2017 Livestock Quota Bonus Trips
Bonus trips were created to address the increasing requests from Extension Educators and Program Coordinators for additional State Fair livestock trips. The purpose for awarding additional trips was to increase livestock quality exhibited at local and state levels and to encourage counties to strive for programming excellence across all species.
Historically, counties put more emphasis on trips offered for livestock quality rather than programming excellence. Minnesota 4-H’s goal is to encourage educational programming in counties and develop stronger applications in programming excellence leading to advancement of quality learning experiences for youth statewide.
Starting in 2017, bonus trips will only be awarded ONLY for Programming Excellence. There will NOT be bonus trips offered for Quality Livestock.
The number of bonus trips awarded will remain the same if quality denotes the awarding of a trip.
Additional Trips per Species
A total of 56 bonus trips will be awarded. (Beef - 10, Dairy - 10, Dairy Goat - 4, Meat Goat - 4, Poultry - 6, Rabbit - 6, Sheep - 8, Swine - 8)
Counties considered for bonus trip selection should excel in offering quality learning experiences for youth in each respective livestock species.
- Programming should be educational, engaging, interactive, and fun.
- Applications should include creative learning opportunities offered in settings such as project meetings, tours and demonstrations.
- Examples include:
- Science of Agriculture Challenge team that addresses an Animal Science issue and communicates project impact with the community.
- County wide leasing or ownership opportunities that allow more youth to experience the project
- A group tour to a business or production facility featuring the latest trends and career opportunities.
- Examples include:
- Traditional offerings such as fitting and grooming will carry less weight than opportunities that are creative and innovative.
- Applications may include information on traditional and statewide opportunities such as Judging programs, Project/Quiz Bowl teams, and LQA&E trainings.
- No advantage will be given for larger or smaller enrollment numbers.
Make sure to discuss size, scope and impact of each opportunity. Include goals, youth involvement in planning and any other relevant points that will speak to the leadership skills enhanced by participants.
Counties earning bonus trips will be highlighted with a brief description of programming accomplishments in each species’ show catalog.
Applications should be completed by a youth or adult volunteer. Applications require an Extension Educator or 4-H Program Coordinator verification to assure accuracy. The online application is automatically routed to the county program staff indicated on form for approval.
Applications are due at the Center for Youth Development by June 1, 2017.
Materials in the application should include educational programming offered after June 1 of the previous year. Applications will be reviewed by a species sub-committee which includes extension staff, adult and youth volunteers. Bonus trips will be awarded by June 25th. Counties earning bonus trips will be highlighted with a brief description of programming accomplishments in each species’ show catalog.
4-H volunteers should use this online link to submit bonus trip applications. The online application is automatically routed to the county program staff indicated on form for approval.