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K-State to host first Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes weekend


Kansas State University's Department of Animal Sciences and Industry will host the first-ever 2009 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes Weekend Aug. 22 and 23 in Weber Hall.

"This exciting new event will challenge 4-H members' skills in livestock judging, meats judging, Livestock Skillathon and Livestock Quiz Bowl," said Sharon Breiner, K-State youth livestock coordinator. "All-around belt buckles are on the line for the team and individual earning the highest combined scores in the weekend's activities."

4-H members who want to learn new skills or polish skills they already have will break into groups to judge and place approximately eight classes of livestock. In addition, participants will learn how to identify retail cuts of meat and place classes of meat products, as well as classes of carcasses or cuts.

In the Livestock Skillathon, 4-Hers will rotate individually through stations that address areas of animal science knowledge. Those may include feedstuffs, breed identification, equipment identification and other areas.

The Livestock Quiz Bowl will start with a qualifying exam. The eight teams with the highest average scores will compete against one another.

Having fun while learning is part of the weekend, Breiner said, adding that there will be an ice cream social after the livestock judging contest on Saturday, followed by a dance. Animal science workshops and tours will be offered during the weekend.

More information, including registration, is available on http://www.YouthLivestock.ksu.edu. Interested 4-H members can also contact their county or district K-State Research and Extension office to join a team. Registrations and T-shirt orders are due to Extension offices by Aug. 1.

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