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East Carleton 4-H Sheep Club Visits Dairy Goat Farm

Submitted by Clayton W. Hall
Carleton 4-H - East Carleton 4-H Sheep Club
(Posted May 25, 2013)

The first meeting of the 2013 East Carleton 4-H Sheep Club was held on May 23rd at the dairy goat farm of John and Noemi Oude Egberink in Osgoode. The Oude Egberink family milks a few hundred head of Saanen and Alpine goats. During the tour of the outstanding facilities, members learned about the kidding season, milking, nutrition, and goat health. Members also had the opportunity to see many of the doelings that were being raised to expand the herd. Touring the farm was a great opportunity to compare and contrast sheep and goats. Thank you very much to the Oude Egberink family for hosting our meeting.

Following the highly informative farm tour, members judged a class of hay in preparation for the mandatory county Judging Night to be held July 17th at the Richmond Fairgrounds. Members learned about important criteria, such as legume content and leaf-to-stem ratio, that are taken into account when judging a hay class. Members then practised giving oral reasons explaining their placings.

This year, the club welcomed three new members, bringing the membership count close to twenty. All members who are doing a livestock project will be showing market lambs. Colleen Acres and Carol Hall return as club leaders. Caileigh Gallagher was elected president and Meaghan Hall was voted vice-president. The club’s secretary and press reporter committee includes Rhiannah Gallagher, Leanne Zuiderveen, Taylor Bazinet, and Clayton Hall.

The next East Carleton 4-H Sheep Club meeting will be determined at a later date.

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