LUSK – For over twenty years, the Niobrara County Cattlewomen have been hosting an annual Agriculture Expo for third graders of Niobrara County. This year, the expo was expanded to include fourth and fifth graders as well.
The Cattlewomen partner with Rawhide FFA to host educational booths on all aspects of local agriculture. This year’s topics included working livestock with dogs with a demonstration with sheep and dogs by Katie Smith; horse breeds and care with Hillary Brown; barrel racing and rodeo sports with University of Wyoming Extension staff; cattle husbandry and calf care with Chelsea Baars of Farm Bureau; and western music and cowboy poetry with Peg DesEnfants.
Students spent an entire day learning from community members about various aspects of agriculture and specifically beef production. Kids learned how to pull a calf, what a cloverleaf pattern is, sang along to old time western music and learned about the impact of beef production in Niobrara County.
It is often easy to forget, in such a rural county and small town, there are many living here that have not experienced life on a ranch and are not familiar with agriculture and its heritage. When asked how many kids had never seen a sheep in real life, a dozen kids raised their hands. This is why the Cattlewomen continue to host and educate school kids. The more agricultural groups can educate, the better this lifestyle has at surviving.