When goats need a shave, 4-H’ers go to work

By REGINA ELLING

Showing off some of the merchandise at a recent yard sale are Michaela Evans, 14; Elizabeth Dean, 11; Tenaya Bearmar, 12; and Trevor Raines, 11. The youth are part of the Ramona Stars 4-H Goat Group and were raising money to purchase a pair of goat clippers. Sentinel photo/Regina Elling

As anyone who has ever raised livestock knows, it often takes more money than planned. So, when youngsters from the Ramona Stars 4-H Goat Group discovered they needed additional supplies, they put their collective heads together, and with the help of club leaders put on a Saturday morning yard sale to raise the purchase money.

The sale took place Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Grange parking lot on Seventh Street. The money earned is all going toward a pair of clippers the youth will soon need to tidy up their shaggy goat coats. The clippers purchase price is $350; the set will be shared among the eight goat club members.

“We shave their whole body, and then we let it grow back for a few days, so they are all clean and look better for the show,” explained Trevor Raines, 11 years old.

While working hard to help customers at the yard sale, he said he likes to raise goats “because they are cute.”

This year, Raines will be raising one Boer goat for the market class. Elizabeth Dean, 14, however, will be raising two.

“Every year I raise two market goats, but since they are still nursing off their momma, I have to wait a few weeks to get them,” she said, before dashing off to help a customer.

Dean’s goats will be coming from Ron and Cami Brewer of Nadadrop Ranch. Cami, a club leader, said they have been providing livestock for 4-H’ers for several years.

“We’ve raised Suffolk and Hampshire sheep for six years, and Boer goats for five,” she said.

It all began with her own child, she explained, as she continued to answer questions from buyers and help the 4-H’ers wrap sold merchandise.

Buyers and sellers mingle at the Ramona Stars 4-H Goat Group fundraiser in the Grange parking lot on Saturday. Sentinel photo/Regina Elling

“In order for my daughter to join a goat group, we needed a leader,” she said. “I had been raising goats since 1977, so I became a club leader and have been going ever since. Now, my daughter is in college getting an agriculture degree.”

By mid-morning, with buyers continuing to trickle into the sale, club leader Bernadette Faust proudly said, “It looks like we’ve already sold a third of our stuff. All the big items left first thing this morning. With any luck, we’ve already raised half the purchase money.”

As the sale closed, the youngsters were pleased that they were more than halfway to their goal. But club leaders said more hard work is needed, and another fundraiser will be planned to help them with the rest of the purchase price.

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