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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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Advanced learning opportunities in the livestock project

  • 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


Future1
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