South Huron 4-H Sheep Club Re­port

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Business & Professional Directory -

The South Huron sheep club met for the fourth time on the evening of July 22 at the Hal­la­han fam­ily farm out­side of Blyth. Mem­bers took an un­of­fi­cial tour of the farm and helped with feed­ing calves be­fore join­ing in the Hal­la­han’s robot barn, where they re­cited the 4-H pledge be­fore tucking into a pizza sup­per pro­vided by the club.

As mem­bers fin­ished up their meal, Steve Hal­la­han redi­rected their at­ten­tion to a group of two-year-old milk­ing heifers that he had pre­vi­ously sorted out of the pen. He pointed out what to look for when judg­ing dairy an­i­mals, in­clud­ing strong feet and legs on the an­i­mal and a large sup­ply of blood flow to an evenly pro­por­tioned ud­der.

Steve pointed out that, for a cow to pro­duce a sin­gle litre of milk, 40 litres of blood need to flow through the cow’s mam­mary sys­tem. The mem­bers of the club then took the 4-H motto of “Learn to do by do­ing” and be­gan to judge the pen of four on their own, writ­ing their plac­ings onto small cards be­fore telling their rea­sons to the judge. Then, Liz Gras, for­mer 4-Her, gave her of­fi­cial plac­ing and rea­son­ing for the class. Steve then re­leased the cows and the club filed into their robot room where they watched a cow get milked.

As mem­bers watched with mes­mer­ized ex­pres­sions re­gard­ing the mar­vels of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, Steve an­swered some ques­tions re­gard­ing the farm. With his milk­ing robot, the farm av­er­ages 2.8 milk­ing per day, and since they had built the barn in the spring of 2017 they have had over 60, 000 milk­ing on their sin­gle robot. Af­ter the cow had been re­leased back into the pen, the mem­bers re­grouped in the barn of­fice where we watched the milk truck dash-cam footage of their shed fire that had hap­pened on June 29. We dis­cussed farm and fire safety as we headed to­wards the manger and be­gan the for­mal­i­ties of the meet­ing.

Pres­i­dent Grace Hal­la­han had led the roll call, “What are you do­ing with your sheep for sum­mer fun?” many kids had talked about how they took their sheep on walks to get them used to walk­ing in a show ring. We then dis­cussed the Go for the Gold com­pe­ti­tion and for­mu­lated the teams that will be par­tic­i­pat­ing, be­fore go­ing over in­for­ma­tion that we will have to know for the trivia game night. The hosts were then thanked, and the meet­ing was ended with the 4-H motto and wishes of safe sum­mer trav­els. The date and time for our fifth meet­ing is yet to be de­cided.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.