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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Canadian Sheep Breeders' Association
La Société Canadienne des Éleveurs de Moutons