Youth Gain Hands-On Skills in Livestock Management

By Kelsey Holcomb, Cowley County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

Youth gain skills in evaluating feedstuffs and calculating average daily gain of livestock projects at the KSU Youth Quality Assurance Training held June 9 at the Winfield Livestock Auction.

Youth gain skills in evaluating feedstuffs and calculating average daily gain of livestock projects at the KSU Youth Quality Assurance Training held June 9 at the Winfield Livestock Auction.

K-State Research and Extension Cowley County and the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University partnered to offer Youth Livestock Quality Assurance Training June 9, 2014. Hosted at the Winfield Livestock Auction, 34 4-H youth from Cowley, Sumner and Harper counties attended.

The day began with an address from Leslie Brazle of Winfield Livestock Auction about the local livestock industry and market. Participants gained skills and knowledge to help them make sound management decisions in the area of their livestock projects, specifically with beef and pork.

Dr. Tiffany Lee and Dr. Dave Rethorst of the Beef Cattle Institute facilitated lessons in proper injection techniques, administering livestock medications, developing a veterinary/client/patient relationship and attention to withdrawal times. Extension Agents Jill Zimmerman and Kelsey Holcomb along with intern, Sarah Tatum provided skills in animal identification, reading feed tags, mixing feed, livestock handling facilities and transportation. The capnote address was given by Dr. Rethorst addressing the importance of providing a quality protein product to the consumer and insuring the safety and viability of the livestock meat industry.

At the day’s conclusion, the youth were certified in Beef Quality Assurance and Youth Pork Quality Assurance. The workshop was offered to youth participants free of charge.

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