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

Bake Sale Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the bake sale a success by donating treats and time! All the goodies that were brought looked absolutely delicious. The bake sale raised over $230 for Comal County 4-H Council to support various activities like the upcoming 4-H Fun Day on November 15th.

Mr. Hamilton and his crew treated us well; they set aside a place for our tables inside and even contributed by baking items as well!  Thank you!

Don't forget! The Paper Clover Campaign runs through October 19th... stop by a Tractor Supply Store and purchase a clover to support 4-H! 


Pictured left to right: Harrison Kimble, Wyatt Edwards, Keene Kreusler, Kaitlyn Smith, Peyton Wirebaugh, Presley Wirebaugh, Zoe Lovelady, and Kylee Edwards


The New Braunfels Tractor Supply Team and our 4-H'ers!

COUNTY SHOW BROILER INFO!

It's time to order county broilers (for the Comal County Junior Livestock Show)!

Cost of broilers is $85.00 per exhibitor. Make check payable to Comal 4-H Council or bring exact change only. (Extension office does not have change!)

DEADLINE TO ORDER IS OCTOBER 31st!

Broiler pick up date: January 14, 2015

Date of show:  March 4, 2015


According to the Junior Livestock Show rules: 

1) Each exhibitor must start with 50 one-day-old chicks, which are acquired from a special Comal County hatch.

2) A pen of broilers must consist of three broilers per pen.

3) Broilers will have wing band numbers assigned to the exhibitor at the time of purchase. Broilers without valid wing band numbers will not be eligible to be shown.

4) Broilers will be fed and watered by the exhibitor during the show or entry will be disqualified.

5) After judging and sale, broilers will be dressed and delivered to the buyer or floor bidder within 21 days or premium money will be forfeited. Packages will clearly show the name of the exhibitor. 

6) REMEMBER that ORDERING broilers does NOT ENTER YOU IN A LIVESTOCK SHOW! We are taking entries for ALL SHOWS the week of November 10-14.

Goat & Lamb Clinic



Goat & Lamb Clinic

By: WB Show Clinics


 When: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Where: Comal County Extension Barn 

Time: 9am – 1pm 

Cost: $65 per student  (Family/Sibling Discount - $55 per student)  

Who: Anyone who has a lamb or goat and would like to improve on his or her showmanship skills

What: Traveling Show Clinic

Clinic will include…           
·         This isn’t your average showmanship session; we teach the kids to think for
themselves and outsmart the competition in the ring. 
 
·         Teaching you how to show the faults out of the animal and highlight its features.  
·         Intense showmanship session that will provide one-on-one lessons to each individual. 
·        You will take home so many new ideas and views on how to truly show your animal and the real meaning of SHOWMANSHIP.  We will put you through every situation that may occur in the arena to keep you one step ahead. 
·       Along with attending a WB Show Clinic, you will receive full communication with Sarah Loving and Kayley Wall throughout the show season in order to help you along the learning process to becoming THAT showman that everyone else WANTS to be. 
 
·         Other topics, such as feeding and health, can be covered upon request.















Presenters: Sarah Loving and Kayley Wall

Register: Contact Mandy Beaird @ abeaird@nbisd.org  or
512-497-8717. Please register ASAP so the clinic will make, we need 10 students minimum!

***Must bring your own animal***

VALIDATION DATES



VALIDATION DATES

LAMB & GOAT VALIDATION:
Tue., Oct. 14: 3-6pm – Smithson Valley H.S. Ag Barn
Tue., Oct. 28: 3-6pm – Extension Barn

SWINE VALIDATION:
Wed, Nov. 12: 12-3pm – Canyon Lake H.S.
Thurs, Nov. 13: 12-3pm – Smithson Valley H.S. Ag Barn
Thurs, Nov. 20: 4-7pm – Extension Barn

RABBIT VALIDATION:
Sat., Nov. 15: 9am - 1pm, Fairgrounds  (TRIO)
Sun., Feb. 22: 1-5pm, Fairgrounds  (MEAT PENS)
(Rabbit Breeding Date: No earlier than November 24)

HEIFER VALIDATION (NEW THIS YEAR!):
Tue., Oct. 21: 4:30-6:30 pm, Canyon H.S. Ag Barn
 
When you arrive at validation:
-          Check in at the paperwork table to fill out forms for each exhibitor and animal.
-          Signatures are REQUIRED from parent/legal guardian and each exhibitor. 
-          When held at Smithson Valley H.S. Ag Barn, drive around to back of the Ag Barn to enter 
        drive through line.

Remember, validation is NOT the same as completing entries for the livestock shows. All exhibitors MUST fill out entry forms and pay entry fees for each livestock stow in which they choose to participate. ALL livestock show entries are completed at the Extension office by November 14th. Watch your email, our web site and the blog for more information on entries as it becomes available

Homegrown 4-H Club - October meeting


Homegrown 4-H Club met on October 9th with 19 in attendance: 13 members and 6 parents. The program on Robotics was presented by Rachel Fuqua. Nathanael Hall did the U.S. Pledge and we did an icebreaker. Mrs. Fuqua spoke about One Day 4-H and what it is about. We then gave our reports. For New Business we discussed our club shirt, the Bake Sale at Tractor Supply, and then adjourned.

