350 youth from 66 Kansas counties participate in 2021 event
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Approximately 350 Kansas 4-H members from 66 counties participated in the 2021 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes Aug. 21-22, hosted by the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.
Organizer said 4-H members participated in the state livestock judging contest, meat judging contest, livestock skillathon and livestock quiz bowl. Those who participated in all three activities (livestock and meat judging, and skillathon) were entered in the Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes.
Sadie Marchiano from the Southwind District was named the 2021 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes High Individual. Also placing in the top 10 were:
2nd – Calley Stubbs, Sunflower District
3rd – Jack Habjan, Leavenworth County
4th – James DeRouchey, Pottawatomie County
5th – Preston Dunn, 21 Central District
6th – Lyle Perrier, Greenwood County
7th – Hailey Gillespie, Frontier District
8th – Cecillia Newby, Wildcat District
9th – August Hulse, Central Kansas District
10th – Gwen Fry, Southwind District
The Southwind District’s No. 4 team won the Livestock Sweepstakes Champion Team Award with the best combined performance in livestock judging, livestock skillathon, livestock quiz bowl and meat judging. Teams in the top five, in order of finish, included Wildcat District No. 1; Central Kansas District; Frontier District No. 1; and Pottawatomie County.
Individual and team placings are posted to the Kansas State Youth Livestock Program website, https://bit.ly/3lhPdjK and the Judging Card website, http://www.judgingcard.com.
The team champions for the livestock skillathon and livestock quiz bowl will represent Kansas at their respective national 4-H contest, all of which will occur this fall.
Again this year, Kansas will be represented by an all-star team at the national 4-H livestock judging contest in Louisville. Based on their performance in the state livestock judging contest, 12 young people were selected to advance to the team selection process. The selection process includes a series of livestock evaluation workshops and opportunities provided by the K-State Livestock Judging Team.
This will be the inaugural year for Kansas to be represented by an all-star team at the national 4-H meat judging contest during the American Royal. The top eight kids will participate in several educational opportunities and meat evaluation workshops with the K-State Meat Judging Team throughout the fall as part of the all-star team selection process.
The Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes program is also sponsored by Kansas Pork Association, Kansas Beef Council, Kansas State University College of Agriculture, Konza Veterinary Clinic and Farm Talk.
The Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education. The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science and food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills. For more about the K-State’s ASI department visit asi.ksu.edu.
K State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county extension offices, experiment fields, area extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K State campus in Manhattan. For more information, visit www.ksre.ksu.edu. K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For more information:
Angie Stump Denton