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Dufferin 4-H Beef Club

Press Reporter:  Brady Hasson

 

Dufferin Beef Club

Press Report #1

Submitted by: Brady Hasson

 

The Dufferin 4H Beef club got underway for another season at our first meeting at Grosvenor Farms. Grosvener operate a Hereford Cow/Calf operation and are located in the rolling hills outside of Shelburne, Ontario. David and Shirley Lasby reside here and manage the operation, along with their children Josh, Justin and Jessica.

The Dufferin Beef Club consists of 19 members this year and we want to welcome one new first year member. To complete the 4H Beef Club Project, 6 meetings are held and then the achievement day will be held at Orangeville Fall Fair. Members must attend at least 4 meetings and must show their 4H beef calf at the achievement program at the fair on Labour Day weekend.

At this meeting we judged a class of 4 Hereford Yearling heifers and each participant gave their reasons on their placings as to why what animal placed 1st ,2nd ,3rd and 4th . The official reasons were given by Justin Lasby.

Next we watched an instructional video on the proper Showmanship techniques to use when showing cattle. The club members were encouraged to put these skills into practice when working with our 4H projects at home to prepare the calves and ourselves for the show ring.

The elections of the club officers then took place with the results as follows:

President: Lucas Williams, Vice President: Burt Raven, Secretary: Brianna Lockhurst, Press Reporter: Brady Hasson

The meeting was then adjourned and refreshments were enjoyed by all.

The members are invited to the 2nd meeting of the club on May 2, 2018 at the Lasby’s farm. At this meeting the beef club members will work on clipping techniques.

 

 

For further information contact Brady Hasson, Press Reporter 

 

 

Dufferin Beef Club

Press Report #2

Submitted by: Brady Hasson

 

The Dufferin 4H Beef club held its second meeting at Grosvenor Farms in Mulmur Township on Wednesday May 2, 2018.

At this meeting, the 19 member club focused on grooming techniques. Before cattle can be shown at a cattle show, their hair should be clipped. And first the animal should be washed, dried and combed out. We clip them so that we emphasize their shape, length and muscle pattern. We are trying to make them look the best that we can for the judge to evaluate.

The Lasby family had 4 Hereford Heifers tied up for us to work on. The club members were split into 4 groups. We were instructed on the proper techniques and then each of the 4 groups went to work on clipping the animals. The 4H Motto “Learn To Do By Doing” was put into practice tonight. There is no better way to learn than giving it a try yourself.

Next the minutes from the last meeting were read by secretary Brianna Lockhurst and they were accepted by the club.

The meeting was then adjourned and refreshments were enjoyed by all.

The members are invited to the 3rd meeting of the club in June, with the date and location yet to be determined.

 

For further information contact Brady Hasson, Press Reporter 

 

 

 

Dufferin Beef Club

Press Report #3

Submitted by: Brady Hasson

 

The Dufferin 4H Beef club held its third meeting at Lewis Feedlot in Southgate Township near Mount Forest, Ontario on Wednesday May 23, 2018.

The meeting was opened with the 4H Pledge and the reading of the minutes from the last meeting.

We were welcomed by the owner/operator Mr. Lewis and he gave a brief overview of his farming operation before we started our walking tour.

We walked on top of the cat walk and looked down on top of all the livestock on this operation. They had a beef cattle feedlot and sheep feedlot also. A sheep feedlot is something that is rare to see in this part of Ontario.

Lewis’s have a niche market and raise some bulls to be used in local rodeos throughout Ontario.

Solar energy has become more apparent in fields across Ontario and is serving as an alternate power source and extra income for farmers. Lewis’s have a large solar farm and they are grazing sheep underneath the solar panels in order to keep down the grass and weeds.

It was an interesting meeting and Lewis Farms provided the Dufferin 4H Beef Club members with a really good display of various types of agriculture commodities and alternative power sources.

The meeting was then adjourned and refreshments were enjoyed by all.

The members are invited to the 4th meeting of the club in June, with the date and location yet to be determined.

 

For further information contact Brady Hasson, Press Reporter.

 

   

 

 

Dufferin Beef Club

Press Report #4

Submitted by: Brady Hasson

 

The Dufferin 4H Beef club held its fourth meeting at Rollin Acres Charolais c/o Chester Patton and family at Honeywood , Ontario on Wednesday June 6, 2018.

