Time for cow show and tell

Lisa Goudy
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Eleven-year-old Hayes Mealing wanted to learn more about cows.

Caitlin Reimer, who is involved with the Valley View 4-H Club, brushes her Black Angus heifer Jinx for the Moose Jaw Regional Show at the Hometown Fair on June 21, 2014.

That’s why he first joined the Moose Jaw 4-H Club.

“I’m excited to try my hardest and have fun,” said Mealing. “I like showing cows.”

While in the barn before Saturday’s events, Mealing said he usually enters the showmanship and grooming events.

From just outside Moose Jaw, he said he doesn’t travel a lot to many other shows, with the exception of Achievement Day and the Hometown Fair for the Moose Jaw Regional 4-H Show.

“I like getting told how to do the stuff and how to groom your cow,” said Mealing. “I’m only bringing steers because heifers, you … can’t sell them and stuff.”

Meanwhile outside, a little smile graced Caitlin Reimer’s face as she brushed her Black Angus heifer, Jinx.

“I like getting to have an animal at shows and new friends,” she said. “I’m most excited about showing (in the regional show).”

As a member of the Valley View 4-H Club, she enjoys bringing different animals to different places. She most enjoys clipping the animals.

4-H is a youth organization for kids aged six to 25.

“Kids should get involved with 4-H,” said Sandra Reimer. “It’s an awesome program.”

Sandra said this weekend was their first time at the show. They are from Cupar, Sask. Caitlin has had Jinx since the beginning of the year.

4-H includes several programs for kids to get involved such as sewing projects and other animal projects, said Sandra.

In the province, 4-H Saskatchewan has existed for more than 100 years. It focuses on four aspects — hands, heart, head and healthy. There are more than 200 clubs established in Saskatchewan.

In Canada, 4-H is the country’s largest education program outside of school. The first 4-H club in Canada was formed in Roland, Man. in 1913. The first Saskatchewan livestock clubs were formed in Dubuc, Colgate and Tantallon, according to the 4-H Saskatchewan website.

The first Saskatchewan district council was formed in 1949. The Saskatchewan 4-H Council was formed in 1957, becoming the first provincial 4-H council in Canada.

Usually, 4-H groups meet once a month. There are five member categories — cloverbud for ages six to eight, junior for ages nine to 12, intermediate for ages 13 to 15, senior for ages 16 to 21 and future leaders for ages 22 to 25.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw 4-H Club, Valley View 4-H Club, Saskatchewan district council

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada, Moose Jaw Cupar Roland Dubuc Tantallon

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