Illinois 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team Competes in National Contest

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Illinois 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team participated in the 2010 National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest.  The contest was held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky on November 15th.  Team members included Ashley Kaufman, Danvers; Kendall Shimmin, Roseville; and Cameron Snyder, Monmouth IL.

The National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest is the premier comprehensive event that test the knowledge and skills of young stockman throughout the country. This event includes identification of feeds, retail meat cuts, equipment, and breeds. In addition, participants are tested in the areas of quality assurance and evaluation by getting involved in hands-on exercises involving animal handling, food safety, keep-cull stations, and genetic selection. Furthermore, this year’s contest included hay and wool judging.

The Illinois team placed 9th in Evaluation, 13th in Quality Assurance, 16th in Identification, and 15th overall. The team was coached by 4-H volunteers Mr. Steve Austin and Mr. Mark Boyer. 

Special thanks goes out to the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the Illinois State 4-H program for their team sponsorship.