From left, Vermilion 4-H Beef members Derian Selte and Destinee McGrath. Photos Angela Mouly
Vermilion and Clandonald 4-H Clubs met at the Vermilion Agricultural Grounds hosting their Interclub Heifer Show on May 28, and their Steer Show and Sale on May 29.
A range of 9 - 18 - year - old members shared their head, heart, hands, and health spirit while showing their prime cattle. The heifer show began with the Cleaver and Yearling Heifer Classes with the top two in each category moving on to the Champion Yearling Heifer Class. The Grand Champion Yearling Heifer went to Zack Rehmann, and Reserve Champion Yearling Heifer went to Nicholas Wasylik.
A Champion Cow/Calf Class was held after the Two and Three Year Old Cow/Calf Classes. The Grand Champion Cow/Calf went to Logan Garnier, and Reserve Champion Cow/Calf went to Avery Hickman.
From left, Zach Rehmann’s Overall Female Reserve Champion Heifer, and Logan Garnier’s Overall Female Grand Champion Heifer on May 28.
“It takes a lot of time and effort to bring back last year’s project for a cow/calf project,” said Confirmation Judge, Jayden Payne.
A highlight of the show was the Champion Overall Female Class that saw Grand Overall Female Champion going to Logan Garnier, and Reserve Overall Female Champion going to Zack Rehmann.
Showmanship Classes were also held with judges not only placing the animals but coaching members on their performances throughout the day.
Junior Champion was awarded to Wyatt Jacula, and Junior Reserve Champion was awarded to Noah Jacula. Intermediate Champion was Avary Hickman, and Intermediate Reserve Champion was Kamryn Oddan. The Senior Showmanship Grand Champion was Nicholas Wasylik, and the Senior Showmanship Reserve Champion was Grace Cleland.
“There’s a really talented and natural group of show-people here today,” said Showmanship Judge, Taylor Richards.
In honour of celebrating 100 years of 4-H in Canada, the Vermilion-Clandonald Interclub offered a new Health-Head-Heart-Hand Award this year to one member of each club that displayed outstanding support to fellow members throughout the shows. The Vermilion award went to Cavin Jones, and the Clandonald award went to Austin Axley.
“There’s a lot of 4-H spirit out there,” said Fern Axley.
A couple of younger members shared what they love about being involved in 4-H.
“I love how you learn lots of new things and being around the cattle,” said Destinee McGrath, 10.
“I love how you get to interact with all of your friends and members in the club,” said Derian Selte, 10.
Showmanship awards went to juniors Rylan Garnier (1st), and Rylan Lehmann (2nd). Intermediate Showmanship awards went to Logan Garnier (1st), and Kamryn Oddan (2nd). Senior Showmanship awards went to Justin Chase (1st), and Nicholas Wasylik (2nd).
The top two steers from each weight class vied for the Championship spot which was announced at the sale. The Overall Grand Champion Steer was awarded to Logan Garnier, and the Overall Reserve Champion Steer was awarded to Ashley Jones.
Logan Garnier (left) with his Grand Champion Steer, and Ashley Jones (right) with her Reserve Champion Steer on May 29.
“4-H takes a big commitment. This is cattle country, and these cattle are fit and fed nicely. I like to see the senior members helping others,” said Confirmation Judge, Mick Trefiak.
During the sale, buyers eagerly eyed their choice steer and competed with their bids to support the Vermilion-Clandonald 4-H Interclub.
“They’ve all worked really hard and done well with their calves. We are happy to see them have a successful 4-H year,” said Kim Roberts.
The buyers at the 2017 Vermilion 4-H Sale on May 29.