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Advanced Learning Opportunities in the Livestock Project. Billy Zanolini Jason Cleere. We are not looking to replace the youth livestock project!. Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program August 2, 2012. Mission The Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador program strives to provide

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Mission

  • The Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador program strives to provide
  • high school aged 4-H members the opportunity to develop and
  • practice advanced leadership skills related to mentoring other youth,
  • and to become advocates for animal agriculture.
  • Objectives
  • Prepare youth to serve in leadership capacities in junior livestock
  • programs across Texas.
  • Prepare youth for the experience of the University setting, through intensive science based instruction and experiences.
  • Prepare and provide opportunities for youth to serve in advocacy
  • roles for animal agriculture, 4-H, and junior livestock programs.
  • Develop a heightened awareness of career opportunities in animal agriculture and advocacy.
background
Background

Problems

  • Livestock project clinics focused on novice families
  • Teenage Flight from the 4-H Program
  • Limited opportunities for advanced livestock production knowledge
  • Limited use of qualified young adults to assist with agricultural education
  • Need for a youth voice
  • Need for more activities that reflect the college experience
  • County Extension Agents need the help (Comal)
background pilot
Background-Pilot
  • July 14-16, 2008
  • Madison/Grimes County 4-H Livestock Ambassador

Short Course

    • Home Economics Building
    • (9) youth ages 11-15
    • Madison, Grimes and Walker
    • 3-day animal science workshop- 20 hours of instruction
    • Speakers: County agents, Extension livestock specialists, veterinarians and industry representatives
    • Introductory Animal Science-TAMU ANSC 107
    • Frozen Pig, cattle reproductive tracts and a donated sheep
  • (6) Completed the program
anatomy of the short course
Anatomy of the Short Course
  • What does it take to be a Livestock Ambassador?
    • 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding their livestock projects
    • Students with a profound interest in animal science and Livestock production
    • Students who have shown advanced leadership qualities and the a willingness to help others.
    • Good grades
  • Application process
    • Student must complete an application to their selected short course
    • *Student must be approved by the County Agent
    • Participant Fee $100
program
Program
  • Contribute 30 hours in a year
    • Service
      • Helping novice 4-H Families
      • Disseminating information
      • Actively engaging the public
      • Advocating for animal agriculture
    • Continued education
      • Livestock Camps
      • Short Courses
      • Distance learning
      • State Meetings
    • Accountability
      • Online reporting
future
Future
  • Increase educational contact with Ambassadors
    • Additional face-to-face courses
    • Distance education
    • Curriculum/support materials
    • State meetings/courses
  • Provide financial support for Ambassador’s

educational efforts

    • Travel to events or courses
    • Educational materials
    • Short courses
  • Increase staff
    • Add more county agent contribution
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Future
  • Increase educational contact with Ambassadors
    • Additional face-to-face courses
    • Distance education
    • Curriculum/support materials
    • State meetings/courses
  • Provide financial support for Ambassador’s educational efforts
    • Travel to events or courses
    • Educational materials
    • Short courses
  • Increase staff
    • Add more county agent help
so what
So what?
  • These are good young adults
    • They have always been here
    • They work for free
    • Families and communities made them who they are, we

capitalize on their raising

  • Release their energy
    • They are young, passionate, smart and hungry to accomplish big things
    • Invest their energy in preserving animal agriculture
    • “We should be” They are and have been
    • No sticker and not bake sale leadership
    • Why do they do it?
2013 short courses
2013 Short Courses
  • Texas A&M University
    • Limited to 25 students
    • July 15-18
    • Applications due June 22
    • Contact Billy Zanolini for information
  • Texas Tech University
    • Limited to 25 students
    • July 22-24
    • Applications due June 22
    • Contact Andy Hart for information
livestock judging
Livestock Judging
  • Major Livestock Show Contests
    • San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
      • February 16, 2013
    • San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
      • February 24, 2013
    • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
      • March 11, 2013
    • Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo
      • March 23, 2013
additional livestock show contests
Additional Livestock Show Contests
  • Agricultural Public Speaking
  • Beef Skillathon $$$
  • Sheep Skillathon $$$
  • Swine Skillathon $$$
  • Beef Quiz Bowl
  • HLSR Public Speaking $$$
san antonio skillathon contests
San Antonio Skillathon Contests
  • Entry Deadline – December 1, 2012
  • Contest Dates
    • Beef Skillathon – February 13, 2013
    • Sheep Skillathon – February 12, 2013
    • Swine Skillathon – February 6, 2013
commercial steer and heifer projects
Commercial Steer and Heifer Projects
  • More applied production practices
  • Winners selected upon:
    • Cattle Quality
    • Record books
    • Interview
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