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4-H Tech Tuesdays

Explore the world of robotics, computers, rockets, and Maker with 4-H! Tech Tuesdays is a rotating schedule of Robotics Club, Computer Science Club, and Rocket Club – on Tuesdays! Well, most of the time anyway.

Once a quarter or so, we’ll have a “Maker” Tuesday, where 4-H’ers can use various materials and methods to create something from their imagination and engineering skills. The Tech Tuesday clubs will meet at the Lauderdale Extension/4-H Office except for special events and service opportunities.

Tech Tuesdays – Robotics

  • Robotics I (1st or 2nd year) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Robotics II (3+ years) 6:00 – 8:00 pm

September 19 (rescheduled due to weather on 9/12), October 7 (Saturday – volunteer at BEST event), October 10, November 14, January 9, February 13, March 6

February 24 – participate in UNA Robotics event

March 8 – showcase projects at regional STEM event

April 26 – showcase projects at County Round-Up

What kind of fun robot project will the 4-H’ers build and program at Robotics Club next? Will it be drag car races? crazy lawnmowers? an obstacle course challenge? Join us as we learn more about programming and engineering using Lego Mindstorm NXT and EV3 Robot kits. Members also work on projects preparing for a Regional STEM competition in March 2018.

Tech Tuesdays – Computer Science, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

September 19 (will coincide with Robotics because of weather change), September 23 (Saturday, volunteer at N. AL Fair)October 17, December  4 (Monday – Hour of Code event)January 16, February 20

March 8 – showcase projects at regional STEM event

April 26 – showcase projects at County Round-Up

Computer science gives youth a foundation of creativity, problem solving, and computer skills. Our new Computer Science Club is sponsored by Google – yes! Google! – and will explore the principals of computer programming through both “unplugged” activities and online activities from CS First and using MIT’s Scratch software.  The fun will have a different theme each month… animation, art, fashion, friends, gaming, music, sports… members can join any time!

Tech Tuesdays – Rockets (7th grade and up), times to be scheduled

October 17, 6:00 pm – organizational meeting, registration paperwork, UNA forms

November 4 – first UNA workshop (time to be announced)

November 28, January 23, February 27, March 6

March 8 – showcase projects at 4-H regional STEM event

March – compete in UNA competition (schedule to be announced by UNA)

April 26 – showcase projects at County Round-Up

Participants will explore their interest in the science behind rocket flight, then use that knowledge to design and build a model rocket – without using a kit! What size body tube? What shape fins, and how many?  How will the payload return to Earth safely? The group project will be entered in UNA’s Rocketry Challenge. Members must join at the first meeting to participate in the program.

Tech Tuesdays – Maker Fun, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

February 6, April 10

March 8 – help with Maker exhibit at 4-H regional STEM event

April 26 – showcase projects at County Round-Up

A Maker is someone who makes stuff: robots, crafts, furniture, art, or electronic gadgets. At Tech Tuesday – Maker sessions, participants will figure out how to make or do stuff on their own through creating, building, and sharing.

4-H Livestock Projects

There are many opportunities for youth to learn about animals and to explore different types of livestock with the 4-H Animal Science programs. There are also many great reasons to be a part of livestock clubs! These clubs and programs help build self-confidence, teamwork, leadership skills, and more!  Several of the projects are short-term and can be done with a large yard!  You can do Quizbowl, Skill-A-Thon, and Judging; without even owning animals. Livestock projects are open to youth ages 9 – 18. Participants must enroll in 4-H. For more information about any of these projects: Contact the Lauderdale County 4-H Office (256-766-6223)

Heifer Showhttp://offices.aces.edu/lauderdale/4-h-heifer-show/

Alabama National Fairhttps://alnationalfair.org/livestock/

Junior Beef ExpoJrBeefExpo.com  (validation & registration due November 1)

beef it up logo, market steer project

Beef It Up!

Participants raise a steer of their choosing, then bring the steer to a show. The steer can be shown on a halter or in a pen. Registration is due by November 1, 2017. 

Project requirements:

  • Enroll youth in 4-H through 4HOnline, select Beef It Up! Club
  • Register steer(s) at validation site in your area (Cullman County on October 14 is the closest for us!)
  • Record keeping
  • Poster presentation
  • Enter steer in state show

Beef It Up! State Show – Regional workshops will be offered to help members prepare for the state show, which is April 7, 2018, in Autaugaville.

