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North Central Iowa youth beef conference set

By Staff | Jan 12, 2015

IOWA FALLS – An educational program sponsored by Iowa State University Extension for North Central Iowa youth who want to learn more about beef production will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Ellsworth Community College Agriculture & Renewable Energy Center, south of Iowa Falls at 705 Ellsworth Ave.

A variety of interactive workshops and sessions are being planned for youth 4th grade through 12th grade who register for this event.

Topics this year will focus on the veterinarian medicine behind beef production including:

  • Zach Vosburg, DVM of the Hampton Vet Center, will train participants how to take some vitals on beef animals to determine their health.
  • Kevin Butt, instructor, Ellsworth Community College, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council will help youth learn some of the basics of giving injections to cattle.

Vosburg will also lead a session on recognizing the parts of a cow’s reproductive tract through palpation.

  • Iowa’s State Veterinarian, David Schmitt, DVM and State District Veterinarian Tim Smith, with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, along with Abbey Canon, a veterinarian with the Swine Medicine Education Center, ISU will educate participants on how disease spreads and what steps would be taken if a pandemic disease came to Iowa.

Youth will get to learn some meat science through an experiment with hamburger and learn cooking skills by creating their own tasty burger.

The veterinarians will be available over the lunch break to answer questions on how to prepare for veterinary school, what types of careers are available, and about their own jobs.

4-H youth who attend will be able to get their Food Safety Quality Assurance certification for the current year.

FSQA certification is a requirement for 4-H members that wish to exhibit livestock at the Iowa State Fair as well as most county and regional fairs.

Cost for youths to attend is $5 and a noon lunch will be provided.

Parents are welcome to stay. Participants are asked to pre-register by Jan. 17 at a county ISU Extension office.

Registration forms are available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/franklin For more information contact the Franklin County Extension office at (641) 456-4811.

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