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Southwest Animal Science Challenge

Eighty-nine 4-H members and several adults from 17 different counties were able to receive hands-on instruction on livestock first-aid (Dr. Bents), Dairy Foods (Dr. Metzger), Calving 101 (Glenn Netzke), and Livestock Biosecurity (Abby Neu and Sarah Schieck).
These educational workshops were a component of the Southwest 4-H Animal Science Challenge, which was held on March 4 at the Wabasso High School. In its seventh year, the program features project workshops, project bowl, and skill-a-thon stations.
To complement the hands-on project workshops, youth in grades 3 through freshmen in college were able to work in teams and apply their animal science knowledge through project bowl. The round robin style competition challenged teams to answer questions about animal health, care, manure management, nutrition, breeds, reproduction, disease, and equipment. Teams were able to use this program to prepare for regional project bowls that occur later in March.
When youth were not participating in project bowl or project workshops, they were encouraged to participate in educational skill-a-thon stations. Stations included identifying livestock diseases, classifying horse equipment and horse breeds, analyzing forages, identifying grasses & legumes, measuring ribeye/loin eye areas, and identifying parts of the horse digestive system.
This program was put on by Melissa Runck, Crystal Reith, Chelsey Asche, Katie Petty, Sarah Jacobs, Kathy Johnson, and Stacy Posthuma.


Crystal Reith
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(507) 831-4022
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