FILER, Idaho — An incoming senior at Filer High School wants to help youth prepare for showing their beef cattle at judging events and is offering a free clinic with the help of University of Idaho extension educators in Twin Falls County.
Joely Roe, 17, has been showing cattle since she was 7 years old and will be demonstrating the techniques of showmanship, animal handling and show preparation.
The clinic will not only be instructional and informational, it will serve as Roe’s senior project to fulfill her high school requirements.
In addition to showmanship, the clinic will include a presentation by Billy Whitehurst, extension beef cattle educator, on animal nutrition and cattle breeds. Another presentation, by Suzann Dolecheck, 4-H program educator, will be on the deeper meaning and benefits of 4-H.
The event is set for July 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roe family farm at 3762 N 2300 E in Filer. The event is open to all ages, including interested adults, and will include lunch.
The clinic will be a hands-on learning opportunity in animal handling, proper showing and washing, clipping, brushing and blowing animals for the best presentation, Roe said.
Grooming and working with an animal for presentation at a show takes months, with a lot of work and pre-planning involved. Animal owners need to start ahead of time and do it correctly “because it’s no fun to lose,” Roe said.
The clinic will cover such things as how to lead an animal, how to set it up in a profile and how to train its hair.
The goal is to make it fun and teach kids all about the animal and the correct way of preparing and showing animals, Roe said.
While the clinic is geared for youth, all ages are welcome.
“It’s never too late to learn something,” Roe said.
A 4-H and FFA member with a love for animals, Roe intends to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine and a large- and small- animal practice.
Cattle for the clinic will be provided and lunch will be served. There is no charge for the event or lunch, however preregistration is highly suggested.
For more information or to register, contact Roe at (256) 960-2901 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.