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Aloha Today's episode is brought to you by the Western extension Risk Management Education Center, USDA NIFA, the University of Hawaii College of Tropical ag and human resources, the livestock extension group and the University of Nebraska Lincoln Center for Ag profitability.Melelani Oshiro:
Aloha. Welcome to the livestock Walaʻau. Our a podcast aims to provide educational support information, guidance and outreach to our livestock stakeholders in Hawaii. We are your host, Mele Oshiro and Shannon sand. And today, we're gonna have our little mini podcast episode and talk a little bit about what's going on this month, or what's going to be coming up this month. And as usual, we always ask loveShannon Sand:
feedback. We love feedback, we like to hear it, what do you want to hear about so if you could please fill out our survey it is important so that we know what you want to hear and can continue to provide that soMelelani Oshiro:
absolutely. So CTAHR updates here. You know, same thing for offices are all open. If you're doing any soil sampling or anything like that. Always call ahead before you go to the office. We do have one workshop livestock workshop coming up a small ruminant workshop and it's going to be on Oahu Island, Big Island as well as Kauai we will be on Oahu April 21. We will be in Kailua Kona on the Big Island, April 22. And tentatively we are scheduled for Kauai may 5. Because we don't have any livestock agent on Kauai, we do have a little bit more time we spend with those that are registered for the workshop. So once you get registered, if you have additional questions or need additional help on we have, we will be there an extra day. So we can do those types of things. And I'll reach for them. So registration will be upcoming for that. So please look out for it. And if you've been to any of our past workshops that recently held, we had a poultry and a beef one and whatnot that went on, you will be getting a notification via email, we'll send out the info. But it'll also be on our social media pages for the livestock Walaʻau as well as the livestock extension group. So consider this your save the date for the smaller minute workshop, so we're going to have sort of, it'll be about a half a day. And we'll have some lecture things for a couple hours. And then we're gonna do a bunch of hands on stuff in the afternoon, looking at you know, talking about pasture management, herd health management, where you can get famacha trained and get your card. So you'd be for much certified learning the five point management system and we are also going to be offering if people need to have fecal egg counts done for their herds, you can bring that along with you. And then we will get them processed and get some results back for you. And you'll learn more about why you need to do them. If you have a question about it and whatnot, you are welcome to email me and ask there is going to be a fee for the workshop because there are calls to this though yes, because there are materials for famacha in order for us to get the cards and everything for you. And as well as doing the fecal egg counts. So there is a$30 fee for registration. And all those links will come out. We'll use Eventbrite as we normally do. So if you find me on Eventbrite and follow that page, you'll get the prompts when any events come up as well. That's another way to find out what type of livestock events and if I've created the event, it will pop up in your feed.Shannon Sand:
Yeah. And you have you have a survey out right now.Melelani Oshiro:
Yeah, so we currently have a survey with it's a local beef consumer survey looking at purchasing behavior for those purchasing local grass fed beef to kind of gain a little bit better understanding of those behaviors of people what they like, what they don't like, what continues to make bring them back to purchase something. This information is helpful for us because it helps be able to put sort of information out there to producers to understand what the consumers are looking for. And the kind of markets that they like to purchase their beef from if they'd rather be straight from the farm at the farmers market at the grocery store, whatnot, and where you know what kind of cuts they are more favorable for or wants. So we've distributed cards through KTAon the Big Island through some other grocers food land, and I pretty much just went and asked people can put this on your counter. So if you see our survey cards out there, fill them out sharing with your family. We're really trying to get a lot of more information about our local producers here. There have been a couple of There's surveys, I think there's only been two done in the state one was done in 2016. And it was only on kauai Island, I suppose I thought I thought it was pretty site specific. Yeah. And the second one was done kind of pre pandemic 2019 by Hawaii cattlemen. So there's a whole different world sets than others. Yeah. So it'd be interesting to see if we have different information and what we know if things have changed. It's just all very useful information. I know we always asking for surveys. But it's really a good way for us to collect that type of data.Shannon Sand:
Well, and it helps us hopefully, help producers understand what the consumer is looking for exactly. Market. And so you can better deliver, you know, the product they're looking for. So,Melelani Oshiro:
