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BY ABIGAIL GEORGE, WISCONSIN, AGE 17 A city girl goes country, learns a lot, and makes some great friends Jinjer Julia RIGHT: In preparation for the County Fair, Abby shows Julia how to hold and use the show stick. They also practiced having Jinjer walk right into the correct feet position. PATTY GEORGE & I BRANDON VETTERKIND grew up learning about and loving cows and their calves, and I started my own beef herd at the age of ten with an FSA youth loan. I’m almost positive I was the only fi fth grader with debt, but it was the best decision of my life. I learned the value of money and hard work. This past summer I was able to mentor a young girl named Julia. She lives in the city, but was really interested in showing cattle. I had an extra heifer from my herd that I was working on training for cattle shows but couldn’t show at my county fair. Julia was very interested in learning about cattle and showing and I offered my heifer to her. I have always wanted to share my love of showing cattle with others, and I want to get as many youth involved with the beef and agriculture industry as possible. I also plan on owning my own farm one day, and letting 4-H and FFA members show my animals. I would teach them and let them learn. When I realized that I didn’t have to wait, I was so excited! All spring and summer I worked with Julia and the heifer, Jinjer. We worked on walking, showing, using the show stick, and giving Jinjer a bath. Julia and her parents were constantly asking questions and wanting to fi nd out more about cattle. It was great to see the interest they had, and the willingness to learn more. I shared what I knew and found out more information for them, if needed. Julia and Jinjer got along great and it was fun to see them grow over the summer! They both got to know one another and learned together. Abby with Jinjer and one of her other heifers, Lady Belle. 6 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I SUMMER 2017


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