Drawing by an actual Cranbrook & District 4-H member. Cuts may vary by name.

Meet the 2020 Steer Producers

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My name is Caleb Oestreich. This is my second year in South Country 4-H Crafts and Critters. I am 10 years old and in grade 5. I live in Grasmere BC and go to school in Jaffray. Last year my 4-H project was my heifer named Sharon. This year I am excited to have a big, beautiful black steer. His name is Vector. Next year, I hope to buy a heifer and a steer for my project. Other things I like to learn about are cars, military machines and making metal things in a forge. Thank you to Teck Coal for buying Vector this year!

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My name is Ronan Oestreich and I am 9 years old. I live in Grasmere, BC and go to school in Jaffray. This is my first year in 4-H with South Country Crafts and Critters. I had lots of fun in 4-H this year and have many projects on the go. My steer project is the most tricky because my steer is so big and I am so small. My steers name is Ross. He use to be pretty pushy but now he is like a gigantic puppy dog. 
My other project is my pig named Buddy. I also participated in our foods club this year because I love to cook. Thank you to the Price Family, the Wilson Family and Bob Siemens for purchasing my steer Ross this year!!


Hi, my name is Payton Hutchinson and this is my 3rd year in 4-H. I am 9 yrs old and go to Jaffray school. 
This is my first year doing a beef and a swine project.
My hogs name is Alfred, I think he will finish around 250lbs.
My steers name is Zumafoo, he is red angus, I purchased him from Leah Palmer. He is a big boy! I think he will finish around 1400lbs.
This year my steer is very tame and really likes to be brushed - my pig is a little bit shy though.
My other 4-H projects are sewing and horse
My hobbies include reading, and playing with my chickens, and I really love sewing now also.
Thank you to Marian Gravelle, Shayne Soetaert Prof. Corp., Mongoose Machinery, and David and Pearl Brown for buying my steer this year!


My name is Sawyer Hutchinson. I am 12 yrs old and go to Jaffray School.
I have been in 4-H for 5 years now.
This is my 4th beef project and my first hog.
My steers name is Dino, he is red angus, he started at 765lbs and i think he will finish around 1300lbs
My other 4-H project is small engines.
My hobbies include dirtbiking and hockey
Thank you to Barrie McDonald and Apex Accounting for buying my steer this year!


Hi, my name is Emily Harris I am in South Country Crafts and Critters I decided to do a heifer project, her name is Lady. Lady is a red angus cross she was born on February 21st 2019, her start weight was 843 pounds she is now approximately 981 pounds. I lease her from the Palmer Ranch in Baynes Lake BC. This is my first year in 4-H. I am in foods and beef projects in 4-H. I think 4-H is a club that everyone should join, there is so much to learn. I am 12 years old and I have been riding horses for most of my life. My first horse was named Cheeka. Cheeka was a paint mare and I got her when she was 22 years old, horses are my passion. That is a little bit about me. Thank you 4-H for an awesome experience.


My name is Ellie Oestreich, this is about my 8th year in 4-H. It has been amazing to have such a supportive and loving club and community; I aspire to show as much enthusiasm and care as the people who are pretty much all family. I always thought 4-H was about the animals and showing, but lately I have realized it’s about the people within the clubs and supporting the club because they help all of us be a tight knit community that always has each other’s backs. 4-H made me feel like I was more a part of the community than before because yes it was pretty awesome having the animals that I did but the connection is what was the best experience. 

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Kennedi Shade- bio coming soon. 

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Hi I’m Ellie Shepperson and I am 17 years old. This is my 11th year in 4-H and showing cattle. I did 4-H in the United States for 9 years and 2 years in Canada. I am the 4-H BC Kootenay Region Ambassador. This year I ran the online stock show for this region.

This year my steer named BuckCherry weighed 1048 lbs. He is by far the most difficult and high headed steer I’ve had to handle.  Next year will be my last year of showing cattle then I’m off to Olds College in Alberta or possibly a gap year for work.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Teck Coal Limited for buying my steer this year.

