Columbia, Mo.,- FFA and 4-H members participated in the 2011 Youth Swine Skillathon during the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. The contest is sponsored by the Missouri Pork Association and the University of Missouri Extension.
In the Age 12 and Under division, first place went to Elise Bailey from Curryville. Natalie Ayers from Green City placed second, and Gabrielle Deters from Bowling Green received third.
In the Age 13-15 division, Ty Graves from Ewing received first, Cara Comstock from Deerfield received second, and third went to Lindsey Robinson from Wellsville.
In the Age 16 and Older division, Caraline Harrelson from Clinton received first. Second place went to Roth McElvain from Palmyra, and third went to Nate Warthen from Joplin.
The top three winners in each category received a cash award, and the top individual in each category also received a plaque.
The first part of the three-stage contest is a hands-on swine management test including breed identification, equipment identification, ear notching, feed medication withdrawal, calculation growth performance, pork carcass cuts, meat quality evaluation, environmental issues and feed ingredient identification. The second section is a short quiz that covers current events and general information about the swine industry in Missouri, the United States, and internationally. The final stage is a 5 minute personal interview with a State Extension Specialist about their swine project and the Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus Program.