Monday, March 4, 2013

Kids learning about wool

In a skillathon, youth are tested on their knowledge of a specific subject matter. Skillathons provide a fun, competitive learning environment.

Recently, the Maryland 4-H program held its annual state livestock skillathon in Hagerstown, in conjunction with the Maryland's Cattlemen's Convention. Youth were tested on their knowledge of sheep, goats, beef cattle, and swine.

One of the stations was a wool station. Junior participants were asked questions about five grab samples of wool:  e.g. which sample is the finest?, which sample has the longest staple?

The intermediate and senior participants judged a class of commercial white wool fleeces (Polypay).  All age groups were asked general questions about wool, such as what is the average fleece weight (across all breeds) in the United States?

Skillathons have provided a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about wool.

Congratulations to all the kids (and their coaches) who participated in the state livestock skillathon.

Maryland's Junior Sheep &Wool Skillathon will be held Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Pre-registration is requested by April 29. 

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