AMES, Iowa – A training session for livestock judging coaches will be held on April 20 at the Hansen Agriculture Learning Center in Ames. The training is coordinated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State Animal Science Department, and is designed for adults who are interested in learning how to coach a youth livestock judging team or want to improve their livestock coaching skills.
Topics covered during the training include teaching oral reasons, getting the most out of practice, recruiting youth, evaluation tools and terminology. Agriculture teachers, 4-H youth educators, volunteer leaders, producers and other interested individuals are welcome to attend.
“Whether you have been coaching livestock judging teams for years or have never coached a team, this training will help you improve or develop important skills and provide innovative teaching tools for helping young people become successful evaluators,” said Amy Powell, youth animal sciences STEM specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Event instructors include Chris Cassady, lecturer in animal science and Iowa State livestock judging team coach; Will Taylor, graduate student in animal science and Iowa State livestock judging team assistant coach; members of the Iowa State livestock judging team; and Powell.
Cost to attend the training is $30 and includes lunch and training materials. Additional event information and registration can be found online (www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/livestock-judging). Contact Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.