4-H clubs go head to tail

By Geoff Lee

November 8, 2017 2:18 PM

Shea Sissons applied some spray to the tail of this black Angus cow as a member of the Hillmond 4-H Beef Club, one of five teams entered in a team grooming event Saturday during the 39th Lloydminster Stockade Round-Up. The event was won by Hastings Coulee 4-H Beef Club. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Elvira the bull calf is ready to rumble on the range.
It’s all thanks to his kid handlers from the Hastings Coulee 4-H Beef Club in Forestburg Alberta.
The team of Lexi Dietrich, and Keely and Kasey Adams took the 4-H team grooming title Saturday, with Elvira being the spiffiest calf of them all.
Team Hastings beat out four other 4-H clubs to win $100 and a trophy during the 39th annual Lloydminster Black Diamond Acres Stockade Round-Up.
“We did work as a team and we tried our hardest and pulled through,” said Dietrich about the key to victory.
“It helped that we had a really calm calf and he also had lots of hair.”
The event was sponsored by Greenwood Limousin and judged by Tiffany Peters.
In second place was the Hillmond 4-H Beef Club with Alberta Bandits 4-H Club in third.
This is Dietrich’s fifth year in the Hastings 4-H and she says she loves team grooming the most, especially the fitting aspect.
Fitting the back end means grooming the back legs of the animals with a comb and firm adhesive.
“You get to work as a team with your best friends usually and get to fit on probably your favourite animal of the day,” she said.
As for the prize money, the team agreed to plow it back into their club to help fund an upcoming event.
Young 10 year-old Kehlor Eaton from the Northminster 4-H Beef Club also ranked team grooming his favourite club activity in his second year of membership.
“I like team grooming because we have to work as a team to achieve our goals,” he said, before explaining the challenge to beautify a heifer.
“So we’re going to be grooming it and putting pink oil on it to make it look shiny, and we’re going to do her tail head so she looks better on her back,” he said.
Easton’s teammate, Isabelle Pratte who is just 11, said “We’re going to groom this heifer and then show it around and try to win.”
Brooke Ferguson from the third-place Alberta Bandits has been in 4-H for about 10 years, and also takes a shine to grooming.
“So it’s just awesome to be a part of a team where I can show my talents with a club and not just myself,” she said as the competition was about to start.
“We’re going to be grooming the legs, so boning the legs up, working on the body, the tail head, just making the animal look more suitable,” she said.

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