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(Continued from Page A3l) yearSi noted Falter.
the possibilities of conducting a “What we’re teaching is the
similar contest at the state Farm 4-H’crs’ general knowledge of
Show within the next several their project area what it takes
According to Weist, the objectives of the sklllathon
include providing a learning laboratory which will enhance
knowledge of the beef. One contestant identifies beef
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to raise a market animal,” he said.
The philosophy is at the “core”
of 4-H membership, noted Falter:
learn by doing.
Everyone has heard the tale of
the judge at a large beef show in
the state. When the judge asked the
exhibitor what he fed the steer, the
exhibitor “simply wouldn’t
know,” according to Falter.
In Berks County, many exhibi
tors are learning a great deal about
raising heifers, choosing mem
bers’ farms to raise a project ani
mal, according to Falter. By rais
ing the animal, and participating in
practice events such as the stock
man’s contest at the fair, the
4-H’ers can “beef up” on know
ledge of what they’re doing, and
At the practice contest last
week, the 4-H’ers looked at plac
ing hogs, sheep, and beef. They
also identified jars of feed and spe
cies of animals.
According to Weist, the objec
tives of the skillathon are to:
• Provide a learning laboratory
which will enhance knowledge of
the beef, sheep, and swine
• Help youth feel more comfort
able communicating with an adult
• Gain self-confidence and
skills in one-on-one
• Develop responsibility of
completing a project.
• Develop critical thinking and
• Provide additional opportuni
ties to recognize youth for their
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The skillathon in Berks County Center. Berks County Roundup
will be conducted at various dates, dates are sheep. Sept. 26; swine.
They include: Sheep Club, Sept Oct. 7; and beef, Oct. 14.
20 at the Reading Fair, Swine For more information about the
Club, Sept. 27 at the Berks County skillathons and the roundups, call
Ag Center; and Beef Club. Oct. 11 Darlene Weist at (610) 926-6127
A point system to identify the outstanding member will be
based on the member placlngs In competition. Of that
score, 40 percent will come from the skillathon, 40 percent
on animal placing, and 20 percent on showmanship. Here,
Shayna Hertzog, 10, and Melissa Schule, 9, examine their
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Intermediate 1 winners villc and second place to Jayson
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Fleetwood, and, second place. Junior champions included
Cathryn Levan, Hamburg. Jason Levan, Hamburg and second
Intermediate 2 included first to Jennifer Rudy, Halifax,
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