We would like to give a big thank you to the Kiwanis for sponsoring the Elko County Kiwanis Invitational 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging & Skillathon and for the delicious lunch. A huge thank you to Garrett Tomera, Rick Barnes, Cody Kinsman, Elko County Officer Team, Rachel Buzzetti, Nawny Jones, Kathi Wines and Kristi Tomera for all their hard work. We also want to thank all the families who brought animals for the judging. Because of them the event was a huge success.

The results are:

Junior High Point:
Beef, Sheep and Goat —Justine McDermott
Swine—William Bailey

Junior Individual Placings:
1st—Justine McDermott; 2nd—William Bailey; 3rd—Ruby Buzzetti; 4th—Caden Preston; 5th—Wyatt Wines

Intermediate High Point:
Beef – Randi Preston
Sheep – Arena McDermott
Swine—Jaxon Tomera
Goat – Ella Buzzetti

Intermediate Individual Placings:
1st—Arena McDermott; 2nd—Mesa Jones; 3rd—Riley Arps; 4th—Jaxon Tomera; 5th—Randi Preston; 6th—Ella Buzzetti; 7th—Wheeler Johns; 8th—Allie Preston; 9th Wade Sarman; 10th—Tessa Draves; 11th—Trent Sarman; 12th—Cash Johns

Senior High Point:
Beef—Elena Petersen
Sheep and Goat—Sam Tomera
Swine—Lexi Carter

Senior Individual Placings:
1st—Lexi Carter; 2nd—Sam Tomera; 3rd—Sami Arps; 4th—Elena Petersen; 5th—Leanna Sarman
The Livestock Judging Overall High Point Buckle was presented to Mary Tomera.

Overall 4-H High Score:
1st—Lexi Carter; 2nd—Justine McDermott; 3rd—Sam

1st—Justine McDermott; 2nd—Wyatt Wines; 3rd—Ruby Buzzetti; 4th—Caden Preston; 5th—William Bailey

1st—Mesa Jones; 2nd—Jaxon Tomera; 3rd—Randi Preston; 4th—Tessa Draves; 5th–Ella Buzzetti and Arena McDermott; 5th—Allie Preston; 7th—Wade Sarman

1st—Sam Tomera; 2nd—Leanna Sarman; 3rd—Sami Arps; 4th—Sidney Reed

Skillathon Overall High Point—Jaxon Tomera

On your mark, get set, JUDGE! Garrett Tomera is teaching livestock judging classes to anyone serious about getting prepared for the State contest. Classes will be Wednesdays starting March 28 and running every Wednesday until April 18. They will be held from 5-7 p.m. at GBC McMullen Hall room 221.

Put on your thinking caps, listening ears and best behavior and learn how to shine at the State Livestock Judging Contest. Please pre-register at 4HOnline.com or by calling the office at 738-7291.

The final day for testing will be Saturday, May 5th. You must also have 2 field practices done by this date. No testing will be done after this date so make sure you have tested and passed each discipline you wish to compete in.


  • Apr. 7, 9 am-Noon Archery & Rifle
  • Apr. 21, 9 am-Noon Air Pistol & Shotgun
  • May 5, 9 am-Noon Muzzleloader & Rifle
  • May 12, 1-4 pm BBQ for Bullets
  • Jun. 2, 9 am-Noon All Discipline
  • Jun. 5, 6 pm-Dark All Disciplines
  • Jun. 16, 9 am-Noon All Disciplines

The Northeastern Nevada Museum is teaming up with Elko County 4-H clubs to conduct a joint fundraiser, The Great Humboldt Duck Race. 4-H clubs are needed to sell ducks for the duck race, and a percentage of the proceeds will be returned to your club. If your club chooses to participate, you’ll be selling tickets for rubber ducks that will race down the Humboldt River. The duck race grand prize this year can win $1,500! Race day is tentatively set for Mid-July, so your club has lots of time to sell ducks. For more information, or to participate, please contact the Northeastern Nevada Museum at 738-3418, by April 15, 2018.

On behalf of the SSYLS Volunteer Group and the Lyon County Fair Board, you are invited to exhibit at the 2018 Silver State Youth Livestock Show and Expo. Your participation in this “family based” fair and livestock show will certainly contribute to the success of this event.

The show and expo will be held as an event of the Lyon County Fair, August 17, 18, and 19, 2018, at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Yerington, Nevada.

There will be divisions in dairy cattle, beef, sheep, swine, dairy and meat goats, rabbits, poultry, and cavy for the 2018 Show. Exhibitors may show as independents, 4-H, Grange, or FFA.
Entry forms and other information are available at the SSYLS website http://ssyls.com.

For all youth interested in science, Jessica Dyk is doing two workshops in April. April 7, 10-11 a.m., at the Cooperative Extension Office, Jessica is “volcano egg dying”. I’m sure you’ll want to be here to see what this is all about. Then on April 21, 10-11 a.m., at the Cooperative Extension Office, Jessica is teaching how to make “see through eggs”. Wow, science has come a long way! Sign up online at 4HOnline or by calling the office, 738-7291.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Section of the Society for Range Management are now accepting applications for the Nevada Youth Range Camp to be held June 17-23 in central Nevada’s Desatoya Mountains. Applications must be submitted by April 27.

Now in its 58th year, the Nevada Youth Range Camp provides an opportunity for youth ages 14-18 in Nevada and eastern California to learn about Nevada’s desert and mountain rangelands and diverse ecosystems. Campers will stay at the Smith Creek Ranch, which has been recognized for its ecologically responsible approach to livestock management on public lands. While there, campers will learn from range management professionals who are knowledgeable in the ecology and management of the Great Basin’s desert and mountain rangelands.

Campers will learn about map reading; identification and the importance of rangeland plants; evaluation of sagebrush, woodland, and stream ecosystems; wildlife habitat; and many other topics related to rangelands. Students can also enjoy the Desatoya Mountain Range through outdoor activities, including hiking, volleyball, horseshoes, campfires, photography, etc.
Interested students must submit an application and a letter of recommendation from an adult other than a parent, relative or sibling. The cost to attend the camp is $200 and includes meals and camp activities. Applicants may be sponsored to attend the camp by contacting their local conservation district or other organizations.
For more information and to apply, go to http://nevada.rangelands.org/youth-range-camp/ or contact Kathryn Dyer at 775-861-6647 or kdyer@blm.gov. Completed applications with enclosures can be emailed to kdyer@blm.gov, or sent to Nevada Youth Range Camp, c/o Bureau of Land Management, ATTN: Kathryn Dyer, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89502. Approved applicants will be notified within two weeks of receipt of the application.

On April 6, 6 p.m., at Taylor Canyon, Tuscarora, NV, you will have the opportunity to purchase the BEST BAKED TREATS in the land! Tuscarora Ladies Club and Independence Valley/North Fork 4-H Club will be hosting the Community Potluck. A-M need to bring main dishes and N-Z will bring side dishes. Cakes, pies, cookies, oh my…will be up for auction with the proceeds split between the Ladies Club and Independence/NF 4-H Club. I’m sure you won’t want to miss out!