Aroostook Valley Baby Beef Club featured on WAGM

WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle) reported on the Aroostook Valley Baby Beef Club, offered through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H program. Participants of the program learn first-hand where meals originate, and they spend hours raising steers destined for market, according to the report. It’s a big time investment for youth, ranging from 10-year-olds to seniors in high school, WAGM reported. Feeding, grooming and otherwise caring for animals teaches youth responsibility, which club co-leader Troy McCrum said applies to all areas of farming. He said in Aroostook County, all aspects of agriculture are connected in some way. Beef producers rely on rotational crops to feed their animals, providing a market for hay and grain, the report states. McCrum added the program involves so much more than raising livestock. It helps build character, teaches responsibility and provides a learning experience not available in a classroom.