Manure Management, Get the Scoop on Poop

Anyone that has animals knows that manure happens. Many 4-H projects fall into the animal category and create their fair share of manure. It is important to make sure to include a manure management system into any animal project. The system may be as simple as spreading out the manure or creating a compost system.

Do you have an animal?


Do you have a manure management system?


The following chart shows approximately how much manure is created by each species in a six month time frame:

Table 1. How much manure do we get?

Animal Cubic yards/6 months
Horse                     5.5
Cow (1,000 lb)       7
Sheep                    0.5
Chicken                 0.25
Pig                         1.5
Data: OSU Extension publication EM 8649

Now, what do we do with it? This Living on The Land Managing Manure article shares a variety of different ways to handle manure responsibly.

  • Drag Pastures
  • Collect from all season pens
  • Use it
  • Give it away or sell it
  • Store it

Check out the article or the audio files and share with your 4-H club! Chances are not everyone has thought about the manure management side of an animal project.


Setting Goals for 2015

As the year comes to an end, it is time to start planning for 2015. A new year often brings new goals. Start constructing your goals today!


25% of people abandon their new year’s resolution after the first week and 60% abandon it after six months. To avoid becoming one of these statistics here are five tips to help you fulfill your goals for 2015:

  1. Write your goals down. Putting something down on paper helps hold you accountable.
  2. Tell a friend. Tell a friend about your goals. A good friend will help hold you accountable and help you find ways to achieve your goals.
  3. Visualize yourself accomplishing your goal. Envision your success. Doesn’t it feel good? Now go and get it!
  4. Set deadlines. Most goals are not accomplished overnight, it takes a little work every day over a long period of time. Create benchmarks for yourself.
  5. Be realistic. Your main goal might be big, so set a realistic accomplishment for the year. I can’t personally build my dream house and work a full time job in one year, but I can work a full time job and complete a portion of a house. Don’t set yourself up for failure, be realistic!

In 4-H we are constantly pushing kids to think about goals they want to accomplish, but don’t forget yourself.


Once you have your own goals set, help some kids set a few! A good resources for helping kids think about 4-H related goals is the Goal Setting Leader’s Guide to Helping Youth.

Start setting some goals!

Be a Food Hero

The holidays are a great time for eating treats and I often find myself eating a few too many. This year I am using a new site to find a little healthier option,

Food Hero provides great recipes that all have a little healthier spin. My favorite recipe for the season is a lovely orange delight. Not only is this simple and tasty but it reminds me of the orange that I would always get in my stocking!


What recipe will you try this year? Be sure to check them all out and this holiday season you can be a food hero too!

Planning the Perfect Coop

It is never too early to start thinking about designing a chicken coop. Perhaps you are thinking about getting chickens this spring, or simply improving an existing chicken coop.

chickens 2

There are lots of things to consider and this publication on backyard chicken coop design is a great place to start. It identifies what to do for protection, size, ventilation, roosting poles, nest boxes and basic coop maintenance. It lays out the basics of coop design and keeps it short and simple!

Then when you are ready, you can check out one of our incubators and start a little chicken family!

chicken family

Having designed my own coop using this backyard chicken coop design guide, I couldn’t be happier. Start your planning!

chicken coop

4-H Winter Fun!

Are you looking for something to do over winter break? 4-H has some great offerings. Come on out for a great time, learn something new and possibly whip up a great treat! Registration is required, so hurry up and register today!


December 29, 2014


Whole Grains and Tasty Treats OSU Extension Conference Room Come learn a little bit about whole grains, grinding your own grain, and baking tasty treats! 4-H members FREE

$5 non-members

December 30, 2014


OSU Babysitting Training OSU Extension Conference Room This training is designed to train youth in many aspects of babysitting including first-aid, baby care, toddler care, healthy snacks and easy meals for kids to cook and eat, business tips, age appropriate games and safety. Those completing the training will receive a certificate and a wallet sized completion card.


$20 Cash or Check at the Door
January 2, 2015


Young Entrepreneur’s Handcrafts and Hobbies OSU Extension Conference Room This day camp gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from locals, discover how to start a small business, and explore different handcrafts and hobbies that could lead to businesses. We will craft, build, design and learn the basics of getting a business started. $10 Cash or Check at the Door

Beef it up!

Over the last two years we have seen tremendous growth in the 4-H beef project. Raising a market steer is no easy task and it is a long term commitment. So what gets people excited about beef?

They are awesome! Not only do they have a great personality, but they also have great hair.

beef clinic

This year we’ll be holding a 4-H/ FFA beef clinic. We will have guest speaker Katie Deupree speaking and teaching about caring and feeding, grooming, and showing your beef! This will be a great workshop for beginners and advanced. Come on out and learn from the expert. Katie will probably share some tips on what to do with all your animals great hair!

IMG_2523Be sure to sign up for the clinic on December 14th at 1:00pm at a barn near the Hood River County Fairgrounds. This clinic is being organized by one of our very own 4-H members, Lexi Jones, in her quest to learn more about raising and showing beef.

Animal Pails and Microbe Tales-The Happy Ending is up to YOU!


Yes, our lovely animals may have some tag-a-longs and it is up to you to know about it. Below is a great resource to help teach your 4-H club about bio security and keeping animals healthy.


Winter is a great time to brush up on information, so that you can be ready in the spring to introduce your new market animal to your home.


This animal science lesson can be used across 4-H animal project areas to develop an understanding of microorganisms, or “germs” -and how they are transmitted, and to promote animal health with safe cleaning methods and good management plans.    If you have any questions about teaching the lesson or training your volunteers to use it in a club setting contact

The PowerPoint presentation to be used in this lesson is available at

The Germ Glow kit can be borrowed by contacting