Full project guidelines: http://offices.aces.edu/lauderdale/wp-content/uploads/sites/98/2017/02/Beef-It-Up-rules.pdf 

pig squeal logo

Pig Squeal

The 4-H Pig Squeal Project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising swine:

swine management, healthy hogs, business management, record keeping, pride of accomplishment

Important project dates:

  • October 30, 6p – project kickoff meeting
  • November 17 – registration and program fee due
  • November 27, 6p – project training (required to receive pigs)
  • January 13 – pick up pigs at Lauderdale 4-H Barn
  • February – schedule a home visit with your 4-H agent
  • March 3 – showmanship clinic at the Fairgrounds (Muscle Shoals)
  • April 28  – NW Alabama 4-H Pig Squeal show and auction

Full program guidelines and registration form:  http://offices.aces.edu/lauderdale/wp-content/uploads/sites/98/2017/02/Pig-Squeal-guidelines-2017-18.pub_.pdf 

Chick Chain

With Chick Chain, 4-H’ers will receive 10 birds to raise through the summer. Participants bring 2 to the show and auction and keep the rest.

Project requirements:

  • Attend project meetings
  • Record keeping
  • Chick Chain show

Project timeline: 

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 – project meeting, 6p, Lauderdale 4-H/Extension Office
  • Monday, March 19, 2018 – project training, 6p (location to be announced)
  • Thursday, April 5 – project meeting and chick delivery (alternate date, April 6; based on delivery)
  • Tuesday, May 8 – project meeting
  • Summer – home visits
  • June 25-29 – State Poultry Events
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 – project training: showmanship
  • September – show, and auction

Market Lamb

The 4-H Market Lamb project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising beef. Your participation in the 4-H Market Lamb project will help you:

  • Develop sheep management skills
  • Learn to produce a healthy finished lamb product
  • Develop an awareness for business management
  • Develop record keeping skills
  • Realize the pride of accomplishment

NOTE: This project is a stand-alone Lamb project; not connected with the previously established Alabama Show Lamb Project.

How the Market Lamb project works:

  1. Participants must enroll in 4-H and pay a program fee.
  2.  In early May 2018, youth will receive one market wether, approximately 2 months old. The lamb will come from a reputable farm and will be properly vaccinated.  Participants will care for this lamb for approximately 5-6 months.
  3.  Lambs will be selected by the participant through a random drawing on delivery day.
  4.  Each participant will be required to schedule a home visit with his or her Extension Agent(s) during the project.
  5.  At the end of the project (around September), participants will bring the lamb to the Alabama 4-H Market Lamb Show. Lambs will be shown by weight on the day of the show.
  6.  Average Daily Gain will be calculated using the animal’s weight at delivery compared to the weight at show weigh-in.
  7.  Record books will be an integral part of this project. Completed record book and a knowledge test will be a significant portion of the youth’s overall showmanship score at the Alabama 4-H Market Lamb Show.



Livestock Judging

Livestock judging is developing evaluation and decision-making skills using animals and animal products as tools. For Skillathon and Quizbowl, participants showcase knowledge through a team activity and through solving and analyzing real-world livestock issues. The fun includes…

  • Learning the parts and purpose of livestock (cattle, lamb, swine, goat)
  • Developing your public speaking strategies and skills
  • Build analysis and organizational skills

Some regional workshops will be offered, but most project work is done on your own.


Annual 4-H Heifer Show

Join us on October 24 in the barn of the Lauderdale County Extension office for the annual 4-H Heifer Show, sponsored in part by the Lauderdale County Cattlemen’s Association.

Tuesday, October 24

3:00 – 4:30 pm check-in

5:00 pm cake auction

5:30 pm Cattlemen’s supper

6:30 pm show starts


The Lauderdale County 4-H Heifer Show is presented in partnership with the Lauderdale Cattlemen’s Association, and is managed and administered by the Lauderdale County Extension System and the Lauderdale County 4-H Program.

