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4-H Reports – for Jun. 11, 2009

The Co-operator will pub-l ish 4-H reports once a month. Reports can be sub-mi tted 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.

RAPID CITY BEEF

Our meeting was held on April 14 at the Queens Hotel due to renovations at the library. The weigh day was held on April 10, and the beefies are looking good. Should be some tough classes at Achievement, which will be held June 27, as well as at Fat Stock at Neepawa on July 1.

Winter Fair reports included two for the calf scrambles and a couple for the different cattle shows. Congratulations to all calf scramble participants, who caught and not – very entertaining to watch – as well as to those who were showing stock this year. Our club was well represented. – Stephen Hinsburg

OAK LAKE BEEF

The club held its monthly meeting on May 3 at the Oak Lake Curling Club at 7 p. m. There was an Economic Development Board meeting on April 15 at the school; Jeffery Bailey attended the meeting.

The Rampton wedding on the August long weekend will have club parents attending to work at the bar. At the Oak Lake and Area Foundation dinner theatre on June 6, eight members were scheduled to help cater.

Rally Day was scheduled for June 5 at 5:30 p. m. at Pipestone Fairgrounds, including an old-fashioned picnic evening with a potluck supper, ball games, soccer, a race and gold watch awards. The rain date is June 11. – Natalie Bailey

SKILLS AND THRILLS NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Each year, Manitoba 4-H hosts the National Skills and Thrills Conference which welcomes about 50 delegates from Manitoba and another 15-20 from across the country. The delegates are all senior 4-H members between the ages of 16 and 21.

This year’s theme is “communication” and the conference will be held Oct. 23-25 at the Delta Winnipeg. Organizing committee chair Leanne Fenez says this is a weekend full of opportunities. “Skills and Thrills weekend is meant to help senior 4-H members learn about career opportunities that await them and how to prepare for these exciting options. It’s also a fun weekend where members can meet their peers from other provinces and enjoy seeing the sights in downtown Winnipeg.”

All senior 4-H members in Manitoba are invited to attend; out-of-province delegates are awarded the trip based on interviews and their 4-H involvement in their home province.

The cost of registration for the weekend is $125 and includes accommodations, meals and all sessions, tours and activities. The registration form is available on the Manitoba 4-H Council website, www.4h.mb.ca.More details regarding specific activities will be released as they are finalized.

– Manitoba 4-H Council

STOCKFEST

The Manitoba 4-H Council has announced preliminary details for the second annual StockFest, Sept. 25-27 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon in the Optimist Arena. Open to all 4-H members, StockFest provides opportunities for members to show their livestock, attend educational seminars and workshops and to network with other members. For 4-H’ers who are not involved with livestock projects, StockFest offers an all-in-one location for members to explore the possibility of starting a live animal project. In 2009 members from beef, dairy, equine, and sheep clubs are expected to attend, along with clubs that feature animals such as rabbits and llamas.

“Last year was the first StockFest in June and the pilot was an exciting success,” StockFest committee chair Diane Kovar says. “This year, after reviewing evaluations, we’re lowering the registration fees and have changed the date to the fall.”

Registration for members not bringing livestock is $30. For those bringing livestock, basic registration is $20 plus an additional $20 for stabling fees. 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 will be available on the Manitoba 4-H Council website at www.4h.mb.caby mid-June. Members may also contact the Brandon Council 4-H office at [email protected]or by calling 204-726-6136.

– Manitoba 4-H Council

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