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Title: The Scoop : Florida 4-H dairy youth program update
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Creator: Florida Dairy Extension, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publisher: Florida Dairy Extension, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
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Publication Date: March 2009
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FLORIDA 4-H

DAIRY YOUTH


PROGRAM

UPDATE


SPECIAL
THANKS TO:

* Southeast Milk,
Inc. Dairy
Check-Off,
without Dairy
Check-Off the
Florida Dairy
Youth Program
would not be
possible.

To the dairymen
who donate their
time and animals
to allow the
dairy judging
youth to practice
at their farms.

The parents and
countless
volunteers who
graciously
donate their
time to help the
youth in this
program.
For information about the
Dairy Youth Prograin
please contact:

Brent Broaddus
University of Florida
Dcpartmcnt of Animal Scicnci
5339 Counv Road 579
Soffiir. FL 33584
813-744-5519 OR'ice
813-744-5776 Fax
broaddus~t.ull.eddu
F UNIVERSITY of
IFAS
Animal Sciences


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The year is truly flying by. it's hard to believe that spring break s already among us and summer
time is just around the corner. This year I was able to enjoy
my spring break in a new and unique way as part of the
National Ag Day group in Washington. DC On March I I and
12. 2009 I joined 50 other past and present 4-H and FFA
members in Washington. DC to spread a positive message
about agriculture to our elected officials on Capitol Hill This
event is put on through the coordination of the National 4-H
Council. The National FFA Organization and the National Ag
Council The theme for this year's event was "An Investment
In Agriculture s an Investment in America's Future". a theme
that I thought was most fitting being that group of us who
attended are all pursuing careers in the agriculture industry.
The trip began with a quicl plane ride into Washington National Airport from which I then traveled to
the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase. Maryland Our Ag Day events began with dinner and brief
orientation for following day to be spent on Capitol Hill After an early morning bus ride to the Capitol
we began our visits with our Senators and Representatives I was fortunate enough to be able to visit
staff members from both Senator Martinez's and Senator Nelson's office as well as staff member in
Representative Allen Boyd's (District II office As part of my visit I emphasized the importance of their
continued support of youth programs in agriculture, as today's youth is the future of American
agriculture Our day concluded with the National Ag Day Mix and Mingle Luncheon that hosted number
congressmen and women as well as many of their staff The luncheon started the events of National Ag
Week which lead up to the celebration of National Ag Day of March 20"' Though a quicl< trip. my
experience in our nation's Capitol certainly was a memorable one and one that I hoped made an impact
on agriculture support in the legislative process.

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This issues Youth Highlight features a young lady who, through her involvement in the Florida Dairy Youth
Program has developed a respect and love for dairy industry and the agriculture industry as a whole
Shelby Snowberger. a member of the East Lale County 4-H club has been active in the Dairy program for
eight years During this time Shelby has developed an impressive list of accomplishments, specifically in the
4-H Dairy judging Program Most recently Shelby competed at the 2008 All American Dairy judging in
Harrisburg. Pennsylvania where she placed 8" overall and in 2008 National 4-H Dairy judging Contest
held in Madison. Wisconsin during the World Dairy Expo Shelby and her teammates placed 2'" overall
in the contest and Shelby placed 23'` as an Individual, making her part of the prestigious All
American Dairy judging Club which is an honor reserved for those youth who place in the
top 25 as individuals at the National 4-H Dairy judging Contest In addition to Shelby's 4-H
Involvement she competes on many high school sports teams including cross country. soccer
and track. Shelby spends time giving bacl< to her community through volunteering with an
inspiring list of community service projects. Upon graduation Shelby plans to attend the
University of Florida to major in Agriculture Communications and Dairy Science.


