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Youth quick recall tested at state dairy contest

A close up of a cow in a field

Bloomington, Ill. – 4-H members had their knowledge and quick recall of information tested at the Illinois 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl contest on Feb. 26 at the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.  Fifty 4-H members from 10 counties throughout Illinois came together to participate in this statewide contest.

This contest requires many hours of dedicated learning by participating youth and a good understanding of the dairy industry. Each competition round includes 12 questions presented one-on-one followed by 16 toss-up questions with bonus point options. The questions focus on information relating to the various aspects of dairy cattle management and dairy products. 

Youth 14 years and older compete as part of the Senior Division with youth under 13 compete in the Junior Division. 

In the Junior Division, the winning team included members: Drew Lueking, Clinton County; Garret Beal, Clinton County; Kasey Clanton, Bond County; and Kenzie Krause, Clinton County.

In the Senior Division the top two teams included team members Shana Lueking, Clinton County; Lars Carlson, Boone County; Justin Irwin, Boone County; and Allyson Aves, Boone County.

Youth smile while holding awards
Team members are (L to R): Kenzie Krause, Kasey Clanton, Garrett Beal and Drew Lueking

The following youth have been asked to represent the state of Illinois in the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in Louisville, Kentucky in November: Justin Irwin and Lars Carlson of Boone County along with Delana Erbsen and Nevin Erbsen of Carroll County, and Ben Bremmer of Stephenson County.

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Writer: Derek Nolan, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Teaching Assistant Professor, Extension Faculty Specialist,

About Illinois 4-H: Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth development program of University of Illinois Extension and administered through the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. 4-H grows true leaders, youth who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow. The hands-on approach in 4-H gives young people guidance, tools, and encouragement, and then puts them in the driver’s seat to make great things happen. Independent research confirms the unparalleled impact of the 4-H experience, demonstrating that young people are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. 

About Extension:  Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.