Brown County 4-H will hold a Food Challenge information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Extension Office.

The purpose of the meeting is to educate adult leaders and youth about the Food Challenge Contest. During the meeting we will discuss coaches, practices, and teams for the project.

If you have youth that would like to participate or if you are a volunteer that is interested in coaching, please attend this meeting. It would be beneficial if youth are accompanied by a parent during this meeting. For more information please contact the Extension Office.



Customers at our local Tractor Supply can support Brown County 4-H by purchasing paper clovers at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and 75% will remain in Brown County.

Our local Tractor Supply Co. has been one of the top money raisers in this region since the Paper Clover fundraiser started; so, let’s help them become number one in the state, while supporting Brown County 4-H at the same time during this fundraiser.



Our annual Kids, Kows, and More third-grade agriculture education day is coming up on Oct. 22. We are looking for 4-H members ages 12-18 that would like to volunteer to help with the event. Duties will consist of being group leaders, helping move youth from each session, helping guest speakers with their sessions, Help Recruit New 4-H Members, etc. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., so we will write excuses to your school if you want to participate. If you are interested in helping, please RSVP by Oct. 15. For more information, contact Nick Gonzales at the Extension Office, 325-646-0386.



If you are needing assistance with finding a 4-H livestock project such as, lamb, goat, or swine for upcoming county and/or state shows please contact Nick Gonzales or Scott Anderson at the Extension Office.

If you already have your livestock project and would like for the agents to come, check on your project please contact the Extension Office to schedule an appointment.



It is that time to start getting ready for the Brown County Youth Fair and Major Stock Shows. The most important step in doing this is validating your animals. Lamb/goat validation will be at 8 a.m. Oct. 19 and swine validation at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Brown County Youth Fair Barns.

There will not be a county validation make up day. If you are planning on participating in the Brown County Youth Fair, you need to make sure your animal is present the day of validation. If you ordered state tags and have not paid for them, please come by the Extension Office ASAP. You must be enrolled in 4-H before the date of validation.



If you are showing a heifer at a major stock show that has not previously been state validated or has changed owners, they will need to be validated. Heifers that are only participating in the Brown County Youth Fair do not need to be validated.

The date for heifer validation is Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Bob Clark's pens. Please make sure you have registration papers in hand at validation. Every heifer needs to have an ID, either a brand or tattoo. Please ensure that tattoos/brands are done and legible before validation.

Dates to Remember:

• Oct. 29: Physical Validation, 9 a.m. at Bob Clark's pens

• Nov. 1: Deadline Original Registration Papers Must be in Exhibitors Name

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 325-646-0386.



Ag-Mart and Moorman’s is teaming up to give local. For every bag of ShowTec you purchase Ag-Mart and Moorman’s will give $1 back to a local 4-H Club/Project Club of your choice. Purchase between now and Dec. 31.



The Brown County 4-H Food Show is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Extension Office. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by Oct. 18. Clover kids are eligible to participate in the Brown County 4-H Food Show.

This year’s 4-H Food Show theme, Food Around the World, challenges contestants to explore foods and cultures from countries outside the United States. Let your exploration guide your recipe selection for the food show. Is there a country you dream of traveling to in the future? Consider your family’s heritage and/or original place of origin for inspiration. Or simply spin the globe and let your finger choose a country. Remember to keep in mind good nutrition and healthy preparation methods as you select your recipe. Below are the categories for Food Show:

• Main Dish – Food classified as main dish usually contain a meat or meat alternate such as cheese, eggs, dry beans, or peas and peanut butter. They also may contain other foods. Dishes may include beef, veal, pork, variety meats, poultry, eggs, fish and shellfish. Other possible dishes include meat loaves, soufflés, omelets, soups and chowders.

• Fruits & Vegetables – Side dishes are foods that are usually served along with a main dish or as accompaniments to the main course. Foods in this category should be those in which the main ingredient is a fruit or a vegetable. Suggested dishes may include salads, cooked vegetables, cooked fruit, and combination vegetable dishes.

• Breads & Cereals – The foods in this category should contain foods made from wheat, oats, rice rye, barley, millet, quinoa and / or corn. Examples of entries for this category include quick breads such as muffins and biscuits, yeast breads, oatmeal and pasta.

• Nutritious Snacks – For this category, look for recipes high in nutrients which provide lasting energy to sustain an individual between meals. Examples of nutritious snacks include: red pepper hummus, oven roasted chickpeas, or oatmeal energy balls.

The District 7 Food Show will be Nov. 21 in Abilene. For more information, please contact Nick Gonzales or Courtney Parrott at 325-646-0386.



Every year we have two nights in November that we designate for families who want to enter the major stock shows and Brown County Youth Fair. The only way you can enter the major stock shows is if you bought state tags. The two nights we are having stock show sign up is Nov. 4 and Nov. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.