Our next meeting is November 13th at 2:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels Library and our program will be crafts for nursing homes.

Submitted by: Jacey Hall

Livestock Show Entries - DUE IN NOVEMBER

We are in the process of getting all the necessary livestock show forms uploaded to our web site. We'll send out an email when they are all posted. Forms can be downloaded from the web site or you can stop by the office and pick them up. Watch for that email!

FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN THROUGH NOVEMBER 7th. This is the only show with this early deadline

ALL OTHER Livestock show entries will be taken the week of November 10-14 during office hours (8-12 and 1-5, Monday through Friday). This includes San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Kerrville, San Angelo, 4-H Livestock Show and Comal County Junior Livestock Show - and any other show you want to enter this year!

Please remember that all county offices are closed on Tuesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.

For those who cannot come to the office during regular business hours, we will take after-hours entries on Thursday, November 13th from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. If you CAN make it in during office hours, please do.

Most of the stock show entry forms say "Due by December 1st" but please be aware that is the stock show deadline - not ours! We have to have time to process the entries and enter them online, which is a time-consuming process. Please check our web site carefully to make sure you have all the necessary forms properly completed and signed. Again this year the Houston forms must be signed in front of a notary public. We will have a notary available the evening of November 13th, but other than that you should call ahead to see if our notary is available before coming out with un-notarized forms. (Your bank can usually notarize your forms for you.)

Comal County Youth Homemaking & Art Fair!

The new rules are out for the 2015 Comal County Youth Homemaking and Art Fair!

Entry forms (1 per item) and payment ($5 per item) are due to Debbie Koepp OR the Extension office in a sealed envelope by 4:30 p.m. on January 9, 2015.

Information is also included on the Youth Homemaking & Art Fair Scholarship.

Click here for the new rules and entry form (last page of rules).

Lamb & Goat Jackpot


Shooting Sports Coaches Training - Stephenville



District 8 is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Shooting Sports Coaches Training for Archery, Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun in Stephenville on November 15-16, 2014.

See the flyer and website for more details. 

This training is open to any potential coaches across the state.
  • Registration will be conducted through 4‐H Connect.
  • Look for District 8 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Certification - Archery, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun.
  • Registration opened October 1, 2014 and closes November 3, 2014.
  • Please pay close attention to the deadline!
  • Cost is $120

Participants MUST have completed and passed the Background Check PRIOR to registering for the event, so if they have not completed this, they should do so IMMEDIATELY! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Additional details:
  • Registration will cover meals and course materials.
  • Only one discipline certification (archery, pistol, rifle, or shotgun) is obtainable per participant per training.
  • Lodging will not be provided for registrants.
  • Event will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, November 15 and tentatively end at noon on Sunday, November 16, 2014.
  • Tentative schedule, what to bring list, and release forms attached. Additional details will be sent to those that register.

The website will be updated with information as it becomes available.

Judson Lamb & Goat Prospect Show


2015 Texas 4-H Roundup Share-the-Fun Contest!



We are excited to announce some changes (and a few reminders) for the 2015 Texas 4-H Roundup Share-The-Fun contest!!
1.       NEW!  Share-The-Fun will be split over two days at Texas 4-H Roundup!
a.       Wednesday: Poetry/Prose, Vocal, Choreographed Routines, and Dramedy
b.      Thursday:  Musical/Instrumental, Solo/Band Performance, and Celebrate 4-H
2.       NEW! A “Best of Show” will be selected each evening by audience participation through texting in votes.
3.       A total of 7 categories will be offered for the 2015 contest.
a.       Celebrate 4-H
b.      Choreographed Routines
c.       Dramedy
d.      Musical/Instrumental
e.      Poetry/Prose
f.        Solo/Band Performance
g.       Vocal
4.       Don’t forget!  Last year an additional acting category was been added called Dramedy
5.       The first and second place district winners in each of the seven (7) categories qualify for Texas 4-H Roundup.
6.       The first and second place entries in each category from District advancing to Texas 4-H Roundup may be from the same county.  If a county has an entry in each category at District and each wins first or second, then they can all advance to Texas 4-H Roundup.
7.       Please note the Texas 4-H Roundup rule that went into effect last year:  4-H members MAY enter the same category in which they have previously been part of a first place entry at Texas 4-H Roundup. 
8.       There will be an Orientation on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm for Poetry/Prose, Vocal, Choreographed Routines, and Dramedy.  There will be an Orientation on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm for Musical/Instrumental, Solo/Band Performance, and Celebrate 4-H.  
9.       There will be an Awards Assembly on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm for Poetry/Prose, Vocal, Choreographed Routines, and Dramedy.  There will be an Awards Assembly on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm for Musical/Instrumental, Solo/Band Performance, and Celebrate 4-H.

The guidelines are posted on our web site (http://comal.agrilife.org/files/2011/03/2015_STF_Letter.pdf) and can be found soon on the Texas 4-H Roundup website under the Contest Resources section:  http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/roundup