Entry Form

General Show Information

  1. Entries are open to youth ages 9-18 that are enrolled members of 4-H in Lauderdale County. Youth in NW AL whose home county does not offer a beef project are invited to participate.
    1. A member’s 4-H age is determined by their age on January 1st of the program year. The Alabama 4-H program year runs from August 1st through July 31st.
    2. For the 2017-2018 program year, a member’s 4-H age is his or her age on January 1, 2018.
  2. Each participant must own the heifer(s) they enter. The animal(s) must be under the direct care of the participant. Original registration certificates must be presented at check-in to verify ownership and tattoos.
  3. Effective January 1, 2013, the Alabama State Veterinarian began requiring that all animals exhibited at Livestock Shows and related events must comply with the Alabama Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) Rule. All cattle that are to be shown must have one of the following methods of official ID appropriately placed in the ear:
    1. An official EID (an electronic identification) ear tag purchased from an approved animal identification number (AIN) manager or distributor.
    2. The Original Brucellosis silver metal ear tag (available from the State Veterinarian’s Office).
    3. An orange Official Calfhood Vaccination (OCV) ear tag, placed in the ear when the heifer receives her OCV.
  4. To be eligible to compete for premiums, all animals must be halter broke and well groomed. Cattle that are wild and are not in credible condition will be ruled out. All animals will be exhibited at the owner’s own risk.
  5. All animals must be shown in their natural conformation without alteration or modification, except for the grooming of hair and trimming of hooves.
    1. False tailheads/false switches will not be permitted.
    2. Any surgical procedure, injection, ingestion, or application of any substance which could affect the animal’s performance or alter the natural contour, conformation, or appearance is prohibited.
    3. Cattle must be shown clean and dry.
    4. The youth showman should be seen actively participating in the grooming process on show day.
  6. Each exhibitor may show a maximum of four (4) animals.
  7. The owner must show their own animal(s) in all classes. It is allowable to ask another 4-H member to show a heifer in breeding and commercial classes when the owner has multiple entries in the class. Adults are not permitted in the ring.
  8. Nurse cows will not be allowed to accompany entries at the show.
  9. All exhibitors are expected to dress professionally when exhibiting animals.
  10. The Alabama Cooperative Extension, Alabama 4-H, and the Lauderdale County 4-H staff have the final authority regarding the rules for and facilitation of the Lauderdale County 4-H Heifer show, including but not limited to the enforcement of show rules, the age-eligibility of 4-H youth, the eligibility of livestock, and the show divisions and classes.


  1. Classes will be divided by age using the Alabama 4-H age guidelines: Junior (9-11), Intermediate (12-13), Senior I (14-15), and Senior II (16-18).
  2. Each exhibitor must show his or her own animal in his or her showmanship class. By virtue of this rule, each heifer will only enter the show ring once in the showmanship division (with the exception of the non-owners classes).
  3. Two Non-owners Classes will be offered for 4-H members that do not own a show heifer.
    1. An educational Showmanship Clinic for youth ages 5-8 in which the class will not be placed and the livestock will be led primarily by the owner. This is an educational opportunity only.
    2. A Non-owners Showmanship Class for youth ages 9-18. Participants may show another 4-H member’s heifer at their own risk and with the consent of the animal owner. Recognition for the Non-owners Class will be a placement ribbon and/or other non-cash awards.


  1. All breeds and crossbreeds are eligible. Class breaks will be determined after the registration process is complete. Heifers are eligible for only one breed show.
    1. Registered heifers will be shown by breed.
    2. Commercial heifers will be shown by weight. Commercial heifers are defined as unregistered heifers or heifers whose tattoo ownership does not match the registration papers.
  2. For the breed classes (registered heifers), heifers must be born between September 1, 2015, and April 30, 2017. Breed classes will be divided by age after check-in using these general guidelines but to divide into as equal a number per class as possible with a reasonable range within each class:
  3. Junior Heifer Calves: March 1 – April 30, 2017.
  4. Junior Heifer Calves: January 1 – February 28, 2017.
  5. Early Senior Heifer Calves: November 1 – December 31, 2016.
  6. Late Senior Heifer Calves: September 1 – October 31, 2016.
  7. Summer Yearling Heifers: May-August 31, 2016.
  8. Late Junior Yearling Heifers: March 1 – April 30, 2016.
  9. Early Junior Yearling Heifers: January 1 – February 28, 2016.
  10. Senior Yearling Heifers: September 1 – December 31, 2015.
  11. For the commercial classes, classes will be divided by weight after check-in to divide into as equal a number per class as possible with a reasonable range within each class.
  12. A Grand and Reserve Champion will be selected in each breed class and commercial class. An Overall Grand and Reserve Champion will be selected from those Grand and Reserves.

Entry Fee and Awards

There is a $25 entry fee per head. All awards will come directly from the show entry fees and a cake auction held at the show.

Important Dates

  1. September 15, 5p – registration deadline, entry fees due
  2. October 23, 4p – show set-up at the 4-H Barn
  3. October 24 – Lauderdale County 4-H Heifer Show

Information about other livestock shows will be added below as it comes in to the 4-H office:

Muscle Shoals https://www.northalabamastatefair.org/2017/

Fayette County http://offices.aces.edu/lauderdale/wp-content/uploads/sites/98/2017/08/Fayette-2017-Fair-Book.pdf  

Alabama National Fair (Montgomery) https://alnationalfair.org/livestock/ 

Junior Beef Expo (validation & registration due November 1): JrBeefExpo.com