Washington State University Extension and Departments of Animal Sciences are excited to announce the first WSU PORK 300 short-course will be offered June 21-22, 2013 at the WSU Department of Animal Sciences on the Pullman Campus. This course will be held immediately prior to the 2013 Annual WAAE Summer Conference for Washington Ag Teachers, which begins June 23 in Spokane.
WSU PORK 300 is a two-day, hands-on workshop designed for progressive individuals involved with the swine industry. This course will also be an excellent educational opportunity for agriculture instructors who teach animal science classes; coach Livestock Evaluation and/or Meats Evaluation CDEs, are directly involved in the swine industry or advise FFA youth who raise show pigs.
Information & Registration Flyer (PDF) or contact:
Market Livestock Health Forms
Remember to take a Market Livestock Health Form with you when you PURCHASE your animal! That way you won't have to track down the person who sold you your animal right before Fair!
10/22/12 - From Tom Platt
Two companies that offer livestock and horse mortality insurance for project animals in the LIncoln-Adams WA area are: The Hartford and Country Mutual Insurance Company. Grange Insurance no longer offers relatively inexpensive policies for project animals. If you know of other mortality insurance options for project animals, available to Lincoln-Adams WA residents, please contact Tom Platt (509) 725-4171 so that he can pass the information along to the 4-H community.
Please note: Reference to commercial services, non-4-H activities, products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by WSU Extension or 4-H is implied. This information is for your convenience only. There are links to external sites which are not managed by WSU Extension. Furthermore, WSU Extension does not review, control or take responsibility for the content of these sites, nor do these sites implicitly or explicitly represent official positions and policies of WSU Extension.
Insurance application packets will be sent to Lincoln & Adams Co. WA head club leaders and family 4-H leaders who have livestock or horse project members as soon as they enroll for the 2013 year. We have a limited supply of these packets. Lincoln and Adams Co. 4-H leaders can contact the insurance companies direct or let Tom Platt or Karen Robertson know if you need the information before your enrollment is in.
Even though fair season is over - it's still important to be aware of swine flu and appropriate precautions. MORE
August 1, 2012
USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) will initiate new drug residue testing methods on livestock presented for slaughter beginning this week.
The new testing methods allow FSIS to test for a wider variety of pharmaceuticals and other compounds used in livestock production and to do it more quickly and more accurately. FSIS inspectors are required to take random residue tests at the packing plant, and they also have the authority to target specific groups of livestock from certain farms or fairs that have a history of, or higher likelihood violative residues (chemical residue in meat that violate the law) than other livestock.
Although residue testing normally applies to animals slaughtered in Federally inspected plants, the law requires all livestock producers to employ proper use of animal pharmaceuticals and compounds and to observe withdrawal times specified on the product label whether or not the animals will be slaughtered under federal inspection or in custom plants that are not federally inspected.
Click on this article from WSU Director of Veterinary Extension, Dr. Dale Moore, gives more information on this topic. 4-H'ers who participate in a Pork Quality Assurance workshop (teaching materials are online here and here) or Dr. Moore's 4-H Quality Assurance module, also online, will better understand the violative drug residue issue and why it is so important to the livestock industry and the public's perception of the healthfulness of meat.
Dedicating a 4-H meeting or two to this topic is a great idea.
Livestock & Feed Prices
With the current high purchase prices for livestock as well as high feed prices, 4-H members, parents and leaders may need a little help to evaluate the economics of 4-H and FFA market livestock projects. Tom Platt has developed a "Market Livestock Calculator." It should be used as a planning tool prior to beginning the project, and again to evaluate the project after it is completed.
Does What We Feed Cattle Have an Effect on 0157 Shedding?
Presenter, David Smith, DVM, PhD, Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has studied the relationship of feedlot cattle and E coli O157:H7 shedding. He focuses this presentation on the role that cattle diet may or may not affect shedding rates in cattle and debunks some myths about the role of grain feeding.
Part of a series of WSU Extension Videos from the CAHNRS You Tube Channel
Interactive power point presentation, created by Dale Moore, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Washington State University, with audio voice over. Highlighted are some of the more common ‘mistakes’ that are made that can lead to meat and milk residues.
Housing Environments Module: “Providing clean and comfortable environments to optimize livestock health and well being.”
The latest newsletter from the WSU Extension Washington Animal Agriculture Team posted on-ine ist the Winter 2013 Quarterly Newsletter.
