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The Woodford County 4-H Livestock Skillathon team poses with their ribbons after the State 4-H Livestock Skillathon competition on Saturday, Feb. 17. Woodford County featured several individual high achievers, including Gillian Brown, the first place overall intermediate participant. Participants include, back row, from left; Trevor Varner, Carson Probst, Philip Brown, Elizabeth Vanzant,and Gillian Brown. Front row, from left; Logan Rudd, Manus Lavin, Kennedy Rudd, Sarah Vanzant and Cooper Probst. (Photo submitted)

By Ryan Farley, Extension Agent

Woodford County 4-H Livestock Skillathon team competes at 4-H Livestock Skillathon competition

Ryan Farley, Woodford County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development

The Woodford County 4-H livestock Skillathon team wrapped up their competitive season on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the State 4-H Livestock Skillathon competition. Held at the Ag Exposition Center in Bowling Green, the state competition featured over 250 youth from across the state of Kentucky. Participants were divided into groups based on their ages, with Clovers (ages 9 to 11), Intermediates (12 to 14) and Seniors (15 to18) competing against each other for both team and individual awards. Topics covered included meat, feed, equipment and breed identification, quality assurance and evaluation skills. Team members included Carson Probst, Trevor Varner, Philip Brown, Logan Rudd, Manus Lavin, Elizabeth Vanzant, Gillian Brown, Cooper Probst, Sarah Vanzant and Kennedy Rudd.

Woodford County 4-H has established a reputation for excellence at the state competition, and the 2018 performance followed suit. The intermediate team led the way with Gillian Brown, Trevor Varner and Elizabeth Vanzant bringing home the second place team ribbon in identification, second in evaluation and second place overall intermediate team. Elizabeth Vanzant individually placed second overall in identification, third overall in evaluation and third place intermediate individual. Gillian Brown placed first overall in identification, second overall in evaluation and first place overall intermediate individual.

On behalf of the great coaches and volunteers, Woodford County 4-H wants to recognize these youth for spending countless hours in both practice and study at home and their commitment to learning more about the field of agriculture. A special thanks as well to all those who helped the team and the parents for their support.

A special thank you is deserved for coach Theresa Vanzant, who spent hours assembling lessons, teaching, organizing and coaching. Please join me in congratulating these youth and volunteers who have worked hard to continue the strong tradition of agriculture excellence here in Woodford County.

For those interested in learning more about livestock or competing, the Woodford County 4-H Livestock Judging team will begin practice this month in preparation for competitions in March, April and May and the State 4-H Livestock Judging competition held in June.

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