Alan's Second Year of 4-H Club Work
|My Baby Beef Project. This picture was taken on Jan 15, 1953|
|If I recall correctly, I demonstrated how to wire an|
electric motor so that it would spin in the opposite
direction. You can see my Brother David to my
immediate right and to the right of him is my Sister
I will now post My 4-H Story for 1953 as I wrote it:
My name is Alan Thiese. I live on a farm near Guttenberg, Iowa. This is my second in 4-H.
This year my project was a baby beef. This project started November 1, 1952. I bought it from my uncle. It weighted 400 lbs.
On December 28, I dehorned him, with the help of my dad. On the third of Jan. my steer was tatooed and measured.
I named my steer "Ike," after the President.
At the April Meeting I entered a hog judging contest.
At about this time I sent 10 soil samples of dirt a teaspoon each to a lab., to be tested for organitizns.
At the next meeting I took a bag of Pfiesters 52 seed corn.
At the June meeting our club received a flash camera which we ordered a meeting before. We also made last minute preperations for our tour.
On the day of Jun 14 I washed up my steer for the tour.
A week after the tour I bought a leather halter for the fair.
At the next meeting I sent in my entry fees.
At the next meeting 2 days before the fair we talked about showing and fitting our exhibits and made last preperations for our stand at the fair.
Finally the day of the fair Aug 7-10 came.
I took my project to the fair. I got a red ribbon. I did not sell him. I later sold him to my dad, who in turned used him to fill our locker.
Among the things I learned are:
how to take care of and handle a baby beef.
I will also quote the financial summary as I recorded it in my 4-H record book:
Net Sale of all animals: $212.50
Value of premiums won: 3.50
Total income from project: $216.00
Cost of all animals at start: 100.00
Feed Cost: 107.27
Other expenses: 3.06
Total expenses: $210.33
Net return from project: $5.67
I should note that at the start of the project I had estimated that I would sell the project for the sum of $336.00 with a Net Return from project estimated to be: $116.99. I did not do very well on estimating the cost of feed for this Baby Beef when I estimated a total of $45.91. As I reflect back on my 4-H Club Project work as a young Iowa Farm Boy I can now state that the motto of "Learn By Doing" is very significant.