Kent Beef Club

On June 25th members of the Kent 4-H beef club as well as members from the Brook-Alvinston 4-H beef club held a joint meeting together. The meeting started with a tour of Highgate Tender Meats then proceeded to Clear Creek Farms which is a 100% certified organic angus farm. A delicious BBQ and potluck meal concluded the meeting at the home of Chris and Julie Knight.

Poultry Club – Meeting #2

Written by Club Reporters – Cameron Trepanier & Alex Duncan

April 18th, 2017

  • Called on Vice President Ryan Heyboer to hold meeting
  • Recited 4H Pledge
  • Secretary was not present for meeting, Cameron Trepanier read notes from previous meeting
  • Asked if there were any errors, one of the last names were wrong, moved to accept notes, notes accepted
  • Role Call – state your name and favorite breed of chicken
  • Reminder of meetings to follow
  • Call on Kate Thompson from Uher Performance / Bonnie’s Chick Hatchery
  • We have the choice of 3 different birds this year
    • Plymouth Barred Rock
    • Black Sex link
    • Rhode Island Red
  • Because we are a 4H club, we are being exempt from many costs. We will not have to pay for the Form 300
  • We need to have the exact address of where our birds are being kept on the Form 300, when we are ready, we take our Form 300 to the Abattoir for processing.
  • Afterwards, we can also decide to keep the remainder of our chickens for laying eggs, note they lay brown eggs
  • We will be filling out our forms tonight to order our chickens, hoping for a June 30th delivery date
  • We will be contacted once they are in to come and pick them up and pay for them. They will be one day old and they will also have all of the supplies we need available for purchase.
  • We will be holding a future meeting regarding care and will have pamphlets available to us for additional information
  • Order forms went around, where everyone filled out their personal information and what type of chickens they will be receiving
  • Spoke about judging night, a social event where food will be provided as well.
  • There are many different things present for judging such as :
    • Poulty/chicken
    • Goats
    • Cucumbers/Maple Syrup
  • Things to remember when judging
    • be respectful – hats off
    • no fidgeting
    • make sure to write down all of your reasons for your decisions
  • We will practice a little bit every week
  • We then practised judging with pens
    • what was the best one for writing an exam with
  • Kate will be back May 9th with exact figures and date our chickens will be delivered
  • It was announced we would have a guest speaker and presentation next meeting
  • Spoke a little but about the Canada’s 150 parade
    • Ideas – glow sticks and leis
  • Ryan then adjourned the meeting.

Poultry Club – Meeting #1

Written by Club Reporters – Cameron Trepanier & Alex Duncan

March 28th, 2017

  • 4-H Pledge recited
  • 4-H Motto recited
  • Roll Call consisted of your name and telling everyone your favourite part of a chicken
  • Divided into Groups
    • Once in groups, we needed to find out 4 things we all had in common
  • Divided into Groups of Girls and Boys
    • Once in groups, we needed to find out 4 things we all had in common
  • We then got into discussion of what this year’s 4H club was going to look like and the things we would be doing with our chickens.
    • We will be purchasing Rhode Island Red Birds, which had a dual purpose (laying or meat)
    • They will be roughly $3.32 a bird and if we want more than 4 we will need to let them know by the 1st week of June
    • This year, we will be picking one of our chickens to be auctioned off and slaughtered. Which means we will have to fill out a Form 300 as well as keep a detailed log of our chicken.
    • There will be a $7 fee for this form as well as administration fees that we will know more about at the next meeting
    • We will receive them at 2 weeks of age in July.
    • By the time of the Highgate Fair they should be 12-14 weeks
    • They will be sexed but not de-beaked
  • After some discussion within the group we then moved on to Elections.
  • Results are as follows:
    • Reporter – Cameron Trepanier & Alex Duncan
    • Secretary – Lauren Sayers
    • Treasurer – Josh Heyboer
    • Vice President – Ryan Heyboer & Adria Holden
    • President – Andrew Vermey
  • We then discussed the Canada 150 parade being held in Ridgetown and if we wanted to participate as well as some ideas of what is participating looked like.
  • We also discussed the importance of the 4H website and all of the things it has to offer such as:
    • camps
    • conferences
    • competition
    • Discovery Days (6-12 in Ridgetown June 24, have to register by June 12th)
  • Youth Adventure Camp (Ages 12-15, Week of Aug 21-24 with a cost of $335)
  • We also discussed the rest of the meeting dates for the year
    • April 18th
    • May 9th
    • May 23rd
    • June 13th
    • July 11th
    • August 15th
    • September 12th
  • Judging will take place the 3rd week of July and we have to attend 7 out of 10 meetings
  • With that we adjourned the meeting.

