Aslene Tibbits

Age: 14
Parents: Tim and Charlene Tibbits
Hometown: Greenwood, Ark.
4-H Club: Project Fusion
Leader name: Marilin Branum

What is your 4-H project and what you like about it?
“I am raising and showing heifer named Bonnie Bell. I have had her on our 2 acres for two years and have kept track of all costs including feed, my feeding and watering schedules and when and how long I work with her on becoming used to a halter and show positions.
“If I had to run out of my house really quickly because of a crisis, I know I would grab my ribbons and the pictures of my animals first because being around them is my favorite thing to do.”

How did you get started with 4-H?
“My older sister, Autumn, is 20 and a sophomore in college at Connors State College where she is a member of the livestock show team. She was in 4-H and FFA when I was little so it was natural that I belong too. I have been showing for five years and won reserve champion in 2014 and grand champion in 2015 with Bonnie Bell at my local fair. I was really surprised how easy she was to work with the first time I put a halter on her, but maybe that’s because I had been around her a lot. She’s my baby girl. The best part of 4-H is getting to spend time with my heifer, raising and training her. Winning, of course, is always great.”

What do you do to help out on the farm?
“We usually have both cows and pigs. Right now we have six cows, but no pigs, though we will have pigs again next year. We also have a miniature horse. I take care of the daily chores with all of the animals but my dad does the medical stuff. Getting to spend time and be with the animals is probably the best part of living in the country although I also like how peaceful it is.”

What are your future plans?
“What I really want to do is own my own farm with cows, pigs and horses. I also want to become a veterinarian because taking care of animals is something I love.”


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