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National 4-H Dairy Conference... A Trip of a lifetime!
I
IThis year I was given the chance of a lifetime to attend the 2008 4-H National Dairy Conference in[
Madison, WI. Our first day in Madison we met other 4-H'ers from many different states including
providence from Canada. The next day the real educational experience began. Our first stop was
at the ABS facility where we saw first-hand how they get semen from the bulls and the procedures
used in sexing the semen. This job I would never want-it is very dangerous positioning one's self
Around these large bulls that can move very quickly. During our stay we also visited NASCO, the
site where Hoard's Dairymen Magazine is created, the Hoard's Dairy Farm and the Crave
Brothers Dairy Farm. The Crave Brothers Dairy Farm was spectacular. Each of the Crave
brothers has a unique job/function on the farm. I was very impressed with the heifer replacement
program and the rotation milking machine. Touring the Crave Brothers farm was a eye-opening
experience for me. During the conference we had the pleasure of listing to a variety of speakers
from the dairy industry. Our speakers shared with us the where once like us, young 4-H'ers who
showed cattle and are now the leaders of the dairy industry. I was excited to meet Barrett Keen
one of the speakers because he was from Plant City, FL. Barrett's speech was very motivational
and really helped me put my educational and personal needs into a new perspective. I must admit
that I was a little scared to be going somewhere so far form home, with a group of people I did
not really know for five days. Now, I am very glad I went on this trip. This was one of the best
conferences I have ever attended and I had a blast making new friends! I will never forget the
people, the moments we shared and the knowledge I gained while in Madison. I was honored to
be allowed to represent Florida 4-H. Holly Whetsell, Hillsborough County, FL

II
I was recently invited to go on the National 4-H dairy Conference in Madison, Wisconsin as a
Florida delegate. It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of different people and learned a lot on all of
the different tours we went on. We toured ABS Global where we were able to see how they care
for and maintain all of their bulls, as well as how they collect the semen from the bulls. It was very
neat to see how this whole process is done. The tour of ABS was especially neat for me because I
have been Artificially Breeding my own cows since 2005 so it was cool to see the process that the
semen goes threw before I buy it to breed my cows. I met so many people on this trip, some of
them being the Crave Brothers who received the Dairyman of the Year award this year. The
Crave Dairy was one of our tours this place was huge. This was also an Amazing experience,
seeing how many different ways there are of doing things and how every person has so many
I different ideas. This was truly an AWESOME trip, I feel very blessed and honored to have been
Vble to attend, and I would suggest it to anyone! Kelley Jorgensen, Manatee County, FL I
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2008 National 4-H Dairy Conference Florida Delegation




Krystina Thompson Gilchrest County, FL
Holly Whetsell Hillsborough County, FL
Andrew Hunt Hardee County, FL
Kelley Jorgensen Manatee County, FL
Lori Jorgensen Manatee County, FL
Drew Jorgensen Manatee County, FL
Mary Sowerby Suwannee County, FL


THE SCOOP







VOLUME II ISSUE I


Coccidiosis in Dairy Cows. By Kaley Brooks

Coccidiosis is one of the most common sicknesses with raising dairy calves. So I would like to
take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about the sickness and how to prevent it.

Coccidiosis is mostly seen in young calves, but also occasionally in older animals, the incidence
of Coccidiosis is highly variable and hard to predict. Most Coccidia infections occur in calves
between the ages of one month and one year. Older animals usually develop resistance but may
have sporadic,
subclinical infections throughout their lives. These clinically healthy, mature animals are a major source of
infection among young, susceptible animals. Stress caused by weaning makes dairy calves very susceptible to
Coccidiosis. Infection is acquired from contaminated feed, water, and soiled pastures, or by licking a
contaminated hair coat on another animal.


Signs of a
Coccidiosis
infection include
watery diarrhea
in mild cases, in
more advanced
cases the signs
are rapid
dehydration, and
weight loss.

calves and was told to
worries. However,


Signs of a Coccidiosis infection include watery diarrhea in mild cases, in more advanced
cases the signs are rapid dehydration, and weight loss. Coccidiosis results in reduced
feed consumption, body weight and feed deficiency and, in severe cases, mortality.
Clinical signs do not develop until the final stages of the parasite's cycle. This is
problematic because once signs do appear the parasites have already damaged the
intestines. Pair that with the fact that it is estimated only 5% of infected animals exhibit
clinical signs and the case for prevention becomes clear.

