An Illinois team earned third place at the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest held Monday, Nov. 13 during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.
The team finished second in the quality assurance division which included questions related to animal handling, breeding, marketing, feeding, and carcass evaluation, said Dan Jennings, University of Illinois Extension 4-H animal science educator. It also placed fifth in evaluation and seventh in meats, breeds, and equipment identification.
Sam Schneider coached the 4-H team. The Illinois 4-H Foundation provided support for the team at the national competition.
Wyatt Claire of Iroquois County earned All-American status by finishing seventh overall individually. He took third in quality assurance, 12th in identification and 27th in the evaluation phase of the contest.
Evan Link of Knox County placed 22nd overall with a seventh place finish in quality assurance, 25th place in identification, and 50th place in evaluation. Ethan Macklin of Shelby County placed 22nd overall with an eighth place finish in quality assurance, 31st in identification, and 37th in the evaluation phase of the contest. Bobby Batson of Grundy County earned 65th overall.