We All Learn At a Different Pace
What did I learn about myself through my 4-H participation?
I learned that it is not easy to be 16 and on the edge of adulthood.
Head - to clear thinking, when giving your word to someone, think about how it will affect your heart if you buckle to peer pressure and go against your morals and ethics .
Heart - to greater loyalty; loyalty is something that is given freely and cannot be demanded or forced upon someone.
Hands - to larger service, you can only do what you feel is right and work hard to achieve your goals.
Health - to better living; if your word is your honor, and you stand fast to your morals and ethics; loyalty will come to you freely, your goals will be realized, and you will make a difference in the world around you.
I love 4-H !
Peer pressure is one of the hardest things we face; stay true to yourself no matter how hard it is and make a difference!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Meeting was called to order,Pledges recited. The minutes were read and approved. There was no old Business so we moved on the new business, It was suggested the we take baked sugar free goods to rest homes as one of our Community Service Projects, and all the members were ask to think of a few more community service ideals.
Election of officers - President Cora elected for second year, Vice President Hunter and Secretary Katelyn.
Demonstrations - were given By - Cora, Title was No Stress No Tears No Problem( on record books) and Hunter, Title was - Food Value in Desert Pizza.
Demonstrations to be given at next Meeting on 4-5-09; by Katelyn and Cora.
It was moved by Hunter that the meeting be adjourned and seconded my Hannah.
Then we ate Hunters demonstration, desert pizza "it was really good".
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Today is the beginning of my 4-H Market Beef Project. This day started early we had to load my steers and take them to be weighted in and tagged. The week before weigh in I started giving my steers grain so that when weigh in was done my steers were ready to start the 149 days to the finished Market and the joy of showing my steers at the Fair.
Forest weighted - 745 pounds
Lt. Dan weighted - 765 pounds
Bubba weighted - 785 pounds
I have set there feeding schedule and I will talk, comb, practice and exercise them on a regular basis; this is the time for me and my steers to bond.
The weather here went from very cold to warn in just a few weeks, my steers are already loosing their winter coats soon they will be slick and shiny; their winter coats will come off even faster with daily brushing, combing, and bathing. I must tell you that having a steer project is not always just doing the fun stuff; you have to clean their pins, and watch to make sure that they stay healthy and if they get sick you will have to call the veterinarian.
Those simple words cause more stress between child and parent when it comes fair time.
Here is the best tip ever; go to the 4-H website and get your record books and save them to your documents. Then when you work on one of your projects just fill in the date, time, and what you did that day. This takes only a few minutes and when fair time rolls around your record book is complete you just print it out and your done. NO stress, NO tears, NO problem.
I do a lot of projects, and if I waited in till fair to work on my books; I WOULD FREAK OUT.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
After months of hard work; it is finely fair time and the fun part starts. You get to see if all your hard work pay off.
You need to keep a few things in mind: When going into the show ring the judge is not only looking at your steer He or She is also watching you. This is also the time when prospective buyer are watching and looking. You will want to look good; make sure you cloths are clean and pressed, and your hair is neat and clean. You what to look like a winner, the all American boy or girl showing the next Grand Champion.
When working with your 4-H steers its all about scheduling and presistance. You feed at the same time, and water at the same time everyday.
When you work with them you need to be cool and calm, if your excited your steers will feel it and they will be excited. You also need to talk to them, your steers need to hear and know your voice.
Talk about any thing, sing, say your ABC, or if you had a bad day tell them about it; they won't tell anyone.
When in the show ring your voice will be their comfort zone, I even smell the same I use lavender soap so that my steers know my smell.
Old business - Hunter received his Clover Bud project awards.
New Business - All member renewed memberships, New Projects for 2009 were listed, and we talk about what we would like to do for Community Services project, and what we would like to learn this year.
All weight in Dates were given along with the dead line for each.
The meeting was adjourned and we all had a snack.
It was nice to see all my 4-H friends.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
One of the first thing you want to do; is break you steer to touch. The way I do this is to use a rake and rub the steers back, brisket, and legs. You will want to do this every time you go out and feed.
The next thing is to get the halter with a long lead rope on each of your steers, Leave it on them so that they are easy to catch, You will want to check your steers twice a day to make sure that the halter is on and that the steers are alright.
Friday, March 6, 2009
To break a steer for Show takes a lot of time; you must be calm, and cool when working with them.
These are not pets, These Steers are raised as a of the 4-H market Beef Project. Along with showing them in the Show Ring. In the program you must keep health records, activity records, the 4-H member must do all the care, feeding and cleaning of the pen's themselves. This is a very demanding project.
I am in 4-H; this is a picture of my steer project this is a baby steer he weights about 750 pounds. This is just one of many projects. This is Clover, I also has another steer Mikey, both steers are Red Angus.