4H Members Learning Showing Livestock Skills

first_imgThe next generation of farmers are learning the finer points of livestock showmanship and herd management. Seventy 4-H members from across the Atlantic provinces are taking part in the 22nd annual Eastern Breeders Incorporated (EBI) Showcase where they will learn livestock skills and practice showmanship when they show animals to the public. “The 4-H program teaches the livestock management skills young people can use on the family farm or as leaders in the agricultural community,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “The EBI Showcase helps 4-H members learn the resourcefulness, responsibility and work ethic needed for the next generation of dairy farmers and beef producers.” Department of Agriculture 4-H co-ordinators and EBI experts will teach 4-H members the latest techniques in showing beef and dairy cattle, livestock judging, clipping, marketing, showmanship, display design, milk record keeping and herd health and management. The event is taking place at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill on June 26-28. After two days for training, 4-H members will show their calves at the beef and dairy show Tuesday, June 28, at 9:30 a.m. Awards will be presented for showmanship, animal form conformation and for excellence in session work. Dale MacPhee, EBI’s Atlantic area manager, said the showcase is an opportunity for 4-H members to apply their motto of learning to do by doing. “We have seen many people have very successful careers in agriculture and other related fields after taking part in the showcase,” said Mr. MacPhee. “We are fortunate to have some past members come back and work with us as team leaders, judges and assistants. By inviting successful individuals back, they provide great role models for the new or younger members.” 4-H members who are 14 years of age and have at least two years experience with dairy and beef projects can take part in the showcase. “We could not put on this event without the generous support of Nova Scotia 4-H, event leaders and sponsors. Their expertise and commitment to 4-H continues to be critical to the growth and ongoing success of the EBI Showcase,” said Paul Stewart, EBI’s supervisor of genetic programs and communications. “Youth programs are a core focus for EBI and we are proud to host this event for our Atlantic breeders.”last_img read more