Brown County 4-H news and updates

Brownwood Bulletin
Nick Gonzales

Dates to remember  

April  3 – Shooting Sports Practice 2:00pm at Woodman of the World

7 – Deadline to Sign Up for D-7 4-H Roundup

15 – Extension Office Closed for Good Friday

18 – Deadline to Order State Steer & Heifer Tags

18 – Deadline to Order State Fair Swine Tags

Youth fair checks

The 4-H checks for the Brown County Youth Fair are available for you to pick up at the Brown County Extension Office during our office hours of

8:30am – 4:30pm closed 12:00pm – 1:00pm for lunch Monday – Thursday and Friday 8:30am – 12:00pm.  A thank you letter should be written to each buyer who contributed towards your project. Make sure that it is stamped and addressed and turned in to the Extension Office! You will not receive your check until we receive your thank you letters. Handwritten “thank you” letters are best but, depending on your personality and penmanship a typed letter can also be appropriate. Thank each person individually, don’t try and thank a group of people in one letter. 

Horse show

Exciting new changes to the 2022 BCYF Horse show. We are moving to the Earl Q Wilson Arena! And we are adding speed events!

Classes will include all halter classes, showmanship, barrels, poles, and stakes.

Buckles will be awarded to Grand and Reserved Mare and Gelding, Jr and Sr showmanship, Jr and Sr champion, and reserved champion timed horseman.

Validation and registration are April 2nd at 3:00 at the rodeo arena. You may stay after validation if you need to work with your horse.

The show is scheduled for May 29th. Check-in at 1:00pm.

Rabbit feed containers

If you have bought rabbit feed from the Extension Office and have containers, PLEASE bring them back to the Extension Office. Feed cannot be distributed without containers and at this time Mrs. Becktold does not have containers.


Below is a list of deadlines for upcoming 4-H contest. If you are planning to participate in any of these contests, please contact the Extension Office by the deadline.

April 7th – District 7 4-H Roundup

State steer tags and heifer validation

It is hard to believe that it is already that time again to purchase state steer tags. If you are planning on showing a steer in any 2022-2023 major stock shows you must purchase a state validation tag. The state has increased the cost for steer tags therefore, the cost is $22 per tag and the deadline to purchase a tag is April 18th. Please come contact the Extension Office to purchase your steer tag.

If you have a heifer that was not validated in October 2021 or if you are changing ownership and are planning to participate in a major stock show before November 2022, that heifer will need to be validated in June the cost will be $15 per heifer. If you are not planning to show a heifer at West Texas Fair, State Fair, or Heart of Texas you will have another opportunity to validate in October 2021. Please contact the Extension Office by April 18th.  

Swine tags

If you are in 4-H and planning on participating at the State Fair in Dallas with market barrows and/or breeding gilts, you will need to purchase a tag. The cost is $17 per tag. The deadline to order tags is April 18th.

4-H horse validation

Validation is required for showing at district or state horse shows, and its purpose is to certify that ownership requirements have been met. The horse must be owned solely by the 4-H member, his/her parents (biological or stepparents), brother, sister, grandparents, or legal guardian. Horses under lease to, but not owned by any of the named persons, do not qualify. Horses owned in partnership or jointly with any person other than those previously listed do not meet ownership requirements. The horse validation process will be completed electronically using the 4-H Connect online management system.

All 4-H members who wish to show at the District Show or the State 4-H Horse Show will be required to validate their horse(s) on the 4-H Online system. Horse validation is completed for each horse and will cover all 4-H youth members in that family profile. When validating your horse(s) on 4-H Connect, you will select only one 4-H youth member to conduct the validation under. Once a horse is validated, validation paid, and you begin registering for the District Horse Show, the validated horse(s) can be moved to the appropriate 4-H member(s) that will be exhibiting the horse in the show.

Validation will be open from March 1st to MAY 1st. Any horse validated before or after this date will NOT be accepted. An illustrated step-by-step instruction guide for families is available for download and reference on both the Texas 4-H website ( and the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science – Equine Science website ( Validation cost for each horse is $10.00 from March 1st – April 15th. From April 16th – May 1st validation cost for each horse is $20.00. Credit Card will be the only acceptable form of payment. If you have any questions, please contact Nick Gonzales at the Extension Office.

The 2022 district horse show will be held in San Angelo, Texas on June 14th.


District 7 4-H Roundup is on Friday, April 29th at the Grape Creek Baptist Church and Texas A&M Research. It will consist of many events that Brown County 4-Hers can compete in, such as public speaking, Share - the - Fun, and educational presentations. All age divisions are eligible to participate in the District 7 4-H Round Up. We ask that you notify the Extension Office by April 7th if you are planning to participate in D-7 4-H Roundup. If you would like more information, please contact Nick Gonzales.

Lifetime leadership experience

The Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership opportunity is a 5-day exploration for youth in Texas to experience East Texas agricultural production. This year the 2022 Y.A.L.L. Experience is excited to be headed to East Texas! In past years participants have learned the value of technology in livestock and crop production on large scale commercial operations. Youth will have the opportunity to get an insider’s perspective as we explore the timber industry, nursey landscape industry, East Texas specialty crops and visit Texas A&M University. All while networking with industry leaders and exploring the various career opportunities in the agriculture industry.  

4-H members that have a strong interest in production agriculture who are outgoing high school freshmen through outgoing seniors invited to apply and 30 youth will be selected. The applications are available online at: . Application deadline is April 15, 2022. The tour will depart from the Bexar County Extension office in San Antonio on July 17th and return to the Bexar County Extension office on July 21st. The cost to the participants for the 5 days is $200. Youth will submit their $200 with their application, if youth are not selected into the program their payment will be refunded. 4-H members that have a strong interest in production agriculture who are outgoing high school freshmen through outgoing seniors are invited to apply and 30 youth will be selected. Applicants will be notified of their selection into the program by May 15th.

When: July 17-21, 2022

Where: Depart from Bexar County Extension Office and travel across East Texas!

Cost: $200

Who: Current 9th – 12th Graders

Texas Brigades

Texas Brigades is now accepting applications for its summer Brigade Camps. The series of eight statewide camps are open to youth, 13-17 years of age, who are interested in the outdoors. Participating young men and women are introduced to subject-specific stewardship, conservation, and management topics throughout 5 days. Camp fees ($500) include meals, lodging, materials, and more.

Each camp is an extensive and hands-on educational camp featuring a conservation subject or theme and is limited to 30 participants. Themes include quail, deer, bass, fisheries, marine species, waterfowl, and ranching. Texas Brigades is now in its twenty-ninth year of hosting summer camps.

Texas Brigades summer camps provide youth an intensive and exciting educational experience built on the important principles of stewardship of natural resources vital to livestock, wildlife, and waters in Texas. Find more information on Texas Brigades and their long-time partnership with AgriLife at

Scheduled 2022 Brigade Camp dates and locations are:

June 10-14, Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, private ranch near Abilene.

June 12-16, South Texas Buckskin Brigade, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton.

June 18-22, South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, Buck Horn Creek Ranch, McCoy.

June 25-29, South Texas Ranch Brigade – Duval County Ranch (Freer, TX)

July 6-10, Bass Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.

July 13-17, Waterfowl Brigade, Pintail Hunting Club, Garwood.

July 18-22, Ranch Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.

July 24-28, North Texas Buckskin Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.

July 26-30, Coastal Brigade, Sea Star Base, Galveston.

Apply online at by the March 15th deadline. Interested youths will select “Cadet App,” select camp preferences, and answer questions about their interests and experiences. Adults interested in volunteering for camp will select “Adult Leader App.” Camp selections are made by April 15th.