4-H Reports – for Aug. 26, 2010

TheCo-operatorwill 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/oManitoba Co-operator,1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1 or by fax to 204-954-1422.

PRAIRIE SHEPHERDS

Last September, for the first time, the Prairie Shepherds club participated at Manitoba 4-H Stockfest held in Brandon. Our club used this event as part of our second achievement and invited another club, the Wooly Wonders of Saskatchewan, to showcase its sheep.

The show and sale were a great success – our 2010 membership increased by five producers ages 11-15, and another group of six producers started up in Portage la Prairie ages eight to 14. The exciting part is that both clubs are working unilaterally on books and learning material supplied by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s 4-H branch.

This year, our club has taken on the challenge of organizing the “Gathering of the Flock” sheep show and sale for the Manitoba Sheep Association, “The Run for the Gate” dog trials for the Manitoba Stock Dog Association and a Fibre Festival, a 4-H “Invitational” along with our Achievement Day, Aug. 13-15 at the Neepawa Agriculture Grounds.

Our goal is to bring back the interest of shepherding to young people as a viable resource on the farm with good information and fun. If you have any questions please call 204-859-2427. – Angela Viola

BIRCH RIVER BUSY BEAVERS

Our year began with an informational/ registration meeting Sept. 14, 2009 and a reorganizational meeting held Sept. 30, with eight leaders and 17 eager members interested in various projects gathering as a group once a month at Birch River School.

The club executive consisted of Taylor McCauley, president; Jessie McCauley, vice-president; Michaela Hiebert, secretary; Carleigh Mosiondz, treasurer; and Katherine Hiebert, club reporter.

Events in which members participated included working the concession at the Birch River Community Club family turkey bingo; a Christmas party; collecting items for the Cheer Board and helping sort food and pack boxes; a day of skiing at Asessippi; bowling; a junior fun night at the Westwood; the senior event at Wellman Lake. The club held its ninth annual achievement night on May 26 and its 2010 highway cleanup campaign on May 29 on Highway 10 and PR 268, with 12 km cleaned.

The 4-H year will begin again in September. Anyone between the ages of eight (as of Jan. 1, 2011) and 21 who’s interested in joining should phone Georgina Mosiondz at 204-236-4676 for more information. – Georgina Mosiondz

YOUTH BEEF ROUNDUP

Forty-nine of Manitoba’s enthusiastic junior cattle producers attended the third annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup July 30-Aug. 1 at Neepawa. The weekend started off with a workshop day on Friday consisting of ultrasound technology by Shari Beamish; horse judging, Kelvin Jarvis; sales talk, Andrea Arbuckle; and halter making, Albert Rimke and Blair McRae.

Members exhibited photography, graphic design, print marketing, art and scrapbooks and took part in a sales talk competition.

Saturday the juniors took part in sales talk, judging, team grooming, team judging and a Peewee learning clinic. Also on Saturday was a cookoff, in which five members on a team prepare a steak and create a theme. Judges Glen Campbell (Manitoba Cattle Producers Association), Joan Airey and Brenda Eisler evaluated this competition and were impressed with the costumes and the taste of the steaks.

Thanks to everyone who attended and sponsored the Youth Beef Roundup to make it a success. See you next year. View our blog at http://mbyouthbeefround-up.blogspot.com.

STOCKFEST UPDATE

When the third annual edition of the Manitoba 4-H StockFest happens Sept. 24-26 at Brandon’s Keystone Centre, participants will have numerous opportunities to learn more about their livestock projects. Happening September 24-26 at the Kinsmen Arena in the Keystone Centre, StockFest is the provincial show that brings all 4-H livestock projects together. Although geared to livestock projects, the event is open to all 4-H members.

“Many of the parents told us last year that we needed more hands-on learning opportunities, plus workshops more suited to the younger members. I think we’ve accomplished that,” StockFest chairperson Diane Kovar said in a release.

For horse club members those hands-on workshops include a session on safe horse handling by Robert Moshenko, plus an equine nutrition workshop presented by Jocelyn Kish. There will also be sessions related to equine marketing and photography. The beef and dairy cattle and sheep members will be able to learn about showmanship, marketing and photography as well. And sessions will be held over the weekend showing how to fill out judging cards and how to judge the different species.

StockFest will also choose senior members to attend the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina in 2011 to represent Manitoba in the national judging competition.

There will also be icebreakers and group activities Friday evening, along with a banquet on Saturday evening. Saturday and Sunday will offer horse shows, while Saturday beef and dairy cattle and the sheep will take to the show ring. The weekend wraps up with the Supreme Showmanship competition where the top members compete against each other showing not only their only animal, but one of each of the other livestock.

“The showmanship competition was especially fun to watch when the members were showing animals they’re not very familiar with,” Kovar said. “We had a few sheep get loose, but overall the members learned a lot and came to appreciate what it takes to show another species.”

The registration deadline for this year’s StockFest is Aug. 31. For forms and more information visit www.4h.mb.ca or call Diane at 204-571-0854.

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