The 39th Nova Scotia Provincial 4-H Show
The 39th Nova Scotia Provincial 4-H Show was held Friday September 28 till Sunday September 30th in Truro on the Provincial grounds. The show involves livestock projects such as sheep, beef, dairy, light horse, draft horse, poultry, waterfowl, rabbit, miniature horse, goat and market classes of steer, lamb and turkey. Non livestock classes are cake decorating, computer, crafts, first aid, floriculture, foods, garden, heritage, outdoorsman, photography, scrapbooking, sewing, small engines, vet science, welding, woodworking and dog obedience. The top two projects, junior and senior, from each of the 18 counties can participate at the Pro Show.
Friday evening is the market lamb class which had 23 lambs this year with the top 15 being auctioned off. There was a top price of $12 per lb down to $4 per lb with an average of $5.50 achieved. On Saturday the sheep classes were held with only lambs being shown. There were conformation classes of Rams, Suffolk Ewe, North Country Cheviot Ewe, Dorset Ewe, Ewe Lamb Other and Ewe Lamb Other Purebred. Members also participated in judging, showmanship and the sheep clipping competition. There was also handmade wool project.
Our judge this year was Johanne Cameron from Richelieu Quebec, who did a wonderful job of placing the lambs and 4-her’s. There were many good comments on her judging from participants and they were glad to see a judge from outside the Maritimes.
Congratulations to all the winners and competitors and hope to have another great show next year in Bridgewater.
BC Pacific National Exhibition 2012
Quebec 4-H's 37 Annual Provincial Rally
Quebec 4-H'ers celebrated Canada's favourite sport, hockey, July 5-8 at this year's 37 annual Provincial Rally. 4-H clubs from across Quebec, as well as some 4-H clubs from Eastern Ontario gathered at the Shawville fairgrounds, just north of Gatineau, to demonstrate their agricultural skills. Rally is one of few times clubs all gather together.
101 4-H'ers aged 6-25 showed off 121 projects divided into: 66 dairy, 16 beef, 10 life skills, 9 public speaking, 5 sheep, 5 poultry, 3 goats, 3 rabbits, 2 steers and 2 horses.
All the results can be found on our website: http://www.quebec4-H.com/rally
Matthew Noxon of Grenville Sheep 4-H won Champion Hampshire along with winning Champion Sheep Showmanship. Matthew won sixth in the Overall Individual Aggregate placement. Shauna Mckenna from Gatineau Valley 4-H won Reserve Champion Hampshire with her sheep, Ewela. Champion Suffolk went to Zachary Bennett of Grenville Sheep 4-H. Zachary also won Reserve Champion for Overall Showmanship, an award sponsored by Kubota, presented by Christian Roy. Sawyerville 4-H'er Meaghan Rivett won Reserve Champion Suffolk with Mastine Jayda 7Z.Meaghan placed eighth overall in the Overall Individual Aggregate placements.
The 38 Annual Provincial Rally will be hosted by the Sawyerville 4-H club July 18-21 at the Cookshire fairgrounds, in the Eastern Townships. The theme will celebrate 4-H's centennial anniversary in Canada. Each club will select a decade to demonstrate agriculture in that period.
Provincial Sheep Show
OLDS, July 26, 2012 —
Today, the sheep industry in Alberta is exciting, thriving and extremely attractive to new entrants. The 32 enthusiastic 4-H sheep members attending this year's 4-H Alberta Provincial Sheep Show are totally on board with this recent trend, and gathered in Olds to showcase and learn together. July 11 – 13, 2012 marked the 2nd annual 4-H Alberta Provincial Sheep Show.
Throughout the 4-H club year sheep members work with their sheep project, whether a market lamb, prospect ewe lamb, mature ewe or flock, in order to "learn to do by doing". Members gain knowledge in a variety of subject areas within sheep production and management and finish off the year with their club achievement day. Members working with their project animal demonstrated a tremendous amount of skill and knowledge of industry best-practices.
