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Research Publications: UM-SG-RS-2006-08


Gold rush: Exploring an alternative 4-H livestock experience.




Lazur, AM; Pouder, DB; Brinkley, ML; Shook, E; Goode, Y; Kent, H


Journal of Extension 44(3):1-6


Gold Rush, a new 4-H program involving rearing and showing goldfish, was conducted as an alternative to traditional, large  animal livestock programs. A field day at the beginning of the project provided learning stations on the care and maintenance of goldfish and aquariums. Children reared goldfish for 6 months prior to showing their favorite fish at the district 4-H event. Learned skills were judged by the condition of the fish, written test result, project record book, and interview with the participant. Seventy percent of participants who showed fish wanted to continue or advance in the program.

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