Information

Shooting Sports Coach Certification Training - Stephenville - November 9-10, 2019


Major Show Contest - Resource Updates


While Texas 4-H has adopted some changes to our contests for 2019-2020, due to the timing of the major shows release of their Premium Guides for their show, they will be following our 2018-2019 Rules for their upcoming events. Please share this information with your 4-H members that are planning to compete in these contests.  

  • HLSR – Will continue to offer Beef Quiz Bowl for 2020
  • State Fair of Texas  – 2019 Food Challenge will follow the 2018-2019 Food Challenge Guide

We have left the Guide for these contest on our Texas 4-H Roundup website at the bottom of the page for 4-H members to reference. https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/
Other Contest Opportunities:

South Texas Double Trouble Prospect Show - November 2


ATASCOSA COUNTY FAIR PROSPECT SHOW - October 5



Sheep and Goat Validation Tags-Major Show Orders

Lamb and Goat Validation Tags - Due August 23rd
Lamb and Goat validation tags will be on sale starting August 1st! 

Cost is $18/animal and must be ordered and paid by Friday, August 23rd. 

Tags purchased after August 23 will be $30/animal.

 You must come in person to the Extension office to purchase your tags (exact cash or check made payable to Comal 4-H Council).


 Remember we're open 8-12 and 1-5, Monday through Friday.

**Validation will be some time in October - date TBA**

2019 District 12 4-H Shooting Sports Coach’s Certification Workshop

The next District 12 4-H Shooting Sports Coach’s Certification training has been scheduled for September 28-29, 2019 at the Atascosa County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Leming, Texas.  This event is open to any/all registered and screened 4-H volunteers (age 21 and older) wishing to become certified to lead a shooting sports program in one of the following four disciplines:  Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, or Archery 
There are three opportunities for attending this training with specific registration fees for each.  The registration options to include:
                    Coach (Adult) – Adults age 21 and older will be candidates for Certified Coach.
                    Coach’s Assistant (Adult) – Adults age 18-20 will be candidates for a Coach’s Assistant certification ($150 registration fee).
                    Coach’s Assistant (Youth) – Youth age 14-18 who must be accompanied by a previously certified coach ($150 registration fee), this option must include the following participant as well.  Previously Certified Coach (Adult) – Adult age 21 and older must register ($75) and attend the certification with the registered youth interested in the “Coach’s Assistant - Youth” option.  The Previously Certified Coach will not receive any type of certification for their attendance.  Fees are to cover program costs.
Volunteers can only receive certification in one discipline per workshop.  Registration for this event will open on 4-H Connect on August 15th through September 13th and Late Registration from September 14th- 23rd (+$25 late fee).  Please keep in mind that while this is being hosted in and by District 12, it is open statewide.  The registration fee of $150 includes program costs, some meals, and materials.  No specific lodging arrangements have been made, however a list of hotels is being provided.  All are within a 10-15 minutes of the training site.
County Extension Agents wishing to attend the training can do so by registering on 4-H Connect.  There is no registration fee for county Extension agents and should be considered an excellent professional development opportunity. 
The training will begin early on Saturday, September 28th and conclude late afternoon on Sunday, September 29th.  Anyone wishing to receive certification must attend the entire workshop (beginning to end) and successfully complete a written examination to be considered for certification.
As a county Extension agent, you should work closely with your 4-H volunteers to select those that can best support the 4-H Shooting Sports program in your county.  County certification of registration is intended to prompt you to work with interested volunteers to develop strategies for their support of the local program prior to their attendance.  Please take full advantage of the opportunity to work with them in advance, and clearly once they return from the training.
Online you can find a flyer that can be used to market this to your 4-H families.  It has been posted on the District 12 4-H website.  In addition, a direct email will be sent to all youth/adults in District 12 that have selected “Shooting Sports” as a project in the 2018-2019 program year.  County 4-H Coordinators will receive a copy of the notice to 4-H families.
Please share this information with your 4-H members, parents, leaders, volunteers, and coaches. It is also posted on the District 12 4-H website.
Special Notice:  If anyone attending this workshop should need any type of accommodation to participate in this program or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Luis SaldaƱa (956-968-5581) by September 15th.

