Runnels County 4-H'ers earn All American at Nationals

Marty Vahlenkamp
The Runnels County 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team recently competed at the National 4-H Contest held in Louisville, Kentucky. The contest is held annually as part of the North American International Livestock Exposition. (L-R) Ben Flanagan; Allie Kalina; Marty Vahlenkamp; Carly Taubert; Avery Flanagan.

The Runnels County 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team recently competed at the National 4-H Contest held in Louisville, Kentucky. The contest is held annually as part of the North American International Livestock Exposition. The team earned the right to compete this past June by winning the state contest held at Texas 4-H Roundup. The contest test the individuals on their overall knowledge of the Livestock Industry. Team members compete in individual portions of the contest such as Hay judging, Wool Judging, meat cut identification, breed and livestock equipment identification. The teams also competed in the team component which tested their practical knowledge on Meet Carcass Evaluation, Animal Breeding, Livestock Performance and Marketing, and Quality Assurance.

Team Members: Ben Flanagan; Allie Kalina; Carly Taubert; Avery Flanagan.

Results: Ben Flanagan - All-American; Avery Flanagan - All-American

(Ben and Avery were named All-American’s  for being a top 20 Individual in the contest.)

8th High Team Overall; 3rd  High team in ID; 9th  High team in Evaluation