All youth ages 8-18 years old are invited to the annual Youth Animal Science Field Day May 26, Thursday 9:30am – 4:00 pm in Curtis, NE on the NCTA Campus. Activities will focus on several different aspects of livestock production. The Field Day is sponsored by Nebraska Extension and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis, NE.

Participants will gain important life skills while attending seven different workshops taught by Nebraska Extension and NCTA staff.

Topics include “Feedlot Cattle Evaluation and Marketing”, “An Inside Look of a Horse”, “Get a Feel for Ruminant Nutrition” using the UNL Beef Mobile Lab, “Discover a Vet Tech’s Life”, “Explore Careers in Animal Science”, “Identifying & Grading Fresh Meat Cuts”, “Animals Inside Out”, “Sheep Wool Evaluation & Products”, and “How to Care for Sheep & Lambs” which includes hands-on tail docking and lamb bottle feeding.

The event is a great opportunity for ALL youth to learn more about the livestock industry and can help prepare 4-H and FFA members for various competitions & life skills. Youth will also increase their basic understanding of science, ag literacy, and technology.   They will be able to apply science skills to their 4-H projects and explore careers related to Animal Science.

This non- competitive field day event is open to ALL youth ages 8-18. There will be two tracts dividing the youth by age so the older youth can explore animal science topics in more depth.  Organizers will combine youth into small groups and will be encouraged to work together throughout the day as they rotate through the seven stations. The stations are designed to be learning experiences in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Parents and other adults interested in the livestock industry and in educating youth are encouraged to register and participate.

The NE Extension West Central District Youth Animal Science Field Day registration is 9:15-9:45 a.m. followed by a welcome at 9:45 am.  Stations start at 10:00 am and wrap up by 4:00 p.m.

Preregistration is encouraged and due by May 18 to your local county Nebraska Extension Office. There is a $5 registration fee for ALL youth/adult participants, payable ahead or at the door. Lunch will be provided by the Frontier County 4-H Council.

The field day is sponsored by the Nebraska Extension West Central Research and Extension District, NCTA, Nebraska 4-H, UNL Animal Science Department and Nebraska Extension- Frontier County.

For more information or to register for the field day, call Nebraska Extension- Frontier County at 308-367-4424.

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