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adv feeder class 2021
June 22, 2021

Eleven 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 21 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood.  Animals were weighed and ultrasound scanned, and the youth worked with ISU Extension and Outreach staff and feed industry representatives to calculate their total cost of production.  They used their actual feed fed with fixed costs for many feed ingredients, yardage, chute costs, feeder prices, and their actual costs for any additional costs.  The youth were then interviewed by a judge while the carcass results of their calves were calculated.  The judge placed the youth based on their knowledge and interview skills, their cost of production, calf performance, visual conformation of the cattle and market readiness.  A showcase was then held to exhibit their animals for the audience with the participants explaining the performance and costs for their project, and the judge sharing his comments and thoughts.

May 21, 2021

During May Clayton County schools participated in Iowa’s Dairy Story at the NICC Dairy Center in Calmar. MFL Mar Mac second graders visited on May 7 and the third-grade class went on May 18. Central fifth graders participated on May 20. Clayton Ridge schools did the program virtually this year. The Dairy Center combines a working dairy farm with teaching, research and hand-on learning.

May 13, 2021

The ISU Extension and Outreach held their annual Safety Day on May 5, 2021 at the Clayton County Fairgrounds.  Around 215 Fourth and Fifth grade students from MFL Mar Mac, Clayton Ridge, Central, and Ed-Co attended the event. It takes many volunteers from local business and organizations to give presentations on a variety of topics to make this day happen.  Presentations were given by the following presenters: Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County with Alcohol and Tobacco,  Clayton County Conservation with Firearm and water safety, Monona Fire Department with Fire safety, USDA Clayton County FSA with Farm safety, Allamakee Clayton REC with Electrical safety, Three Rivers FSA with Propane safety, Alpine Communications with Internet safety, Mueller family with Animal safety, Central Community School District FFA members,  and the Clayton County Community Collaboration Council with Food safety. The students had fun while learning to stay away from dangerous and harmful situations and what to do if you are in a situation.

21 goat weigh in
May 3, 2021

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 56 lambs and 54 meat goats at the weigh-in held May 1 at the fairgrounds in National.  These lambs and meat goats are now eligible to compete in the market show at the Clayton County Fair on August 7, 2021.   Daily rate-of-gain will be determined on the lambs and goats.  This will be used in the evaluation of the project by the judge at the fair. 

senior division
June 10, 2020

Twenty-one 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 8 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood.  Animals were weighed and ultrasound scanned, and the youth worked with ISU Extension and Outreach staff and feed industry representatives to calculate their total cost of production. Many exhibitors in the 4-H & FFA market beef show see only the show ring aspect of beef production, not the real-world aspects of feeding cattle for today’s marketplace.  The Advanced Cattle Feeder Class focuses more on the real-world aspects of feeding to a target market, focusing on the cost of production, and meat quality.

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Statewide Resources

  • The Iowa Pork Industry Center promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintains Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthens rural development efforts.

  • Your link to Grazing News, Iowa Horse Show Judges and resources related to equine management.

  • Bringing the benefits of veterinary medicine to society by promoting animal welfare and public health through the on-going education of veterinarians and the dissemination of animal health production, food safety and animal welfare information to veterinarians, livestock producers, consumers, and related clientele.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources for farm business decision makers.

  • Our dairy team works to enhance dairy profits and overall quality of life for dairies in Iowa.

  • The Iowa Beef Center works to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa's beef industry.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program supports value-added agriculture enterprises, businesses and regional food systems through research, education and community engagement.

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