The meeting was opened with the 4H Pledge and the reading of the minutes from the last meeting.

Chester welcomed the club to his farm and explained how at this meeting we were going to learn about the different types of bulls and what to look for when selecting a bull.

Rollin Acres had two bulls for us to evaluate, a 2 year old and a yearling Charolais bull. We learned about the importance of structure and mobility in bulls and how it will affect their ability to get cows bred and graze with a cow herd throughout the breeding season.

Each member had to give reasons on the class of two Charolais bulls and explain why we chose them and in what order.

The meeting was then adjourned and refreshments were enjoyed by all.

The members are invited to the 5th meeting of the club in June, with the date and location yet to be determined.

 

For further information contact Brady Hasson, Press Reporter.

 

  

 

Dufferin Beef Club

Press Report #5

Submitted by: Brady Hasson

 

The Dufferin 4H Beef club held its fifth meeting at Blenview Farms c/o Jamie & Ellen Blenkiron and family at Belwood , Ontario on Wednesday July 4, 2018.

The meeting was opened with the 4H Pledge and the reading of the minutes from the last meeting.

Ellen Blenkiron welcomed the Dufferin Beef 4H Club to their farm that they have recently moved to. They have a herd of purebred Shorthorns and also a few commercial heifers also and previously had farmed near Arthur.

This 5th meeting of Dufferin Beef club would focus on Showmanship. The Blenkiron family supplied 2 heifers for us to lead and the Bott family, also from Belwood, provided the other 2 heifers. Our Club had 4 heifers to lead.

Ellen gave an overview as to what a showmanship judge is looking for at a show. She gave pointers and tips on what it takes to be a good showman. We all got to take a turn on the halter and Ellen walked us through the paces of a typical showmanship class, giving pointers along the way. Each member came away with a good sense of what is expected in a class of showmanship and areas that they can work on and improve.

Members were given forms for our popcorn fundraiser, as well as the end of year project form and asked to provide a picture of their 4-H project. Both the fundraiser form and picture are due at the next meeting.

The meeting was then adjourned and refreshments were enjoyed by all.

The members are invited to the 6th meeting of the club in August, with the date and location yet to be determined.

 

For further information contact Brady Hasson, Press Reporter.

 

 

 

Dufferin Beef Club

Press Report #6

Submitted by: Brady Hasson

 

The Dufferin 4H Beef club held its sixth and final meeting at Grosvenor Herefords & JDL Cattle Company c/o the Lasby family on Wednesday August 8, 2018.

The meeting was opened with the 4H Pledge and the reading of the minutes from the last meeting.

This 6th meeting of Dufferin Beef Club was based on grooming and fitting techniques. Hereford heifers were provided and our club split up into teams and practiced gluing legs and tail heads and clipping techniques. All members are encouraged to learn to fit their own animal for the achievement day at the fair. By learning to fit, you can enhance the appearance of your animal and present the calf to the judge in a professional manner.

The members of the club then wrote the end of year quiz. A portion of the overall points per member comes from the points received on the quiz. It is also a way for the club leaders to evaluate what we have learned throughout the year in the club.

Members were reminded about our upcoming 4H Achievement Day taking place at the Orangeville Fall Fair on Saturday September 1, 2018. A Show shirt will be provided to all members to wear for the day.

We would like to thank our club leaders for the guidance and patience leading the beef club this year.

The meeting was then adjourned and refreshments were enjoyed by all.

 

For further information contact Brady Hasson, Press Reporter.

 


Dufferin 4-H Craft Club

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Dufferin 4-H Dairy Club

Press Reporter:  Valerie Verstegen

First Meeting Report:

The first dairy club meeting was a success! Just about everybody came. We met at Markay farms. First we introduced ourselves. Then we talked about our project. After that Andy Frazer from Select Sires,came to talk about what what bull’s heifers should have when picking one for the fair and project. Finally went to Brenda Lothmans house to enjoy chocolate chip cookies,and to pick our president,vice presidant,secretary. Congratulations to our new president Hannah,vice president Caleigh,and secretary Nate. This is Valerie your new  press reporter signing off.

 


 


Dufferin 4-H Lawn Tractor Pull Club

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Dufferin 4-H Market Animal/Sheep Club

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