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Livestock Project Bowl Leads to Lively Learning

There are many ways to learn about the livestock industry. Youth in Clay County can participate in FFA, work on their parent’s farm, for a local farmer, and you can join 4-H and participate in the Livestock Project Bowl. Any Clay County resident grades 3 through one year past high school is eligible to be a part of the County 4-H Livestock Team. This group meets once a week January through March to study health, physiology, feeding, care and current industry issues of cattle, sheep, swine, and goats.  You need not have any experience with animals, just a desire to learn and a willingness to ring in with the buzzer to answer a question.  If you like to judge livestock, show and raise farm animals or have interest in a livestock career, this might be the team for you.

Former 4-Her Ellie Bauer says “Livestock quiz-bowl introduced me to new subject areas including animal nutrition, public health, and how to treat animals humanely.  My interest for the intersection of animal agriculture and human health has sparked a career for me as I graduate with degrees in nutrition-dietetics and applied economics in May.”

Youth need not be current 4-Hers, but can enroll in 4-H for a fee of $10.  Current plans are to continue meeting on Sundays from 4 -5:30 pm in Barnesville; however this year’s current members will be finalizing the schedule.  The regional contests are in March and the State contest is in April. NDSU Animal Science Professor and team coach, Marc Bauer states that the Project Bowl competition is the second most popular activity in 4-H with the exception of the Minnesota State Fair.   Clay County has qualified for the state meet six of the last eight years and is hopeful for an excellent team this year.  If you are interested call the Clay County Extension Office at 218-299-5020.

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