Jan. 10 2013 07:13 AM

Here's a look at some additional questions from our 2012 issues.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor

Dairy bowl competitions across the nation are in full swing, at both state breed and 4-H competitions, as youth vie for a chance to show their skills at a national level. For the various breeds, national competitions will take place in late June and early July. Youth competing in the 4-H bracket, though, have until November's national contest in Louisville, Ky., to prepare.

As you study and learn all you can before the contest, we thought we would share a few more questions to help boost your dairy knowledge. Hopefully, you gleaned most of the information in the questions below while reading our issues throughout 2012.

For 38 years, our December issue's Young Dairymen page has given youth a chance to test their industry knowledge. The 50-question quiz from the December 2012 issue can be found on pages 822 and 823. The quiz found on these two pages highlights seven distinct topics that we cover each year in Hoard's Dairyman. In each issue, we edit our material to fit the designated space and had 37 additional questions that we hope you and your team can put to good use.

The questions we wrote that did not make it on the pages noted above, due to space limitations, can be found as a pdf at the bottom of the blog. In addition to the material typically encompassed by the seven sections found in print, we noticed an eighth materialized as we analyzed our extras: Buildings and Equipment. The majority of questions in this group relate to recent research on heat stress, stocking density and barn design.

The answers to the additional questions are not marked on the pdf, should you choose to give this as a quiz, but are as follows:

1. C, 2. C, 3. C, 4. B, 5. A, 6. D, 7. B, 8. B,

9. D, 10. D, 11. D, 12. C, 13. D, 14. A, 15. B, 16. C,

17. B, 18. C, 19. B, 20. A, 21. D, 22. C, 23. A, 24. C,

25. C, 26. D, 27. D, 28. A, 29. A, 30. C, 31. D, 32. D

Building and Equipment
1. C, 2. C, 3. B, 4. B, 5. C

Click here for Hoard's Dairyman Extra Questions from 2012

If you would like to read more about Youth Development, click here.

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