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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] or by regular mail to 4-H Reports, c/o Manitoba Co-operator,1666 Dublin Ave.,Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1

Club members have been very busy getting ready for their achievement day at the Carman fair. We have been working with our animals all winter (steers or heifers) but now is the time when we work the hardest to get them ready for the show. We have to groom them (give them a haircut) and train them to behave in the show ring. It’s a lot of work, but it is also fun. We also learn all about handling animals and what their needs are.

We held one of our last meetings of the year on June 13 at the farm of Wes McCullough, our head leader. We discussed what we need to do for the fair, then we had a practice judging session. At the fair, in addition to showing our animals, we also compete with other clubs in a judging competition. We have four things we look at (steers, cows, hay, etc.) and then have to decide which ones to judge as first, second and third in each category. Then we list them out in order and why we placed them there, then compare to what others thought. It’s fun and easy, and interesting to hear what others have to say.

— Stephane Le Heiget

May is an unpredictable time of year: one minute we have sunshine and great weather for working on our 4-H cattle and the next minute it’s a downpour. On May 7 we gathered at the Rapid City Library and held our May meeting. We discussed getting jackets for the club and finalized our plans for our clinic weekend, held May 12 at the rodeo grounds. At the clinic we did a showmanship class. The seniors and intermediates did a demo for the younger members; Shannon Carvey gave the members pointers of what to do and what not to do. We then moved on to clipping. Justin Kristjansson and Sean Horner clipped a non-4-H heifer; then, to show the kids what it should look like at the show, Justin Carvey, Taylor Carvey and Laura Horner gave that demonstration. We rounded off the clinic with a judging competition, done by Allan Horner and Darren Carvey. We judged four heifers and four steers. While we judged, the parents fired up the barbecue and cooked us up some wonderful burgers and hotdogs.

— Taylor Lynn Carvey

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