Topics covered in the spring newsletter include: Feeding Consideration for Livestock Owners, Feeding the Pregnant Cow for Optimal Calf Health, The Importance of Alfalfa and Alfalfa Variety Testing, and more.
Tom Platt has designed a calculator to help youngsters and their families evaluate the economics of 4-H and FFA market livestock projects is available. It should be used as a planning tool prior to beginning the project, and again to evaluate the project after it is completed. CLICK HERE
If you have questions about the calcualtor, contact Tom
Longer Article by Sara M Smith
As we all are aware the basic costs of living has increased significantly in the past few years and many individuals have also faced difficult economic times during this time. The cost to raise agriculture commodities (corn, hay, potatoes, wheat, cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats) has also risen significantly in the past few years as equipment purchases/upkeep, feed, and fuel prices continue to rise. With these increased prices and depressed livestock prices, producers are experiencing a very tight profit margin and profit losses in the livestock industry.
So what does that mean for youth looking forward to being involved in a market animal project —It means two (2) things: 1) Youth and their parents cannot expect to pay the same amount for a project animal, feed, equipment, etc. as you paid 20 years ago, 2 years ago, or even a year ago. The cost to produce those product, be it a animal, feed, or equipment, has increased—so expect to pay more for them; and 2) Youth need to set down with their parents, leaders, and/or advisors and identify their resources, goals and production/show alternatives for being involved with a 4-H/FFA market animal project. Both youth and parents need to develop a plan for purchasing and raising a market animal that fits into their budget.
I don’t want to be accused of saying that the only reason to take a 4-H/FFA project animal is to make money—there are many important life skills that can be developed/learned from raising a food animal—responsibility, leadership, compassion, etc. However, in addition to these life skills, sound financial decision making is a critical life skill youth need to develop for future economic and personal success and satisfaction. Today, U.S. consumer debt is at an all time high and delinquency on credit card debt in American is at shocking rates.
For these reason—I challenge parents, exhibitors, and leaders\advisors to evaluate and review economic goals and financial losses or gains. Tom Platt, WSU Extension Educator from the Lincoln/Adams/Spokane Area, has developed an Excel spreadsheet youth can use to calculate expected expenses and income. The electronic publication, Youth Market Livestock Profit Calculator, is designed to help youth livestock producers and their families evaluate the economics of 4-H and FFA market livestock projects. It should be used as a planning tool prior to beginning the project and again to evaluate the project after it is completed. Even if parents or another person purchases feed or parts of the projects, calculate those expenses against your income. In addition, calculate what your animal was “really” worth using the “true market value” (the turned or floor value)—that is the price most of our livestock producers are receiving for the animals they are producing to feed the world. This will help everyone recognize the real world value of food animals and of the “generous gift” you are receiving when you sell your animal through the 4-H/FFA program.
There is a Quality Assurance Module! It introduces the subject of quality assurance and why it is important for youth to meet quality assurance standards while raising 4-H livestock. Youth who raise livestock take on a producer role in the food supply continuum which includes the responsibility of providing safe and wholesome products for consumers. This module is a great way to learn about quality assurance while motivating leaders to equip youth livestock producers!
The Disease Prevention Module covers bio-security practices and how they can be used to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading diseases while raising 4-H livestock. It is a great way to learn disease prevention while providing you with inspiration and teaching ideas so you can bring these concepts to youth in your county! If you have no or slow internet access, this module is also on a DVD that Lincoln-Adams volunteers can check out by contacting Karen or call 659-3209 or 725-4171.
For these training modules and more resources: http://vetextension.wsu.edu/programs/4-H/index.htm
Market Livestock Health Issues
The WSU Veterinary Medicine Extension site is a good place to visit for up to date information related to ag. animal health.
Issues of the Livestock Roundup , published by WSU's Washington Animal Ag Team, is available online at http://www.animalag.wsu.edu/newsletters/index.html
This electronic newsletter is published by the Central Washington Animal Agriculture Team, comprised of Washington State University Extension educators in the fields of animal science, range management, agronomy, and entomology.
Don't wait till Fair Time to fill out your QA Marktet Health Form!! Take a blank form with you when your PURCHASE your animal!
