4-H Kids Prepare Livestock for Show
4-H kids have been raising their steers for months to get ready for today's County Fair Beef Show.
Participants at this year's 4-H Beef Show have put a lot of work into raising their animals, and now they have their eye on the prize.
4-H Livestock Chairman, Shauna Wing: “By the first weekend in January, they weight them and get them tagged and that's their project until July when the fair starts.”
Josie Christians,15, raised a steer for the show, she says, “My favorite part is being able to have an animal and spend time with it and be able to sell it and make a lot of money off of it.”
Christians says she learned a lot from taking care of her steer 'Rank.'
“When you're getting ready for the show, you want to wash your steer and get them all good and make them look good for the show.”
Shauna Wing: “She's responsible to make sure that she keeps track of how much her steer is eating everyday as far as grain and hay, exercising it and also breaking it so that it will lead.”
Austin Dunlap,16, has grown close to his steer, ‘Lance’, but sometimes he can be a lot to handle.
“He's basically just like a dog and he'll follow me around, I can pet him. Sometimes they can pull you around if they're just not happy with what you've been doing, they can just not work for you.”
But for Christians, the program has done much more than teach her responsibility. She was born with a rare lung condition that she says few survive, and the 4-H program takes her mind off it.
“I'm able to achieve things that I haven't when I was younger.”
Story by Luba Solonenko, Beartooth NBC.
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