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Maryland 4-H State Skillathon Team Wins Tony Dobrosky Memorial Stockman’s Contest at the 2013 Keystone International Livestock Expo

Pictured Left to Right: Aislinn Latham (Frederick Co.), Caitlin Olejnik (Charles Co.), Andrew Bauer (Howard Co.), Aaron Lantz (Garrett Co.)

The Maryland 4-H State Skillathon Team competed at the Tony Dobrosky Memorial Stockman’s Contest on Friday, October 4th, at the 2013 Keystone International Livestock Expo. The team consists of 4-Her’s Andrew Bauer from Howard County, Aaron Lantz from Garrett County, Aislinn Latham from Frederick County and Caitlin Olejnik from Charles County. The team is coached by Lauren Mohler and Jeanne Herbert, both from Charles County.

The contest consisted of twelve classes – swine judging , beef judging, sheep judging, hay judging, meat judging, identification of livestock breeds, identification of equipment, identification of feeds, identification of meats, a livestock management quiz, a quality assurance quiz and a wildcard quiz. The five highest placing contestants based on overall score were interviewed by a committee of three officials experienced in beef, sheep and swine production. Contestants were asked questions about management, health, showing and current problems concerning the livestock industry. The interview evaluated the contestant’s ability to give a presentation and to assess their knowledge of the livestock industry.

The team did extremely well at the contest. As a team they placed 1st in Identification, 1st in Meats, 1st in Management and 1st Overall. As individuals, Andrew Bauer placed 2nd in Identification, 2nd in Management and 3rd Overall, Aaron placed 3rd in Meats, 3rd in Management and 2nd Overall, Aislinn placed 1st in Identification, 1st in Management and 1st Overall, and Caitlin placed 4th in Identification, 1st in Meats and 6th Overall.

Congratulations to Andy, Aaron, Aislinn and Caitlin for a great job representing Maryland 4-H!

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