Chaired by Keiran Faulkner, the Arizona National Livestock Show Skill-A-Thon is a hands-on competition designed to reward outstanding young people who possess the skills and knowledge essential for efficient and humane production of livestock in a seedstock or commercial operation. Open to all 4-H and FFA members along with collegiate participants across the U.S., the contest provides the opportunity for you to apply your knowledge to a variety of topics related to the production and management of beef cattle, swine, sheep and meat goats.

By participating, students are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Arizona National Livestock Show!

The contest is divided into three age categories, including:

  • Juniors: under age 14
  • Seniors: over age 14
  • Collegiate

The competition consists of both individual and group events. Juniors complete in 2 team events and 3 individual events; seniors complete in 2 team events and 3 individual events, plus a quiz. Collegians complete in the same amount of events as seniors but are asked more questions at each station. Awards will be given for both individuals and team efforts.

Cooperative Extension has designated the Arizona National Livestock Show, Skill-A-Thon and Avian Bowl as state qualifying contests for Arizona 4-H. Top placing Arizona 4-H Senior Division teams will be eligible for competition at the National 4-H Skill-A-Thon and Avian Bowl events. Arizona 4-H teams will be eligible for national competition at the NAILE (Skill-a-Thon), and National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference (4-H Avian Bowl).

Entry Details:

  • Competition Date: Thursday, December 28 • 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Youth Activity Building
  • Entry Deadline: December 8
  • Entry Fee:
    • $10 / Team
    • $5 / Individual
  • High Point Individual for each division:

Receives $200, belt buckle and rosette!

 Contest information is available in the Arizona National Livestock Show Premium Book; resources available below. For more information call (602) 258-8568.


2017 CONTEST ROTATION SCHEDULE

JUNIORS

  • Breeds of Livestock
  • Feed Identification
  • Equipment Identification
  • Team Quality Assurance
  • Team Livestock Evaluation

SENIORS

  • Equipment Identification
  • Feed Identification
  • Wool Judging
  • Test
  • Team Quality Assurance
  • Team Breeding & Performance

COLLEGIATE

  • Breeds of Livestock
  • Retail Meat Identification
  • Wool Judging
  • Test
  • Team Feeding Scenario
  • Team Breeding & Performance

 

 

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