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4-H Reports – for Jul. 16, 2009

The Co-operator will publish 4-H reports once a month. Reports can be submitted by the third week of the month by e-mail 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.

OAK LAKE BEEF

The club’s monthly meeting was held on July 6 at 7 p. m. in the Oak Lake Curling Club. Hoof trimming was last Friday and Saturday at Mr. Hatch’s farm.

Our windup is on July 11 with laser tag at 5 p. m. and a potluck supper to follow at Travis and Rilla Hunter’s. Brodie, Dillion, Jay, Samantha and Albert all worked on the foundation supper dinner theatre.

Setup for achievement is on July 16 at 7 p. m. Cattle must be in the barns on fair day at 8 a. m., with weighing at 9 a. m. then a group picture, parade at 10 a. m., and judging steers with oral reasons at 11 a. m. Achievement begins at 1 p. m., followed by the sale at 6 p. m. sharp.

Cleanup for achievement is on July 20 at 9 a. m. 4-H record books must be handed in on July 31 to Albert, Michelle or Nadine.

A donation of $50 will be sent to support the fireworks on the night before the fair.

Everyone in the club is busy these days training calves to lead, washing, grooming, et cetera. This is an exciting time for all our members to show off our 4-H project animals to everyone who comes to the fair. See you there!

The next meeting will be held on Aug. 31 at the Oak Lake Curling Club at 7 p. m. – Natalie Bailey

YOUTH BEEF ROUND-UP

The Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up will be held July 31 to Aug. 2 at the Neepawa Fa i r g r o u n d s , b r i n g i n g together junior members, 4-H’ers and enthusiasts from across the province.

It encompasses a variety of competitions and events to match all interests and skill levels of participants. Events include team grooming, individual and team judging, showmanship, marketing, sales talk, art, photography and scrapbooking, as well as cattle classes.

This initiative is an-all breeds show to bring young breeders from across the province to see friendly competition among new and upcoming breeders from within Manitoba. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Educational workshops run July 31 from 3 to 5 p. m., with the competitions and cookoff running Aug. 1 from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. On Aug. 2, events run from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. with showmanship in the morning and cattle classes in the afternoon.

New this year, the Manitoba 4-H judging team will send eight team members to Agribition in November. Three members will be selected at this event in Neepawa.

For more information visit http://mbyouthbeefroundup.blogspot.com/orcall 204-728-3058.

NATIONAL SKILLS AND THRILLS CONFERENCE

Manitoba radio personality Ace Burpee, the morning show host on HOT103, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s National 4-H Skills and Thrills Conference. Burpee “has a great rapport with youth and young adults,” organizer Leanne Fenez said. “He’s a Manitoban, born and raised in our province and we look forward to hearing him speak about his small-town roots and how that translated into his career.”

Burpee’s appearance will fit in with the conference theme of “Communication: More Than Just Talk.” The weekend will include presentations that focus on several different types of communication, including a demonstration from a Winnipeg Police K-9 unit, and on topics such as Braille, text-to-speech software for the visually impaired, body language and ASL. Other activities will include tours to a television station and theatre company as well as a visit to The Forks National Historic Site.

The event, which will run Oct. 23-25, is open to senior 4-H members and the cost is $125 per person, which includes accommodations at the Delta Winnipeg, meals and activities. The conference will have a total of about 65 delegates (senior 4-H members, ages 16-21) including 15 from across Canada who are awarded the trip as a reward for excellence in 4-H.

For more information contact Leanne Fenez at [email protected]or 204-275-7793.

PEMBINA 4-H RALLY

The 2009 Pembina Rally, a gathering for members, leaders and families of the 13 Pembina-area clubs, was held on June 5 in Clearwater.

The day started with a livestock-judging competition. Members received guidance from the judges on how to evaluate various livestock. At 4 p. m. clubs were invited to set up club and educational displays. There were some great di splays. Somer set Combined received first place for club displays, while Mariapolis Combined took first for educational.

Members had the opportunity to participate in tours and workshops. Clubs put on “make-and-take” workshops and Jennifer Stewart of the Pembina Valley Conservation District held a “critter-dipping” workshop.

Every year the senior members are invited to apply for the Pembina Area Council Outstanding Member Award. Applicants took part in interviews at the end of April. The watches were presented to Scott Bere, Nicholas Lea, James Van den Bussche and Donovan Jonk.

The Pembina Area Council also sponsors two bursaries each year, and this year’s recipients are Nicholas Lea and Jessie Guilford.

Thanks to the rally committee, co-ordinator Tess Gardiner, summer student Haley Gardiner and Pi lot Mound extension co-ordinator Jo-lene Gardiner for all the hard work they put into the rally, and to everyone who helped out that day.

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