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Meet a 4-Her: Bella Reeser loves ewe, wether or not

By Bella Reeser

Bella Reeser at the fair with one of her sheep.

My name is Isabella Reeser. This is my sixth year in 4-H and my second year in the sheep project. My sister and I decided last year we would like to try a new project – sheep. I was so excited about this project! Unlike my sister, I have never had the chance to show livestock, so I couldn’t wait! Our parents and grandparents bought each a ewe and wether lamb to get us started for our birthdays.

At the Overbrook Fair last year, I sold my wether, which was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Due to my ewe’s young age, we decided not to breed her over the winter months. Instead, they remained at our grandparents’ house, and every day, my sister and I would go to their house to feed and water our ewes. When springtime came around, my sister and I sheared the ewe’s winter coats off and began working with them on walking and giving them baths.

During this project, I learned how to gradually increase their feed to help work them up to being on full feed, how to clean a sheep pen, how to bathe and shear sheep, how to show sheep properly, and how much work it takes to take care of them at the fair.

I loved every step along the way with this project. Even though my ewe wasn’t the top sheep at either fair, I love her and wouldn’t trade her for anything.

After the Overbrook Fair, we took my ewe to a breeder, so next spring, if everything goes as planned, my flock will double! I can’t wait for what this next year in the sheep project has in store for me, and I look forward to the next generation of lambs I will have.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!

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