CATTLE

Leader’s Name:
Karen Anderson -360.460.9173 – goofy@olypen.com

Leader’s Name:
Cara Cristion -360.797.3025 – cara.cristion14@gmail.com

Leader’s Name:
Brady Anderson – 360.797.4071brady.a.2015@gmail.com

Meeting location dates and times:
TBD

PLEASE contact us if you will not be able to attend these meetings.  Cara will be commuting from Seattle especially for the meetings and we will want everyone to be able to be there! We would appreciate everyone coming to the first meeting with a list of ideas that they hope to learn.  The meeting topics will then be tailored to those ideas.

Show dates: 
In past years, we have attended the Chehalis Spring Livestock show which is typically held in April or May.  Also, their is a fun dairy show held in Monroe in the spring.  We typically do a local clipping clinic in early June as well as the local Spring Classic.  All shows are optional and dependent on accommodations.  Depending on member enthusiasm, we are always open to additional shows, clinics and workdays.

Equipment Needs: 
(Parents think Christmas gifts!)  Here is a list of some of the supplies you will need to start collecting.

PUT YOUR NAME ON ALL OF YOUR ITEMS WITH A PERMANENT MARKER!!!!!

• Soap (We use Orvus brand in the giant tub…. but, honestly, any soap will do.  You can get animal soap or I have seen people use human shampoo or even clothes soap…)• Hose with a nozzle (non leaking)• Wash bucket • Scrub brush • Hoof brush (wire or stiff bristle to remove manure and mud from hooves) • Tail comb (You can purchase a scotch comb for this or any heavy duty comb will do) • Adhesive (for spraying the top line for dairy animals…. or setting legs and tails for beef animals.  We prefer Sullivans Adhesive Spray but there are many other brands out there) • Adhesive remover • Livestock Fly Spray • Baby wipes (to be used for cleaning out ears and basically a million other uses too!) • Hoof Spray (we usually just get a can of glossy black (or clear for white hooves) spray paint or you can buy actual hoof spray) • Rope Halter • Double tie • Leather Show Halter (We do have a bag of halters that can be borrowed but, if you feel inclined to purchase your own that works best!  It is a lot easier to have your own as we are limited on sizes.) • Show Stick (beef kids only) • Scotch Comb (beef kids only) • CLEAN Bucket for watering your animal • Wheelbarrow • Muck Bucket • Pitchforks/Apple Picks/Shovels/Brooms

Clipping Supplies  (If you are able to purchase your own clippers, be sure to ask around as sometimes older members are ready to sell their supplies…we realize that Clippers are a big investment and as in the past, we will do our best to have extra clippers available.  Borrowing clippers often means having patience as we only have a couple of extra clippers and often a lot of animals that need to be shaved.

PLEASE NOTE:  NEW INFORMATION FOR THIS YEAR! IF YOU PLAN TO BORROW CLIPPERS, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN BLADES.)

• Clippers and blades

• Scissors

Blower  If you are in the Beef project, you will NEED a cattle blower to work the hair of your beef animal.  Although it is a nice convenience to have a blower for the dairy project it is not a necessity… you just have to allow extra time for your animal to dry after washing.

Don’t forget a Tack box or container of some sort for all of your supplies!

Let me repeat:   **** PUT YOUR NAME ON ALL OF YOUR ITEMS WITH A PERMANENT MARKER!!!!!!!!!!!!********  It is sooooooooooo common for items to get set down as you rush into the ring or get distracted by something.  If your name is on the item, it’s easy to return it to you.  Without a name, you may not get your item back.

We purchase a lot of supplies online from Sullivan supply as well as Jeffers Supply.  Locally, we purchase from Leitz Farms in Port Angeles and the Co-op or Coastal in Sequim (although show supplies are typically limited when buying locally… but sometimes they surprise us!)

Additional Information:  Members are required to attend 30% of project meetings to qualify for fair.  Since we typically only have 6 meetings.  That means you MUST attend at least 2 meetings.  However, to be truly active in your project, you will be expected to attend the majority of the meetings.   Parent or guardian participation at both the meetings and the workdays is vital to the success of your project.

For the dairy project, we are extremely fortunate that the Dungeness Valley Creamery has been generous to our club and allows our members to borrow their animals.  Please understand that if you borrow an animal from Dungeness Valley Creamery, you will have a separate contract that you will agree to with the owners.  Please know that you will be expected to go out to the creamery one to two times per week to work with your animal.   It is extremely important that you recognize the generosity of the creamery to allow us this opportunity!  Please find ways to show your gratitude to Ryan and Sarah!

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO MAKE YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRANSPORTING YOUR BORROWED ANIMALS, THERE WILL BE A $10 HAUL FEE FOR EACH EVENT YOU ATTEND AND SPACE IS LIMITED.  MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO BE AT THE CREAMERY TO HELP LOAD THEIR ANIMAL BEFORE THE EVENT (YOUR ANIMAL WILL NOT BE LOADED IF YOU ARE NOT THERE TO LOAD IT) AS WELL AS BEING AT THE CREAMERY TO HELP UNLOAD AND PUT YOUR ANIMAL AWAY ONCE THE EVENT IS OVER. 

COMMUNICATION:

We typically communicate via:

IF YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING COMMUNICATION FROM US, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US AND LET US KNOW!

Download your state dairy certificate here. Due on June 1st to the Extension office.

Other Info for the Auction:

  • Beef steers are typically purchased in the fall.
  • Many participants start their projects on grain in the fall and increase the amount they feed over the coming months.  There are endless theories on what is the best grain and best feed management programs.  Each member needs to ask lots of questions, do their own research, and find a program that works best for them.  But, be advised that you need to FEED YOUR ANIMAL GENEROUSLY starting now in order to make weight for the auction.  Your animal must meet the weight guidelines in order to sell and it is better to start early with reaching that goal than trying to make it happen at the last minute when it may be too late.
  • IT IS CRITICAL that you begin handling and working with your steer right away!  The first weigh in of the year happens before you know it (mid March) and it is extremely awkward to show up with the crazy steer that only wants to destroy everything and everyone in its path.  GET A HALTER ON YOUR ANIMAL NOW AND SPEND TIME LEADING IT AROUND!  I would recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of handling time three days a week starting NOW!!!!!!

AT THE FAIR:

  • Typically, Auction photos are taken on Wednesday.
  • The auction steers are typically judged on THURSDAY afternoon.  This is separate from the beef show which is held on Friday.
  • The auction takes place on Saturday afternoon.