Source: AtlanticFarmer.com

4-H members from the Western District 4-H Clubs will be taking part in the Carleton County Spring Show and Sale April 7-9, 2014, at the Northern Carleton Civic Centre in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B. This year 22 of the animals at the show and sale are being raised by 4-H members. Weighing in and tagging will take place on Monday, April 7 beginning at 5pm with the 4-H Judging Competition set for 7:30pm. On Tuesday, April 8 the 4-H Showmanship Classes and Conformation Classes will take place beginning at 10am. Participants will finish off this very busy day with the Awards Banquet being held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bath at 7pm.  On Wednesday, April 9 the sale will begin at 1pm. There is no admission charge for this event and it is open to the general public. Visitors are welcome to come and see the 4-H members as they progress through the steps of exhibiting at a show and sale. If you have never watched someone get a beef animal ready for a show this event if for you. Some of these 4-H members recently competed at the National Junior Beef Heifer Show held in connection with The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this past November in Toronto and they definitely know how to get their animal ready to be a contender for the champion of the show. Check us out April 7-9 at the NCCC!

Our 4-H members in the beef project are very interested and dedicated to the beef industry and through their involvement in the beef project will likely consider a career in farming or a technical or professional career that relates to agriculture. Also through the knowledge gained by completing the beef project when they become a consumer they will have a greater appreciation of the importance of and some of the issues facing the livestock industry. 4-H members must care for their project animals; they must complete a record book on their project animal where they maintain current records of the costs associated with the management of the animal. They will also learn judging skills that will help them as they make decisions each day of their life – from selecting what to have to eat for breakfast, which jeans to buy, etc. They learn to choose things on quality – not on what someone else tells you. Judging will give them the confidence to make a choice, to teach them to organize their thoughts and think while they are talking and to learn to assess the positives and negatives of a situation/article. 

4-H in New Brunswick is a rural, community based organization, which develops life skills such as citizenship, cooperation, responsibility, independence, entrepreneurship, leadership, teaching of proper environmental practices and financial management through achievement in project and program work for young people between the ages of six and 21. As the New Brunswick population ages there is a need to facilitate the entry of beginning producers with a strong skill and knowledge base into the farming industry. Our 4-H program is a natural fit to do this as we provide our 4-H members with those skills. We promote agriculture as a viable occupation to young people and provide them with access to programming that will develop their skills to use the technology needed in today's agriculture industry resulting from all the advances being made in science and innovation. 

For more information on the 4-H portion of the Carleton County Spring Show and Sale please contact Steven Hunter at 392-8331 or sthunter@xplornet.ca