4-Her receives Premier’s award for contributions

Brennan Munro has retired from 4-H on a high note.

The 17-year-old member of the Irricana Beef and Multi 4-H Club led out the grand champion market lamb at the Calgary 4-H on parade regional show held May 29-31.

In addition, she was recently selected for the 2015 Premier’s award given each year to an individual member for outstanding contributions to the movement.

She has been a member of the club for nine years, and plans to attend the University of Alberta pre-veterinary medicine program.

“More than half of my life has been spent in 4-H,” she said before entering the ring with her 121 pound lamb that sold for $10.75 per lb.

The reserve champion market lamb came from Greg Winkler of the Bow Valley Beef and Multi-Club. It weighed 132 lb. and sold for $7.25 per lb.

Each year a club also volunteers to raise a lamb for a children’s charity. It sold for $5,490.

About 130 lambs were on offer and the sale averaged $6.41 per lb.

The grand champion Red Angus cross steer came from 14-year-old Stanley Jones of the Balzac beef club. It weighed 1,338 lb. and sold for a total price of $10,704.

Kylie Sibbald of Jumping Pound club had the reserve champion and sold the 1,248 lb. animal for $8,736.

The Crossfield-Madden club raised a steer for charity that sold for $12,900 with the funds going to the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

About 95 steers were on offer and the sale average was $3.40 a lb., considerably better than the current fed cattle market where fat cattle trade for about $2 a lb.

While big prices are often paid for the steers and lambs, there is an education and fun component, as well said 4-H specialist Andrea Church of Alberta Agriculture.

“The sale side is secondary to the whole project. We hope they learned about raising the animal and the responsibility that goes with it,” she said.

The event is one of Canada’s largest 4-H displays where 570 participants from the surrounding area compete in livestock shows, as well as life skills activities such as photography, welding, clothing, foods and veterinary science.

Members were also invited to take part in a consumer judging and decision exercise where they evaluated backpacks, meat cuts, hamburgers, footwear, laptops and tablets. They had to provide reasons for their decisions as consumers. There was also a multi-species judging.

In addition, provincial shows will be held this summer and even if the livestock has been sold, members can still participate in other areas to learn more about judging, grooming and marketing, said Church.

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