4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl teaches youth life skills

Jackie Jahfetson, The Dickinson Press, N.D.
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Apr. 22—A total of 84 contestants traveled from across the state to compete in the North Dakota 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl event in Watford City last week.

This was the third year the quiz bowl has taken place and Leigh Ann Skurupey, interim chair of the North Dakota State University Extension Center for 4-H Youth Development and a specialist in animal and equine sciences, noted that this quiz bowl is a way for youth contestants to brush up on their animal science.

"It's just a really neat opportunity that allows them to really dive into some complex information, analyze problems, make an informed decision and really just coming back to building life skills — the skills that they'll come through whether it's just building confidence and going in there as a team, playing on a team and having the confidence to answer a question," Skurupey said. "That will build toward success in anything whether they continue forward in animal science or not; it's still bringing that confidence and public speaking communication (and) all of those awesome life skills back to play."

The contestants were asked questions pertaining to anything livestock-related, such as in terms of breeding and marketing from rabbit, poultry, dairy cattle, goats, swine to sheep.

In the junior division (8-10 year olds), Ransom County placed first, Golden Valley County came in second following Stark-Billings County Team Two in third. In the intermediate class (11-13 year olds), Ransom County took first, Golden Valley County with second and Morton County in third. The senior division (14-18 year olds) team winners included Oliver County in first, Golden Valley County in second following Ransom County in third.

"We've got some really cool objectives and outcomes. It helps to stimulate the animal science and agricultural industry learning objective. When we think about just interest in animal science, meat industry or beef industry, it really helps them to develop an interest in attitudes about animal science and related careers," Skurupey said. "Obviously, it's building a foundation of knowledge in animal science projects, maybe if they're starting to gear up toward college. Many youth actually state that 4-H has helped prepare them for a lot of their courses because they always have already have a basic foundation of knowledge and they really have to (have an) in-depth knowledge at a quiz bowl. There can be anything ranging from nutrition to reproduction to genetic diseases — you name it."