Adams Land and Cattle partners with Nebraska Extension in Custer County to hold tenth year of training for area youth
Adams Land and Cattle (ALCC) is once again partnering with Nebraska Extension in Custer County to hold a Youth Animal Quality Assurance Training on Wednesday, June 14. This training will meet the requirements for Quality Assurance to show animals at the Custer County Fair, Nebraska State Fair, and AKSARBEN Stock Show. Additional event sponsors are Merck Animal Health and Boehringer Ingelheim. This will be the 10th year of training put on by Adams Land & Cattle and the Nebraska Extension in Custer County.
During the training, participants will move through a series of stations to educate them on animal welfare and quality assurance for consumers.
Troy Walz, Extension Educator for the Nebraska Extension in Custer County said the goal of Youth Quality Assurance is to teach youth about producing quality meat and food products that come from their livestock. “Quality assurance for youth livestock producers means making a promise to the consumers, or the people who consume products from livestock, that these products will be the highest possible quality and that the young producers will do everything possible to make these products safe to eat,” said Walz.
“The kids can expect a fun, hands-on experience as they move from station to station learning proper techniques and best management practices” said Amy Staples, Director of R&D and Regulatory Compliance for ALCC. “Examples of these practices include establishing a herd or flock health management plan, identifying and tracking treated animals, understanding medication and drug labels, and providing proper care to animals.”
Adams Land and Cattle has a strong commitment to animal quality assurance with an internal team dedicated to animal welfare and food safety, as well as required quality assurance training for all employees. “We wanted to share this knowledge and commitment for animal quality assurance with the community and the youth, so when we saw the opportunity to partner with Nebraska Extension to extend that knowledge base into the community and especially the youth, we jumped right in,” added Staples.