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4-H Events and Opportunities

Program Contact: Shannon Rowley, Extension Coordinator
(509) 684-2588 •
Washington Swine Information Day – February 1

The Washington Swine Information Day will be held on February 1, 2019 from 9:00 am until 4:45 pm at the Pillar Rock Grill (Moses Lake Golf & Country Club) in Moses Lake, Washington.  Swine producers of all sizes; 4-H/FFA youth producers; agency representatives; agriculture educators; and fair/show representatives are invited to participate.  The event has been organized and sponsored by Washington Pork Producers, National Pork Board Checkoff, and Washington State University Extension. Washington Swine Information Day features an array of presentations that have been organized to meet the diverse and unique needs of Pacific Northwest Swine Producers.

This year’s featured speaker will be Dr. Chris Hostetler the Director of Animal Sciences at the National Pork Board.  As a former professor at Washington State University and manager of the WSU Swine Center Manager, Dr. Hostetler has an excellent understanding of swine production from breeding to marketing and the unique challenges and opportunities in raising pigs in Washington.  Dr. Hostetler will share his expertise in swine production and new technology in the swine and meat industry. Dr. Hostetler will start the morning with a presentation on “New Technology in Animal Agriculture Production: What it Means for Swine Producers”. This presentation will discuss the potential impacts gene editing, cultured meat, and big data and sensors to monitor animals will have on swine and future consumer demands.  The morning session will also include presentations on current issues concerning swine diseases within US and worldwide, and swine market trade and economic outlook will also be addressed.

The afternoon session will focus on the basics of raising pigs for producers of all sizes. Dr. Dough Jasmer, a Professor and Parasitologist, will present on “Parasite Prevention and Control”.  Dr. Hostetler’s afternoon presentation will be on Swine Reproduction 101.  This presentation will cover topics from gilt and sow management, boar management, artificial insemination, farrowing and piglet care.  The day will wrap up with updates on swine premise identification number tags, Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), Seattle Bourbon and Bacon 2018 recap and an assessment to determine the demand for a direct marketing of meat workshop.

Registration for the day’s event is $25 per person and includes seminar, handouts, lunch and break refreshments. An all-day youth registration, $20, is also available to 4-H and FFA members.  Individuals may also attend just the afternoon session for $10.  There is a $15 per person late charge for registrations postmarked after January 26, 2019.  Please pre-register so we can ensure adequate accommodations and meals.  A complete seminar agenda and registration brochure is available at or by contacting Sarah M. Smith, WSU Extension Regional Specialist at  or (509)754-2011, Ext 4363.  To register with a credit card, go to  and enter event number 4026905 (  Additional funding for this event was made available by Pork Checkoff funding.

Spokane County 4-H Livestock Super Saturday – February 2

What: 4-H Livestock Super Saturday Pay Now

Date: Saturday February 2

Location: WSU Spokane County Extension Office 222 N. Havana St. Spokane WA 99202

Cost:$10.00 includes lunch

Participants: All 4-H youth that are 8 years as of Oct. 1st. Outside counties are welcome.

More information: All welcome! Come spend the day learning about 4-H LIVESTOCK from mentors in our community. Youth will learn how you can have a positive experience raising, feeding, training, showing and selling livestock in our community. Lunch provided. Super Saturday Classes:

Animal Project Questions & Answer for beef, swine, sheep and goats, with Tanner Gerdes
Livestock Quality Assurance Feed & Nutrition: Kyle Cordill & Scott Wilson
Record books with Stacey Carpenter & Gina Mosey
Show ring etiquette and showmanship with Mike Brown
Marketing your live$tock project

4-H Help Requested at Cattlemen’s Banquet – February 9

Did you sell an animal at the Fat Stock Sale during the NE WA Fair? If so, then it is time to give back and say thank you to the buyers by helping out at the annual Stevens County Cattlemen’s Banquet. Youth are needed help with serving, flag salutes, and other tasks during the dinner. The dinner is February 9 at the Community College in Colville. Youth should be there by 4:30 pm. Dinner will be provided. Please wear black bottoms with a white top. To sign up to help or if you have questions please call Debbie Wishon at 680.2400. The Stevens County Cattlemen organize the Fat Stock Sale each year.

Dog Daze – February 23

The Stevens County 4-H Dog Program presents Dog Daze Winter Play Time from 10 am – 3 pm on February 23 at the Ag Trade Center in Colville (311 W. Astor). Up first is Trick Testing for AKC titles (look on the AKC web site – Trick Dog). All kinds of tricks are allowed, and most can use bait. Following that will be Introduction to Agility. You and your dog will learn tunnels, jumps, seesaw, dog walk, pause box, and weave poles. Bring your dog on a leash with a training or buckle collar. Using bait will be allowed. Open to youth ages 5-18 and adults. This event is free. There will be a lunch break from 12 – 1 pm. For more information or to register contact 4-H Dog Program Leader Jody Hoffman at (509) 684-5977 or

Sensational Saturday – March 2

Save the date for our annual Sensational Saturday program on March 2 at the Community College in Colville. If you are interested in teaching a 45 minute workshop please let Shannon know at We are looking for 4-H project related classes, crafts, and more.

Watch WSU Women’s Basketball with 4-H Promo Code

Mark your calendars for 4-H day with WSU Women’s Basketball! March 3, at 12:00 pm, the WSU Women’s Basketball team will be featuring 4-H, including games for 4-H kids at half-time. If you’d like to purchase tickets, use promo code “4HDay” and tickets will be only $3.00! It’s never been a better time to watch WSU Women’s Basketball. Purchase tickets here: