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Minnesota youth compete in National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

Five Minnesota youth recently competed at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference recognizes 4-H teenagers who have excelled in their state 4-H poultry learning experiences.

Four contests occur at the conference: poultry judging, egg preparation demonstration, avian bowl, and poultry barbecue contests. Each contest is designed to teach youth subject matter in poultry science and industry but also important life skills including decision making, communication and teamwork.

Charlie Otto, Gabe Otto and Simon Otto, all of Wright County, and Jessica Waldren, of Sherburne County, placed fourth in Avian Bowl, a competition patterned after the television show College Bowl. Participant teams from across the United States earn points by correctly answering questions about poultry care, nutrition, science and industry. "The team had to compete at a regional and state level in order to qualify for the national competition," said team coach Mark Otto. "These 4-H'ers have been learning and preparing for years. They were very excited to have this opportunity to represent Minnesota at the national contest."

Simon and Jessica also competed individually in poultry barbecue contests, which require demonstrate knowledge of food safety, nutrition, and preparation as well as public presentation competencies. They were judged by industry leaders from across the nation.

Philip Roth, of LeSeuer County, participated in the Poultry Judging Contest, where individuals assess and rank various birds of a single specie based on standards and quality. Youth must demonstrate an ability to organize thoughts and defend their decisions with oral reasons.

This trip was made possible in-part by a grant from America's Farmers Grow Communities.

4-H is a youth organization offered through the cooperative extension system and the University of Minnesota. In 4-H youth learn skills they need to lead for a lifetime. Learn more at our website.

Erin Kelly-Collins
University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Youth Development

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