Beef cattle management is topic for 4-H field days

February 6, 2012

ONTARIO, Ore. – Beef cattle management is the topic for 4-H Field Days, an annual event sponsored by Oregon State University Extension and the University of Idaho Extension.

"What better way to reach the youth who are likely to be our beef producers of the future?" said Barbara Brody, an OSU 4-H agent. Beef cattle and calves were the highest grossing agricultural commodity in Malheur County in 2011, she pointed out.

This year, the event will take place at the Marsing High School agriculture department on March 10 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Last year, the field day drew 107 young people in grades 4 to12 and adults representing Malheur county and seven southwest counties in Idaho.

"During field days the young people expand their knowledge with hands-on training, such as how to calculate feed rations and rate of gain and how to ease the stress of halter breaking," Brody said.

Each year the topics change to allow for on-going learning. Many participants attend year after year. This year youth and adults will learn about careers related to the industry, such as rancher, veterinarian and nutritionist.

In past years one of the most popular stations demonstrated what happens during a necropsy (non-human autopsy). The vet truck tour is also well-attended.

For more information or to sign up for Field Days, contact Barbara Brody.

Author: Judy Scott
Source: Barbara Brody