BIBLE HILL – Atlantic 4-H members will learn the finer points of livestock showmanship and herd management from agricultural experts at this weekend’s 24th EastGen Showcase.
Geared toward Atlantic 4-H beef and dairy members between the ages of 13 to 21, the showcase runs at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds from July 12 to 14.
Experts from the animal production company EastGen, as well as agricultural leadership co-ordinators with the Department of Agriculture, will teach the latest techniques in show preparation, calf health, livestock judging, showmanship, clipping, display design and herd management.
“This event gives 4-H members the opportunity to learn technical livestock management skills from industry specialists,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell in a press release. “Nova Scotia has a reputation for producing high quality dairy and beef cattle, and by training youth, who are our future agricultural leaders, we are helping to ensure that tradition continues.”
EastGen regional sales manager Dale MacPhee said the showcase is highly anticipated each year.
“The weekend is about mentoring future agricultural leaders and providing them with an opportunity to really embrace the 4-H motto of ‘learn to do by doing.’”
At the end of the event, 4-H members will show their calves at a beef and dairy show. Awards will be presented to champion showmen and calves, and those who excel in session work. During the show, participants are eligible for a jackpot draw of high-quality bovine embryos donated by Atlantic area producers.
The livestock show will take place July 14 at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public.