May 27, 2016, Broken Bow, NE – 120 youth in Custer County participated in an interactive training on Animal Quality Assurance Youth Training on Thursday, May 26 held at the Municipal Building in Broken Bow. The event was put on by Adams Land and Cattle and the Nebraska Extension in Custer County. Additional event sponsors were Merck Animal Health and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Extension Educator, Troy Walz taught the participants about correct production practices including establishing a herd or flock management plan, using antibiotics responsibly, identifying and tracking all treated animals, maintaining medication and treatment records, proper animal handling, and following appropriate feed mixing and diet developing procedures.
After supper, provided by Adams Land and Cattle, the participants had the opportunity to play “Youth AQA Family Feud”. Teams answered questions related to the best production practices for care of their animals.
“These young livestock producers need animal quality assurance training certification to show animals at fair. Along with the requirement for fair, we hope that the real-life examples and discussions held at the training provide them with knowledge that they can use as they continue to become the future of the industry,” said Amy Staples, Director of Regulatory and Compliance & Research and Development for ALCC.
“We hope that we can continue to hold this event in years to come. We've gotten great feedback from the youth participating as well as their parents and the community. This is an area that Adams Land and Cattle and its volunteers feel very strongly about and an event we look forward to,” said Staples.