Columbia, MO, August 19, 2020 — On Thursday, August 13, FFA and 4-H members participated in the 2020 Youth Swine Skillathon at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Participants competed in three age brackets during the contest, which is sponsored by the Missouri Pork Association and the University of Missouri Extension.
In the Age 12 and Under division, first place went to Rhett Forkner from Richards, Michaela Miller from Bogard placed second, and Elliott Cooley from Windsor received third.
In the Age 13-15 division, Annie Robinson from Wellsville received first, Mason Forkner from Richards received second, and third place went to Carlee Long from Paris.
In the Age 16 and Older division, Bailey Boland from Sweet Springs placed first, Tanner Ellison from Baring received second and third place went to Tate Welch from Sheridon.
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, calculating medication withdrawal times, figuring growth performance, identifying pork carcass wholesale and retail cuts, 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 about their swine project and the Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus Program.
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The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call (573) 445-8375.