4-H students participate in statewide Livestock Skillathon

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By Ruth Edwards

The 4-H State Livestock Skillathon is a competition that is held once every year to test students’ knowledge of all aspects of livestock.
4-H’ers from all over the state come to the Skillathon to compete.
This year’s competition was held Feb. 19 at the Hopkins County Fairground.
The Anderson County 4H Livestock Club fielded two teams. Members 9 to 11 years old made up the Clover Team. The Intermediate Team members were 12 to 14 years old.
The Clover Team of Annie Edwards, Luke Edwards and Rio Velasco won third place overall. The Clover Team also came in second in the Identification category, second place in Quality Assurance, and seventh in Evaluation.
Individually, Annie Edwards won third overall, placed second in Identification, came in ninth for Evaluation, and placed 10th in Quality Assurance.
Also individually, Rio Velasco won ninth overall and placed fourth in Identification. Luke Edwards placed 17th in Identification and 13th in Quality Assurance.
The Intermediate team consisting of Ruth Edwards, Noah Goodlett and Quetzal Velasco came in fifth overall. They also came in fifth for Quality Assurance. They placed fourth in both Evaluation and Identification.
Individually, Ruth Edwards came in 13th Overall and 4th in Evaluation. Also individually, Quetzal Velasco came in fourth Overall and placed sixth in Quality Assurance. She placed fourth in Identification. Noah Goodlett placed 11th in Evaluation and 20th in Quality Assurance.
The state Livestock Skillathon tests students’ knowledge of meat cuts, livestock animal breeds, feed samples, animal health care, breeding and marketing of livestock, hay quality and meat grades.
All participants are required to judge meats and hay, identify feeds, breeds and meat cuts, perform team exercises and complete a quiz in a 12- to 24-minute time limit.
The senior level winning team goes on to the national Livestock Skillathon contest as Kentucky’s representative.
More information can be found at www2.ca.uky.edu/afs4hyouth/skillathon or by calling the Anderson County Extension office at  839-7271.