Livestock lessons

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of Georgia”I really messed up,” said 13-year-old Levi George, a HeardCounty 4-H Club member, at the conclusion of the cattle show.Levi had two registered Angus heifers. They were both in the sameclass at the show, which meant Levi had two show calves competingagainst each other. But he couldn’t show both calves at the sametime in the show ring.So he talked his 10-year-old brother Luke into showing the secondheifer for him.The heifer Luke showed won first place in the class and $30. Lukeshowed it again in the division final and won “Grand ChampionAngus” and $50. Finally, Luke and the heifer went on to win”Supreme Champion,” making it the top heifer at the show andwinning another $150.’I really messed up'”Man, I really messed up,” Levi repeated to himself.”Well, what’s the matter?” I asked him. “Your heifer won thewhole show. So what did you mess up about?”Levi shook his head in dismay and replied, “I promised Luke ifhe’d show my calf for me, he could have all the prize money thecalf won!”$230 in prize money may sound like a lot to a 13-year-old, butthe value is not in the prize money. It’s in what the juniorlivestock project teaches.Bill Hodge, the University of Georgia Extension agent in CarrollCounty, said most youth livestock projects aren’t economicallysound. But then, raising kids isn’t economically sound, either.Livestock lessonsLivestock projects teach kids to get along with each other andrespect each other. You should see how they all pitch in and helpeach other out — even if it means helping the competition.They know that getting beat is just a part of growing up. Andtheir time to win will come. Even if it’s not in the show ring.Livestock projects teach responsibility. They teach kids tofaithfully provide for the animals in their care. Training theiranimals for the show teaches them the value of consistency andpersistence.And the fact that the kids have to look after another livingcreature teaches them that we, as humans, are responsible forthis world we live in. They learn to be good stewards of theearth.They learn the kinds of things that will help keep this a niceplace to live for their kids.last_img read more

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FCCF surpasses $6 million in giving

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — The Franklin County Community Foundation has reached a large milestone after their recent 2017 grant cycle.The Foundation surpassed $6.4 million in giving through their grant and scholarship programs.Their first grant provided materials to build 65 bluebird boxes.More recently, funding has been provided for the walking trail in the Brookville town park.The grant program has issued 485 grants benefiting libraries, schools, fire departments, and cemeteries just to name a few.Franklin County students have received 714 scholarships since 1998.last_img

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Wenger justifies Chambers gamble

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is prepared to take a “gamble” by signing teenage defender Calum Chambers from Southampton. Wenger told several national newspapers: “He can play at centre-back, right-back and central midfield. I hope he will give us competition for the players in these three positions. “He hasn’t played many games, no, but the English players on the market in England are very expensive and at the end of the day I was ready to take a gamble because he is a player for the future.” Chambers would act as a deputy to France international Mathieu Debuchy, a recent arrival from Newcastle, while Carl Jenkinson remains an alternative option at right-back for the north London club. Southampton are experiencing a summer of change with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren all departing for Liverpool and teenage left-back Luke Shaw joining Manchester United. Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino has swapped the Saints for Tottenham, with Dutch coach Ronald Koeman replacing him at St Mary’s. Press Associationcenter_img The 19-year-old full-back, who has only made 18 Barclays Premier League starts, has reportedly agreed personal terms to join the Gunners and has completed a medical, with the move expected to be announced on Monday. The compensation heading back to Southampton is estimated to be around £16million and, while Wenger understands the size of the fee may be surprising, he is confident Chambers will justify the outlay with his versatility. last_img read more

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