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Atlantic 4H Members Learn Livestock Skills at Showcase

first_imgFor the 20th year, Atlantic 4-H members will learn technical livestock skills at the Eastern Breeders Incorporated 4-H Showcase, June 23-25 at the Truro Agridome. After two intense days of training, members will compete for top honours with their calves at a public competition Thursday, June 25. The competition will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill. Experts from Eastern Breeders Inc. and 4-H specialists with the Department of Agriculture will teach 4-H members the finer points of show preparation. “We are immensely proud and fortunate that for 20 years we have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of rural youth in the Maritimes,” said Paul R. Stewart, communications and genetic programs supervisor, Eastern Breeders Inc. “4-H participants gain experiences and leadership skills that prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders.” Atlantic 4-H members who are older than 14 and have at least two years experience with 4-H dairy and beef projects are eligible to participate in the Showcase. Beef and dairy cattle show preparation, using genomic data to improve cattle genetic evaluations, livestock judging, the latest techniques in showmanship, herd management, display design and marketing are some of the skills 4-H members will be taught. “We are pleased that the Nova Scotia 4-H program and Eastern Breeders Inc. have partnered again to provide the most current knowledge for livestock production and training,” said Arthur Pick, acting manager, 4-H and Rural Organizations. “During the educational seminar, young people will learn the technical skills needed to be competitive in the agriculture industry, both locally and abroad.” Department of Agriculture 4-H staff provide organizational help for the showcase. The province’s 4-H program has provided youth and adults with an opportunity to develop leadership, sportsmanship, communication and technical and life skills in a family oriented atmosphere for more than 87 years. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/agri/4h/last_img

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