Rais­ing live­stock no big deal for St. Joseph’s girl

The Casket - - HEALTH&WELLNESS - SAM MACDON­ALD sam­mac­don­ald@the­cas­ket.ca

With sev­eral sheep, a goat and a hand­ful healthy chick­ens raised and on dis­play at the 2018 East­ern Nova Sco­tia Ex­hi­bi­tion, Chelsea Baker is the face of a new gen­er­a­tion of 4-H mem­bers rais­ing the live­stock of Nova Sco­tia.

Chelsea, a na­tive of St. Joseph’s par­tic­i­pated in her sixth ex­hi­bi­tion this year. When asked if it’s a chal­lenge to raise an­i­mals for the ex­hi­bi­tion, she de­murs and her re­sponse is hum­ble for some­one as suc­cess­ful as she: "It can be a chal­lenge. But once you teach them how to walk, it’s re­ally not that bad," she said, as one of her sheep ap­proach, let out a se­ries of sharp vo­cal­iza­tions, as if to agree with her state­ment.

Prep for the ex­hi­bi­tion is a lit­tle busier, she ad­mits, not­ing that there is a lot of grooming and bathing, as well as chip­ping to be done, be­fore a show.

The du­ties of rais­ing an­i­mals from in­fancy to ex­hi­bi­tion-readi­ness is not some­thing that stresses Chelsea out. The Grade 8 student dis­missed the idea that rais­ing an­i­mals – and win­ning many rib­bons of the year in do­ing it – adds any stress to her sched­ule, say­ing, "not at all. There’s no stress in­volved in the process."

Chelsea ad­mits she en­joys dis­play the healthy an­i­mals she raises over the course of the year, to other peo­ple– it’s some­thing that brings her back to the ex­hi­bi­tion ever year.

"The ex­hi­bi­tion is al­ways fun, be­cause in ad­di­tion to show­ing peo­ple my own an­i­mals, you have the rides, the games – see­ing other peo­ple’s an­i­mals," Chelsea said. "I like it here. It gives me some­thing to do."

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