D-9 Shooting Sports Coach Training


Below is the information for the Shooting Sports Coach Training that will be held September 21-22, 2019 in Beaumont located in Jefferson County. 
 

Registration is open on 4-H Connect and will close on September 5th. Please remember that 4-H Connect will be down for maintenance on August 13th & 14th .

2019-2020 Texas 4-H Roundup Guide

 
 

2019 Texas 4-H Rabbit Extravaganza - Sept. 14

 
 

Waller County Fair- Livestock Judging Contest-Oct. 4th


Texas 4-H Photography Project Opportunities, 2019-2020


Please click link for further information on the opportunities below.
Texas 4-H Photography Project Opportunities, 2019-2020

·         JUNIOR MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER 
·         JUNIOR PHOTOGRAPHY AMBASSADOR
·         NATIONAL 4-H PHOTOGRAPHY SUMMIT
·         PHOTOGRAPHY FIELD TRIPS, SERVICE EVENTS, AND “PRACTICES”
·         PHOTOGRAPHY CURRICULUM AND RESOURCES
·         STATE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
·         WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY DAY 2019
 

2019-2020 4-H Calendar Planning - August 14


Quality Counts Reminders and Updates

This is a reminder that Quality Counts verification is required for all major livestock show entries this year, including State Fair of Texas and Heart ‘O Texas Fair.

*Important: There are NEW ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONS - LINK

State Fair of Texas entry information




Online application is open:

Link to application login

Texas 4-H Food Challenge: 2019-2020 Rules and Guidelines


Below is a summary of a few of the changes; please see the guide for all changes, updates, or modifications.
 
Rules of Play Changes:
There are have been major changes to the Texas 4-H Food Challenge Rules of Play. Please READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY! Hopefully, your team members will find these changes exciting as they offer teams an opportunity to showcase their culinary creativity!
 
Contest Resources:
A new contest resource has been added! The 2019-20 resources include:
  • MyPlate Mini-Poster
  • Food Safety Fact Sheet
  • Fight Bac Brochure
  • Know Your Nutrients
  • Food Challenge Worksheet (optional)
Supply Box Changes:
Quantities for a few items have changed.  Please refer to the list for these changes.  Also, a new “Gadget of the Year” has been added! The previous gadget should be removed from the equipment box. 

Attire:
Each team member is now required to wear closed toe shoes AND a hair restraint (hair net, cap, bandana, etc.). 

Scorecard Changes:
Scorecards have been updated to reflect subject matter to be included in presentations AND a new numerical scoring system. 
 
 
 

2019-2020 Texas 4-H Food Show Rules


Below you will find the link to the 2019-2020 Texas 4-H Food Show Rules. Please pay close attention as several things have changed, including: 

  • New Theme: The 2019-20 theme is Food Around the World
  • Presentation: The presentation time for contestants has increased to 5 minutes; in addition, specific items have been identified which should be covered during the presentation.
  • Paperwork: The ONLY paperwork which will be required for the 2020 Texas 4-H Roundup Food Show is the recipe.
  • Scorecard: The scorecard has been updated.

2019-2020 Texas State Shooting Sports Ambassador Applications

The 2019-2020 Texas State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador application has been posted as of August 1st, 2019.  Please understand that 4-H Connect will be down for maintenance from August 13-15.   I understand that the initial application period is only 2 weeks, HOWEVER, we will REOPEN the application after 4-H Connect has been put back online.  So, yes, the application will close on August 13th, but will reopen.

Information pertaining to the Ambassador program.


