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4-H Reports

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.

Rapid City Beef

The club met at the Rapid City library for its second meeting on Dec. 11. Minutes were read by Laura Horner, treasurer. The members heard a report on Weigh Day, which had been held Dec. 8 at Horner’s. There were 14 market steers, four progeny steers, 10 yearling heifers, four progeny heifers and five continuations weighed that day. After the weighing was done, there was a lunch with hotdogs, drinks, cookies and cupcakes.

Also at the meeting, Alan Horner gave a report on fat stock and a report was also given on the Parkland District conference call. New business included speeches, which are to be held at the February meeting. There is a possibility of a clipping day in February at Horner’s.

Welcome to Anja Vandelangemheen, another new member, and to returning member Christopher Hillis.

After the meeting was adjourned we had a gift exchange and played Pictionary for our Christmas party. Our next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 8. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. — Wyatt Inglis

Elm Creek Beef

On Nov. 22-24 the Elm Creek Beef 4-H Club went to Canadian Western Agribition. We met at Elm Creek School at 5 a.m. on Thursday for the trip and arrived in Regina at 11:30. When we got there we watched the Shorthorn sale and did a scavenger hunt and talked to lots of people. Almost all the different breeds of cattle were there. After that we went to the hotel for swimming and pizza.

On Friday after a 7 a.m. breakfast some of us went to watch the Shorthorn show while the rest walked through the many exhibits and displays. That night we went to watch the CCA Finals Rodeo!

On Saturday morning some of us got a judging lesson from Mr. Monty Thomson and then we went to watch the Prospect heifer and steer show and sale. We left Agribition at 2 p.m. and headed for home. We all had a blast!

The club’s Weigh Day was scheduled for Dec. 8 at Stanley Armstrong’s farm, to be followed by a Christmas party at the end of December. — Nolan Vandersluis

Happy Rock Horseshoes

The club had a business meeting on Nov. 25 at Karleigh Lewis’s home with five members present. We discussed our goals for the year; everyone had something they would like to accomplish. We also discussed events for the year; we plan to go to some clinics, tour a PMU farm, and see how saddles are made. We discussed options for our Christmas party and decided to go skiing at Minnedosa.

After the business meeting, we watched a video about how to handle a horse on the ground safely. We finished off by seeing Karleigh’s horses; she has three horses and a colt that she is working with. — Madison Teichroeb

Neepawa and Area Beef

The club reorganized in October with 22 members and Shelley Bjarnarson, Tim Baker and Tom Madsen as leaders. Our new executive officers are Sydney de Koning, president; Holly Madsen, vice-president; Lauren McKee, secretary; Dylan Oshanyk, treasurer; Daisy McKee, club reporter; Brady McLeod, banner scanner; and Griffin Kuharski, Cora Baker and Broddi Bjarnarson, scrapbookers.

There are new age categories for 4-H. As of Jan. 1, 2013, Cloverbuds are ages seven and eight; juniors, nine-11; intermediates, 12-14; seniors, 15-17; and adults, 18-25.

Our senior and intermediate members headed to the Manitoba Livestock Expo in Brandon on Nov. 2, to assist some of the purebred breeders exhibiting cattle. We would like to thank those producers who offered to let us work with them for the day: N7 Stock Farm, Allan and Cam Nykoliation; Mar Mac Farms, Blair and Lois McRae; TSN Livestock, Shawn Birmingham; Foxy Lady Cattle Co., Tracy Pizzey; DJ Cattle Co., Dallas Johnston; and Stewart Cattle Co., Brent Stewart.

Weigh Day was held on Nov. 10 at de Koning’s farm. We weighed the calves, then had a potluck lunch and meeting. Our club was going to attend the Remembrance Day service and march in the parade in Neepawa, but it was cancelled due to the nasty, snowy weather. On Nov. 23, our club joined the Silver Spurs 4-H Club and decorated a Christmas float together in KK Penner’s shop. The following day, we rode on the float in the Christmas parade in Neepawa.

Our following meeting was held on Dec. 3. The club had a discussion about what to do to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 4-H and decided to host a barbecue in the spring and donate the proceeds. Our guest speaker was Larry Fischer, who gave a presentation on animal nutrition and answered questions that we had about feeding our 4-H calves. For our Christmas party over the break, we decided to go to the Langford Winter Park for tobogganing, hotdogs and hot chocolate!

Our next meeting is set for Jan. 7. I can hardly wait! — Daisy McKee

Essay/video contest: Feeding a hungry planet

4-H Canada is inviting young adults from around the world to “come to the table” on Aug. 19-25, 2013 for the global 4-H Youth Ag-Summit in Calgary, to share ideas and develop a plan of action on how to feed a hungry planet.

From now until Feb. 15, young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, from over 20 countries, have the chance to submit an application by writing an essay (2,000 words maximum) or filming a video (up to seven minutes) about the challenges of feeding a hungry planet.

From the submissions, 120 applicants will be picked to receive an expenses-paid trip to the global 4-H Youth Ag-Summit. Countries currently involved apart from Canada include Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

Within Canada, 40 youth will be selected to take part in this event. Of those, 20 will be 4-H members and/or 4-H alumni. For more information or to apply, visit

More centennial events

The Canadian 4-H Council on Jan. 2 also announced a series of initiatives and events for 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada, marking the opening of the first club at Roland, Man. in 1913.

Centennial projects include a national food drive that will see 4-H members and clubs across Canada collect food and cash donations for local food banks with the objective of setting a record for the most food collected by an organization in one year.

A centennial gala evening is to be held in May in Winnipeg to “give a nod to the importance of food production, sustainability and the role of youth as future agricultural leaders.”

Also, a new campaign called “$100 for 100 Years” is expected to give past and present 4-H members, their families and clubs an opportunity to donate to a legacy fund for future programming.

A Canada Post-issued commemorative envelope will be released to mark the 4-H centennial, and a “living history” website will be launched to showcase and celebrate the past and present of 4-H in Canada. Also, as an extension to 4-H provincial public speaking programs, 4-H Canada will make available videos of the final provincial competitions on its website.

A video competition called “Shout Out for Ag” will also be launched this year, giving 4-H’ers the opportunity to create a 30-second video “expressing a positive message” about agriculture, the council said.

“Our centennial celebrations and activities reflect that legacy and point the organization towards the future,” council president Rob Black said in a release.

CEO wanted

4-H Canada said it has launched a nationwide search for a new chief executive officer following the retirement of Mike Nowosad after more than 22 years with the organization.

“Mike Nowosad made a major contribution to 4-H in Canada,” Canadian 4-H Council president Rob Black said in a release. “In recent years he was instrumental in moving the organization to a governance model of leadership and undertaking a collaborative initiative nationally to define what our organization will stand for over the next 100 years.”

The council said it hopes to have the new CEO in place sometime in the new year.

Retailer backs 4-H

To mark National 4-H Month in November, the Canadian 4-H Council took part in a partnership with hardware chain TSC Stores benefiting 4-H clubs in Manitoba and Ontario.

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 12, staff at all 43 TSC stores in Ontario, and at the chain’s two Manitoba outlets in Brandon and Winkler, asked customers for donations at the checkout and encouraged customers to “Show Your 4-H Colours,” with 4-H clovers on display. Proceeds from the fundraiser are to be directed to 4-H in the stores’ respective provinces, and to 4-H Canada. A final tally from the promotion wasn’t available from London, Ont.-based TSC at press time.



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