MITCHELL - 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.
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.
Top beginners were first, Logan Schlim, Miner County; second, Maesa Dvorak, Charles Mix County; third, Nalea Dunsomre, Jerauld County; fourth, Clay Jorgensen, Davison County; and fifth, Abby Conner, Miner County.
Juniors recognized were first, Sydney Dvorak, Charles Mix County; second, Jonathan Olthoff, Hanson County; third, Kera Kaufman, Douglas County; fourth, Hanna Peterson, Miner County; and fifth Ty Mogck, Hutchinson County. The top five seniors were first, Gramm Johnson, Davison County; second Justin Montagne, Union County; third Christy Mogck, Hutchinson County; fourth Colin Geppert, Brule County; and fifth, Kaley Nolz, Davison County. Top two adults recognized were, first, Robert Peterson, Miner County; and second, 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.
For dates, locations and to learn more details check out the 4-H division state fair book or contact Nielson at email@example.com.