The Goderich Signal-Star : 2019-06-12

Opinion : 21 : 21


21 GODERICH SIGNAL STAR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 South Huron Sheep Club learn the ins and outs of sheep “She’s mean, lacking in all social graces and devoid of kindness,” said Williams, who repeatedly heaped praise on her fellow cast members and director Lichtefeld. “It’s fun to play a character like that. And the dialogue is fabulous. It’s fun for the audience and fun for the performers.” how the four stomachs of a ruminant animal work. He pointed out the rumen and the abomasum. The abomasum was contracted, so Gert had members help him fill it with some water to show the way that the stomach can expand when full of milk. Next, he pointed out the duodenum and a kidney, and explained the purpose of each. Gert cut open a kidney, to show members how it works in detoxifyin­g. The 4-H motto of learn to do by doing was working in full effect, as members donned plastic gloves and poked at whatever looked of particular interest to them. With a scalpel, Jongert then opened up the rumen to show the inner stomach lining. With the abdominal cavity being looked through entirely, it was time to open the chest. Gert skillfully removed the partially frozen heart, lungs, esophagus, and trachea from the lamb, and we inspected it thoroughly. It was noted how the lungs were unnatural in colour, and members pointed out the discoloura­tion. The lamb had indeed died due to a bacterial pneumonia in the lungs, and had lost around half of its lung function. Club members took this opportunit­y to talk about the causes of infection and preventati­ve measures that can be taken to prevent further infection in our flock such as providing housing with adequate airflow and a clean living environmen­t. President Grace Hallahan then thanked Gert for helping the meeting and the lamb was cleaned up. However, the meeting was not over yet. Next, the club donned their biosecurit­y boots and entered the Hallahans barn, where shoes and buns were set up for more judging practice. The club split into two and individual­ly judged the shoes on support, grip, and material, and the buns on colouratio­n, shape, and uniformity. Members will need to know how to judge these and many other things at the upcoming judging competitio­n on June 8. Once everyone had said their reasons for placing, the meeting was ended with the 4-H motto, and the members ate snacks provided by the Datema family as upcoming events were discussed. The next meeting of the South Huron Sheep Club is yet to be determined. The third meeting of the South Huron sheep club was held on Sunday, June 2 at the Hallahan residence. Members began to arrive and expelled some of their energy by helping the meeting hosts feed milk to the calves. The roll call for this meeting was “what questions do you have about the club?” Though there were few questions throughout the club, it provided a great learning experience, and members learned that one of our leaders, Florence Pullen, was a part of the club when it started as the Huron County Sheep Club. After the club office portion of the meeting was completed, the special guest of the night, Gert Jongert, was introduced. Gert runs his large animal mobile medical practice out of his office in Seaforth. This meeting, he was here to perform an autopsy on a sheep that had died of pneumonia and was donated to the club, as a learning experience for members. It is important to know the workings of sheep from the inside in order to take the best possible care of them. Gert started the investigat­ion by asking a few questions to the club, including “what is a dissection?” and “why are dissection­s done?" Gert then led the external evaluation, where we discussed the body condition of the lamb and talked briefly of the symptoms that might be shown by a sick animal. The external evaluation is done to give prerequisi­te knowledge to the vet when diagnosing a problem. To show how legs and joint work, Gert cut at the shoulder and knee joint of the lamb, and explained that it was of good joint health at the time of its passing. A healthy joint has a shiny and has a smooth exterior. Next, the autopsy part of the evaluation began, with Gert opening up the abdominal cavity of the sheep. Members looked on with lots of interest and a bit of disgust as he explained IF YOU GO WHAT: Thoroughly Modern Millie, starring Jayme Armstrong as Millie and Cindy Williams as Mrs. Meers, directed and choreograp­hed by Michael Lichtefeld with musical direction by Steve Thomas. In preview Saturday, opening Sunday and continuing until June 22. Huron Country Playhouse, 70689 B Line, Grand Bend. 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