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Youth From Nine Counties Participate In Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza

February 15, 2019
Emmetsburg News

Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg was a busy place on Saturday Feb. 2. There were 33 youth from nine counties represented including Emmet, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Clay, Ida, Sac, Plymouth, and Winneshiek for the Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza.

All participants and adults attended four educational sessions throughout the day.

Dr. Grant Dewell, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Dan Berkland from the Sibley Vet Clinic, taught the session "Calving Simulator".

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GRILL MASTER -- Mackenzie Berkland is learning how to grill the perfect steak using a thermometer to get to her preferred doneness.

Dr. Dewell brought "Frosty the Cow", which is a calving simulator, with him from Iowa State University in Ames.

Dr. Berkland and Dr Dewell taught youth the proper way to pull a calf when a cow (the mother) cannot have it on her own. They also taught youth what hormones in a female cow stimulation the birthing process.

Youth participants actually practiced pulling a calf from a cow using the calving simulator.

Mark Jensen, ILCC Beef Instructor and Beth Doran, a Beef Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, taught the session, "How do you Score?". They taught youth about body, teat, and foot condition in beef cattle. Youth learned how to score those three traits and what the ideal score is for each trait in a herd.

Tammy Chapman. Dietitian for the Palo Alto County Hospital taught the youth participants a session titled "Beefing Up". Youth learned about safe storing, cooking, and temping beef while preparing a beef recipe-English Muffin Cheeseburger Pizzas or Quick Beef Fajitas with Pico De Gallo.

Mike Anderson, 4-H Livestock Specialist, and Lisa Berkland, 4-H Youth Specialist, taught the youth participants the session "You Be the Judge". Youth learned the fundamentals of livestock judging, specifically beef cattle. They learned how to evaluate differences and compare traits of several animals in order to select the best animal based on personal preferences.

The Palo Alto County Cattleman members, Bryon Hoffman and Eugene Ruppert grilled up some beef burgers for the youth at noon, along with some chips, baked beans, cookie, and a pop all provided by Iowa Lakes Community College.

Thank you to the other sponsors who helped provide this learning experience to the local youth: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Lakes Community College, Farm Credit Services of America, Palo Alto and Emmet County's Cattlemen, Grove Trucking, Ltd., and Hohensee Farms.



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