$15,000 awarded to top 4-H animal science members - U of I Extension

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$15,000 awarded to top 4-H animal science members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1, 2017

Contact: Judy Mae Bingman, 217-300-2113, jmbingma@illinois.edu

For more than 20 years, the Illinois 4-H Foundation has rewarded exceptional 4-H members in the livestock project area for their work inside and outside the show ring. The Superior Young Producer Award provides $1,000 scholarships to youth who excel in production, health, and industry information related to their species of interest.

Fifteen $1,000 scholarships were awarded recently to 4-H members competing in their respective contests during the Illinois State Fair junior livestock and horse shows.

The contest had three phases. The management phase tested knowledge of animal nutrition, health, reproduction, safety, and marketing. The skill-a-thon phase tested the contestant’s ability to identify feed components and livestock equipment. The third phase included live animal identification and quality analysis.

Horse Contest

Scholarship winners for the horse contest held July 19 as part of the Illinois State Fair junior horse show included Hallie Horsman of Shelby County, Katelyn Hamilton of Randolph County, and Vanessa Bucher of Mercer County.

Plaques provided by the Land of Lincoln Livestock Breeders Association were presented to the top three scores in each phase of the contest. Winning the horse judging phase were Ellie Korthals of Henry County, first; Horseman, second; and Teri Hall of Shelby County, third. In the written test phase, top finishers were Bucher, first; Hamilton, second; and Horsman, third. During the skill-a-thon phase, Rylee McKinney of Coles County took first place; Horsman took second; and Hamilton took third place.

Zoe Underwood, a past scholarship recipient who returned this year to assist in the judging phase, said she was happy to give back to a great program from which she benefited so significantly.

Deb Hagstrom, University of Illinois equine specialist, coordinated the horse division of the Superior Young Producer Contest. “Participants tell me they appreciate this important scholarship opportunity,” Hagstrom said. “They are grateful for the award and contribution to their college expenses.”

Beef, Swine, Sheep Contest

Nine $1,000 scholarships were earned by 4-H members enrolled in beef, swine, and sheep projects. The winners included Kacie Haag of Kankakee County, Ethan Macklin of Shelby County, Wyatt Claire of Iroquois County, Makenna Green of Christian County, Blake Hennenfent of Knox County, Tanner Mickey of Christian County, Evan Link of Knox County, Mclayn Musick of Adams County, and Jordynn Marcum of Ford County.

Top phase winners included Haag, Maggie Kelly, and Erin Curley in the management phase; Haag, Macklin, and Eric Schafer in the skill-a-thon phase; and Green, Kira Sayre, and Macklin in the judging phase.

The contest was held Aug. 9 and was supported by the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the CME Group of Chicago. Phase winner plaques were provided by the Land of Lincoln Livestock Breeders Association.

“More than 500,000 has been awarded to youth toward their higher education from the Superior Young Producer Contest,” said Dan Jennings, U of I Extension animal science educator.

Dairy Cattle Contest

Three 4-H members earned $1,000 scholarships for their top finishes in the Superior Young Dairy Producers Contest held Aug. 19 at the Illinois State Fair. The winners were Grace Koester of Randolph County, Olivia Telgmann of Shelby County, and Evan Young of LaSalle County.

The top three phase winners received plaques. In the dairy management test, winners included Brady Heinzmann of Marion County, Koester, and Rachel Scidmore of Carroll County. Winners of the skill-a-thon phase included Koester, Telgmann, and Young. The judging contest phases ended with Payton Erbsen of Carrol County, Taylor Huels of Bond County, and Young earning top awards.

“The purpose of the contest is to create an educational activity that promotes youth development, career development, and personal growth through increased knowledge of the livestock industry,” said Dave Fischer, Extension dairy program coordinator and Illinois 4-H dairy coach.

The Illinois 4-H Foundation provides the scholarships for the contest, and the Land of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Breeders Association and Illinois State Fair provide the plaques and ribbons.

Pull date: December 31, 2017