Beef Blast

Beef and Equine Blasts

4-H Agriculture and Natural Resources programs work to engage youth through hands-on experiences that connect to their lives and respond to their interests. 4-H programs use hands-on activities in animal science, agronomy, and the environment to teach problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, and inspire young people to explore career opportunities in agriculture.

December 2, 2023

Location: Iowa State University Hansen Ag Student Learning Center in Ames, IA
Grades: 7th-12th
Cost: $40 - includes lunch
*Financial assistance available for youth registration fees.

Registration closed.

Beef and Equine Blasts are programs for 7th-12th grade students interested in beef cattle production or horses. The program focuses on real-world topics that impact the beef and equine industry and youth producers. Students do not have to be enrolled in 4-H or own beef cattle or equine.

Feedlot fundamentals is the theme of Beef Blast and will cover nutrition, selection, welfare, and marketing of beef cattle. The equine blast theme is Horse Ownership 101 and includes programs on nutrition, welfare, and tack.

What to Expect

Youth Reflection

“#1 reason cows are culled is because they won’t rebreed.”

“You can fit the whole repro tract in the bladder.”

“How API connects with stayability, docility and reproduction.”

“Sperm must have 30% motility to be viable.”

“Feed is the most expensive part of raising cattle.”

Amy Powell

apowell@iastate.edu