Epping 9-year-old eager to show off his new calf
Nine-year-old Ryan Hoelzel refused to give up on his dream to enter a calf in 4-H shows this year after his first one got away, so the future farmer has now found himself a new calf, and soon he'll show him off at the Hopkinton and Deerfield fairs.
Ryan's first attempt at buying a calf didn't go so well. The Epping Elementary School fourth-grader saved up $350 to buy a 1-year-old Belted Galloway, but the steer he named Panda got spooked and ran away from the man who was delivering it to Ryan's family farm on Fremont Road in Epping last month.
"He has to keep weight measurements and make sure it's growing properly. It's a big responsibility and he has to do a lot of documentation," said Ryan's mother, Mary Hoelzel.
"I got a whole thing of brushes for Easter and I'm going to use them to brush him and we're going to try to give him a bath the next time we go over," said Ryan, who's working out a purchase agreement for the calf.
"I just feel more comfortable with Chewy," said Ryan, who named the calf Chewy because he likes to chew on his clothes.
His mother is impressed with how well the two are getting along.
After Ryan told his story of the wayward steer to the New Hampshire Union Leader and several TV news stations, generous donors gave him another $350 to add to his bank account. Ryan plans to use the money to buy a new halter, clippers, and pay for entry fees and other costs related to his new calf.