One of the ways to effectively prevent Coccidiosis is to have young calves on a five day
on, five day off treatment. Give each calf the appropriate amount of Corid (which can be
purchased at Nasco and or
Tractor Supply. The directions for mixing are on the bottle.) Give the mixture for five
days and then give the calves, and yourself, a five day break. This is what I do for my
by my licensed veterinarian. If handled with care, Coccidiosis can be the least of your


if your unsure of what Coccidiosis is and don't know how to look for it, it can become a nightmare to deal
with. This is why I wrote this paper. I hope that you don't have to deal with Coccidiosis the hard way, as I did,
and that you know a little bit more about it now having read this.
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I Brittany's Corner.... Confessions from a Dairy Judger!

After a summer's worth of dealing with Mr. Holcomb's adventurous driving, Miss Debbie's love of Nascar Racing,
and Mr. Brent's peace-keeping in the van, I would have to say the judging trips were always a blast! I I
am sad to admit that I am through judging, but I am also honored to say that the practices I
I throughout the summer have really paid off. From our team's winnings in Harrisburg, all the way to I
I my individual 10th overall in Madison, I would like to say thank you and show my appreciation to I
I the hard work and effort that the judging coaches gave to not only my team but the others as well. I I
I will never forget the best times of my life, dairy judging this year. "White Lightning", our mini
I van (named by Austin) allowed us to get to the many dairies we visited throughout our 5 day stay in
I Harrisburg, even if we happened to be 30 minutes late! Not to mention my head injury from the
Ihook in the backseat of the van 10 minutes before the banquet in Harrisburg, or how my pants ripped when we
Finally arrived...late! Oh, and how could I forget Lindsey's sickness throughout our stay? But luckily she managed to
pull through. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to share my experience that I have had this year with
judging. I will miss the judging practices next summer, but I will never forget such great memories. Thank you to all
that have been a part of my success! Brittany Watts, Madison County, FL

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Upcoming Dairy
UNIVERSITY of Upcomin Dairy
UF FLORIDA Youth Events..
IFAS Extension Youth Events

I April 18,2009 Dairy Judging Workshop UF-DRU
I May 16,2009 Dairy JudgingTryouts Okeechobee
I June 15 17, 2009 Dairy Quiz Bowl Camp TBD
IAugust 6, 2009 State Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest TBD
IAugust 14 15, 2009 Dairy Leaders/Volunteer Forum TBD
I I

Beyond the Project... A Dairy Industry Update

Do you know what it costs?
What does it really cost a dairy to raise its replacements? Would it be more economical to send them
to a custom raiser? University of Nebraska Extension Dairy Specialists Jeffrey Keown and Paul
Kononoff say that most producers estimate the cost of running their replacement enterprise by
calculating expenses for the milking herd first, then allocating the remainder of expenses to heifer
rearing. They propose that producers take the opposite approach, by ascertaining first what it takes
to raise their replacements -- the future of their herds.

To help producers get a better handle on their true replacement-rearing
'"i expenses, Keown and Kononoff have published a cost-analysis worksheet and
example partial budget for raising heifers. In addition, they pose the following
questions:

I. Do you currently have enough labor to properly raise your own
replacements?
2. Are your facilities adequate to raise heifers?
S3. Under your current management system, are you freshening your heifers
at 24 months of age and 1,250 pounds?
4. Do you have enough capital to pay someone else to raise your heifers?
5. How else could you use your facilities and space that are currently being
used to raise heifers?

If opting to use a custom grower, the consultants advise investing the time to thoroughly examine the
grower's facilities, feedstuffs, breeding program, vaccination protocols and general management. They
also stress the importance of securing a written agreement -- including the fee structure -- with the
grower.

The full report and worksheets can be accessed at http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/g 1662/
build/g I 662.pdf.


(DA 1/13/09)




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