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Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza

By Staff | Feb 13, 2018

The 2018 Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza was held on Saturday, Feb. 3rd at the Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. There were 70 youth represented from 11 counties. All participants and adults attended four educational sessions throughout the day.

Mark Jensen, ILCC Beef Instructor, taught the session “It’s Not a Shot in the Dark”. Mark taught youth about giving shots and the difference between IM and SubQ shots, using the proper syringes and needles, and the proper procedure for implanting cattle. Participants actually practiced giving shots on a real cow head/neck.

Judith LaBounty, an Emergency Management Veterinarian for IDALS, and Beth Doran, a Beef Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, taught the session “OUTBREAK!”. They taught youth about disease outbreaks and what to do if you have one on their farm. Using a display and a Foot and Mouth outbreak scenario they walked youth through the process of reporting and dealing with the outbreak.

Darcy Maulsby, a writer for Farm News, author, and speaker taught a session called “Telling It Like It Is”. She taught the youth how they could advocate for the beef industry by telling their stories about their beef animals and the special care and treatment they give to their animals.

Youth also attended a session titled “Your Bottom Line” taught by Al Patten and Jeremy Troug from Farm Credit Services of America. Youth learned some interesting facts and trends in the cattle industry and how all that financially affects your bottom line.

Thank you to the other sponsors who helped provide this learning experience to the local youth: Spencer Ag Center; United Bank of Iowa; Pro Cooperative; Jack Links; Grove Trucking, Ltd.; Farm Credit Services of America; Palo Alto County Farm Bureau; Aden Trucking Inc.; Palo Alto & Emmet County’s Cattlemen; Hohensee Farms; and StateLine Cooperative.