Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Clinton County 4-H Members Practice Quality Animal Management
Good production practices are essential in any Agricultural endeavor. Farmers across the nation depend on producing quality animals and crops in order to have a successful farm and business. This is also the philosophy Penn State Cooperative Extension instills in Pennsylvania 4-H members with Animal Science projects.
All 4-H members with any type of Animal Science project are required to take a Quality Animal Management class. The class focuses on a set of Good Production Practices that has been selected by Penn State Extension Staff. Each year, the program will focus on three of these Good Production Practices so that nine practices will be addressed by the end of a three year period. As a result, 4-H members gain life skills that will enable them to produce quality food and companions for consumers.
This year, members are learning very important skills for ensuring safe quality products. They are learning the importance of animal identification, tracking, record keeping, and how to properly label and store animal health products and medicated feed. Above all, members are learning that the welfare of their animals and their consumers should always take first priority.
This spring, trained 4-H volunteers have been teaching 4-H members about quality animal management. By the end of June, all 4-H members exhibiting animals at the 4-H Round Up at the Clinton County Fair will be trained in this area. When you see all the 4-H livestock and horse projects at the Clinton County Fair, you can rest assured that they have been raised using good production practices. You can also feel confident that these animals should yield the best products a consumer could ask for!