Preparation for a livestock show project starts with livestock project selection and validation. The objective of the youth livestock validation program is to promote a positive youth development environment focused on ensuring rules for livestock exhibition are being followed under the supervision of County Extension Agents and Agricultural Science Teachers. This helps to foster integrity, virtues, and values of youth and families.
The purpose of validation is to encourage positive relationships with County Extension Agents, Agricultural Science Teachers and local stakeholders, create a level playing field for youth livestock projects, maximize youth experience and life skill development, and facilitate youth engagement with livestock projects. Validation allows youth to build on life skills such as responsibility, respect, teamwork and communication. By participating in the livestock project, youth exhibitors learn daily care, nutrition, reproduction, and production practices specific to livestock projects. Exhibitors interested in participating at the NETLA Dairy show in 2021 with a dairy heifer project must have a heifer selected and validated by January 9th, 2021 at the Cattlemen’s Veterinary Service located at 3135 HW 11 in Sulphur Springs between 10:00 and 12:00 AM. For more information please contact Amy Bowen, NETLA Dairy Superintendent at 903 335-3061.
Article Submitted by by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources