Gracie Suenram: Skills for a lifetime |

Gracie Suenram: Skills for a lifetime

My name is Gracie Suenram and I am 15 years old. This is my third year in the Chicago Park 4-H club and my third raising sheep.

This year, I am bringing two lambs to the fair; a market lamb and a spring ram lamb for breeding. Both of my lambs are from my ewe, Lucy, who won Supreme Champion ewe at last year’s fair. It has been very informative to participate in a breeding project. The most interesting parts were choosing a ram that complemented the conformation of my ewe and watching the lambs being born. I hope to continue breeding with the three ewes I now have.

My market lamb is named Henry and my Ram is named Louis. All of Lucy’s lambs will be named after European rulers. Henry loves food and can be noisy when he misses his brother. Louis is excitable and springs into the air when he jumps over hay bales. Every day I walk my lambs, lead them in jumping over hay bales, practice showmanship and feed them morning and evening. This has helped me learn responsibility and the value of hard work. I will put my earnings from selling my market lamb towards my breeding and market projects next year and in my college fund. I hope to go to college and pursue a degree and a career in a scientific field.

I have also been learning leadership in 4-H. I am the incoming treasurer for our club and the Junior Leader for the sheep project. Both of these positions involve public speaking and responsibility. Being the treasurer calls for money management and being a junior leader involves planning and communication. These are skills I can use throughout my entire life.

Please come visit me in the sheep barns during the Nevada County Fair and at the Livestock Auction on Sunday. I would love to see you there.

Gracie Suenram

Grass Valley

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