Kyle Caires, CTAHR’s livestock Extension faculty member on Maui, presented a Beef Workshop and Cattle Evaluation Clinic for 4-H youth in January. The students participated in discussions, hands-on activities with animals, and a retail meats identification session. The program was focused on skill development, with an emphasis on improving critical thinking and communication skills while teaching these 4-H’ers more about the livestock industry. The clinic was hosted by the Clover J’s 4-H Livestock Club and organized by Paul and Verna Eguires and several 4-H alumni. Animals used in the demonstrations were provided by the Department of Human Services – Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility herd, which is managed by Darrell Bueno.
Caires, who is part of the Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences department, gave similar workshops on the Big Island, partnering with Parker Ranch for cattle and Double D Ranch for swine. Events are planned for Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lana‘i. These workshops are funded by a grant from the Office of Economic Development in Maui County.