4-H member Grace L’Ecluse poses with her shorthorn cross show steer recently during a practice show. The Beef Club is preparing for its big Show and Sale set for May 1 and 2 at the Calnash Ag Event Centre Heritage Stables. The female show is March 1 and the steers for the next day.

West Ponoka 4-H Beef news

Ponoka 4-H members are readying themselves for their big show and sale coming up May 1 and 2.

4-H is in full swing and headed towards show and sale day, the West Ponoka 4-H Beef club has 18 members and one cleaver.

There are 17 steer projects and four heifer projects on the go.

Our members kicked the year off Oct. 10 with a gathering at Vold Jones Vold Auction Mart. Here our club weighed, vaccinated and set individual and club goals for weight gain and care.

On Nov. 19 we decorated trees at Sunrise Village with the senior residents and together we spread the Christmas spirit.

On Dec. 16 we put on our long underwear and headed to the Ponoka outdoor skating rink for our Christmas party, minus 25C didn’t keep us away. We also shared snacks and worked on our diaries.

We began 2017 with our mid weigh-in at Shaw’s farm. We got to see how our projects are progressing and enjoyed a potluck lunch.

February was a busy month. We had public speaking on the ninth. Great speeches club members! Then on the 11th we travelled to Red Deer to watch the Rebels play the Regina Pats with other 4-H clubs. It was an exciting overtime game. At the end of the month we hosted 4-H zone public speaking and our club was represented well.

Last week on March 27 we had our mini show at the Calnash Ag Event Center. This was good practice and experience for us and our projects. We bathed, clipped and led our cattle. A big thank you goes out to Mark Matejka for giving us a wonderful clipping demonstration. We learned lots of tips and tricks.

Our year will wind up on May 1 and 2 at our Show and Sale at the Calnash Ag Event Centre. Our charity steer “Kevin” will be there who we are raffling off to raise money for the Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury. Tickets are available from all our club members.

Hope to see you all there as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of 4H in Alberta.