Approximately 300 Kansas 4-H members from 50 counties participated in the 2017 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes Aug. 19-20 in Manhattan and hosted by the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.
The state contest includes livestock judging and meat judging; livestock skillathon; and the livestock quiz bowl.
4-H members who participated in all three activities (livestock and meat judging and skillathon) were entered in the Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes. Jade Edwards from Greenwood County was named the 2017 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes high individual.
Also placing in the top 10 were:
2nd – Rhett Newby, Wildcat District
3rd – Cord Dodson, Wildcat District
4th – Gavin Fry, Southwind District
5th – Haydon Schaaf, Southwind District
6th – Joel Nelson, Meadowlark District
7th – John Emmerson, Southwind District
8th – Dallie Metheney, Scott County
9th – Kinsey Harlan, Greenwood County
10th – Eva Hinrichsen, Pottawatomie County
Wildcat District No. 1 won the livestock sweepstakes champion team award with the best-combined team performance in livestock judging, livestock skillathon, livestock quiz bowl and meat judging.
The team champions for the meat judging, livestock skillathon and livestock quiz bowl will represent Kansas at their respective national 4-H contest, which all will occur later this fall. Kansas will be represented by an all-star team at the national 4-H livestock judging contest in Louisville.
Based on their performance in the state livestock judging contest, 18 Kansas 4-Hers were selected to advance to the team selection process. This will include a series of livestock evaluation workshops and opportunities provided by the Kansas State University livestock judging team.
The Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes is also sponsored by the Kansas Pork Association, Kansas Beef Council, AgTech, Farm Talk, Kansas State University College of Agriculture, Frontier Farm Credit and the Konza Veterinary Clinic.