The 4-H Alberta Provincial Sheep Show provides 4-H sheep project members an additional opportunity beyond the club to: interact with fellow 4-H members from across the province; showcase their skills and projects; and increase their knowledge in the areas of marketing, agriculture awareness and their project.
Members participated in a number of skill based events over the three day event including trimming, judging, conformation and showmanship. While Junior and Intermediate members took part in the Marketing Competition, Senior members participated in the You're Hired Competition. Here, they had the opportunity to do a mock job interview after which they received individual feedback on their resume and how they did in their interview. This valuable experience helped to develop comfort around resume writing and interviewing, life-skills that will be crucial for any career path these members do so choose. A wool felting workshop was also held for members, teaching them about another aspect of the sheep industry.
4-H sheep members cross-registered in Summer Synergy, a program of Calgary Stampede and Olds Agriculture Society, also got to know members with dairy and beef projects from across Alberta and the rest of Canada.
Providing a venue for members, leaders and sponsors to share ideas and learn from each other, the 4-H Alberta Provincial Sheep Show helps to strengthen personal networks and understanding of the sheep industry.
Building communities since 1917, 4-H Alberta has been helping its members and leaders to "Learn to do by Doing" in the areas of leadership, communication, technical and life-skills. 4-H
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Saskatoon Prairieland Park Junior Ag Showcase
The Sheep Show at the 2012 Junior Ag Showcase held on Saturday, July 7 at the Prairieland Park Ag Centre. The Sheep Show was a huge success this year! The Champion Market Lamb owned and exhibited by Hayes Vermette of the Hanley 4-H Club was purchased by Martensville Building for $1700.00. The Reserve Champion Market Lamb owned and exhibited by Cassidy Oborowsky of the Catherwood 4-H Club was purchased by Plum Blossom Farms Ltd. for $600.00.
The Champion Animal (Ewe with Lambs) was owned and exhibited by Madisen Kinzie from the Vanscoy Club. The Reserve Champion Animal (Ewe Lamb) was owned and exhibited by Danyka Burnett from the Carlton Trail 4-H Beef (Sheep) Club.
Market Lamb Class
Champion Lamb Class
Champion Market Lamb in the Sale
Nova Scotia 4-H Provincial Show 2011
Nova Scotia's 38th Provincial show came with many events and experiences for members from all over the province. This year 2343 projects from approximately 1000 members came to be judged in Truro, Nova Scotia. Being chosen to represent their county at this level is only given to the best and most qualified individuals. Members were judged at their own county exhibition or fair and the top two in each class excluding only top one in showmanship classes and a select other events were eligible to take part in Provincial Show. The events took place over a three day period at the first of October where the weather made a wet environment but didn't dampen the spirits of the 4-Hers. Both livestock and non-livestock (life skills) projects were involved in this event. Non- livestock projects that were seen at pro-show included crafts, sewing, foods, woodworking, outdoorsmen, first-aid, welding, recycling, cake decorating, computer, floriculture, garden, photography, scrapbooking, small engines and vet science. Livestock projects included dairy, beef, goat, rabbit, waterfowl, poultry, light horse, draft horse, miniature horse, dog obedience and sheep as well as three market classes; steer, lamb and turkey. Sheep, dairy and beef clipping competitions took place also where members are given an animal and take full responsibility for them over the weekend including feeding training and preparing them for show day. Members who placed 1st for their county judging were able to judge at provincial show where they go against a large amount of qualified 4-Hers who can be considered experts to reach this level of judging and know their project very well. The weekend is quite jam-packed and members are seen running from each competition to catch the results as well as compete themselves.
The sheep competition included 82 lambs. Sheep competitors took part in the market lamb show and sale, judging competition, wool contest, sheep clipping, and conformation classes. The lambs were split into market lamb, Suffolk, North Country Cheviot, Dorset, Ram lamb, Crossbred and purebred other. The amount of members present showed how much honour can be taken from being placed high in a class. It was also seen that all animals brought were very respectable forms for their breed characteristics being they already participated in county judging making the judge Donald Cluney’s job very difficult. He had nothing but great feedback for the members and animals brought to the show and was thankful to be chosen.
