Third Year of 4-H
My project for the year involved sheep. I have fond memories of how my Uncle, his Son, Milton traveled across Iowa one Fall Day to buy some Suffolk Sheep. I purchased five ewes. Four cost $27.00 each and the youngest one cost $30.00.
|Four mature ewes with a Ram that I borrowed from my|
Uncle. I believe this was taken in the Fall of 1953.
|I am on the left end of this picture. I think this picture includes my|
Sister, Thelma holding two lambs.
|I believe I took this picture because from left to right the lambholders|
are my Siblings, Vivian, Thelma and David.
|Note the red border on this picture. This picture was|
taken near the sheep barn at the Clayton County Fair in
August 1954. I received a red ribbon.
|The lamb holders here are My Brother David, My Cousin Milton|
and Myself. I also received a red ribbon for this pen of
three market lambs.
"I get to have the sheep for helping my Father this club year."
Now I quote my 1954 4-H Story:
"This is my third year in 4-H club work. I find 4-H work very interesting. This year I had four ewes for my project. About two weeks after the lambs came I docked and castrated four lambs. I tarted to creep feed them at about two weeks after they came. I have them oats at first and switched them over to corn and oil meal. For tour day I brushed them up. Every day I tried to brush them. I took a market lamb and a pen of three fat lambs to the Clayton County Fair in Aug. I got two reds on my sheep. I figure I did pertty good on my sheep fore this is the first year the ewes had lambs and It was the first sheep I ever took care of. I learned a lot about sheep. I plan tokeep up with sheep. I also am planning on a Jersery calf next year. Some of the things I learned are how to dock and castrate lambs, how to feed ewes before they have lambs, how to feed ewes after they have lambs. I also learned how judge sheep on our club tour.
I took a sample of seed corn. I plan on taking it to the cornshow this fall.
I also had a beef heifer. I had her on grass all summer. I did not take her to the fair.
by Alan Thiese"