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Animal Systems

Poultry Predator Protection and Housing will teach participants to recognize the most common aerial and ground predators of backyard birds and how to construct proper housing to prevent predators from gaining access to the backyard flock.

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4-H Livestock Quality Assurance for youth producers will increase food safety awareness by educating youth producers of their role in this process and the importance of raising their livestock in an appropriate manner.

Target Audience(s):

4-H youth livestock exhibitors and their families

Objectives:

Participants will learn how to:

Beef Advocacy will empower producers to engage in conversations with consumers about the health and safety of beef in a balanced diet.

Target Audience(s):

Beef cattle producers and beef consumers

Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  • About the differences among production methods and beef choices,
  • About the safety protocols of
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Beef Cattle Basics is a hands-on learning opportunity that covers general basics of beef production for “new” farmers and/or youth.

Target Audience(s):

Participants who are new to beef production

Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  • How to determine breeding objectives for cow herds,
  • How to build adequate fences and working
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Beef Quality Assurance will raise consumer confidence in the food supply through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

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Choosing a Flock of Backyard Poultry is a program for anyone with an interest in starting a backyard poultry flock, including young people involved with 4-H /FFA. It will provide participants with information on types of poultry and the purpose they serve (e.g. egg production, meat, a combination, or companion), as well as choosing the correct birds and the appropriate flock size to...Read more

The purpose of the Dixie National Junior Round-Up Livestock Shows and Contests is to educate Extension Agents who will in turn train 4-H youth, parents, volunteers, and others as to what types of livestock shows and educational contests are offered during the Dixie National Junior Round-Up for the youth to show their achievement with their livestock project animals and to provide a platform...Read more

Farm Animal Welfare Training will provide participants with a basic understanding of farm animal welfare, animal handling, best management practices, and Mississippi laws that pertain to farm animals.

Target Audience(s):

Members of a community who would report or receive reports of farm animal abuse or neglect

Objectives:

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Grass Fed Beef provides educational information to beef producers to aid in their production of a high quality grass-fed beef product that is currently in demand by local consumers.

Target Audience(s):

Beef cattle producers

Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Be introduced to a value-added market for cattle;
  • Connect with an informed,
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Master Cattle Producer will provide comprehensive training in 8 major areas for beef cattle producers who would like to expand their knowledge base.

Target Audience(s):

Mississippi beef cattle producers

Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  • How to determine cattle nutrient needs and forages and supplements that best fit their herd,
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The Mississippi 4-H Horse Championship will educate 4-H youth, parents, volunteers, and others as to the variety of horse show classes offered, as well as educational contest opportunities for the youth to show their achievement with their horse project and to provide a platform on which youth are allowed to display their project knowledge in equine educational contests.

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The Mississippi State Fair Livestock Shows and Contests will educate 4-H youth, parents, volunteers, and others as to what types of livestock shows and educational contests are offered during the Mississippi State Fair for the youth to show their achievement with their livestock project animals and to provide a platform on which youth are allowed to display their project knowledge in...Read more

The Mississippi StockShow Pro: Livestock Marketing Strategies for Youth will teach youth how oral communication skills, proper writing ability, and creative thinking are important in marketing livestock.

Target Audience(s):

4-H members who are interested in Animal Science

Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Participate in activities outside of the
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Poultry Biosecurity will assist small poultry producers that are typically not aware of common and reportable poultry diseases, which can have a severe impact on their flocks and on the Mississippi Poultry industry.

Target Audience(s):

Poultry hobbyists, 4-H and FFA students, and backyard and small scale poultry producers

Objectives:

Participants will:...Read more

Poultry Diseases will provide information on the most common diseases that may affect backyard birds, symptoms, how they are spread, treatment methods, and prevention techniques.

Target Audience(s):

Anyone with an interest in poultry (e.g., poultry hobbyist and poultry producers), including children and youth involved with 4-H/FFA

Objectives:

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Poultry Hatch-out is a program for 4-H''ers in grades K-1 that will teach children the importance of the poultry industry and its significance in food production. It includes a week-long project with a science-based curriculum focused on the egg-hatching process and poultry. For more information contact Jessica Benoit Wells at: j.wells@msstate....Read more

Poultry Nutrition will focus on the composition of a balanced diet for backyard flocks and why a balanced diet is important to meat-type, egg-type, and dual purpose birds.

Target Audience(s):

Any individual with a backyard flock or youth with a 4-H/FFA project (including 4-H Cloverbuds)

Objectives:

Participants will:

Poultry Production Basic Overview will provide an overview of the basics of poultry production and keeping a backyard flock of chickens.

Target Audience(s):

Individuals with an interest in keeping backyard poultry (suitable for individuals living in the city or country) and 4-Hers and FFA students

Objectives:

Participants will learn:

Safety Awareness with Equine will educate participants on general safety around horses and presents research-related data and information concerning helmet safety when horseback riding. This program is for equine enthusiasts and horseback riders. Participants will learn about the potential hazards and related safety issues with working with horses, and how to make decisions on safe practices...Read more

FAMACHA training will educate small ruminant producers about parasite and forage management.

Target Audience(s):

Small ruminant producers

Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Learn about the use of FAMACHA system,
  • Increase knowledge of forage management for small ruminant production, and
  • Increase knowledge of parasite control
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