Competing at the provincial show is a memory cherished for a lifetime. Members take the skills they used and learned along the way and apply them to real life situations to help get them further in life. It is also a place where many friendships are made that will last forever and make returning to Provincial Show the next year even more enjoyable. Next year’s show is sure to be just as busy and eventful as the start of a new 4-H year and new projects is about to begin!
Alberta 4-H Sheep Show 2011
Wild and Wooly
It was a very exciting time in the world of Alberta 4-H when the inaugural Alberta 4-H Sheep Show took place July 13 - 15 in Olds, AB. The show, which featured 23 enthusiastic members from across the province, provided an excellent opportunity for 4-H'ers to experience project competition at the provincial level for the first time.
The three day event saw members compete in a variety of classes and competitions including judging, trimming, combing and conformation. Another exciting and always entertaining competition was the costume class. This portion of the program saw participants dress up one of their project entries into a costume of their choice. Of course the members didn't get off that easy and were also required to be in costume. Many laughs and smiles always accompany this class.
"Having a Provincial 4-H show is a great opportunity. It has been fun to meet other 4-H members in the sheep project and I'm excited I got o participate in the first ever Provincial show", stated Brennan Munro from the Irricana 4-H Beef & Multi Club.
The first Alberta 4-H sheep club was established in 1923 and the project currently features over 100 project members in 31 clubs through the province. The 2011 provincial sheep show saw approximately one-third of all of Alberta's 4-H sheep project members attend the event. "The sheep industry is currently experiencing its strongest market acceptance in years and Alberta's sheep youth are obviously as committed as anyone to raising awareness of sheep production and husbandry", stated Andrea Church, Calgary and South 4-H Regional Specialist.
Presenting Partner of the inaugural Alberta 4-H Sheep Show is Farm Credit Canada, Partner Supporter in the Government of Alberta, and Partner Friends are Alberta Lamb Producers and the Canadian Sheep Breeders' Association. Partner Host is the Olds Agricultural Society.
Quebec 4-H Provincial Rally 2011
Around the World in 4 Days
This year the 36th annual Quebec 4-H Provincial Rally was held on the Lachute Fair Grounds on July 14th to the 17th. Clubs from across Quebec and some from Ontario came to show their projects, make new friends and have a great worldly adventure with this year's "We are the World" theme. This year we even had participants from around the world. We had one from Japan who joined the Hatley 4-H club, one from Austria who joined Grenville County and one from the U.K who participated with Gatineau Valley. More than 100 4-H'ers participated and assisted throughout the weekend.
These members proudly competed in a variety of events including public speaking, life skills, judging, fitting, farmer's Olympics and a livestock show, which made a total of 115 projects. Complying with the theme "We are the World", Beth Kennedy and Christine Tolhurst set a challenge out to all the Quebec 4-H clubs to see who can raise the most money. We were very pleased to announce that our Free the Children donation, exceeded our 5,000$ mark and we are pleased to say that in total the clubs raised 5,462.33$. Congratulations! This event would not have been possible without the support of countless parents, volunteers, 4-H leaders and sponsors.
There were two breeds of sheep at this year's rally, one Canadian Arcott and four Suffolk. Our beautifully spoken Public speaker, Shelby Drew from the Hatley 4-H club brought home Champion Canadian Arcott and represented her and her sheep Apple Ridge Sonia as the Royal Couple in the costume class.
This year's Suffolk sheep class had some great completion, but bringing home Champion Suffolk and Champion Interbreed Sheep was Meaghan Rivett with Mastine Sugar 16Y. Our Reserve Champion Suffolk sheep, Reserve Champion interbreed Sheep and Champion Sheep Showperson, Tiffany Nelson was very pleased to also add to her weekend the Reserve Supreme Showman. Congratulations!
After a great weekend, members of Quebec 4-H are excited for next year's Provincial Rally. The 37th Annual Quebec 4-H Provincial Rally will be held in Shawville, Qc with the theme of "The Good Old Hockey Game". Please join us on July 5th to the 8th at the Shawville Fair grounds.