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Students gain first-hand feedlot experience through youth IRM program

Learning about the feedlot aspect of the cattle business is being offered to 4-H and FFA members through a youth Integrated Resource Management (IRM) program in Nebraska.

According to Gary Darnall, owner of Darnall Feedlot in Harrisburg, NE, the youth portion of the IRM program was added four years ago at the request of a 4-H leader in Chadron. “[She] and her husband had participated in the adult IRM program,” Darnall explains. “They learned so much from participating in it, they thought it could be of benefit to the 4-H kids who were interested in participating as youth.”

In the adult IRM program, ranchers bring some of their calves for a feedlot trial starting Oct. 15. “At the beginning of the season, Darnall Ranch will provide any youth who wish to participate a calf to follow through the program,” Darnall says. “Each student will receive a monthly billing, and other individual information pertaining to the calf just like adults with 100 calves in the feedlot. All participants get the same data, including performance and carcass data on their individual calf.”



Darnall says the program is very beneficial to the students involved. “At the end, which is around the first of July, the students will know what it costs per pound of gain for the calf, and how much their calf gained. They will have an understanding of dry matter conversion, and dollars going in and dollars going out. If their parents participate in the program with 20 head, they get the same information their parents receive.”

Learning about the feedlot aspect of the cattle business is being offered to 4-H and FFA members through a youth Integrated Resource Management (IRM) program in Nebraska.



According to Gary Darnall, owner of Darnall Feedlot in Harrisburg, NE, the youth portion of the IRM program was added four years ago at the request of a 4-H leader in Chadron. “[She] and her husband had participated in the adult IRM program,” Darnall explains. “They learned so much from participating in it, they thought it could be of benefit to the 4-H kids who were interested in participating as youth.”

In the adult IRM program, ranchers bring some of their calves for a feedlot trial starting Oct. 15. “At the beginning of the season, Darnall Ranch will provide any youth who wish to participate a calf to follow through the program,” Darnall says. “Each student will receive a monthly billing, and other individual information pertaining to the calf just like adults with 100 calves in the feedlot. All participants get the same data, including performance and carcass data on their individual calf.”

Darnall says the program is very beneficial to the students involved. “At the end, which is around the first of July, the students will know what it costs per pound of gain for the calf, and how much their calf gained. They will have an understanding of dry matter conversion, and dollars going in and dollars going out. If their parents participate in the program with 20 head, they get the same information their parents receive.”

Learning about the feedlot aspect of the cattle business is being offered to 4-H and FFA members through a youth Integrated Resource Management (IRM) program in Nebraska.

According to Gary Darnall, owner of Darnall Feedlot in Harrisburg, NE, the youth portion of the IRM program was added four years ago at the request of a 4-H leader in Chadron. “[She] and her husband had participated in the adult IRM program,” Darnall explains. “They learned so much from participating in it, they thought it could be of benefit to the 4-H kids who were interested in participating as youth.”

In the adult IRM program, ranchers bring some of their calves for a feedlot trial starting Oct. 15. “At the beginning of the season, Darnall Ranch will provide any youth who wish to participate a calf to follow through the program,” Darnall says. “Each student will receive a monthly billing, and other individual information pertaining to the calf just like adults with 100 calves in the feedlot. All participants get the same data, including performance and carcass data on their individual calf.”

Darnall says the program is very beneficial to the students involved. “At the end, which is around the first of July, the students will know what it costs per pound of gain for the calf, and how much their calf gained. They will have an understanding of dry matter conversion, and dollars going in and dollars going out. If their parents participate in the program with 20 head, they get the same information their parents receive.”

Learning about the feedlot aspect of the cattle business is being offered to 4-H and FFA members through a youth Integrated Resource Management (IRM) program in Nebraska.

According to Gary Darnall, owner of Darnall Feedlot in Harrisburg, NE, the youth portion of the IRM program was added four years ago at the request of a 4-H leader in Chadron. “[She] and her husband had participated in the adult IRM program,” Darnall explains. “They learned so much from participating in it, they thought it could be of benefit to the 4-H kids who were interested in participating as youth.”

In the adult IRM program, ranchers bring some of their calves for a feedlot trial starting Oct. 15. “At the beginning of the season, Darnall Ranch will provide any youth who wish to participate a calf to follow through the program,” Darnall says. “Each student will receive a monthly billing, and other individual information pertaining to the calf just like adults with 100 calves in the feedlot. All participants get the same data, including performance and carcass data on their individual calf.”

Darnall says the program is very beneficial to the students involved. “At the end, which is around the first of July, the students will know what it costs per pound of gain for the calf, and how much their calf gained. They will have an understanding of dry matter conversion, and dollars going in and dollars going out. If their parents participate in the program with 20 head, they get the same information their parents receive.”

Learning about the feedlot aspect of the cattle business is being offered to 4-H and FFA members through a youth Integrated Resource Management (IRM) program in Nebraska.

According to Gary Darnall, owner of Darnall Feedlot in Harrisburg, NE, the youth portion of the IRM program was added four years ago at the request of a 4-H leader in Chadron. “[She] and her husband had participated in the adult IRM program,” Darnall explains. “They learned so much from participating in it, they thought it could be of benefit to the 4-H kids who were interested in participating as youth.”

In the adult IRM program, ranchers bring some of their calves for a feedlot trial starting Oct. 15. “At the beginning of the season, Darnall Ranch will provide any youth who wish to participate a calf to follow through the program,” Darnall says. “Each student will receive a monthly billing, and other individual information pertaining to the calf just like adults with 100 calves in the feedlot. All participants get the same data, including performance and carcass data on their individual calf.”

Darnall says the program is very beneficial to the students involved. “At the end, which is around the first of July, the students will know what it costs per pound of gain for the calf, and how much their calf gained. They will have an understanding of dry matter conversion, and dollars going in and dollars going out. If their parents participate in the program with 20 head, they get the same information their parents receive.”


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