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IAITC FarmWeek Article October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.

Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]

**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.

*This week we have attached the word document of the story.

Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions.   

Skittles’ purchase a sweet deal for DeWitt County breeder

  1.  Using only the title of the article, what do you think the story is about?  (Answers will vary)
  2. How long has Skittles been with the Martin family in Illinois?  (since 2012)
  3. What awards has Skittles won in her lifetime?  (American Junior Simmental Association National Champion cow, World Beef Expo Supreme Champion cow, champion at Denver   cattle show in 2010)
  4. Skittles has been found to be a ‘cash cow’ for the Martin family.  The term ‘cash cow’ has origins in agriculture, but has taken on a business meaning.  Describe the meaning of ‘cash cow’.  (Answers will vary but should include an investment that gives consistent return, with very little work.  Ag origins go back to a dairy cow, little maintenance gives milk a couple times a day)
  5. Skittles has produced well with Angus bulls generating top of the line Sim/Angus genetics. Use the information on both breeds from to design a Venn Diagram showing what traits the breeds have in common.  (Answers will vary)
  6. Cattle play a major role in Illinois agriculture.   Use the chart at and a map of Illinois  counties at  what trends do you see when looking at the counties leading the state in the production of beef cattle?  (as a general rule the counties are located in the western ½ of Illinois.)
  7. Defend your position on use of artificial insemination and a flushing embryos from cattle. Be sure to include thoughts on animal wellness and meat production.   (answers will vary)
  8.  Skittles has proven to be a golden goose, meaning valuable investment, for the Martin family.  Cash cow and  golden goose are two idioms that have agricultural backgrounds.   Share another idiom that has an agricultural backgrounds and its meaning.  (Answers will vary but could include:Separating the Wheat from the Chaff--find the valuable; the Cream rises to the top -the best succeed; heard it through the grapevine-hearing rumors; don’t put all of your eggs in one basket-don’t put all of your resources on one possibility; hit the hay-go to bed; the last straw-the final problem in a series of problems; pull the wool over my eyes-deceiving someone; a hot potato-a current or controversial issue---Among others.)

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