Mentor to qc advisory boardPresentation Transcript
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GOLD!!! Adults need to embrace their responsibility to help create a positive educational experience for youth. Volunteer Responsibility Adults should be motivating youth to do more than just exhibiting livestock (skill-a-thons, method demos, livestock judging, etc.). Other Opportunities Adults should be teaching team work through family communications, youth helping other youth at showmanship clinics, and relationship with their CEA or AST. Team Work This includes adults having an understanding of positive youth reinforcement. Nurturing Adults involved in junior livestock programs need to emphasize the educational aspect (including the eight core concepts of QC). Education Youth should understand that livestock projects are a part of the food supply continuum. Animal Projects Description Word
Adults should further explain the meat industry and emphasize how handling of livestock could impact meat primals / cuts, food quality assurance, etc.
A brief history of how consumers impact livestock in the show ring.
Adults involved in junior livestock programs should emphasize the eight core concepts of Quality Counts.
Six Pillars of Character
Purpose of 4-H / FFA
Purpose of Livestock projects
Making decisions / goal setting
Impact of livestock projects on red meat industry
Responsibilities of producing a safe product
Medication use / reading and following labels
Animal care and well-being
The Character Connection Daily Management Feeding, Shelter, Daily Care, Medication, Exercise, etc. THE PROJECT SUBJECT MATTER THE STUDENT Character and Life Skill Development Responsibility, Respect, Work Ethic, etc. Day to Day Contact YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Education
Adults should have an understanding of:
understanding ages and stages of youth
building confidence in youth
Erikson’s Stages of Development
Reinforcement should involve emphasizing the positive things youth are doing first, then follow up with things they can continue to work on.
“ Jenny you swept up the isles in the barn well, but the pens could use some more cleaning.”
“ Christy your showmanship skills have improved greatly, but there are still a few things we can work on to make them better.”
Example Goal Statements
I practice showing my steer 4 times a week.
I brushed my pig X times per week.
I cleaned the goat stall X times per week.
I will help my younger sister feed her sheep.
I am going to go back for showmanship this year.
I will lead a showmanship clinic this year for my county/chapter.
Adults should be teaching team work through family communications (coordinating schedules), youth helping other youth at showmanship clinics, and additional methods youth can teach other youth.
Team Work COMMUNICATION
TEAM - a number of persons associated together in work or activity
Groups with strong synergy have unique characteristics such as
Shared leadership roles among members
Agreed-upon purposes and/or goals
Collective work products
Five Stage Model of Development Team Work
Forming - The project(s) has arrived and everyone is excited! At this point, everyone is standing around the pen admiring the livestock project. The leader is pointing and telling others where the feed is and is making sure everyone has an understanding of what is going on.
Storming - All of a sudden, everyone realizes this project(s) may be more work than originally thought. All team members start to become frustrated with their own roles and what everyone else is doing as well.
Norming - This is when the leader should bring all team members to discuss what is happening with the projects. This is typically the time where everyone begins to see that they must work together for the team to effectively work.
Performing - This is the time where the team is following the outline and carrying out the task.
Adjourning - Its SHOWTIME! The end of the project year usually means exhibition of the project at a livestock show.
Adults should be teaching more than just exhibiting livestock. They should know of other opportunities available to youth. This includes scholarships, livestock, meats, and wool judging/youth livestock camps, tours, skillathons, etc.
Beef Quiz Bowl
Texas 4-H Goat Camp
Goat and Lamb Camps
Texas Sheep And Goat Youth Leadership Workshop
Texas Pork Producers Association Pork Leadership Tour
Wool Judging Contest
Adults need to embrace the fact that it is their responsibility to help create a positive educational experience for youth showing livestock.
This includes emphasizing the responsibility that all producers have towards producing a safe and wholesome product.
Responsibility Blocking the judge’s view of another animal in the class. Taking leadership of the county/ chapter showmanship training to help others Telling the judge that your animal weighs a different amount than the card says Letting another exhibitor borrow a brush. Showing an animal in the wrong breed or division Opening a gate for someone who has had a pig penned. Being dishonest about an animal’s age when registering Teaching a younger exhibitor how to clip and fit a steer. Jabbing someone else’s animal in the show ring Picking up a show stick someone drops in the ring Gamesmanship Sportsmanship
Diligence. It is hardly unethical to make mistakes or be less than “excellent, “ but there is a moral obligation to do one’s best, to be diligent, reliable, careful, prepared and informed.
Perseverance. Responsible people finish what they start, overcoming rather than surrendering to obstacles and excuses.
Continuous Improvement . Responsible people look for ways to do their work better. (Josephson, 1996, p. 14)
Responsibility Doing Your Best and Striving for Excellence
Providing Educational Resources for Youth
Adult leaders assisting youth in raising livestock projects must provide educational resources in order for them to have a better appreciation and understanding for agriculture.
It is the responsibility of the County Extension Agent and Ag. Science Teacher to share all available resources to youth.
Animal Welfare and Food Safety
Adult leaders involved with youth have a responsibility for teaching youth about accountability related to raising livestock projects.
Adult leaders should emphasize to youth that livestock projects require commitments from youth that must be upheld.
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