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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Vermilion 4-H Beef Club Achievement Day

Under the beautiful sunny skies and warm weather, the Vermilion 4-H Beef Club gathered for their annual Achievement Day on May 26th at the Vermilion Fair Grounds.

Months of dedicated efforts were put forth by the 4-H members to prepare their project animals for this special occasion, and they were eager to showcase the fruits of their labour. The members presented their well-raised steers, heifers, as well as cow/calf pairs.

Judge Cache Schiller had the esteemed task of evaluating the well-groomed animals, which vividly displayed the members’ mastery in halter breaking, grooming, and clipping techniques. He also had the opportunity to observe the members’ animals and assess the soundness of their decisions in selecting the right animals, as well as their aptitude in providing care and nourishment, resulting in the development of well-defined animals.

The show commenced at 9 a.m., but the diligent members had arrived early to pamper their project animals with a well-deserved spa day, ensuring their animals looked their absolute best for the event. The 4-H members were categorized into junior, intermediate, and senior classes, along with a special Cleaver Kids show, wherein the winners of each class advanced to compete for the coveted overall champion title.

During the event, the club provided a delectable lunch, and awards were presented to honour the exceptional achievements of the participants. Taylor Farkash was bestowed with the Grand Champion Steer award, generously sponsored by Misty Hills Charolais, while Marley Waltz received the Reserve Grand Champion Steer award, sponsored by Vermilion Vet Clinic. Jalynn Westman earned the prestigious Grand Champion Overall Female title, sponsored by Everblack Angus, and Marley Waltz was recognized as the Reserve Grand Champion Overall Female, sponsored by Stalwick Livestock.

In the Showmanship/Grooming category, Halle Lehmann received 1st place Senior Showmanship sponsored by Dr. Brooke Peden, while Rylan Lehmann received 2nd place.

In the Senior Grooming Halle Lehmann once again obtained the 1st place sponsored by All Wheel Wash, while Raylee Martin brought home the 2nd place sponsored by Rona.

Intermediate 1st place showmanship sponsored by Rock Solid Nitrogen Services went to Paetyn Herzog, and 2nd place sponsored by Baddock’s Power Products & Farm Credit Canada went to Taylor Farkash. Briggs Snellgrove took 1st place Junior Showmanship sponsored by Westman Animal Nutrition and Hannah Selte received 2nd place Showmanship sponsored by Clear West Communications.

Briggs Snelgrove also took the 1st place grooming sponsored by Vermilion Feeds while Walker Westman received 2nd place sponsored by Jannette Riedel.

In the Senior, intermediate and Junior Judging Halle Lehmann received 1st place sponsored by Bert Duncan Trailer Sales Inc. Paetyn Herzog received 1st place Intermediate sponsored by Clear West Communications and Nashtyn Pulyk received 1st place in the Junior category sponsored by Dr. Brooke Peden. Judging 2nd place was awarded to Rylan Lehmann in senior sponsored by Shawn and Dusti McLaughlin. Intermediate was awarded to Jalynn Westman sponsored by Kyle and Terri Herzog, and Walker Westman was awarded 2nd place Junior Judging sponsored by Jim and Rena Pulyk.

Best Homegrown Steer went to Ally Westman and was sponsored by Hog Hollow Farms and Best Homegrown Heifer was awarded to Marley Waltz and was sponsored by WRW Chartered Professional Accountant.

Best Rate of Gain was awarded to Nashtyn Pulyk and sponsored by 619 Land & Cattle Ltd.

The Vermilion 4-H Beef Club extends its heartfelt appreciation to all of their sponsors for their unwavering support. A special thank you goes to the Vermilion Ag Society for generously allowing the use of their grounds and facilities for this event.

Additionally, the Clandonald and Vermilion Interclub Heifer Show began at 5 p.m. on May 26, with the Interclubs Steer Show and Sale held on May 27 at the Vermilion Ag Grounds. The show started at 9 a.m. with the Championship class at 2 p.m. The sale began at 2:30 p.m.

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