On Monday, November 11, the 2019 National 4-H Skillathon Contest was held during this year's North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky.
This contest allows youth to bring to use their knowledge of animal sciences and the livestock industry to identify and evaluate animal products and scenarios, both individually and as a team.
This year, Florida 4-H was represented by a team from Jackson County 4-H, with team members Hayden Warden, Benjamin Roach, Syler Griffin and Dylan Ziglar.
Florida does not currently have a state contest for this event, however, these youth have demonstrated outstanding achievement in other related judging events to be allowed by the state to compete.
As a team, they placed twentieth overall, with Hayden Warden as the highest scoring individual on the team, with 20 teams and 77 individuals competing in this year's contest. The team is coached by Stacey Warden.
The National 4-H Livestock Skillathon tests the livestock knowledge of youth through equipment, retail meat and breed identification, hay and wool judging and questions, a quality assurance exercise, a quiz and several team exercises, such as livestock nutrition and breeding scenarios. For complete results, visit www.dropbox.com/sh/ckbt5nmdoqloa36/AADkqhvZxey-1V_Gk0kjZZ_3a?dl=0.
(Photo Credit to the Communications Department - Kentucky Venues)