South Dakota youth from 10 counties came together to compete in the first annual Beef Skill-a-thon at the Davison County Winter Beef Show Dec. 29 in Mitchell, S.D.
Thirty youth tested their knowledge of beef selection, meat identification, quality assurance, nutrition management, and calving problem solving scenarios.
“This event was a great way for area youth to interact with each other and beef industry representatives who facilitated the contest,” said Megan Nielson, 4-H Youth Livestock Field Specialist.
Age divisions for beginners, juniors, seniors, and adults received prizes sponsored by area businesses including; Mitchell Tractor Supply Company, First Dakota National Bank, Mitchell Livestock Marketing, Logan Luxury Theaters, and Northwestern Veterinary Supply.
Top Beginners were: 1st Logan Schlim, Miner County; 2nd Maesa Dvorak, Charles Mix County; 3rd Nalea Dunsomre, Jerauld County; 4th Clay Jorgensen, Davison County; 5th Abby Conner, Miner County. Juniors recognized were: 1st Sydney Dvorak, Charles Mix County; 2nd Jonathan Olthoff, Hanson County; 3rd Kera Kaufman, Douglas County; 4th Hanna Peterson, Miner County; 5th Ty Mogck, Hutchinson County. Top five seniors: 1st Gramm Johnson, Davison County; 2nd Justin Montagne, Union County; 3rd Christy Mogck, Hutchinson County; 4th Colin Geppert, Brule County; 5th Kaley Nolz, Davison County. Top two adults were recognized: 1st Robert Peterson, Miner County; 2nd Mike Connor, Miner County.
The Beef Skill-a-thon, provided by SDSU Extension, is the beginning of a new program extension will be offering this year to youth in the livestock project. Skill-a-thons will recognize youth’s talent and skill level within their livestock project beyond the show ring.
The next big event will be held during the Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day. Youth interested in livestock projects can take part in the judging contest, Livestockology (like Skill-a-thon), beef cook-off, or horse events. Skill-a-thons will also be a new addition to the 2012 South Dakota State Fair 4-H Shows.