In partnership with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, 4-H Alberta developed an e-learning curriculum for their Beef Project clubs that reflect the changing needs in next-generation learning.
The Beef Project, which has 3,200 members, is designed to identify needs for improved knowledge in the beef industry. It has multiple learning modules on topics ranging from animal husbandry to organic production and traceability.
There is also a “choose a project” module that allows members to understand the various programs they can participate in, in a 4-H beef club. These programs cater to a wide variety of 4-H experience, and include a novice beef project (raising a calf for show), carcass market beef project (raising a steer or heifer for slaughter), and a leadership project that gives senior members the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned.
“We’ve already seen plenty of positive signs from the Beef Project,” said Bruce Banks, CEO of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta. “Members are giving us positive feedback, inspiring our leaders to adopt these tools in their clubs and also spread the word of the resources. That leads to a knowledgeable future generation of Alberta beef industry leaders.”
However, 4-H Beef Club members aren’t the only ones who are using these resources.
“The majority of our members is children of Alberta beef producers. They are showing the modules to their parents, who are also learning something,” said Banks.
To learn more about the Beef Project, including the e-learning modules, visit 4h.ab.ca/beef.