Ridgetown Bike Gang – Club Update

Here is a photo from just before the Ridgetown Bike Gang (RBG) enjoyed a very muddy and challenging ride on the mountain bike trails at Two Creeks Conservation Area in Wheatley on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The club is looking forward to a much smoother ride at Point Pelee National Park the first (dry??) Saturday in May. Achievement Night is the International Ride of Silence on May 17, 2017 in Ridgetown. The Ride of Silence is a community event to remember those who have been injured or killed while cycling on the road. RBG family and friends will be joined by tandem cyclists from Trust Your Buddy. All are welcome to ride with us!

Wheatley 2017

Meet Kris, the C-K 4-H President!

Let’s meet Kris, the Chatham-Kent 4-H Association President!

Kris started her 4-H career at the age of 12, encouraged by her dad. He like many others told her how much fun 4-H was! She had already been showing beef cattle at the Hensall Fair but really wanted to participate in the 4-H beef show. Upon joining her local beef club, she became involved in a number of other clubs including sheep, veterinary, cooking, crafting, outdoor adventure, leadership and photography. Kris enjoyed holding a busy schedule, attending weekly 4-H meetings, learning and meeting up with friends.

As a 4-H member, Kris participated in the equivalent of Discovery Days today, Provincial leadership camp, and the Royal Bank Inter-Provincial Exchange (New Brunswick).  She participated in many Judging Competitions and Go For the Gold Competitions, including the Provincial level.  Kris was also fortunate to win some 4-H scholarships upon attending University. As a leader she has coached winning Go For the Gold teams and was a chaperone for the National 4-H Conference in Toronto one year.

‘Life changing’ is a buzzword when talking about past 4-H experiences and Kris’ story is no exception. In short, she has met many people and made many friends. She tells us “One of the people I met briefly at Provincial Leadership camp I ended up re-meeting when I started University.  We realized we knew each other when we saw each other’s photo from the event!” 4-H has also helped to increase her confidence. As a member, Kris tells us she was quiet and shy, finding it hard to express her options with others fearing she would be wrong. Through the 4-H program, she has learned it is okay to be wrong, in fact we all are sometimes! Since then, Kris has gained confidence in voicing her options, knowing she would have support. Not knowing exactly when it happened, Kris also became a public speaker!

Kris has a lot of 4-H memories but she still enjoys watching a good beef (or other livestock) show. The excitement of doing well in a show where you don’t expect too, is amazing!

Outside of 4-H, Kris enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering with the local Girl Guides, camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking and reading (when she has the time!). She has a love for the outdoors, traveling and learning about other parts of the world. Some of her adventures include trips to Peru, Egypt, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Turkey!

As you see Kris at local 4-H events, make sure you introduce yourself and say a friendly hello, she would love to meet you!

Do you have questions for Kris? Leave a comment below.  Are you a current member, volunteer or alumni that would like to be featured on the blog? Let us know by commenting or e-mailing us at chathamkent4h@gmail.com!

Vet Club – Meeting #5

Learning from a Vet

4-H Veterinarian Club – Exotics 101 – April 5, 2017
Fifth meeting at Ridgetown Campus, Agronomy Building Room 126

Guest Speakers: Dr. Foot, Veterinarian

We began the fifth meeting with the 4H pledge and rollcall. Our Secretary Molly read the minutes and they were adopted by Matthew and seconded by Samuel. The meeting was then passed to Dr. Foot. We asked him a large number of questions, which were compiled from last meeting, about Veterinary Medicine and his personal experiences. The meeting was handed over to our Youth Leader Matthew who led the members in a team building exercise called “Lost at Sea”. The leaders then announced that because the club received a generous grant from Farm Credit Corporation (FCC) and because we won the Top Non-Competitive Club award in 2016, they were able to order t-shirts for all of the members.

Vet Club – Meeting #4

Exotics Aquatics

4-H Veterinarian Club – March 30, 2017
Fourth meeting at Ridgetown Campus, Agronomy Building Room 126

Guest Speakers: Ken Morman from the Chatham Aquatics Club

We began the meeting with the 4H pledge and the Youth Leader Matthew introduced Ken Morman, our guest speaker. Mr. Morman spoke on fish and other aquatic animals and how to keep them. We then had rollcall which was, “What is a name for the club?” The name “Chatham-Kent 4-H Vet Club: Exotics 101” was chosen by popular vote. The minutes of meeting two was read and adopted by Samuel and seconded by Ryan which was then carried. The minutes of the third minutes were read and adopted by Kelly, seconded by Maurice and then carried. The Treasurer, Kelly, then read her report and Maurice adopted it and it was seconded by Ben. The meeting was passed back to leaders and the “Making Motions” handout was acted out by members. We then split into groups and created questions for next week for our guest speaker Dr. Foot.