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January 5, 2022 - 4-H Livestock and Skill-a-thon Contest and the State 4-H Meats Judging Contest

2022 4-H Livestock skillathon quiz bowl and meatMark your calendars for the upcoming 4-H Livestock and Skill-a-thon Contest and the State 4-H Meats Judging Contest! If you have participated in the past or this is the first time you are hearing about the contest, we would love to have you join us for this day of learning, fun, and competition. 

What are the contests? These are three different contests all about livestock where you can use your knowledge about the animal species (beef, sheep, swine, meat goat) and the industry.

Livestock Quiz Bowl: Livestock Bowl is a quiz competition where all the questions are about beef, sheep, swine, and meat goat topics. Students use a buzzer to answer the questions (similar to the game show Jeopardy). Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator.  Each match has both an individual and toss-up question round. The top team earns the opportunity to compete at the national competition.

Livestock Skill-a-thon: Everything you know about raising your animal adds up to so much knowledge of the species and the industry. The Skill-a-thon contest will help you challenge you to share that information through a written quiz and learning stations such as breed identification, feed identification, equipment identification as well as some team activities such as demonstrating evaluation skills.  The top team earns the opportunity to compete at the national competition.

Meats Judging Contest: Have you been to your local meat market or grocery store lately and think you could choose the best cut of meat out of the case? Have you ever watched a live animal contest and thought you could choose what animals would provide the best meat products? This is your opportunity to put those skills to work. This contest tests the knowledge of youth in the placement of carcass and retail cut classes, carcass grading, retail cut identification, and a quiz. Top teams earn the opportunity to compete at regional and national competitions.

Who can participate? Any current 4-H members ages 8-18. Please note, there are age divisions for each of those contests. Please see the contest information in the links below for more information on the age divisions. Even if your county has not participated in the past, round-up some 4-H friends and take advantage of this fun opportunity to show your knowledge of the animal species and industry.
Looking for more information, where to register, or resources to study from? Check out the links below:

4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon – Saturday, April 9th 
Location: UW Madison Campus 
Deadline: March 25, 2022 through 4-H online (more information located in the registration materials link below)
More information and registration available at: 
4-H Meats Judging – Saturday, April 30th
Location: *New* Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery Building, UW Madison Campus
Deadlines: (more information located in the registration materials link below): 
-Estimated number of participants (needed to order PPE): Feb 4, 2022 - through Google form 
-Final registration: April 18. 2022 - through 4-H online
More information and registration available at: 
Please keep in mind, currently, mask/face coverings are mandatory on campus by all.  We will be in touch as the event gets closer on any changes to COVID requirements. 
If you have any questions, please contact Jill at jill.jorgensen@wisc.edu/phone at 920-39104659 or Bernie at borourke2@wisc.edu/phone at 608-263-4304.