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Carroll County 4-H members get livestock ready for upcoming shows

4-H members across the WLFI viewing area are getting their livestock ready to be shown at upcoming 4-H fairs. The Silverthorn Family gives News 18 a look at what they're doing to prepare and the hard work involved.

Posted: May 17, 2021 2:16 PM
Updated: May 18, 2021 11:20 AM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Silverthorn family in Carroll County is working hard to get their livestock ready for the upcoming Carroll County 4-H fair.

Megan is entering her ninth year showing in 4-H. Her younger brother Brody is entering his second year.

“I mainly hope I can help younger members because I’ve completed my main goals in 4-H,” said Megan. “I hope can just keep learning.”

Last year, Megan won both Royal Showmanship and Premier Showmanship.

"Only one of them, Royal Showmanship, was my main goal so I was super excited when I won both of them,” said Megan. “ I'm the first person in Carroll County to win both of them."

Right now Megan has been spending a lot of time in the barn working with her nine lambs.

“Every Sunday we like to come out and weigh everything,” said Megan. “We want to make sure everyone is eating good, their weights are coming along and  make sure nobody is skinny or fat.”

Megan says it takes a lot of time to get her animals ready, but it’s a learning process she enjoys.

“It takes at least an hour and a half to weigh them,” said the 4-H member. “Then we go through and setup everybody and walk them around.”

Megan’s younger brother, Brody, is entering his second year in 4-H. She shows goats and poultry.  

“I have two goats,” said Brody. “I wash, feed, water, brush and walk my goats.”

Megan enjoys watching Brody get involved with 4-H. She knows there's definitely a lot to learn. 

“There’s always something new to learn,” said Megan. “There’s older members that know so much and there’s something you can learn every time you go to a show.”

Brody and Megan's mom, Gina, is proud of her kids for working hard. She knows Megan and Brody have been busy getting their animals ready.

“The kids feed them, water them and clean their pens,” said Gina. “We’re in the process now of breaking them to lead.”

Gina knows it’s important for her children to work with their animals. If they don’t, the animals will not be comfortable in the show ring.

"If you go to fairs, and you see the animals in the show ring, they look very nice and very clean and they're happy to be lead,” said Gina. “That's not the way they start out, because they start out a little wild."

Gina and her husband, Scott, were both 10 Year 4-H members.

They showed livestock and Gina also showed building projects.

Their two oldest children are also 10 Year 4-H members. Gina says it’s great to see Megan and Brody continue the 4-H family tradition.

"It makes me very proud of them and proud of 4-H and what it means to me and what it does for my kids,” said Gina. “4-H is a great project because there’s a lot of steps.”

As the fair gets closer, Megan and Brody know their schedules will get busier. 

"When school gets out then they will spend more time with their livestock everyday they will do more walking and practicing showing them,” said Gina

The Carroll County 4-H Fair runs on July 16- 23. 

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