Real beefy weekend for 4-H

By Lloydminster Source staff

April 20, 2017 12:00 AM

IN TRAINING Local 4-H members will have three events this weekend to learn how to market and judge their cattle.

Animals and their young 4-H handlers from local District 35 will bond this weekend for three learning events at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.
On tap is a 4-H Beef Grooming and Showmanship Clinic, a 4-H judging clinic/competition involving about 100 members aged six to 21 with free admission to the public.
“It’s a very successful event,” said Sam Hardstaff, agriculture manager, Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association.
First up is a 4-H Beef Grooming and Showmanship Clinic starting at 9 a. m. on Saturday with instructors teaching 4-H members how to prepare their steers and heifers for the show ring.
“Kids will bring their animals in on Saturday for beef grooming,” said Hardstaff.
“They wash them, they clip them, they learn how to comb them properly to get the hair growing the right way.”
The idea is to train the young farm kids how to market their cattle now and in the future.The judging clinic starting on Sunday at 9 a.m. is in its 27th year and focuses on key points to judge beef bulls, beef heifers, horses (heavy and light), meat and dairy cattle.
Each section will have four animals with the instructor leading off with a judging demonstration for the animals, then the 4-H members will judge and rank the animals on their own.
The Nelson Group Judging Competition will be held in conjunction with this clinic and is open to any registered Saskatchewan 4-H member who is 15-21.
“They should all know how to judge and they all get scored,” said Hardstaff.
This regional competition serves as the Lloydminster regional selections for the Saskatchewan Provincial 4-H Judging Team Competition.
Only the top eight members will be able to move on to the provincial competition.
If they win at provincials, then they will compete at the international judging competition during Agribition 2017 in Regina.
Hardstaff said the weekend clinics and the judging competition reflect the strength of 4-H in the district.
“It’s a really good program for youth to learn skills and go on in their future life,” she said.
“It’s a real learning tool that they can use whether it be beef, horse showing anything.”
Other clinics will be held for 4-H members soon including a Horse Grooming and Showmanship clinic on May 6 leading up to the annual 4-H Expo with a date yet to be released.

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