The team will represent Florida 4-H in the National Western 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Denver, CO. Jan 4-7, 2017. The Alachua County Cattlemen’s Association has made a donation towards the team’s expenses for the trip. The State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was held in April, 2016.

Team members: Cody Donaldson

                              Summer Sanders

                              Cheyenne Donaldson

                              Hunter Hayes

This team was 2nd High Team at the Florida State Fair, Tampa Feb. 2016

·       Cheyenne Donaldson was 3rd High Individual

·       Summer Sanders was 10th High Individual


At the State 4-H Contest, Gainesville, April 2016

·       Team 3rd Overall High Team

·       Team 3rd High in Oral Reasons

·       Team 3rd High in Swine

·       Hunter Hayes High Individual

·       Hunter Hayes High Individual in Oral Reasons

·       Hunter Hayes 3rd High in Beef



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Please join us for the winter quarterly meeting at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center.

Our sponsor will be Multimin with Dr. Bob Gentry and Davis Lamon. The program will cover “Multimin 90: Usinginjectable trace mineral supplementation to optimize beef profit for more healthy cattle and calves.


Families are asked to bring their favorite dessert to share.


We look forward to seeing you there!

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Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show Building Fund

Hines Cattle Company of High Springs has generously donated a bred Brangus cross heifer to the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show.  Each donation of $20.00 earns you one chance to own this quality animal.  The heifer will be awarded to the holder of the chosen ticket at the conclusion of the market animal sale on March 8th, 2016.  Proceeds will be donated to the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show building fund.

Contact Dr. Cindy Sanders, the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Director,                      at (352) 955-2402 for additional information.

The new barn has been erected and will be used to house livestock during the fair.

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Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show

From: “Renee Nelms” <>
Date: Feb 18, 2016 3:02 PM
Subject: Upcoming Youth Fair & Livestock Show – March 4-8, 2016

The Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show Association is pleased to announce the upcoming Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show.

Youth Fair & Livestock Show – March 4-8, at the Alachua County Fairgrounds

The Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show Association is a non-profit organization that conducts and operates public fairs and expositions pertaining to agricultural matters and more particularly to the exhibitions of livestock, poultry, crafts, youth projects and farm products. The fair is an educational platform for the youth in Alachua County who are interested in agriculture. Youth will exhibit both livestock and non-livestock 4-H & FFA projects.

“The youth fair benefits agriculture and the local community by providing an educational opportunity for youth to learn about production agriculture,” said Cindy Sanders, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Director. “Working with livestock and other agriculture events through the youth fair prepares future citizens of Alachua County to be knowledgeable about agriculture production and land use,” Sanders said. “This benefits Alachua County by providing citizens who are familiar with a large part of the county’s economy.”

A complete schedule of events can be found at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County website

Alachua County 4-H and FFA youth ranging in age from 8 to 18 can participate in the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show. Come out and support our 4-H & FFA youth.

For more information, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at (352)955-2402.
An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.

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UF/IFAS Beef Teaching Unit Renovation Groundbreaking

Plans include new fencing, additional farm vehicles, a new barn for the north building complex, as well as a multipurpose building with classrooms, bathrooms and housing for on-site personnel.

By improving the BTU facilities, UF/IFAS will be better positioned to recruit top students and provide greater opportunities for graduate students and faculty members to pursue beef cattle studies.                                                                                     -UF/IFAS Brochure-


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Congratulations to Dan and Sandra Marvel


Dan and Sandra Marvel of Marvel Farms in High Springs were recently recognized at the 2015 Florida Cattlemen’s Convention.  They received the 2014-2015 Florida Premier Award for Premier Brangus Female, Marvel’s Kissimmee 513.  Further recognition came as they were named the 2014-2015 Premier Brangus Breeder.  Congratulations!

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Junior Members Participate in the Florida State Fair

Katelynn Bayles, Dana Patterson and Nathan Snead traveled to the Florida State Fair with Dan and Sandra Marvel to participate in both the Open Brangus Cattle Show and the Youth Brangus Cattle Show.  In addition to showing cattle they prepared an informational poster, gave an illustrated talk, completed a record book, took a test on record books, and participated in a skilathon on Beef Nutrition.


Marvel’s Kissimmee 513-ET

Grand Champion Heifer, Open Show

Grand Champion Heifer, Youth Show

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