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4-H Reports – for Apr. 29, 2010

The Co-operator will publish 4-H reports once a month. Reports can be submitted by the third week of the month by email to [email protected],by regular mail to 4-H Reports, c/o Manitoba Co-operator, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1 or by fax to 204-954-1422.

GRAYSVILLE BEEF

The club held its fourth meeting on Feb. 11 at the Graysville School. We agreed to deliver phone books again this year. Our record books were also discussed. We also decided to celebrate the 70th anniversary of our club at the Carman Fair.

On Feb. 18 at the school we had our communications night with the Elm Creek 4-H club. Our judges were Michelle Lepp, Rosanne Massinon, Elaine Owen, Pam de Rocquigny, John Bergen and Jennifer Stow. The winners from our club were Zach Reimer, junior speech; Amanda McCullough, intermediate speech; and Rebecca Dracass, senior speech. The winners went on to compete at the Red River Area 4-H Communications competition on March 13 in Morden, where Rebecca Dracass placed Reserve in the senior speech category.

During the spring break on March 29 we had our Christmas party. We had a tour of the CFRY 920 AM/93.1 FM radio station in Portage la Prairie. Ryan Simpson was our host and gave an informative and interesting tour. We then had supper at Pizza Hut. – Samuel Massinon

INTERLAKE NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP

We’re nearing the close of another 4-H year, with achievements high on our agenda right now. We have also been busy with other events, most recently the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair at Brandon. Thanks to Meyers Norris Penny for their support, which makes it possible for 4-H members to enter free of charge. Over half of our members attended.

Our club has also been involved in a judging clinic with Ray Salmon of Birdtail Livestock, the Interlake 4-H Bonspiel at Argyle and a roping clinic with Brian Gillespie at McQueen’s arena near Stonewall. We also watched a DVD on safety and the importance of wearing a helmet when you ride.

On April 5 we did a trip to the Tandy Leather Factory in Winnipeg; this was a joint venture with another 4-H club, the Selkirk Silver Spurs. Next we did a tour of a dairy barn at Lockport. We also have a barrel and poles clinic set up for May with Julie Smith of Stonewall. All this has been made possible by the generous grants of Farm Credit Canada and Sears Canada.

– Janet Bannister

STOCKFEST 2010

The Manitoba 4-H Council has announced preliminary details for the third annual Provincial 4-H StockFest. This year’s event will be held Sept. 24-26 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon in the Kinsmen Arena. Open to all 4-H members, StockFest is the only provincial 4-H event that offers shows, workshops and seminars for all four of the major livestock projects. For 4-H members who are not involved with livestock projects, or who are unable to bring their project animal, StockFest is also an excellent avenue to network with other 4-H’ers and to explore the possibility of starting a live animal project. In 2010 members from beef, dairy, equine, and sheep clubs are expected to attend.

The weekend schedule will include an opening ceremony and fun activities on Friday. Saturday will feature horse shows running concurrently with seminars related to sheep, beef and dairy cattle. Later Saturday all members will take part in a judging session where senior members will compete for a spot on the 2011 judging team that will travel to Agribition in Regina next year. Saturday evening will feature a pizza banquet with special speakers. Sunday, the cattle will take to the show stage while seminars related to horses will be offered for the equine project members. There will also be a sheep show Sunday afternoon as well as an auction. The weekend’s events will wrap up in mid-afternoon with the Supreme Showmanship Competition. Cash prizes totaling $500 will be awarded. New events this year include a project book competition and stall card competition. Details and rules for all competitions are included on the registration form.

Registration fees for members not bringing livestock are $40; for those bringing livestock, basic registration is $50. Participants arrange their own accommodations and meals for the weekend. (Campsites are available.) The registration fee includes the seminars, workshops, judging session and banquet. Registration forms are available on the Manitoba 4-H Council website at www.4h.mb.ca.

GAINSBOROUGH (SASK.) COMBINED

Our Feb. 9 meeting was an evening filled with speeches of all sorts: funny speeches, serious speeches, Olympic speeches and even speeches about family inventions. The chosen members to go to central region on March 20 were Jasmine Verwey, with Brice Verwey as alternate; Brendan Doan, with Michelle McCuaig as alternate; and lastly Cindy, Devon, Jenine and Shania Jack, with their skit called “A Jack Christmas.” That’s my report for the month of February.

At our March meeting, we agreed to hold our Christmas party April 18 at the Gainsbourough Hall. We plan to have a bonfire and some games to play like football or soccer.

There is also going to be a Walk for Cancer on June 12. We are hoping to help out at this event by running pit stops for the walkers and walking along with them, encouraging them to keep going.

– Lindsay Verwey

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