The Market Animal Health Record Forms, revised in 2008, satisfy most Fair Livestock Sale QA Health Record and.Country of Origin Labeling, (COOL) record requiements
In order to provide an Affidavit of Country of Origin, 4-H’ers should do the following:
4-H’ers who raise their own meat animals
should originate the Affidavit of Country of
Take precaustions to prevent the spread of swine flu MORE
Livestock Judging Contest results for registered participants may be used as one of the qualifying shows for State 4-H Fair Lincoln or Adams Co. Judging contest qualification.
Fair Livestock Judging Contest Teams
Click HERE for more Fair Info
8/7/07 - Sarah M. Smith
Some of the stress factors that can compromise an animal’s health and the ability to maintain health are: travel, confinement, temperature/humidity changes, nutritional changes (both diet and water supply), contact with animals and other pathogen (disease) challenges, activity requirements (transportation, grooming, and showing), and excessive handling by outside individuals.
Win a 4-H pencil! e-mail Karen if you read this!
Lincoln-Adams 4-H'ers please note: Single species judging contests are great opportunities to practice judging & decision making skills. However, to qualify for State Fair Livestock Judging - contests must include beef, sheep AND swine. The extension office must receive complete results from Judging Contests to be counted towards qualification for State Fair. More Info
Because the tutorials are short video clips, a high speed internet connection is necessary to view them. DSL, wireless, or satellite connection should work fine, but dial-up connections will not. If you don't have a high speed internet connection at home, try the school, library, or a friend in town.
Elite Livestock Judging was kind enough to let our entire Lincoln-Adams-Spokane area 4-H livestock program register for a single subscription fee. So that this courtesy is not abused, I ask that all of you to do your best to keep the login credentials within our two counties. Log-in information was sent to the Lincoln-Adams 4-H Listserve. If you did not receive, and are an enrolled Lincoln or Adams 4-H member or leader, contact Karen Robertson for the Login email and password.
We hope you enjoy Elite Livestock Judging. Let us hear from you about your experience with the web site.
4/18/12 Additonal Livestock Judging Resources
Here is a list of additional Livestock Judging Resources.
Use this revised publication at a livestock
project meeting: Make
a Rope Halter (pdf)
Susan R. Kerr, DVM, PhD
Feed Cost Impacts 4-H/FFA Livestock Projects
Click HERE for Article has good information, even though it was written a couple of years ago.
Sheep, Swine, Goat, Horse References
Info for 4-H/Youth Producers:
4-H On-line Animal Project Videos
Jefferson County 4-H posts short video and audio clips on their web site. If you have high speed internet, click over to this page for their collection of media related to 4-H animal projects:
- Judging beef heifers
- Judging meat goats
- Insights on the 4-H horse project from a judge
- More! To see more Jefferson County 4-H web media, go to their home page at:
The Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is encourages all
livestock producers, including small farms and youth producers, to
register their premise as part of the voluntary National Animal Identification
System (NAIS). Click HERE For
for more information.
Animal Disease Traceability
On February 5, 2010, USDA announced a new, flexible framework for animal disease traceability in the United States.
The framework will provide the basic tenets of an improved animal disease traceability capability in the United States.
Taking your animal off the farm?
Taking your animal to a workshop, clinic, or show, may be a good way to get hands-on practice prior to a fair. And the fair experience, may be one of your primary goals. However, there are Health Risks. The commingling of animals of different species, breeds, and ages, from multiple premises and herd management backgrounds creates an environment for potential exposure and spread of animal diseases. Responsible animal owners need to implement practices before, during, and after clinics, fairs, & sales to protect their animals. Check with your leader or veterinarian for advice on taking YOUR specific animal(s) to events.
Please review the WSDA- BioSecurity Checklist for Livestock Exhibitors.
Washington 4-H Program Policy
Washington State University Extension revised and
4-H Program Policy, publication EM0758 in July 2008. This
publication outlines Washington 4-H program and mission and also
defines the procedureand policy for membership, organization of
4-H clubs, types of enrollment, volunteer staff, activity and events
requirements, animal management and ownership, safety, and relationship
with other organizations. This is an excellent publication to have
on hand to answer questions pertaining to enrollment
eligibility, fund raising requirements,
and equirements concerning the management
and ownership of livestock. Please discard
old versions of this publication and take time to review
this updated version.
Feathers & Fun Poultry Clinic
files below are PDF. Some are Word.
Others are Web-Links.
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Co. Fair - Othello -
Columbia Basin Jr. Livestock Show
Note: Last Revision - 2008. Check with the specific show, fair, or sale committee for form requirements.
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