See you at the Ayer's Cliff Fair !

It’s show time!

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

One of the high­lights of the coun­try fair is, with­out a doubt, the an­i­mal judg­ing com­pe­ti­tions. It can be en­ter­tain­ing and heart­warm­ing to watch a se­ri­ous six

year-old try­ing to get their goat or sheep to be­have for the judges while the com­pe­ti­tions for the more se­nior an­i­mal show­men (and women) can be ex­cit­ing, with lots of prizes and pride on the line.

Learn­ing how to choose the right calf or lamb to show and how to raise and train that an­i­mal usu­ally starts at a young age for the prize win­ners, and usu­ally within a 4H Club. 4H mem­bers, af­ter com­pet­ing at Rally and at Achieve­ment Day with their an­i­mal ‘pro­jects’, get a last chance to show what they and their show an­i­mal have learned over the sum­mer at the coun­try fairs, com­pet­ing against their fel­low 4Hers in front of a hushed crowd of fam­ily and friends.

At only sixteen years of age, Emily Young, of Ayer’s Cliff, is al­ready in her tenth year with the Hat­ley 4H Club. “I’ll be show­ing a pure­bred Alpine dairy goat at the Fair, one of my own,” said Emily in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal. “We always show fe­male goats be­cause the males can be rough and stinky. I started train­ing ‘Nesquik’ about three weeks be­fore Achieve­ment Day. Goats can be trained fast and I have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence train­ing them. This time I chose an older goat, she’s one year old. I used to choose younger goats but last year I was told that my goat was too small by one of the judges, and that was why I got sec­ond place.”

Emily has been do­ing well with her ‘older’ goat, win­ning Grand Cham­pion Dairy Goat, Grand Cham­pion Dairy Goat Show­man­ship and Grand Cham­pion Over­all Show­man at the pro­vin­cial Rally, held in Orm­stown, as well as sev­eral prizes on Achieve­ment Day. “Some­times she leans to the left a lit­tle and tries to cud­dle with me. It’s been hard to teach her not to do that! But she’s re­ally good at plac­ing her feet. For Show­man­ship she has to place her feet fast,” ex­plained Emily.

“My sisters and I have our own farm, Maple Cliff Farm, with about ten goats. We’re learn­ing about rais­ing an­i­mals and about busi­ness. It can be ex­pen­sive at times but it’s worth it; we’re not in it for the money,” Emily ex­plained.

Wy­att John­ston is an­other keen 4Her, he has been with the Hat­ley 4H Club for twelve of his eigh­teen years, who raises his own Ayr­shire dairy cat­tle. “I showed an Ayr­shire calf that I raised my­self at the 4H show on Fri­day and in the Open Show, on Satur­day, at the Cook­shire Fair,” said Wy­att in an in­ter­view last Sun­day night. Wy­att fin­ished third in class in the Open Show and sec­ond in class in the 4H com­pe­ti­tion. He’ll also show his calf at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair, next week­end, and the Rich­mond Fair later in Septem­ber.

Shelby Drew, Morgane Pass­more and Brit­tany Tail­lon (l. to r.) along with two woolly friends at the pro

vin­cial Rally.

Morgane Pass­more and Kol­bie Suther­land (left and mid­dle) get­ting show tips from Shelby

Drew (right) at the pro­vin­cial Rally.

Hat­ley 4H mem­ber Tonie

Suther­land show­ing beef cat­tle at the pro­vin­cial rally in Orm­stown.

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