Youth sought to showcase their ‘Livestock Lessons’

Livestock Lessons 2020 is a new animal science experience for Wisconsin youth.  Giving a Livestock Lesson is an opportunity for you to share your learning with others and to teach others about animal sciences.

The potential topics for your lessons are endless! No matter what topic you choose, remember that the most impactful presentations are both accurate and engaging. Be creative, be funny, be serious, just be you! Think about something you have learned in your animal science project or something that you enjoy doing and prepare to share it. Wisconsin Livestock Lessons involve two ways for youth to communicate in both written and oral ways. Youth have the opportunity to deliver an oral video presentation on an animal science topic of your choice and/or a written Public Service Announcement (PSA). 

Livestock Lessons 2020 are open to all members who are in the Beef, Sheep, Swine and Meat Goat projects. Each youth can enter one submission in both oral presentation and written public service announcements. Submitted entries will be divided into the following grade judging categories from the 2019-2020 school year. Junior (Grades 3-5), Intermediate (Grades 6-8) and Senior (Grades 9-13).

Submissions are due August 28.  The top entries in each division will receive monetary awards and may be featured on Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program social media, YouTube channels and other media outlets.  

Oral Video Presentations and Public Service Announcements (PSA) must be submitted by August 28.

Additional program information and how to submit your Livestock Lessons can be found by going to the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program site.

We look forward to what our Wisconsin youth submit and how we can grow this program moving forward into other animal species and topics in due time.  Can’t wait to see your ideas!  

Contact Bernie O’Rourke at, UW Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, for questions.

Thanks to Blake Johnson, an undergraduate at UW Madison, for putting together an example video for youth to review.  Hopefully this will spark ideas for youth to participate.  Here is the link to the video that Blake put together on how to shear sheep.

Monetary awards and prizes from our wonderful sponsors will help to showcase our youth’s efforts.  Keep following Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program social media for examples of videos to spark ideas as well as all things youth livestock related.