MANCHESTER, Iowa — Tuesday, December 31st was a busy day for Delaware County 4-H Members. Many members participated in YQCA Training and Officer Training at the Delaware County Extension Office.
In the morning, twenty-eight 4-H members attended the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Training. This training is required for livestock exhibitors who wish to exhibit beef, swine, dairy, sheep, poultry, meat goat, or rabbit at the County Fair or State Fair. The training is an annual education program that focuses on food safety, animal well-being, and character awareness. During the training youth participated in hands-on activities. They worked together to practice determining withdrawal times of different scenarios. Another activity they did demonstrated the effects of spreading diseases among animals and how important biosecurity is.
4-H Club Officer Training was held in the afternoon with an attendance of eight 4-H members. This training is held for members who have been elected by their club to fulfill the duties of a club officer. Youth started the training with a few ice breaker activities to get to know one another. Many of the youth were from different clubs from around the county. Next, members learned the order of a 4-H business meeting and parliamentary procedure by competing in a quiz bowl. After that, members got to do an activity based on their officer position. This gave them the chance to practice and learn more about their leadership role in their club. The day ended with a mock 4-H meeting. Members had to use what they learned about Parliamentary Procedure to make motions to add or not add ingredients to their trail mix. After their mock meeting youth enjoyed their trail mix snack they had made. The training was great fun for the officers who attended and now they are more prepared to perform their duties as 4-H officers.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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