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Hello, My name is Riley Smith and this is my first year in 4-H with the South Country Crafts and Critters. I am 13 years old and I’m in grade 8. I go to school at Jaffray Elementary Secondary School, it’s also my first year there. I live in Jaffray. This year I have two 4-H projects one is a heifer from the Palmers in Baynes Lake and the other is a cow/calf project I am borrowing from Russel Bolen. My heifer’s name is Pixie, why I named her that I really don’t know I just felt like that was a good name. Pixie is a red angus/Simmental heifer and she was born February 27th. My cow/calf project’s name is Flicka. Flicka is a black angus/Australian low line and is 2 years old. This year would have been her first calf but sadly it passed away but she now has an adopted calf and is getting along really well. My hobbies are horse riding ,barrel racing and jumping. I like 4-H because it is a lot of fun I get to meet new people and we learn about animals and cook and sewing. I would like to give a special thanks to Sarann Press for being a great beef leader, Leah Palmer for letting me use her heifer and my dad for wrangling Pixie.


My name is Emmadeia Wilson, and this is my fourth year in 4-H. I am 12 years old and love lasagna.
This year in 4-H my projects are, Swine, Small Engines and Heifer. My heifer is named Honey and she is a beautiful Red Angus cross that was born on February 15th 2020. I was lucky to be able to lease Honey from Leah Palmer. Honey weighs 1025 pounds and is a very sweet heifer (living up to her name). When I started working with Honey, she was 847 pounds. Honey is a very happy cow and I can’t wait to show her off in the ring.
I love 4-H because I enjoy learning new things and with 4H you can learn so much. I learned how to halter, wash and show my heifer this year!
4-H is so much fun, between the camp outs and wrestling cows there is nothing better.
Thank you 4H,
Emmadeia Wilson

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Hi, my name is Alexandria Maurin, and this is my second year of 4-H. I am ten years old, I am in grade 4 and go to Jaffray Elementary Secondary School. In 4-H I am doing heifer, sewing, and foods. This year I chose to do heifer because my mom and Sarann forced me to try it, and I decided I love it. I named my heifer Lady Lou because a friend of ours dog name was Lady Tucker, and I liked it, but wanted it to be my own. Lady Lou's birthday is February 15 and she is a Red Angus cross with Simmental. She was the only one with a white face. Now a little bit about me, I live in Baynes Lake on a little farm with my mom, dad and two brothers. I have 8 good friends and they all live fairly close to me. I enjoyed making my dress, being able to play with my heifer, and learning to make all sorts of different recipes. I am looking forward to next year and hopefully nothing will interfere with our year.               


Hello 4-H members, family and friends!  My name is Alyssa Tracey, I am 13 years old and I have been involved in South Country Crafts & Critters 4-H Club since I was 2 years old attending Cloverbud meetings with my older sister.  I have wanted to take part in the 4-H Beef Club forever but I was never able to until this year! A local rancher, Leah Palmer, was willing to share her heifers to some of us that wanted to try Beef club but do not have the opportunity to keep them at home.  What an awesome challenge I have had this year with my heifer named Pebbles!  Pebbles, a Red Angus Simmental and was born February 2, 2019, a month before my birthday. When our project started, Pebbles weighed 763 pounds and she now weighs approximately 881 pounds.  Next year I would like to do cow/calf with Pebbles.   This is the first year that I have done an animal project although I have helped out with my best friend’s lamb every year.   The 4-H projects that I have participated in are foods, crafts, sewing, small engines and this year I added beef.  I have taken on a few positions over the years from Safety Officer, Photography, Secretary and am currently the President of the South Country Crafts and Critters.  I love going to the 4-H meetings not only to see my friends but to help keep 4-H going. I think it’s a great opportunity for everyone!  Other activities that I have participated in besides 4-H is Pathfinders, attend rodeos with my horse Switch, figure skating, softball and lacrosse. 


