State 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl, Skillathon Scheduled for Sept. 18

July 26, 2021, 10:35 am | Amy Powell

Youth compete in 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl.AMES, Iowa - The 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl and State 4-H Skillathon contests will be held together on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University in Ames. Deadline for registration is Sept. 1. Check-in starts at 10 a.m., and competitions will begin at 10:30 a.m. Both contests will be occurring at the same time and accommodations will be made so that teams may compete in both.

The teams are divided into two age divisions and may consist of three or four members for Skillathon and three to five members for Quiz Bowl. The senior division are youth who are 14-18 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2021. A mixed division team contains youth between the ages of 9-18.

Livestock Quiz Bowl is a competition where all the questions are about beef, sheep, swine and meat goat topics, and students use a buzzer to answer the questions. Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator. Each match has both an individual and toss-up question round.

The Skillathon contest is made up of a written quiz and learning stations such as breed identification, feed identification, equipment identification and meats evaluation, as well as some team activities, such as demonstrating animal husbandry skills.

Youth compete in 4-H Skillathon.The top senior level 4-H teams in both Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon will represent Iowa at the National 4-H Skillathon Contest and National 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl competition in Louisville, Kentucky, at the North American International Livestock Exposition.  

Competition in Quiz Bowl and Skillathon encourages members to develop a more complete knowledge of animals and related subjects, noted Amy Powell, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach education specialist and contest coordinator.

“These contests provide an educational program for all project members, including those who may not own a project animal, and provide a way to develop self-confidence. These programs are a great parallel to some similar programs that breed associations and other organizations conduct such as Junior Cattle Nationals, National Junior Swine Association and the All-American Sheep Show,” Powell said.

For more information or to register, please contact Powell at or visit


Shareable photos and captions

Photo - Quiz Bowl: During Livestock Quiz Bowl, youth teams complete to be the first to correctly answer questions about beef, sheep, swine and meat goat topics.

Photo - Skillathon: Youth identify breeds during the 4-H Skillathon contest.


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