Missouri State Fair Foundation to hold cattle clinic

Monday, March 24, 2014

According to a news release, the Missouri State Fair Foundation is hosting a free Stock Show University cattle clinic open to all youth livestock exhibitors. This two-day clinic will be held at the Missouri State Fairground Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6.

"There are several clinics like this throughout the state," said Saline County University Extension Program Director Amanda Struchtemeyer. "Essentially what it does is it gives kids that are just starting out some basic knowledge of how to fee their calf, clip their calf, show their calf for a county fair."

All ages and skill levels are welcome from beginner to advanced. Participants will be placed in groups of eight to 12 students to one professor based on their level of experience. Students will learn hands-on skills in show day fitting, daily hair care, showmanship and clipping. You may bring your calf and show supplies. Stock Show University professors are provided compliments of Sullivan Supply.

The clinic is about education and developing the skills and confidence to succeed.

"This one is going to offer advanced skills for those who go on to more competitive shows like the American Royal, state fair and some of those," Struchtemeyer said. "There's at least three in this area within driving distance, but there are several clinics throughout the state."

She said there is planning in the works to get some more clinics in the area but those dates have not been set.

For more information or to register for the Stock Show University cattle clinic, call 660-530-5620 or visit www.sullivansupply.com/ssu_clinic_schedule.html

Contact Amanda Struchtemeyer at 660-886-6908 for more information about other University Extension programs for area youth.

Contact Kelly Melies at kmelies@marshallnews.com