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NCTA will host youth field day on May 26

CURTIS—All youth ages 8-18 are invited to the annual Youth Animal Science Field Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, on the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus in Curtis.

Activities will focus on different aspects of livestock production. The field day is sponsored by Nebraska Extension and NCTA.

Participants will gain life skills while attending seven different workshops taught by Nebraska Extension and NCTA staff. Topic titles 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 an opportunity for all youth to learn more about the livestock industry and it can help prepare 4-H and FFA members for various competitions. 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.

There will be two tracts dividing the youth by age, so the older youth can explore animal science topics in more depth. 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.

Registration is 9:15-9:45 a.m. followed by a welcome at 9:45 a.m. Stations start at 10 a.m. and wrap up by 4 p.m.

Preregistration is due by May 18 to the local county Nebraska Extension Office. There is a $5 registration fee for all 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, call Nebraska Extension- Frontier County at (308) 367-4424.