Farm Safety for Youth

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On Tuesday, June 27th, Montgomery County 4-H hosted a Farm Safety Day for youth. Participants studied safety in the following areas throughout the day: Equipment, Large Animals, Highway, Wildlife and Insects.

equipment safety training

Patrick Lucado addressing the group during the equipment safety portion of the day.

equipment safety demonstration

Demonstration dummy before and after the PTO “accident”.

The group began the day by traveling to the farm of Mr. Tony Sedberry. Patrick Lucado with James River Equipment of Asheboro spoke about the dangers associated with large, slow moving equipment and how to protect yourself. The group also saw a live PTO safety demonstration by Montgomery County Horticulture Agent, Brad Thompson. Mr. Sedberry brought a horse out of the barn and showed everyone the proper way to approach and work with large animals. Through another demonstration, participants also learned what could happen to their toes and feet if they do not wear proper footwear around livestock.

livestock safety training

Tony Sedberry uses his horse, Libby as he talks to the group about Livestock Safety. The group loved brushing the horse.

After lunch, Officer Larry Johnson with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, talked with the class about NC highway safety, vehicle safety, wearing seatbelts, speeding, texting while driving and a host of other roadway safety scenarios. Rupert Medford, District Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, brought pelts from various Piedmont wildlife for the participants to practice their wildlife ID with. They discussed each species, their habitats, possible interactions with humans on a farm and how to stay safe around wildlife while ensuring the safety of the wildlife too. The group also learned about protecting their pets by having them vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

highway safety training

Officer Johnson discusses highway safety (Left). Rupert Medford shows off a collection of native wildlife pelts (Right).

Montgomery County Horticulture Agent, Brad Thompson finished the day with a presentation on insect ID (spiders, wasps, bees, hornets, yellow jackets, beneficial insects and more). In addition to identification, the class learned tips on how NOT to get stung and some basic first aid for if you are.

children with insects

Two brave participants prove that they aren’t afraid of bugs by showing off the beetle specimen.

For more information about Farm Safety or 4-H Youth Programming, please contact the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Office at 910-576-6011.