Vail Valley Bizwatch: Kaylin Zilar’s 4-H animals
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business name: Kaylin Zilar’s 4-H projects.
Location: This year’s annual 4-H Livestock Auction Auction is July 31 at the Eagle River events center in Eagle.
Date opened: I started raising animals last year.
Owner: Kaylin Zilar.
Contact info: Call 970-328-1543.
What goods or services do you provide? Good quality pork, chicken and rabbit.
What’s new or exciting at your place? There is a live auction to sell 4-H livestock on Saturday, July 31. The barbecue is at noon. Sale starts at 1:30 p.m. Please come out and support 4-H.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? The animals have been grain-fed without hormones.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? My customers can expect:
• Better-quality meat.
• Support for local youth.
• Recognition of your business in newspaper ads following the sale.
• Advertising on next year’s sale poster.
• A color photo of you and your sale animal.
• A buyer’s banner and thank you letter from the 4-H’er.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I am 10 years old and have been involved in 4-H for three years. My first year, I showed my dog only. In the second year, I added clothing projects and pigs. In my third year, I have added chickens and rabbits, in addition to the pig.
I have learned a great deal in 4-H as I have to keep track of expense records, feeding records, weight gain, etc. It has also taught me to be responsible as I have many animals dependent on me. On a daily basis, I take care of, exercise, spend time with and feed my animals.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? The most humorous thing that has happened was seeing my pig run the first time. Pigs can run very fast, but not for very far.