A Fair-ly Busy Week
Guess what? The Northwest Michigan Fair is August 8th-15th. I am super nervous. I have to get all decorations finished, make my bread recipe, and finish training Selh'teus. On the Friday before Fair, me and my fellow club members will be decorating our stalls.
What about showing Sele'teus?
I will be showing Selh'teus twice. Once on Tuesday, August 11th, at 2:00 pm, and then again on Wednesday, August 12th, at 9:00 am. The 4-H Large Animal Livestock Market Auction will be on Thursday, August 13th, at 9:00 am. Selh'teus will for sale sometime during the auction.
Next things next….
Because this week is going to be busy I am going to share the essay I wrote for the Young Entrepreneur’s Grant. In a spot I mention that my calf will probably be a Hereford. This is because it was written before I got Sele'teus.
The Grant Essay
My name is Cassidy Burgess. I am thirteen years old and the eldest child of seven. I enjoy working with little kids. Some of my hobbies are: reading, writing, and drawing manga, kite flying (that was until it got eaten by a tree), and making costumes. I also really enjoy Star Trek (we are watching the original series).
My 4-H project this year is a Junior Beef calf. This is my first year in 4-H, and I am tremendously excited! My 4-H club's name is Country Critters Ranchers. There are eleven people in our club. The animals in the club are mostly pigs, but my brother Asher is doing a sheep. My brother Brennan is doing chickens. One other boy is doing a steer. He will help me with my Junior Beef.
My calf will most likely be a Hereford. Some requirements are:
- It will need to an official radio frequency identification (RFID) electronic tag in their ear before they leave the farm on which they were born.
- My calf must be castrated (if it’s a male).
- It must be vaccinated properly.
- It must be weaned at least two weeks before the Fair.
I will also need some supplies. Here are a few besides feed:
- Show (also known as a leather halter) Halter
- Show Stick
- Show Comb
- Rope Halter
- Bedding (straw)
I joined 4-H because I knew having my own animal, caring for it, and selling it would be beneficial. I also would like to have friends that have similar hobbies to me. I’ve also wanted to have an animal that I could show and sell. I also wanted to have an animal as a friend.
I chose this project because our family farm may have a cow on it. I want to have plenty of experience working with cattle, because it might prove useful in the future. Who knows? Maybe I'll be a 4-H leader on day and a member might have a calf. I also chose this project because I want to work with an animal that could be a challenge. Why? If there is a challenge in the work, I will know that I truly worked hard for my reward.
My project will make a difference in my life because I'll learn how to persevere, how to be responsible, and that I can't take short cuts. I want to be a cheerful, working adult with these admirable character qualities. I'd like to be a teacher when I become an adult. I want to be a good example for my students. I'd also like to teach these character qualities to my children.
My parents will pay for my animal. I need to have a successful project so that I can pay them back. The money that is left will go to my college fund. I would like to go to college without any debt. It will also pay for my project next year. This grant will be a large help in making a large dent in the loan. Then more of the money from my project will go to my college fund and paying for my project next year.
I cannot wait for the Fair!
One last thing….
For my fellow Star Trek fans information, we are still trekking through the Original Series. The last episode we watched was “The Trouble with Tribbles“. Oh, yes, and my favorite character is still Mr. Spock. Live long and prosper!