Cotton Country Classic - October 26 & 27


Permian Basin Fair 1st Annual Open Cattle Show - August 30th - September 1st



Medina County Prospect Show










For more information

2019 Boomtown Blowout~Sept. 7, 2019


Andrews County 4-H Whizbang (rescheduled for Aug 3rd)





Williamson County 4-H Shooting Sports 3-D Archery Shoot


 








2019 Blanco County Fair & Rodeo Livestock Show Schedule


NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE DAY IS ALMOST HERE

The 4-H National Youth Science Day is an annual initiative inspiring kids everywhere to take an active interest in STEM topics through hands-on learning. Don't have your NYSD kit yet? No problem. For a limited time, receive one free Game Changers science challenge for every two purchased. Use the discount code ‘FREEKIT’ and the retail of one out of every three kits added to your cart will be eliminated. Limit of 5 free kits per customer while supplies last.


 Get your kits here

2019-2020 TEXAS 4-H MEMBER ENROLLMENT FEE PRICE INCREASE




Youth entering 3rd grade will need to wait until September 1st to enroll.

Seguin Swine Breeders Show Pig Clinic~Aug. 17, 2019


Tyler Bowman Memorial Steer Prospect Show~Oct. 26, 2019



Awards Program - July 31

 
July 31st @ McKenna Events Center
Dinner - 6:30 pm
Program - 7:00 pm

Tickets will be available for purchase at the Extension Office beginning July 1st.
Tickets are $9 each - please have exact cash or a check made payable to Comal 4-H Council.
 

County-wide Club Officer Training



4-H Project Summer Camps

 
  • Natural Resources Camp - July 15, 2019

  • Food and Nutrition camp - July 18-19, 2019

  • Sewing camp - August 7-9, 2019

Please see the flyer for more information.

Please RVSP to the office at 830-620-3440.

NATIONAL 4-H WEEK WEBINAR

Join 4-H communities across the country to celebrate National 4-H Week from October 6 - 12. This year’s theme is Inspire Kids to Do. To learn more, visit here to register for an informational webinar on July 31 at 12:00 PM ET.



NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE DAY



Don't miss out on these live webinars that will teach you everything you need to know about this year's NYSD challenge, computer science, and more!  

July 31: Scale Up Your Impact: Fostering Community Partnerships through NYSD 

Prime Day is Coming!

Did you know you can support 4-H while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on July 15 & 16? Simply visit AmazonSmile and confirm you want to support 4-H with your Amazon purchases. Don’t forget to share the link with your networks as an easy way for 4-H’ers and friends to show their support!  


4-H SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE


Looking for ways to keep your kid occupied during the summer months? The 4-H Summer Survival Guide, sponsored by HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®, has what you need to keep the entire family engaged and summer ready. This month, check out tips to help inspire your family to eat well!
 
 

2019 District 10 Recordbook results

Below are the results of the 2019 District 10 recordbook judging.  Ribbons and critique sheets for each recordbook have been compiled and are available at the Extension office.  Please come by the Extension office to pick these up.  Please use the judges’ critiques constructively to improve your skills.  Their intent is to help you create a better recordbook.   Congratulations to Clayton Elbel, Trey Hoffmann, Keene Kreusler, & Nahalie Stidhem; their recordbooks will be advancing to State recordbook judging!


California breeding rabbits for sale


California breeding rabbits (does/bucks) for sale, La Vernia Texas. 

If interested, please call Irene Swygard, 210-355-8055.

FBC Missouri City Trap & Whiz Bang Shoot Out


Haws Club Lamb July 13th Sale


Big Lamb Sale this weekend!  July 13th 

Please share with your local Ag Teachers and possible lamb exhibitors. 

We provide 1-on-1 Feeding, Exercise and Showmanship Mini-Clinics for our Show Family. 

Check out our FB Page and website  Haws Club Lambs | Beeville, Texas

Texas A&M Sheep and Goat Expo - August 17

The Texas Sheep and Goat Expo will take place in San Angelo on August 16-17, 2019. This is a great educational event for anyone interested in the sheep and goat industry. Once again we will offer a youth component. On Saturday the youth program will include hands on learning sessions that will help youth prepare for the Sheep Skillathon Contest as well as learn about the sheep and goat industry.
 
https://agrilife.org/agrilifesheepandgoat/