4-H livestock projects provide a unique educational experience for youth. While there are many valuable life skills to gain through such projects, basic animal care and management are the most important. With any livestock project, youth are responsible for providing proper healthcare and nutrition to their animal, the same as a livestock producer with hundreds of animals. Many of our 4-H youth are currently raising steer, heifer, swine, wether, pullet and rabbit market projects for the Flagler County Fair and Youth Show and Sale in April.
All animals are judged on their overall market value in any market livestock show. A professional can tell if an animal was raised with quality healthcare and nutrition by the visual appearance of the live animal. Youth who spend several years in livestock projects should have a more in-depth understanding of what goes into raising and caring for a quality market animal.
On Jan. 3, Jerry Mullins from Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health held a workshop on proper animal nutrition for Flagler County 4-H youth with beef and swine projects. Raising a quality market animal can be tricky, so our exhibitors need to be educated on best management practices at different stages throughout their project to present the most marketable product for the buyer/consumer.
If you are interested in working with our youth development programs, UF/IFAS Extension Flagler County is searching for a part-time Extension Program Assistant. This individual will perform specialized work assisting with various 4-H programs, events, and activities. The job is posted through the Flagler County Government Jobs website and will be available until January 20, 2022. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Bailea Gnann at [email protected] or 386-437-7464.
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