Pipestone, Lenore 4-H beef clubs shine and show their cattle

The Inter-Club 4-H Fatstock show brought Lenore and Pipestone 4-H calf clubs together in Virden on July 2, for the Interclub show and sale.

Donna George was emcee for the event. She said, “I am a strong supporter of 4-H, whether I have anyone in it or not.”

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She pointed to the array of skills that the youth develop which includes public speaking, a skill she says, that doesn’t come naturally but is cultivated through 4-H work.

The youth compete in Virden’s Inter-Club year-end event for showmanship titles and bring back their continuation heifers (calf at side), this year’s heifers and finished steers to be judged.

After an overnight downpour the usual show ring is mud. So, a ring is formed right in front of the barn where the stock are paraded for the judges – Lacey Dekeyser and Ryan Brown of Medora.

Later in the day, 4-Hers, their families and a crowd of buyers will attend a barbecue - the Buyers’ Appreciation Supper put on by Sunrise Credit Union and Valleyview Co-op Ltd.

Then the stands will fill up as the fat steers, cared for, trained and groomed by young 4-Hers will sell by auction, bringing some hefty dollars as the community businesses support the young 4-Hers who put a lot of time and money into preparing their young cattle for this day.

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