The weigh in dates have been set by the Oconto Fair Livestock Committee. The dates are: March 15th for Beef and April 26th for Sheep & Swine. The approximate time for the weigh in for both dates are from 10-11AM at the Oconto County Fairgrounds in Gillett.
The 2014 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Market Steer Self-Identification Deadline is rapidly approaching!
Exhibitors wishing to exhibit Junior Market Steers at the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S. Cellular July 31 through August 10 will need to self-identify their animals with an official Wisconsin State Fair RFID identification tag and submit a DNA hair sample. Materials must be submitted between January 1 and February 10, 2014.Request forms for animal identification will be available at WiStateFair.com fromJanuary 1 through January 31, 2014. Forms must be submitted with proper fees ($15 per identified animal) by mail or delivered to the Wisconsin State Fair offices located at 640 South 84th Street, West Allis, WI 53214 by the deadline. Identification supplies willonly be available for pick-up at the Wisconsin State Fair offices February 1 – 10, 2014.
Upon processing of identification requests, Wisconsin State Fair will send RFID (Allflex) identification tag(s), identification documentation and DNA sample submission envelopes to each exhibitor. The exhibitor must self-identify his or her animals by placing the official Wisconsin State Fair RFID tag in the animal’s ear, collecting a DNA hair sample and completing the animal identification documentation form. Allflex ear taggers and needle nose pliers to extract hair DNA may also be purchased from the Fair if needed. DNA samples with the identification documentation must be postmarked or delivered to Wisconsin State Fair no later than 4:30pm on February 10, 2014.
Performance steers must be identified with a Wisconsin State Fair RFID ear tag and submit a DNA sample between January 1 and February 10, 2014.
Animal Exhibitors: Get a head start on your educational points! This event will count as an educational point:
The Shawano County 4-H Livestock Key Committee is sponsoring an evening with “Dairy Carrie” at the Shawano High School Auditorium on Tuesday evening, March 4th, starting promptly at 7:00 pm. Her presentation will center on “How to be a Face and Voice for Agriculture.” We anticipate her speaking for about 45 minutes to one hour and then allowing 30 to 45 minutes after that for questions. We expect to be done around 8:30 pm since we must have everyone out of the auditorium by 9 pm. Carrie will begin speaking right at 7 pm, so participants should arrive before 7:00 pm. Participants will be admitted to the auditorium between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There is no charge, and no advance registration needed for this program.
Carrie Mess (aka “Dairy Carrie) is a nationally known farm woman from Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Her name is recognized by many in the Agriculture Industry because of her highly visited Internet blog at dairycarrie.com, entitled “The Adventures of Dairy Carrie.”
Please let Ms. Claflin know if you are interested in attending and we can go together as a group.
On Sunday, December 8th, the members of the Gillett FFA got up bright and early to start preparing for their annual holiday dinner.
This event took a lot of planning. First, they had to decide what the meal was going to be and estimate the cost. They decided the meal would consist of ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cheese slices and dinner rolls. The cost would be a non-perishable food item that would be donated to the local food pantry. Next, they went out to local businesses to ask for donations to offset the cost. Then came the day of the dinner.
This year they served 50 people and collected 90 items. Thank you to all who came and supported the Gillett FFA’s Holiday Dinner.
-Written by Jacob Timm, Gillett FFA Reporter
You are invited to an afterschool workshop at Oconto Falls High School on Monday Jan. 6th. All FFA members are welcome and there is NO COST. The schedule is below. Oconto Falls FFA Alumni will feed you and your students a nice little snack when you arrive so your travels home can proceed immediately at the close of the last session.
Ms. Claflin needs your permission form turned in by Friday, December 20 to give numbers to Oconto Falls. Permission slips are on the FFA board.
3:15 pm Arrive at Oconto Falls High School
4:00-4:10 pm Welcome and Introductions
4:10-4:40 pm National Officer Keynote – National Officer 2
4:45-5:45 pm Breakout Session – 3 workshops – Students Select One
5:50-6:25 pm National Officer Keynote and Wrap-up – National Officer 3
6:30 pm Photos
On October 29th, four Gillett FFA members left for the 85th Annual National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Claflin, Rachel Ransom, Hailey Brock, and Danielle Timm took the 12 hour bus ride to have an enjoyable time in Kentucky. While traveling to the convention, stops were made and tours were held at the Louisville Slugger factory and The Kentucky Horse Farm. Not to mention attendance at the Dierks Bently and Jana Kramer Concert on Thursday night. The group attended many FFA Conference Sessions at the Kentucky Exposition Center. A lot of information was gathered at the Career Show and FFA Shopping Mall. Everyone came home with a lot of memories and souvenirs.