The Caldwell Cattleman's Association along with the LSU AgCenter held a meeting addressing beef cattle prices, cattle origin, forages and fertilizers to help individual producers decide which options are best for them. Twenty-eight producers attended the meeting.
County Agent Jim McCann advised four producers on mixing cattle feed to ensure they are feeding the best combination to their beef cattle herds for maximum weight gain.
Eight 4-H'ers attended the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport to exhibit their 4-H projects in poultry and beef cattle. Youth learned about different breeds and how to exhibit their poultry and beef.
Approximately 400 youth and adults visited the 4-H mini farm and children's tent during the Louisiana Art and Folk Festival. Visitors learned about domestic and farm animals, leadership and youth projects and activities available through 4-H.
County agent Jim McCann recruited two new leaders to assist with poultry projects in Caldwell Parish. More youth are becoming interested in working with and showing poultry because it is an inexpensive project.4-H
4-H agent Casey Beavers used presentations during monthly club meetings to teach elementary youth about fitness and healthy living and older youth the importance of workforce preparation. A total of 310 youth were reached during the fall of 2012.
The Junior Leader Club has a current enrollment of 22 members. This group helped with the Children's Tent at the Louisiana Art and Folk Festival in October where they were responsible for face painting and helping children with art projects. Junior Leaders also put together 20 Christmas boxes for youth at Grayson Elementary School to brighten their holidays. Members were responsible for selecting age appropriate gifts and toys for this community service project. Junior Leaders sold tickets for a hamburger lunch fundraiser for the Caldwell 4-H Foundation. Some of these funds will be designated to assist 4-H'ers attending 4-H University this summer.
Numerous 4-H members have participated in parish contests. Forty-six 4-H'ers entered the Fall Foods Festival; 37 members participated in the Consumer Foods Judging Contest. Twenty-six students submitted 24 garments in the Fashion Revue contest and were judged on clothing construction, appearance and Ready-to-Wear choices. Twenty-three students competed in the Consumer Decision Making contest. Ninety students submitted entries in the Leaf Identification contest and nineteen entries were submitted for the Photography Contest. Corporate sponsors have been secured for all 4-H contests this year affording the opportunity to present cash awards to 4-H winners.SNAP-Ed
Nutrition educator Tammy Tarver used the USDA MyPlate curriculum to teach students at Head Start, the Caldwell Pre-kindergarten Center, Columbia, Grayson and Union Central Elementary schools about the grain, fruit and vegetable groups, building a healthy plate by choosing healthier foods and trying new foods. Tammy also presented a whole grain foods lesson to 10 Caldwell Parish Health Unit clients who learned that foods made from whole grain are higher in fiber and other beneficial nutrients and were encouraged to make half of their grains whole grains during meal time. The lesson was followed by a Tex Mex Rice food demonstration.
Hands-on activities, food demonstrations and games were used to teach 120 adult clients about food safety, How to Lower Your Salt and Sodium Intake and the Importance of Eating More Whole Grain Foods.