Year: 
2021
Project Leader: 
Zach Bartenslager
Department/Program: 
Animal & Food Sciences
Funding Received: 
$779

Held annually in February, the Kentucky 4-H Livestock Skillathon has continued to grow over the years. This year there was 288 contestants entered from 40 counties and this event has another 80-plus volunteers assisting. The entry fee is $20 per contestant and the assisting adults pay $10 to help cover expenses. Awards are given out for four categories, to the top 10 individuals and top five teams in three age divisions. It is a practical learning activity that helps students learn the basics of all aspects of the livestock industry.  The winning senior team goes on to the National Contest in the Fall.  The completion teaches 4-H members a broad background of information, similar to but on a much smaller scale as a college Animal & Food Sciences freshman class.  Students learn about feeds, breeds, meats, equipment, quality assurance, and teamwork and the competition allows individuals to work for a common goal.