If you are planning on entering Fort Worth, you will need to attend the night of Nov. 4 because the deadline to enter Fort Worth Stock Show is Nov. 8. The deadline to enter Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and San Angelo Stock Show is Nov. 22. This will be your opportunity to enter the Brown County Youth Fair at this time. We are setting a deadline to enter the Youth Fair on Nov. 22.



There is going to be a Hunter Education Classroom Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Home Economics Building at the Youth Fair Barns.

This course is designed for novice or young hunters, ages 9 years of age and above. The course covers the core competencies of firearm and hunting safety, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. All materials are provided. The fee for the certification is $15. Please bring a sack lunch as there will not be time to leave for lunch.

Pre-Registration is required. You can register by going to the following link:

For additional information please contact Bobby Clark 361-597-0310 or the Extension Office at 325-646-0386.



Rodeo Austin - March 21, 2020

• Purchase certificate value of $1,000 - $6,000

• Certificates used to purchase the following: Market Steer, Market Lamb, Market Goat, Market Barrow, Breeding Beef Heifer

• Participant must have reached their 12th but not their 18th birthday on August 31st, year prior to show and must not be enrolled beyond their junior year in High School.

• Entries are limited to 168 participants

• Online entries begin Oct. 1 and participants are accepted on first-come, first-serve basis.

• Entry fee is $30


Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – Jan. 17-Feb. 8, 2020

• Purchase certificate value of $500

• Certificates used to purchase a breeding beef or dairy heifer

• All applicants must have been born between 09/01/01 and 01/01/2005 and not beyond their junior year of high school.

• Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After all the positions have been filled, the remaining applications will be kept on file and used on an as needed basis. • Each County 4-H Program is limited to a maximum of six entries.


Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – March 3-22, 2020

• Purchase certificate value of $1,750

• Certificates used to purchase a breeding beef heifer or market steer

• Must show the animal in the 2021 Houston Livestock Show

•Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After all the positions have been filled, the remaining applications will be kept on file and used on an as needed basis.


San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo – Jan. 31- Feb. 8, 2020

• Limited to first 80 entries

• Participants must have reached their 13th, but not 19th birthday on or by February 1, 2020

• 20 students compete in 4 separate scrambles

• A purchase certificate will be issued to each of the top 10 contestants catching a calf in one of the four go-arounds.

• FINALS: Top 16 Contestants come back! (Top 4 in each go-round)

• Top 8 in Finals receive scholarships

• Places 9-16 receive additional $250 purchase certificate.

• Must be 13 years of age but no older than 18 by Feb. 1, 2019


San Antonio Stock Show – Feb. 6-23, 2020

• Participants must have reached their 12th, but not their 18th birthday on Jan. 1 and not be enrolled beyond their junior year in high school.

• Entry deadline for calf scramble is Nov. 1.

If you are planning on participating in any of the other calf scrambles, please contact Nick Gonzales at the Extension Office.



The enrollment process for the 2019-2020 4-H year began Aug. 15. All 4-H families, new and returning, are encouraged to log in and enroll to become an official 4-H member.

As you begin your enrollment for the year, here are some tips in using 4-H CONNECT:

• If you already have a profile DO NOT create another one!

• If you lost your email and password call the county office so we can reset, it for you.

• An active membership will not be granted until the $25 participation fee is paid on 4-H Connect!

• You cannot register or participate in an event until your profile is ACTIVE.

• When you are doing your re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 4-H Year please make sure you update your address, phone number, and e-mail address.

For any youth who is joining 4-H in 2019-2020 for the first time as a 3rd grader we ask for you NOT TO ENROLL until Sept. 1, which is the actual first day of the new 4-H year and what is used to calculate grade/age. If a 2nd grader moving into 3rd grade enrolls before Sept. 1 it will “tag” them as a Clover Kid, not charge an enrollment fee and lock them in as a Clover Kid for the year.

Don’t wait until the last minute to enroll because after Oct. 31 the cost increases to $30.




Oct. 13 – Brownwood 4-H Club Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at the Youth Fair Barns

Oct. 13 – May 4-H Club Meeting, 2 p.m. at May High School

Oct. 14 – Extension Office Closed for Columbus Day

Oct. 15 – Food Challenge Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office

Oct. 15 – Rabbit Club Meeting, 6 p.m. at Home EC Building

Oct. 18 – Deadline to Sign Up for 4-H Food Show

Oct. 19 – Sheep/Goat Validation at Brow, 2 p.m. at the Extension Office

Oct. 27 – Brown County 4-H Food Show, 2 p.m. at the Extension Office

Oct. 27 – Sheep Club Meeting , 7 p.m. at Brown County Youth Fair Barns

Oct. 29 – Fall Heifer Validation, 9 a.m. at Bob Clark's Pens