On June 13, The Erie County 4-H had their Dairy Calf Camp hosted at R & D Farm in Marilla, NY. The main speaker was Margaret Greis with help from her daughter Kate and also help from Josh Folts.
This year’s camp focused on Showmanship, clipping and Judging. The kids really got to put the motto “Learn By Doing” to good use.
There were 24 4-Hers in attendance. The camp started out with Mr. Folts explaining to the kids what to look for in a dairy animal. He explained the difference between a beef cow and a dairy cow and showed the kids what to look for when choosing their project animal.
The kids got to clip some of the animals Mrs. Greis had picked out for them. They were shown how to clip their animals and how to make the animals look their best for presentation in the Showmanship ring.
Later on, all the kids got to lead a cow or calf in a makeshift show ring and they were critiqued on the good and bad things they did.
The camp was a huge success. Some first time members got to learn a lot about showmanship. Mrs Greis and her daughter Kate have been showing animals for many years and bring a lot of experience to the table.
Josh Folts also has many years of showing under his belt and was very helpful in answering questions the kids and the parents had.
A hot dog lunch was enjoyed by everyone after the camp. Ice cream was bought from money earned by the 4-Hers from selling milk at the Erie County Fair.
A special thank you goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Rick Janiga for letting the 4-H kids use their facility. Also a big thanks to Margaret Greis, Kate Greis and Josh Folts for donating their whole afternoon.