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4-H'ers Match Wits at State Sheep Event

Participants in the annual Vermont 4-H Sheep Quiz Bowl and Skill-A-Thon, April 26 in Hinesburg, pose with their 4-H club leaders and instructors. Back row (from left): Christa Cousineau, Orwell; Megan Watrous, Orwell; Kathleen Parent, Orwell; Max Crossman, Whitehall, N.Y.; Lindsey Fitzgerald, Colchester; Sharron Bigelow, Bristol; Marlene Duell, Hinesburg; Abhi Dodgson, South Hero; William Cousineau, Orwell. Middle row (from left): Bekah Parent, Orwell; Terri Metcalf, Addison; Karen Bushey, Bristol. Front row (seated): Corinna Hobbs, Hinesburg; Cyrus Tyler, Richmond; Caroline Hobbs, Hinesburg; Raymond Bushey, Addison; Alysha Chesser, Shrewsbury; and Willa Shakeshaft, Putnam Station, N.Y. Seated on floor: Jarrod Bushey, Addison (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)

Hinesburg--Ten 4-H'ers flocked to Hinesburg on April 26 to test their knowledge of all things sheep.

The Hinesburg Town Hall was the setting for the annual Vermont 4-H Sheep Quiz Bowl and Skill-A-Thon. It was sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the State 4-H Sheep Committee and open to all Vermont 4-H club members, ages 8 to 18.

The day began with a Skill-A-Thon, which featured several learning stations where competitors answered questions or demonstrated a skill. 

In this year's contest, stations covered types of injections and how to administer each, parts of the sheep, wool spinning and uses of wool, equipment, recordkeeping and sheep nutrition.

The 4-H'ers were split into two groups, according to years in the 4-H sheep program, to compete in the sheep quiz bowl that took place after lunch. They answered questions in fast-paced buzzer rounds on animal health, anatomy, feeds and nutrition, lambing, diseases and illnesses, breeds including breed history, the sheep industry and a wide range of other sheep-related topics.

The quiz bowl results were as follows:

  • Group One: William Cousineau, Orwell (first); Bekah Parent, Orwell (second); Willa Shakeshaft, Putnam Station, N.Y. (member of an Addison County 4-H club) and Raymond Bushey, Addison (tied for third); Jarrod Bushey, Addison (fourth)
  • Group Two: Caroline Hobbs, Hinesburg (first), Alysha Chesser, Shrewsbury (second); Corinna Hobbs, Hinesburg and Cyrus Tyler, Richmond (tied for third); Abhi Dodgson, South Hero (fourth)

For more information on the 4-H sheep program in Vermont, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, toll-free at (800) 571-0668 or by e-mail at