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New 4-H Dairy Skill-A-Thons Help Youth Learn About Ag

Educational posters provide information about dairy topics.

Wisconsin 4-H has revamped and expanded its offering of dairy skill-a- thons learning tools.

Skill-a-thons are educational posters that provide basic information about dairy topics ranging from reading pedigrees to bio-security.

"Skill-a-thons are ideal for local club and county dairy project meetings," says Ted Halbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension dairy youth specialist. "The topics covered are diverse and provide kids with a baseline knowledge that hopefully engages them to learn more about these subjects and the dairy industry as a whole."

Each skill-a-thon is a interactive teaching display board that teaches youngsters about the dairy industry. There are skill-a-thons for all ages, each ranked at a beginning, intermediate or advanced
level. An accompanying lesson question and answer sheet comes along with each skill-a-thon, making it easy for anyone to use.

Four titles were added to the collection:The Rules are Black and White (show ring rules and ethics)
Bio-Security (keeping themselves and their animals healthy at shows and fairs)
Dairy Cattle IdentificationCareers in the Dairy Industry.

"Kids will be able to have fun and learn about the dairy industry because of the new skill-a-thons," said Eliza Ulness, a former 4-Hdairy project participant who helped create the new skill-a-thons and
4-H dairy project alum. "Because the displays are interactive and bright, kids are more likely to remember what they're learning, and want to learn more about dairy cattle because of them."

The skill-a-thons are listed in the Cooperative Extension Media Collection's title catalog at www.uwex.edu/ces/media. Wisconsin residents can contact their local county Extension office
to make arrangements to borrow from the Media Collection, or contact contact Mary O'Connor at the 4-H Media Center, by email at [email protected] or by calling (800) 353-3514.

The dairy skill-a-thon upgrades were made possible through funding provided by the 4-H Dairy Endowment Fund and the James W. Crowley Dairy Management Extension Fund.

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