SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the first Texas Sheep and Goat Youth Ranchers Roundup June 1-5 in San Angelo.
Texas Lamb and Goat Validation is sponsoring the camp.
Youth set to enter grades 9-12 may participate, and the application deadline is April 17. The cost is $100, which also covers the student’s meals and hotel. A video and form application are required.
“Ranchers Roundup will be a chance for kids to learn the trade of the sheep and goat business, brush up on their Skillathon training, and meet and learn from some of the driving forces of the production industry today,” said event organizer Mikhaila Barnett Adcox, AgriLife Extension associate for youth sheep and goat, San Angelo.
The Skillathon training will provide insight on the Sheep Skillathon contests, which offer scholarship opportunities for students year-round, including a $10,000 scholarship awarded at the San Antonio Livestock Show’s Sheep Skillathon.
The five-day camp will also offer students the opportunity to be exposed to additional 4-H and FFA competitions such as Food Challenge. Adcox said it will also introduce students to the business and entrepreneurial spirit engrained in the production and commercial aspects of the sheep and goat industries.
“This is an opportunity for kids interested in the sheep and goat industry to experience and learn about all of the different aspects of the industry, which they may not be as familiar with,” Adcox said. “From 4-H to fiber to food, there are so many ways to be involved in our industry.”
There will be hands-on learning opportunities, business 101 sessions and industry tours with expert speakers.
“I hope any student interested in the sheep and goat side of agriculture will consider coming to camp and joining us for a week of fun, meeting new friends and expanding their understanding of our industry,” Adcox said.
Texas A&M AgriLife Today
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