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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 19, 2014

4-H’ers trained on good production practices

Feb 26, 2013
Photo by: Washington County 4-H 4-H’ers lined up to see a variety of feed samples. They identified them as energy or protein sources and discussed what ruminant animals (multiple-part stomachs) or monogastric (one-part stomach) animals would digest properly. Byron Leu, ISU Extension beef specialist, delivered the feed and feed additives lessons.

Seventeen million pounds of meat are produced by Iowa 4-H’ers each year. They are significant contributors to the food industry. As a 4-H food producer, it is important they follow good production practices which lead to healthy animals which leads to safe food for consumers.

Washington County 4-H requires all members who show livestock that may enter the food chain to participate in a Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) training. Saturday, Feb. 23, these FSQA sessions were led by Tom Miller, ISU swine specialist; Byron Leu, ISU livestock specialist; and Gene Mohling, ISU Region 15 director. Over 110 members attended the sessions focusing biosecurity issues, feed types, proper feed additives and ethical practices.

Washington County junior 4-H’ers who still need to be trained can participate in a second FSQA training on March 11 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office. Intermediates and seniors may take the recertification test at the Washington Extension Office by appointment. For more information regarding FSQA or getting involved with 4-H program in Washington County, please contact the Extension Office at 319-653-4811.

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