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Shelby Terra: Today, 4-H; Tomorrow, Veterinary Science

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Shelby Terra, a resident of Lodi and a senior at Ripon Christian Schools, started raising chickens when she was six years old. “That’s when I got my first chicks, and they laid their first egg on Saint Patrick’s Day. My mom surprised me with them and I don’t think she realized what she started! I started showing chickens my sophomore year, taking first in showmanship, advancing to round robin showmanship, taking first place there as well. I have shown turkeys in the past and really enjoyed that too.”

A few years later, at the age of nine, she became involved in 4-H. “I began showing turkeys for three years, then moved my focus to rabbits and goats. Just recently, when my dad retired, I asked if he would be willing to restart the poultry project with Alpine Victor 4-H. He agreed and I currently have one 4-H’er, Haylee, as my mentee. I help with 4-H but also show for FFA.” At Agfest 2023, Shelby took home the best of show award for her Belgium De’cule rooster. “I genuinely enjoy seeing Haylee succeed and can see the future is great for her in agriculture. Love taking her under my wing!” she quipped.

Shelby describes the ways being involved in 4-H and FFA have changed her life. “As a Christian, I’m called to serve and this is one way I have found I love to serve! It’s something I love and can pass on to kids that opens up so many opportunities for them. I have found that I love teaching others and love to learn along the way. It’s truly eye-opening seeing your hard work pay off and I thank God for all the possibilities He has given me.”

Shelby has a strong plan laid out for her life. “I have been around animals my whole life and enjoy working with them. It’s my goal to become a veterinarian. I plan on pursuing this goal after serving in the National Guard.”