9-Year-Old Praises Coyote Acres 4-H Experience –

Macy Meneice poses with Coal on the family farm south of High Prairie.

Chris Clegg
Southern Peace News

Never too young to learn and have fun!
That’s the best way to describe a High Prairie area girl’s first year at the Coyote Acres 4-H Club.
Macy Meneice, 9, lives on the family farm south of High Prairie in the Banana Belt region. Being around the family farm of just under 300 head of cattle [cow-calf and beef operation] piques her interest and love of animals, so it was only natural for her to join 4-H in the Market Steer Project program.
“I joined mainly for the experience of learning a lot more about livestock, she says.
“And I heard it was a lot of fun.”
That was the word passed to him by current members Carley Cox and Gillian Blackhurst.
“And we have the cows and all that,” she adds.
The “stuff” is not just the animals on the farm, but the experience the farm brings. Her father, Kevin, is a former 4-H member. Together with his grandfather, Doug, the family is highly respected in the area after being named Farm Family of the Year award winners.
Macy enjoyed his freshman year, especially attending shows like the Peace Prospect Beef Show at Valleyview and hanging out with other members; however, it always comes down to his love of animals. This year she is breeding Coal, a Black Angus Simmental cross.
“I love my steer’s ears,” Macy says. “His ears are really hairy!”
She named him Coal because of his black color and chose him from several farm animals.
“Coal was the biggest and he was really calm,” Macy says, which made training in showmanship and grooming a lot easier.
She enjoyed taking care of Coal.
“I learned how much he should eat, I do the rations and how to decrease or increase [feeding],” she says.
She is not too bothered by the 7:30 feedings because she already realizes that it is part of the care to be given to an animal.
She also enjoyed learning “veterinary” practices.
“We have to learn to listen to the heartbeat,” she says, and talks about preparing the needles.
“I know how to fill needles,” she says proudly.
But now is the time for Macy to part ways with Coal. It is difficult for some members to part with their animals as many consider them pets; however, Macy understood early on where beef comes from and the process of raising an animal for market.
“I don’t really want to sell him, I want to keep him as a pet,” she says.
“He’s like a big teddy bear.”
Coal was born in April 2021 and weighed 780 pounds in November. On May 12, he weighed 1,350 pounds.
Macy’s quickly recognizes and appreciates the time and effort its project managers and the entire 4-H executive devote to members. Ted Blackhurst directs the Beef Project. She realizes that without their dedication and leadership, the fun she has in 4-H would not exist.
Macy, who wishes all the 4-H members of the club good luck in whatever project they are in, is the daughter of Kevin and Ashley Meneice.
The Coyote Acres 4-H Achievement Day Show and Sale will be held Saturday, May 28 at the High Prairie Agriplex. The show starts at 1 p.m. followed by dinner and the sale. The day also includes Market Lamb projects as well as Market Steer projects.


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