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4-H beef club meets

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The 4-H United Beef Club, featuring 13 members, held its first meeting of 2017 on Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Our club leaders this year are Ken and Mary-Ann Haw and Neil and Angela Haw.

Our youth leader is Morgan Haw.

We opened the meeting by reciting the 4-H pledge and played an ice-breaker game.

We then went around the table saying our name, along with one fact about ourselves and our steer/heifer.

After going through the material and club information for our binders, we then held elections.

It was decided that Hayden Haw is president, Brett Schram is vice-president, Andrea Schram, Aynsley Williams, and Morgan Haw are secretaries, and Gregory Peters is the press reporter.

Our topic of discussion for this meeting was on beef basics (i.e., selecting the project calf).

We started this first chapter with the roll call, which was to name one thing that you think is important when selecting a project calf.

We each shared our opinion, such as the type of breed, whether the calf has nice hooves, a nice straight back, calm parents/background, or having a nice square back end.

As we read through this chapter, we learned new terminology and went over our assignment “Before the Next Meeting,” which was to measure our project calf's heart girth and find three new cattle terms and their meanings.

We then went outside and saw Hayden's and Carenna's steers, along with measuring Carenna's steer's heart girth, which was 75.5 inches (which is roughly 1,186 pounds).

We then went inside for snacks before the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m.

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