Wisconsin won the National Champion 4-H Skillathon Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. After reserve champion finishes over the years, Wisconsin surpassed 19 teams to earn championship honors.
The skillathon team participated in individual and team stations of breed, equipment and meat identification, hay and wool evaluation, quality assurance, nutrition and marketing.
"This contest captures youth's well rounded knowledge of animal science. This is a fabulous finish for Marathon County and the state of Wisconsin," says Bernie O'Rourke, Extension youth livestock specialist.
Team members are: Morgan Zernicke, Theresa Bergs, Aaron Zimmerman and Maddy Schwede. They were coached by Mark Zimmerman and Jon and Joann Brubacher. The team was first overall, second in Identification and first in Evaluation. Individually Morgan Zernicke was high individual overall and first in Evaluation. Theresa Bergs was third high overall and third in Identification. Aaron Zimmerman was sixth high overall and fourth in Identification.
The team from Grant County that represented Wisconsin finished third overall in the 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. This was one of the highest finishes in Wisconsin history. This contest was held during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville. Livestock teams judge classes in breeding and market of Beef, Sheep, Swine and Goats as well as answering questions and giving reasons to explain their thought process.
"This is a tremendous finish for a great group of youth and their coach who has trained many teams," says O'Rourke. Team members are: Kelli Retallick, Shea Esser, and Amanda and Brian Patterson. They were coached by Dennis Patterson and Alicia Prill-Adams. The team was third in sheep/goats and sixth in beef. Kelli Retallick was third overall, first in beef and beef performance, and seventh in reasons. Amanda Patterson was 21st overall. With this finish, they were awarded the opportunity to travel to Europe to judge and attend the Royal Highland Show in Scotland in June.
These teams won their respective contests at the state level in order to earn the right to represent Wisconsin.