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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-Her's day combines work, fun Ily CATHIE KETI Herald Slalf Writer The duy in the life of a 4-IIcr h somewhat similar lo a day in the We of any oilier young per- son. Time is filled with going lo school, or during the summer working at jobs, watching tele- vision, bike riding, taking part In recreational activities, hob- bies, attending school functions, reading, and perhaps even en- joying rmisic lessons. However, the person involved with 4-H, especially in a Beef Club, lias other things to (lo in the morning and evening in the ways of caring for his calf, lie- Bidcs the rest of the things ho docs (hiring the day. Darleno Hiehl, who belonged to the Park Lake 4-H licet Cluh for six years says she got up about 6 a.m. ICven heforc breakfast, she'd go out to feed tier calf, and also help her fa- ther by feeding some of his cal- tlo. When she'd first gel her calf sometime in October or Novem- ber, she'd start feeding it a growing ration. This consisted of oals with heel pulp, Vitamin A to prevent diseases such as red nose, DIM! minerals. The calf which originally weighed between 450 and 550 pounds was given as much hay as it could eat and as much water lo drink as it needed. After about 2V- months, tho calf was put on full oals. Afler raising the calf for about five months, il was grad- ually fed a barley ration. Bar- ley is used to put on meat. Straw was mixed with tho hay. The amount of hay fed was decreased as the grain was led the animal. Because hay has so much bulk, towards Ihe end of tho year no more hay is fed to the calf. It gets a barley ration to fill up on, and this puts on meat. After feeding the animals in Ihc morning, Darlene would go to breakfast, and lo get ready for school. She'd catch (lie bus at 8 a.m., spend ttie day at school, and then gel home about 4 p.m. Depending on Iho lime of the year, chores would be done as soon 03 she got home from school in the winter, or a bit laler in tlte summer months. Then before supper, she might do some bike riding or just sil around watching televi- sion and relaxing. After supper, and other activities look up Dar- lene's evening and Ihen il was lo bed. "You have to feed your ant- mat at the same time every d a y" added Darlene, because they gel into a regular routine just like people. The aim of the 4-H beef ani- mal raiser is lo be able lo show his animal in front of judges in a weli-bcliavpd manner, with the calf standing in a good po- sition to show off its well-meal- ed body. Darlenc raid to get the ani- mal to know you and to he able to lead properly anil act proper- ly at Ihe final show, the 4-Her should be with his calf from the lime he gets il. He should halter break it, and lead it. By the time Ihc 4-H show and sale comes the animal should be ready in both muscle and performance characteristics. The life of a 4-Her these days is hectic, sometimes eon- fusing, but interesting in tho way that Ihe 4-Ifcr meets other 4-Hers fi'om different clubs. After the animals are taken lo the show place, they aro weighed and taken to their ap- propriate stalls. The morning >s spent clean- Ing the calf, braiding its tail, and generally grooming it. The calf is first brushed well to remove the flirt and dand- ruff which lias collected in ila coat of hair during the winter. Any kind of soap or delcrgcnt Is used in tho washing of tho calf. Most 4-Hers also groom their calves several days ahead of time, as well as the day of tire show. Wilh Hereford catlle, bleach or bluing are uiien used on Ihe wliitc hair of face and tail lo make it look whiter. The animal's tail is braided before Ihe show and Ihen comb- ed to make il fluffy. This is only for appearance, Kach 4-il member has several types of combs he uses to dec- orate his animal and to show off parts of it by means of opti- cal illusion. A lining comb is used lo place straight lines on the animal. A circular comb is used to place round circles on the calf. A scolcli comb is used on the tail. Once in the judging ring, the calf is judged against the other calves on its meat value. At the same time, llic calf and ils own- er are being judged for show- manship. This is where having a well- trained calf comes in handy, Darlenc said. The owner of tho calf must pay attention to his calf, to see that ils feet aro placed squarely under its body, to turn it properly if the call steps out of line, and to comb ttic calf where I ho place meut Judge poled it while leeling its muscles. At the same time, the 4-Her must keep one eye on the judge. Once the judge comes to look at the calf, the 4-Her must stop trying to make it stand proper- ly, because "you should hava Mm set up already." Darlene said another impor- tant thing lo remember in the ring is to hold the calf's head liigh, for it makes for a belter appearance. The care of the calf in groom- ing, feeding, and paying atten- tion lo it, as well the time spent at 4-H meetings learning the proper methods, and discussing problems, are beneficial in Unit Ihe 4-1 lei' gains knowledge and experience in dealing witii ani- mals. Tlio hours spent with Ihe calf can also pay off in oilier ways. Darlece was surprised wlien sho and her calf were given the award of Reserve Grand Champion (Ihe second best calf in the show) at the recent I-cllH bridgc and District 4-H Show and Sale. Canadians at Ayreshire meeting Thirty-one Canadians depart- ed from Montreal July 31 the Second Ayrshire World con. ferencc, held at Lahti, Finland, Aug. 2 to 9. The group will also spend a week in Great Britain, touring Ayrshire herds. Ayrshire enthu- siasts from B.C., Ontario, Quo- bee and New Brunswick arc at- tending the Conference. Tim lour is sponsored by Ihe Ayr- shiiY) Breeders' Association of Canada and the secretary-man- ager, J. Douglas MacKechnie, will be tour leader, Darlone Riehl and her father Jake, with Darlene's 1972 reserve grand champion 4-H calf Chinook apologizes to Magrath Due lo an engraving depart- ment error the airplwto of Ma- grath carried on Page 12 of tho July 23 Chinook was print- ed backwards. The Herald apologizes to Itj Magrath readers, ;