FFA, 4-H students rustle up cattle boot camp

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Redlands Community College was the site of a recent boot camp – but with a twist.

Instead of military personnel in fatigues and carrying weapons, the camp was filled with children and youth who learned a lot about cattle during the school’s Cattle Boot Camp.

“It is always a blessing to work with the kids and exciting to see the younger generation interested in the cattle industry,” said April Bow, Redlands agriculture coordinator of continuing education and beef show team adviser.

The camp was held for Oklahoma and Texas Future Farmers of America and 4-H members, Bow said. Hosted by Redlands Beef Team, three industry experts – Jensen Show Cattle owner and operator Andy Jensen, Oklahoma County 4-H educator Kyle Worthington and El Reno agriculture instructor Eric Bilderback – lent a hand teaching sessions during the June two-day course.

Participants in Redlands’ Cattle Boot Camp. (Photo/Courtesy)

Participants ranged in age from 9 to 19 years and brought their own calf and supplies for hands-on training sessions. Students practiced daily care, preparation for show day, clipping and fitting, with the camp culminating in a showmanship competition. Awards were presented to students who “showed the most growth,” Bow said.

“It was great to see kids stepping up to the plate, willing to learn when it came to their cattle,” Beef Team member Kylie Edwards said.

For more information about Redlands Beef Show Team and Summer Cattle Boot Camp, contact Bow at April.Bow@redlandscc.edu or (405) 422-1467.