Ninety-five 4-H members from Atlantic Canada, including 70 from Nova Scotia, will learn about livestock management and show techniques at the 27th annual EastGen Showcase July 15 – 17 at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill.
Youth from ages 13 to 21 will learn through interactive sessions, educational presentations and a cattle show. Those selected to attend will share their experience with their 4-H club.
“For the past 27 years EastGen has conducted a hands-on workshop in Nova Scotia for 4-H members,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Learning technical livestock skills at a young age will encourage these young people to become farmers and leaders in agriculture.”
Participants learn about the latest techniques in show preparation for beef and dairy cattle, health of the show calf, livestock judging, showmanship, clipping, display design and herd management.
“Learning opportunities, like the EastGen Showcase, remind me why I love the 4-H program so much,” said Alex Kennedy, a 4-H member from the St. Joseph’s 4-H Club in Antigonish County. “This is my second year attending that event. I plan to have a career in agriculture.”
After two full days of training, 4-H members show their calves at the beef and dairy show. Awards will be presented to the champion showperson and calves as well as those who excelled during the sessions. The livestock show will take place Sunday, July 17, at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
Information about the Nova Scotia 4-H Council is available at http://novascotia4h.ca/.