yeah, and, you know, so my beef workshop that we did a couple of weeks ago, you know, I shared some information about the consumer survey data that is currently out there and NCBA. Does their beef tracker surveys. Quarterly you can they it's a continuous survey. And it gives great information and is a national information, right. So it's very useful. And then if we do these smaller surveys here within the state, it gives us sort of a comparison of how that changes across there. And, you know, we're looking at local grass fed beef consumption, that's and purchasing behaviors could be different from national because that's all conventional beef, you know, so, yeah, it's, it's a little bit different. So, yeah, great information, we would absolutely love if you fill out the survey, we will, again, include all those links on our social media, as well as in the show notes of this podcast and the YouTube page. Coming up this month, we get our very own Shannon Sand. Yeah, that's me. By she'll be talking about some financial record keeping, and I don't know what else she wants to give away about what she didn't, didn't tell me what she's gonna talk about yet. SoShannon Sand:
oh, it's gonna be a surprise. Now. Um, so we are gonna be talking about financial record keeping just different ways to keep track of records, kind of why they're important, some basic stuff like that, just kind of have a general conversation about it. And hopefully give you some tips, tricks and ideas. And if it speaks any tools, yeah, I was gonna say it. If it sparks anything, and you're interested in learning more about it, please let us know. So, you know, we can make sure we can do further ones on that later. So. So I think that's all our updates that we have currently, and moving on time, or National Livestock days in April.Melelani Oshiro:
And the first one is not really a livestock day. But since Shannon has moved to a different state, April 5 is national Nebraska day, and she's in Nebraska. So we had to put that in here as a national day. Exactly. You know, then. Similarly, the next one is well isShannon Sand:
not really a nice, yeah. It's it's Easter. And it's that. Yeah, so I have to include that in there. Yeah. Well, Easter is a good one. Yeah, I don't know. I generally have ham and stuff on it. It's always Yeah, a good day, especially if you can get some of that good local, local pork. So yeah, no, yeah. Always a good one. Yeah. And then we haveMelelani Oshiro:
April. What are we 10th national farm animals day. It's the day you can go out, learn more about foreign production, learn where and then there's time where your food comes from, and celebrate those people that are out there producing those products support yourShannon Sand:
farm, it's a good day as producers for us to really advocate for ourselves. So we're really good at like, you know, raising animals and like producing products and stuff. But like sometimes we're not always the greatest at telling our own story. And I will just say personally, most people ever I would say I want to say everybody but I know that's too big a generalization. But most everybody I've met has such an amazing story behind why they do what they do. So you know if you can advocate for yourself or your operation, like always a good one. And then this is probably one of my favorite days because it is one of my favorite sandwiches, if not my favorite. It is April 12 is national Grilled Cheese Day. Yo Sandwich Day. I love them so much.Melelani Oshiro:
They're the best and they're the easiest to make really. I think that's true, too. Yeah. So and April 15, you know, goes along with Easter and all those other holidays in the month national glaze spiral ham day.Shannon Sand:
So good. So good. So and then April 24th. I was telling mele when we saw this one. It's National pigs in a blanket day. It just reminds me of like when we were little, we'd go fishing on the weekends. And my mom would always make pigs in a blanket for us to take with us. So yeah, yeah,Melelani Oshiro:
I love pigs and like my niece might call me Kayla is that's her thing. She's making pigs in a blanket whenever we have a gathering or whatever. She loves to do that. So yeah, and my son loves to eat that so it's all good.Shannon Sand:
Yeah, it works out.Melelani Oshiro:
And April 27 National Prime Rib day. So good. And now I know what's for dinner that day.Shannon Sand:
I know. I'm just gonna say mele makes an excellent prime rib.Melelani Oshiro:
So you have the prime rib. That's right. Good.Shannon Sand:
Oh my god. Yeah, it was. It was good. Oh my goodness.Melelani Oshiro:
You're pretty proud of myself for that one.Shannon Sand:
So amazing. I was like mele makes excellent. Excellent prime rib. So, so good. So, anyhow,Melelani Oshiro:
now that that's our National Livestock days or days in April that's, you know, related back to livestock and the products they produce. Heck, yeah.Shannon Sand:
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Yeah. For additional information about this or any other topics or comments, send us an email and firstname.lastname@example.org. And thanks for listening.Shannon Sand:
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That's right. Thanks again to our sponsors, the Western extension Risk Management Education Center, USDA NIFA, the livestock extension group and CTAHR and the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension and the Center for Ag profitability. Thanks for listening to the livestock below mini. A hui hou!