The Yadkin-Davie Livestock Association and 4-H recently sponsored a sheep and goat educational clinic for local youth in Yadkin and Davie counties.
Twenty-five youth attended this day-long camp held at the Lone Hickory Arena. The focus of the camp was to introduce youth to all aspects of raising goats and sheep. The majority of the youth had no previous experience with the livestock or agriculture industry.
Providing experiences for youth at an early age and for youth with no farming background will help increase the awareness of opportunities in these industries and promote and educate those not directly associated with farming.
Local breeders provided the livestock for this event, and three Yadkin County 4-H’ers served as presenters for the sheep component and four area goat producers discussed the goat species.
This workshop provided lots of “hands-on” and experiential learning for the youth as many of the youth have not had the chance to see or learn about these small ruminants. At the start of the clinic, the youth completed a short survey to determine how much they knew about these animals.
The youth had the opportunity to rotate through a series of presentations about each species. Topics included feeding, health and hoof care, shearing and clipping, and showing. At the end of the clinic, the youth had the opportunity to practice showing in a mock show.
Additionally, the youth completed a post test to see what they learned. Youth participating in this event showed an increase in knowledge and also improved their teamwork, decision-making and critical-thinking skills.