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every farmer counts
September 14, 2020

The theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week 2020 is “Every Farmer Counts”.  The theme is to acknowledge, celebrate, and uplift America’s farmers and ranchers who have encountered many challenges over the past couple of years, yet continue to work hard to provide the food, fiber, and fuel that we need.  According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, there are about 3.4 million agricultural producers in America, which is only about one percent of our population.  These farmers and ranchers not only provide the essentials that we need, but they do wonderful things for their families and friends, their communities, and beyond.  That is why “Every Farmer Counts” and now is the time to prioritize their safety and health.

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.

livesrock
August 12, 2019

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members sold a total of $243,849 worth of livestock at the county fair auction on Monday, August 5, 2019.  The sale was under the direction of auctioneers, Jerry Maker, Strawberry Point, Mike Monroe, Postville and Mike Loecke, Manchester.  The average price of 75 head of market beef was $1.68 per pound.  The top selling market beef sold for $2.45/pound.   161 head of swine sold for an average price of $1.68 per pound. The top selling swine brought $3.70 per pound.   The high price paid for lambs was $2.80 per pound.   25 head of sheep averaged $2.17 per pound.  The high price paid for a meat goat was $5.10 per pound with 19 head of meat goats averaging $2.92 per pound.  In addition to the beef, hogs, and lambs, the exhibitors also sold meat rabbits and poultry at the county fair auction.  The highest price paid was $60.00 for a rabbit and the top poultry lot sold for $340.

Adv feeder class 2019
June 11, 2019

Fourteen 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 10 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.

sheep and meat goat
May 8, 2019

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 76 lambs and 46 meat goats at the weigh-in held May 4 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 2, 2019.  

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  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

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