Project Monthly Updates

Wesley Update from Mary Martineau:
As you know, last week, Curtis and I took Wesley to Indianapolis for the 95th National FFA Convention.
We had some time to visit the college and career expo. There were several feed companies there, and we encouraged Wesley to go speak to some of them to learn about cattle nutrition. He said it was extremely interesting! He leaned the difference between feeding a grower and a finisher as well as the importance of expanding the belly on an animal to give them a fuller appearance. Even through there were several feed companies there that don’t send their feeds out West, he still took the opportunity to learn about their feeds and why they use certain ingredients. Knowing that he was going to feed Purina, he made sure to spend some time there learning about their feeds.
While it wasn’t direct work with the steer, it was the chance for him to gain some knowledge on the future management of his steer!
October: We have delivered the steers to both Zack and Wesley, the heifer has not come yet for Karstin, she will be coming hopefully soon. Paul Calac took some time to go to Escondido High School Ag Farm and give a clinic on washing, combing and blowing out the steers for all the students with beef projects. He explained how you do it, why you do it and had each student participate, they all seemed to come away with something and I think it will really help the students and their animals.

August update:
One month before the applications for the heifer scholarship is due,  we will also be doing a steer scholarship for youth in San Diego county applications are due on October 1st as well.
if you have any questions feel free to email text or call.
Kiara’s June, July Update

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.

A quick shout out: Kiara, Blake and Bailey had an awesome San Diego County Fair, Grand Champion Market Beef and Grand Champion Breeding Beef. Congratulations Kiara, hard work and commitment do pay off. She had both animals looking their best.
Kiara with a quick update from this past weekend 4/23/2022
This weekend I showed at the Liberty and Freedom Jackpot in Ramona. Day one, I exhibited my ram lamb, Blake, and Bailey. I made it to senior final showmanship for both lamb and beef. I received Grand Champion Ram in the breeding sheep show. Second place with Blake and fourth place with Bailey.
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.

Kiara, Blake, Bryce, and Bailey February, March Update

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.

Kiara, Blake, Bryce, and Bailey December, January Update
The past two months have been busy with caring for my heifer from the Colburn Family and working with my scholarship steer as well as my other market animals. At the beginning of December, I got another steer and so I have been extremely busy tying up my calves each day, rinsing, and working on halter breaking as they were not all halter broken. As my sister was home from college, we worked together as one of the calves likes to pull away. Fortunately he has never gone far, but it is definitely something that we need to break the habit.
I have gotten to take my animals to two shows so far. On December 11th and 12th, I attended the Holiday Classic in Bakersfield. I exhibited my heifer and she received second on the first day and 1st on the second day of the show. In January, my sister and I took my calves to the Sierra Winter Classic in Porterville. Bryce received 3rd and 4th and Blake received 4th and 4th. We were surprised that Pat and some of the donors came up to watch us compete. We were in really tough classes but I feel very proud of how the calves did. Blake is really green and so I am going to take him home and work on getting him to eat more feed and hopefully gain a lot of weight.
Currently my steers are on a combination of Beast, Pre Con, Alfalfa TMR, and free choice oat hay. The heifer is on Nutrena, however we are transitioning her onto Purina Show Chow as she seems to like it better, in addition, she is also eating Pre Con, TMR, and free choice oat hay. In the couple months that I have had my animal, the heifer, Bailey, has grown from 500 to 700lbs and Blake, all black, has gone from 800 to 960lbs. I wasn’t able to get Bryce, white sox, to the scale until about a month ago as he was still being a bit of a challenge on leading, however he has gone from 780 to 820lbs.
We are looking forward to this coming month where I hope to exhibit at Red Wave and Western Bonanza.
Kiara and (no names yet) November Update:

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.

An update and shout out:
Kiara took possession of her heifer on Sunday, a cute little Angus Heifer that we are sure will grow into a beautiful cow. She took possession of a steer as well, and the steer will be used as a fund raiser for Curren’s Cows.
We want to thank Ron and Lisa Colburn and Tim and Heidi McBride. Ron and Lisa of Colburn Cattle Company donated the heifer as they have from the start. Tim and Heidi, sponsored the steer yet again. Tim, Heidi, Ron and Lisa have been supporting Curren’s Cows from beginning. We also want to thank, Blaine Rogers of Rogers Livestock for helping us with the acquisition of the steer, he found us a nice one.
Kiara will be very busy but we know she will do a great job.
Hopefully we will get pictures when Kiara submits her monthly update. We look forward to seeing both, the animals and Kiara’s progress this year.
Happy Thanksgiving and thank you to everyone who has supported Curren’s Cows, we appreciate you all.
The 2021-2022 Curren’s Cows Scholarship recipient is Kiara Konyn:

 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.

Kiara’s Essay:

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.

Thank You

Kiara Konyn

Congratulations Kiara.

kiara and Ironman

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