Hello! My name is Emily Filimek and this is my very first year in 4 -H, with the South Country Crafts and Critters. I am 10 years old and I am in grade 5. I go to school at Jaffray Elementary Secondary School. I live in Baynes Lake. This year I only have one project in 4-H and I have a heifer at the Palmers in Baynes Lake. My heifers name is Juliet. Why I named her Juliet was because my family and I have a dog named Romeo. We also have lots of chickens, My favourite chicken is Summer, she is a grey and black splash. My hobbies are reading, sewing, chickens and cooking. Why I love 4-H is you get to do your hobbies and things you like and 4-H is so much fun! Thank you to my heifer leader Sarann and my mom for helping me with Juliet. 

Meet the 2019 Steer Producers

Hi, my name is Kennedi Shade and I am 10 years old.  I am a member of the Cranbrook 4H Multi-Club.  This is my first year in 4-H.  I have a purebred red Angus whose name is Duke. Duke was born on February 28, 2017.  He is very friendly and really likes people!  The grain I give Duke is from Cowley, Alberta and is a mixture of oats, barley, corn, dry molasses, minerals and flax.  This mixture creates amazingly flavorful meat!

The Angus is known for its finely marbled meat, which means that the fat is dispersed evenly against the actual cut of meat.  I think that you will love it if you buy Duke at the Show & Sale on June 3.

My name is Owain Ralston. This is my third year with a steer project in 4H. I am going to show my Simmental steer I named "J" at  Show and Sale. We bought J from Thibeault's Ranch. He likes it when I brush him & scratch him on his neck after our walks in the pasture. He is a gentle, large steer and a is learning to keep moving instead of stopping when I walk him on the lead. J and my sister Erica's calf Mr Moo can be seen laying in the pasture together chewing their cuds. He has broken through the fence on the farm but luckily didn't run away.

My name is Erica Ralston. This is my first year in 4H and I have been in Cloverbuds for 2 years too. I am hoping to show my calf at Show and Sale  Mr Moo was born to our family cow Rose.  I like to try to pet and brush Mr Moo when the whole family works with our herd. He is letting me touch him more. Mr Moo goes for walks with us up the street too. He has a cute white face.

My name is Emma Pighin. This year I’ll be selling a market steer. His name is Monkey and he is a Charolais cross. He is a brother to my steer I went Grand Champion with two years ago.  I am very excited for this years show with him.

My name is Brianna Pighin. For my project this year I am doing a steer.  My steers name is Rocko.   Rocko is a Charolais cross.   I've been working with him for a while and my goal is to place in Showmanship.  Rocko was born and raised on my family's ranch.  I hope to see you at Show and Sale.

Hi my name is Hadley. This is my third year in 4H but my first year showing an animal. My project is a yearling heifer, her name is Marshmellow. Her birth weight was 86lbs but she is a lot bigger now. She is a registered horned Hereford. Her damm is ARVS 6Y and her sire is FHR 216A. 

Hello everyone.  My name is Anisa Stevens and I’m from Kimberley, BC.  This is my 2nd year as a member of the Wasa & District 4H Club and this year I’m doing a steer project.  Jughead is my Red Angus steer and I’m enjoying the experience of raising him.  He wasn’t my original steer though.  I started out with one I named Archie, but then we discovered that he was still a bull.  That’s when Archie’s buddy, Jughead, stepped in as his replacement.  I’m excited to get him ready for the annual 4H Show & Sale in June.  I really enjoy grooming Jughead.  He’s a beauty!

My name is Mackenzie Hawke, I am 17 years old and have been a part of the Wasa and District 4-H Club for 8 years. I have shown 7 steers and 2 heifers in that time, and this year will be steer number 8! Previously, 2 of my calves have been named Grand Champion Market Steer in 2012 and once again in 2017, I have also been awarded Overall Top Showman in 2017. My steer this year is named is Rufus, he is a Red Angus/Charolais cross calf born on February 13th, 2017, and had a starting weight of 781 pounds. Rufus loves bum scratches and a good, hard scratch between his shoulder blades. He is a gentle giant and loves anyone who scratches his sweet spots! I would like to give a special thanks to my buyers from previous years, as well as those who come out and support your local 4-H kids. Your time and effort is much appreciated. Rufus and I are excited to see you all at Show and Sale on June 3rd and hope you all come say hi!