4-H Farm Factor Karol Fyke

(Conrad) Good morning and welcome to Farm Factor on AGam in Kansas. My name is Conrad Kabus and currently we’re in Onaga, Kansas, at the Pottawatomie County Fair and we’re discussing the 4H program. The 4H program offers fun and alot of thrills for 4H kids. But more importantly it offers them careers in the future. This is Carol Fike, a coordinator for the Pottawatomie County Livestock Skill-A-Thon. She teaches kids about the animal ag industry. (Carol) For the past several years, I think since 2009 or so, we’ve conducted a Livestock Skill-A-Thon at the Pottawatomie County Fair. And this would be similar to some of the aspects of the skill-a-thon similar to fun that they have at the state level at the end of August. And what it is, is it deals with mostly our meat animals and information, knowledge that would be involved in care and… of livestock, beef cattle, sheep, goats, pigs. And so things like breeds, feed identification, quality assurance which might inolve proper injection sites, equipment that you might use in care of those animals. And so it’s just another competition that hopefully students can expand their knowledge of caring for the livestock that they exhibit at county, state and local levels. (Conrad) She believes that ag knowledge 4H kids are learning in her program, can transition into a professional career. (Carol) So, I think how these types of knowledge and skills can transition into a professional career you know, this is some of the base knowledge that I think students or people would be expected to know in order to be able to intelligently talk about products, management, care of the livestock that they exhibit. So it kind of goes beyond the showing and just how an animal looks, but also just the knowledge of the industry that they’re involved in. I think it’s a good baseline to establish in these young people as they maybe potentially go off the college or into a career that they were going to have to know and beome familiar with as they get older. (Conrad) Thank you for watching today’s episode of Farm Factor. We’ll see you next week.

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