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