4-H club welcomes young interest with Livestock Expo | Community

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Angelus Ranus 4-H Club member Charlie Adams, 5, learns how to groom a steer for the fair at the Livestock Expo on March 9. 

The Angelus Ranus 4-H Club presented its inaugural Livestock Expo at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds on March 9, creating a space for young agricultural enthusiasts to showcase their hard work and share tips on getting ready for the fair.

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Jessica and Patrick Kaase, right, represent the Tri-Dam 4-H Club at the Livestock Expo at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

“The biggest goal is bringing in our youth, because they’ll be us someday,” said Kylee Truelock, co-leader of the Angelus Ranus group, which serves the Angels Camp area.

According to Calaveras County 4-H Program Representative Rosemary Giannini, all nine county clubs were represented at the expo, with eager members staying for hours to listen to featured speakers and explore different 4-H projects.

“All the kids really want to be here,” Truelock said.

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A 4-day-old Boer goat attends the expo with her mother and sibling. 

“I learned a lot (today) about horses, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens,” said 8-year-old Angelus Ranus member Adeline Musachia, who will be showing rabbits, goats and dogs at the fair in May. “I kind of want to show a horse next year.”

Adeline’s 6-year-old sister Bailey will also be showing goats and rabbits at the fair.

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Jason Brixley with Pine Creek Nutrition Service showcases the ingredients that go into cattle feed. 

Most of the deadlines for livestock entries at the 2019 fair have passed, Giannini said, but she and the Angelus Ranus leaders hope that the expo can become a yearly event to bring in new interest for the next year.

This year already saw an impressive turnout, according to Truelock, and the expo received strong support from youth agricultural proponents including Spence Ranch Feed & Supply and the fairgrounds.

For those interested in 4-H, contact Rosemary Giannini at [email protected].

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