06-14-16 WW Feed and Supply’s Stock Show University Clinic teaches 4-H’ers new show skills…

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Clinic teaches 4-H’ers new show skills

 

Pig pic 4794 – Ashlyn Alvey and Zeke Foster drive pigs before professor Tyler Gradert and aide Chad Russell in the multi-species clinic on June 11.

Pig pic 4794 – Ashlyn Alvey and Zeke Foster drive pigs before professor Tyler Gradert and aide Chad Russell in the multi-species clinic on June 11.

ROCKY FORD –A team of show livestock “professors” aided area youth June 11 & 12 during a multi-species Stock Show University here.

Southeast Colorado youth and their parents all got an education about clipping, show day grooming, and showmanship for their 4-H and FFA projects at the annual event coordinated by WW Feed & Supply.

This year’s clinic was expanded to four projects, with swine kicking off Saturday morning.  Zeke Foster’s pigs provided a visual example for professor Tyler Gradert of Illinois, who explained techniques while 4-H’ers demonstrated proper showing skills. Gradert emphasized the three W’s – wash, walk and weigh. Washing and other daily skin care help keep an animal healthy, walk to train your pig to be ring-ready as well as for exercise, and weigh not only feed for proper intake but weigh the animal itself so that you can reach your goals.

Sheep pic 028 – Professor Demi Powers helps Jenna Day with the perfect head angle on a lamb during Stock Show University at Rocky Ford.

Sheep pic 028 – Professor Demi Powers helps Jenna Day with the perfect head angle on a lamb during Stock Show University at Rocky Ford.

The clinic shifted to sheep projects for its second session. Professors Demi Powers of Ohio and Codi Englert of Montana used lambs provided by Deanna Russell to actually allow 4-H’ers to practice setting up and bracing lambs. The young participants took turns to refine their showing skills. In addition to the hands-on lessons, the two professors discussed goals, daily care, and exercise tips, plus they fielded questions from those eager to learn.

Goat pic 4925 – Jakob Juul shows Halley Brooks how to brace a goat during the two-day Stock Show University.

Goat pic 4925 – Jakob Juul shows Halley Brooks how to brace a goat during the two-day Stock Show University.

The third session was on goats, where senior 4-H’er Jakob Juul used Ashlyn Alvey and Molly Tate’s goats to illustrate points about the goat project. Tate’s goat was partially clipped before the crowd, creating questions and interaction from youth and parents alike, as it was transformed in appearance. Other members also brought their goat to the Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds for the clinic, so all participants got hands-on practice, as they learned to properly brace and move around a show ring.

The fourth project was beef. Heifers and steers also arrived Saturday afternoon, with the opening lessons on washing and clipping. Professor Casey St. Blanc of Montana was the lead in this section of WW Feed & Supply’s two-day clinic.  Before starting to clip on Saturday night, St. Blanc evaluated Kaden Humrich’s steer and chalked “no cut” zones onto the hide, then used clippers and other fitting tools to enhance the strengths and downplay the weaknesses of the crossbred calf.

Beef pic 083 – Denton Willbanks watches professor Casey St. Blanc clip and groom a heifer June 12 during the annual youth clinic sponsored by WW Feed & Supply.

Beef pic 083 – Denton Willbanks watches professor Casey St. Blanc clip and groom a heifer June 12 during the annual youth clinic sponsored by WW Feed & Supply.

The beef portion resumed early Sunday, with St. Blanc pulling Kalley Crouch’s Hereford heifer into the demonstration chute. He then began the grooming process. After transforming her heifer into a show-ready appearance, each beef participant was sent to his/her own chute and calf, and tried to replicate the clipping and grooming steps.

All professors, plus coordinators Curtis and Chad Russell of WW Feed & Supply, gave several hours of one-on-one time to each beef participant and calf. Julie Stovall, mother of first-time participant Kallie Stovall, reported mid-day: “The progress Kallie and Cade (her steer) are making is great.”

Interspersed in the beef lessons on Sunday, Rod Kerchal of Peyton trimmed the hooves on beef projects arriving from western Kansas and southeast Colorado needing his expertise. All weekend, Otero County 4-H Council offered meals to the crowd, and WW Feed & Supply set up a temporary satellite store for participants.

Sunday wrapped up with beef showmanship. Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association provided cash prizes for the event based on skill level. Erin Wright won the veteran showmanship division and Kaden Humrich placed first in the novice division.

Submitted to BARN Media by:

Susan & Curt Russell
WW Feed & Supply
719-384-4463
wwfeed@centurytel.net