Marlee Jaffray from the Rimbey 4-H Club rests with the steers for a moment during the Winfield

4-H interclub show and sale held in Agrim Centre successful

The Winfield, Rimbey, and Bluffton Clubs held their club and interclub show which culminated in the sale at 7 p.m., May 11.

The Winfield, Rimbey, and Bluffton Clubs held their club and interclub show which culminated in the sale at 7 p.m. the evening of Monday, May 11. Vold Jones and Vold Auction Company conducted the sale with volunteer auctioneer Dean Edge.

On the Sunday afternoon of May 10, (Mother’s Day) the clubs had their individual club achievement day in the new Agrim Centre. The conformation judge for the day was Ryan Hurlburt, with Jessica Sperber judging showmanship and grooming for each of the clubs. Former Rimbey club member Cassidy Valstar was announcer for the day. Ring master was former Rimbey member Nicole Waldron. Rimbey Rodeo Queen, Martina Holtkamp presented the ribbons on both Sunday and Monday. Each individual club participated in confirmation and grooming and showman- ship classes with their steers, heifers, and cow/calf pairs.

Interclub events such as interclub judging of finished steers with Ryan Gilchrist as the judge, pen of three steers and pen of three heifers as well interclub Breeder’s Group was also held on the Sunday.

The rest of the interclub portion of the show was held on Monday. Ron Sim from Sylvan Lake was the confor- mation judge. Chelsea Dykstra, former 4-H member from the Crestomere area, was our showmanship and grooming judge for the Monday morning. Sylvia Von Gunten and Heidi Trenson, former Bluffton Club members, handled the ring master duties with former Bluffton member, Clinton Steeves, announcing the classes and winners. Rose Grut- terink and Teri Ormberg helped with the clerking duties for both days.

In the morning was the team grooming competition where 5 teams of 2 junior members and 10 teams of senior members had 15 minutes to prepare a member’s calf for the ring.

For the second year a marketing class was held. Six juniors prepared a poster that could have been used for ad- vertising this year’s show and sale. The marketing question for the intermediates was “Why is 4-H important to you” judged by Cec Dykstra. For seniors it was: “How do you feel about the future of agriculture in Alberta” which was judged by Joanne Reaugh. Ten intermediates and nine seniors participated.

The rest of the morning was the showmanship and grooming classes for juniors, intermediates and seniors. At the end of the morning show were the five cute “Cleaver Kids” from the Winfield and Bluffton clubs who showed their adorable 2015 baby calves. These are 6-8 year old beginning their 4-H membership by participating at club events to learn the basics of 4-H. In the evening they were presented with hoodies supplied by Genetic Ventures.

The carcass group of steers with 15 members participating were judged on April 29 at the Anchor D Ranch and then graded and marked at Family Meats in Ponoka meats which the members viewed on May 6th. Results were announced on the Monday.

Cow/calf pairs were first in the ring in the afternoon with all 3 clubs showing together. Heifer classes followed.

The class was determined on the basis of their date of birth. The steers were divided into 6 classes of 10 by weight with the top 2 steers from each class going into the championship class. Market steers weighed from 839 to 1484 pounds.

Our show and sale would not be possible without the help of the following MAJOR SPONSORS: Encana, MNP LLP, Conoco Phillips, Keyera Energy, UFA, Rimbey Co-op, Anchor D Ranch, Servus Credit Union, and Regent Resources.

Thank you to the Rimbey Agricultural Society for donating the use of the building.

We would also like Trenson Farms for the straw; Jason Valstar, John Hudson, John Trenson and Norman Waldron for the skid steer; Robin and Loretta Burns for the sign rental; ARM Livestock Products for the panels; Eck Rim Agencies for printing the sale catalogue; Allen B Olson for the use of his sales truck for the clerks; Evelyn Sanderson and Kathy Stout for preparing the programs and helping with weigh in as well as marking judging cards; and Myron and Kathy Beelby and John Trenson for facilitating loading out following the sale. Thank you to the VJV Livestock Company staff for clerking the sale, as well as weighing of the animals prior to the sale. It takes dedication from many people to make this all happen.

Before the sale all interclub awards were given out to the club members and the “cleaver kids” showed their calves.

A door prize donated by Jones Boys Saddlery and Western Wear was won by Yvonne Vandenhoven