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Animal Systems

Participants will learn 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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This 4-H project 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.

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Learn about the differences among production methods and beef choices, the safety protocols of getting beef from pasture to plate, how beef is a sustainable food source, and current issues facing the beef industry.

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This Basics program is a hands-on learning opportunity that covers general basics of beef production for “new” farmers and/or youth.

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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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This is a program for anyone with an interest in starting a backyard poultry flock, including young people involved with 4-H /FFA

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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 on which youth are allowed to display their project knowledge in educational contests.

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Participants will learn a basic understanding of farm animal welfare, animal handling, best management practices, and Mississippi laws that pertain to farm animals.

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This program 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.

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Mississippi beef cattle producers will receive comprehensive training in 8 major areas to expand their knowledge base.

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This program allows individuals to be educated in 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

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

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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.

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

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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

This event 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.

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This course provides a Basic Overview will provide an overview of the basics of poultry production and keeping a backyard flock of chickens.

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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.

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