Wesley and Earl’s December Update:
I apologize for the late update, even with the recent weather I have been able to continue to work with my calf Earl, he is named from the movie “Cloudy and a Chance of Meatballs”. I have been able to keep him on a regular wash and rinse schedule. He is being fed between 18-20 pounds of grain as well as hay. He and I are starting to bond more, where I can walk him around the school farm and he walks easily. With the recent rain, I found out he loves the rain and to stand in it.
Over the past month I’ve hunkered down and realized that it’s gonna be a time consuming task but so far it’s been totally worth it. The steer is being housed at the school farm and he has another steer there to keep him company. I have been working with him for an hour or longer in the morning and spending time with him after school. I’ve learned how to brush it, tie it up, blow it, rinse, walk, and how to wash it. I am now feeding him 18 pounds of Purina honor show and Bermuda hay.
I have been getting him in the grooming chute twice a day and working on hair conditioning and growth. Currently he does not have a name, but I will have one by my next update. I have been learning how to manage the amount of feed being fed by looking at his bucket and pen.
I had an amazing time at the San Diego County Fair and did extremely well with all of my animals. Both of my steers, Blake and Buddy received first place in each of their classes. I was so excited to have received 4H Champion Market Beef and honorable mention and it was an amazing experience being named Grand Champion overall with Blake. Bailey also received Supreme Champion of the Breeding Beef Show. I would like to thank everyone who came and supported me at the show.
At the end of July, I will be showing Bryce and Bailey at the Ramona Jr. Fair. I will be showing both on July 28th, starting at 2 pm with the market beef show and right after with the breeding beef show and showmanship. Hopefully, my hard work and efforts will show through like it did with Blake at the San Diego County Fair. Depending how we do, I may be showing in the Champion Drive later Thursday night at 7 pm. The Ramona Jr. Fair Auction is July 30th, starting with check in at 10:30 am, lunch at 11:30 am, followed with announcements and the auction starting at 1:00 pm. Hope to see you there.
Bryce and I did extremely well at the Ramona Jr Fair. Bryce was named Reserve Grand Champion and received 3rd place in the carcass contest. Bailey received Reserve Best of Show in the Beef Breeding Show and we place first in Senior Beef Showmanship against over 20 exhibitors. When we went onto Master Showmanship on Friday, I earned 1st in Master Showmanship. I made it into the Champion Drive with all my animals. I bred both of my other animals, however as they were both in lighter classes, they weren’t as competitive. In the auction, Bryce was purchased by Mountain Valley Ranch in Ramona. Thank you to them as well as all of the other sponsors for the fair as well as a big thank you to all of the sponsors for Curren’s Cows who helped to make this amazing year possible. This coming week, Bailey and I will be attending California Youth Ag Expo in Tulare to compete in the breeding division and compete in showmanship.
Day 2, I exhibited Blake, Bailey, and Buddy. I made it into senior showmanship finals again. Bailey received first in her class and Grand Champion of the breeding beef show. Buddy and Blake both won their classes and Blake got fourth over all.
I am so excited, I won my first buckle with Bailey and look forward to the future and how they will do at upcoming fairs.
In the month of February, I exhibited Bryce and Bailey at the Red Wave Classic in Fresno California. Bryce received third place in his class. Bailey and I received fourth place in showmanship and second place in her class.
This year I exhibited at Western Bonanza for the very first time. Bailey received third place and Blake received fourth. I really enjoyed spending time with other kids from all over the state. It was fun to meet new people that were also interested in showing cattle.
Over the last couple of months my steers have been increasing their consumption and gaining a lot. At the moment Blake weighs 1260 pounds and Bryce weighs 1040 pounds. I will be exhibiting Blake at the San Diego County Fair this coming June along with my other steer Buddy and a pig named Berry. All of our market classes will be held on Wednesday June 22nd. Hopefully we will make it into the Grand Champion drive which will be held Thursday night. The Jr Livestock auction will be held on Saturday, June 25th. I am hoping that we will do very well. I am planning to exhibit Bryce at the Ramona Junior Fair in the end of July along with a lamb that I bred and a turkey.
Over the last month, I have been really working on grooming all of the dead hair out of all of my animals. As I realized that my pen space at home was too small to accommodate two steers, I reconfigured pens at the dairy to facilitate being able to house my steers under cover during the day and give them access to a larger area in the evenings to help with hair growth and quality. They are loving their new pen as it gives them much more space as well as better air circulation.
Next week I am planning on taking Blake, Buddy, and Bailey to a jackpot up in Ramona. It is the second time that they will be hosting the Liberty and Freedom Jackpot. I plan to take one steer each day along with my heifer. Bryce is going to get the weekend off as he has finally started putting on weight and I don’t want to throw him off by moving him.
Please let me know if you would like to come down and visit to see the calves. I really appreciate it that you have taken the time to come watch and support me at shows this past spring.
Hello, my name is Kiara Konyn and I am a freshman at Classical Academy High School in Escondido, CA. I am a member of the 56 Ranchers 4-H club and this is my 9th year in 4-H. This year I was honored to receive the scholarship heifer and steer from Curren’s Cow Foundation. In the month of November, I went to Kirk Stierwalt Clipping Clinic and picked up my scholarship steer and heifer. At the Kirk Stierwalt Clipping Clinic, I learned how to clip, facts about nutrition, fitting, and what different products are used for. My steer actually got to be used for the clipping demonstration. On November 21st, I went up to Colburn Cattle Company to pick up my scholarship heifer. Also on that same day I picked up my scholarship steer. At the moment I don’t have names, but will have names by next month. Thank you to Curren’s Cow Foundation for selecting me to be their scholarship recipient and for all they have done.
Kiara lives in Escondido, has shown just about every animal you can at both the San Diego County and Ramona Fair, she will be a great ambassador for the Curren’s Cows Foundation.
Hello, my name is Kiara Konyn. I am a member of the 56 Ranchers 4-H beef project and this is my sixth year completing the beef project. I would be honored to be given the opportunity to raise and show a heifer for numerous reasons. I enjoy participating at both local and jackpot shows with quality animals. I also enjoy practicing and would like to increase both my showmanship and fitting skills. I would love to have the opportunity to exhibit a competitive animal and be mentored by someone who my sister spoke so highly of the experience that she had with the program. I would also like the opportunity to improve my fitting and showmanship skills through workshops and clinics such as the Kirk Steirwalt Clinic and other livestock camps throughout California. Also to be able to show beef competitively throughout the state as I have done with my dairy heifers.
Although I still have a long time to go prior to starting college I think that would like to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State, or Oklahoma State University majoring in Animal Science. Through the rest of my 4-H years and into college I would like to participate on judging teams.
I am a very hardworking, dedicated person. I currently have limited funds. As I pay all of my own project related expenses, I can’t afford to purchase a high quality, competitive animal and be able to jackpot and exhibit the animal at numerous fairs. I hope that you will please consider my application for the Curren’s Cow Scholarship and give me this opportunity to raise a high quality heifer for competition.