The 2019 4-H Beef Symposium was held on February 23 in Saskatoon.
The day started with greeting from Cera Youngson, executive director of 4-H Saskatchewan. She also introduced the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association’s What’s Your Beef Trivia Contest for all 4-H members. This contest is for all 4-H members, no matter what project they are in. More details are available on the 4-H website.
After greeting and a quick icebreaker game, there were two presentations by students at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Vanessa Cowan, a PHD student, spoke first about the dangers of ergot in feed for cattle. She was followed by Kendra Elliot, a Veterinary Medicine student and former 4-H member, who spoke about the importance of vaccination.
Once the presentations were finished, Kendra played a couple rounds of bovine trivia with the 4-H members before a break for lunch.
After lunch, the 4-H members bundled up and headed out to the Livestock Forage Centre of Excellence to tour the facility and learn about the research happening by students. The 4-H members were all thrilled to see the livestock there and had the chance to touch some of the cattle.
After the tour ended and a group photo was taken, the 4-H members piled back into the vehicles to go back to the U of S, where they had a snack and filled out their evaluation forms.
4-H Saskatchewan would like to thank the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association for being a title sponsor for this event. This event would not be possible without their generous support.