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News from the Black Hawk Nighthawks 4-H club

October 22, 2017
Kaylee Young - Reporter , Reinbeck Courier

On Sunday, October 8th, the Blackhawk Nighthawks 4-H Club met for a tour of Hansen's Dairy followed by a regular monthly meeting. Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy is located just outside of Hudson and our club enjoyed one of their hands-on tours. This was a guided tour that took us all through the process of getting milk from the farm to the table. We were able to see and feed the baby calves, see the milking parlor and milk a cow by hand. We rode the trolley around the farm and saw the cow barns and the creamery. We also were able to pet the kangaroos and the fainting goats. At the end of the farm tour, we returned to the tour center where we were able to make homemade butter that we spread on crackers to eat. Then we enjoyed a dish of Hansen's ice cream while we watched a video showing how the ice cream is made as well as how Hansen's processes and bottles the milk and makes cheese curds. Jeanne Hansen also shared with us nutrition information about milk and also how much sugar is in several other popular drinks.

After our tour, we held our regular October meeting. Desi Ruttman led the Pledge of Allegiance. Our roll call was "say your favorite ice cream flavor." Audrey Leyen filled in for secretary to give that report and Paul Brockett filled in for treasurer to give the treasurer's report. Our club has fair projects and pictures on the shelves at the Reinbeck library for the month of October. In other business, enrollment for the 4-H year is open and the county is offering great discounts if you enroll in October, so everyone was reminded to get that done. Glenda reported on the recent leader meeting noting that this year the focus on Health, the 4th H. We were reminded there is a photo workshop opportunity on Saturday, October 14th. We are again selling Younkers Community Day booklets as a club fundraiser. Mardel had them available to pick up at the meeting and we can contact her if we need more. We wished a happy birthday to our members with October birthdays Kinzee Hemann and Stella Heinzel. Finally, we had a short discussion about what 4-H projects are, especially for the newer members. We closed the business meeting with the 4-H pledge led by Kinzee Hemann..

Next, Audrey Leyen gave a presentation about showing dairy cows at the County and State Fairs. She talked about what you have to do get your cow ready to show and what judges look for in good showmanship skills. Then we made Christmas ornaments to use on our club's Miracle on Main Christmas tree which will be on display at Lincoln Savings Bank.

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Audrey Leyen giving a presentation about showing Dairy Cows.
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Our next monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, November 12th at 5:00 p.m. in the Reinbeck Elementary Library.



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