Youth Compete in Skill-a-thons at Iowa State Fair

Youth from across Iowa competed in swine, sheep and goat events


AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach held three skill-a-thons at the 2017 Iowa State Fair, with 210 youth from 58 Iowa counties participating. Skill-a-thons were held for goat, sheep and swine.

skill a thon team at reproduction stationEach skill-a-thon team was comprised of three individuals and included five stations where youth worked together to solve problems and identify goat, swine or sheep production components. Participants identified feed samples, breeds and meat cuts while also answering questions about genetics, nutrients, quality assurance and physiology.

“One of the main goals of the skill-a-thon is to teach youth life skills like decision making, critical thinking and communication as well as animal husbandry and the science and math involved with raising an animal,” said Amy Powell, animal science program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, who developed and coordinated the event.

Skill-a-thon winners by category

Swine
All swine participants received a skill-a-thon t-shirt provided by the Iowa Pork Producers Association and contest awards were provided by Merck Animal Health. Both organizations provided volunteers to staff the contest, as did the Iowa State Block and Bridle club. Faculty, staff and graduate students from the Department of Animal Science also helped facilitate each event.

  1. Brady and Kiley Allan (Plymouth County) and Tucker Rohrig (Adair County)
  2. Sidney Hansen (Story County), Hannah Trice (Story County) and Tanner Henningsen (Story County)
  3. Kylee Brown (Madison County), Abby Benshoff (Madison County), Reagan Gibson (Guthrie County)
  4. Keaton and Kaleb Koerselman, Daniel Kessenich (Plymouth County)
  5. Jake Sterle (Story County), Connor Finch (Story County), Andrew Dornbier (Hancock County)

Sheep
The sheep skill-a-thon was sponsored by Premier Sheep Equipment.

  1. Clara Schmitz (Washington County), Brice Crawford (Washington County), Lydia Johnston (Polk County)
  2. Jackson and Jake Sterle (Story County), Andrew Dornbier (Hancock County)
  3. Jake Hlas (Tama County), Chandler and Ella Jahner (Marion County)
  4. Joslin and Teagan Gourley (Hamilton County), Drew Skartvetoli (Cass County)
  5. Hannah Baljeu (Floyd County), Kara Nelson (Woodbury County), Abigail Dies (Boone County)

Goat
The goat skill-a-thon was sponsored by Premier Sheep Equipment.

  1. Shelby Dooley (Wayne County), Reese Brown (Wayne County), Natalye Scholl (Cass County)
  2. Matt Logsdon (Appanoose County), Karson Gonnerman (Appanoose County), Jenna Kauzlarich (Marion County)
  3. Zane and Audrey Smith (VanBuren County) and Anna Beckman (Henry County)
  4. Tricia Veldhuizen, Ben Means, Kole McNeer (Polk County)
  5. Macy Reynolds (Madison County), Max Petzenhauser (Story County), Andrew Vincent (Polk County)
    *Three-way tie for third was broken on breed identification scores

[PHOTO] Sheep Lambing, Dr. Sherry Olsen facilitates a station on properly delivering baby lambs. Photo by Amy Powell, ISU Extension and Outreach