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2024 Ohio Youth Skillathons

Welcome to the 2024 Ohio State Fair Skillathons. We want to support the continued learning needs of youth livestock and companion animal exhibitors throughout Ohio, so Ohio State University Extension and the Department of Animal Sciences are pleased to offer in-person and virtual Skillathons again this year. Continuing in 2024: we will resume the proctored virtual breeding Skillathons at the Ohio State Fair for the species with Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor Programs (for more information please visit the Beef, Sheep, and Swine Skillathon Sections). 

Our 4-H Animal Sciences team will conduct online Ohio Youth Skillathons this year to provide a chance for youth to practice as well as to provide another opportunity for county fair skillathon credit; no awards or placings will be involved. These Skillathons will include similar educational materials, by species, that are evaluated at the Ohio State Fair. In-person Skillathons and OBE Skillathons will be at the Ohio State Fair and youth participating at the youth livestock shows will have an opportunity to compete.

Save the dates for the species you want to participate in and put your 4-H project knowledge to the test! Times, details about rules, and registration are provided on this page. If you have questions about the Ohio 4-H Skillathon, contact us at 4hanimalscience@osu.edu.

2024 Ohio Youth Skillathon Calendar

 

For more information about dates and topics, please visit the individual species pages linked below:

Rules Virtual Skillathon Skillathon Team
Beef                Goat               Rabbit
Cavy Horse Sheep
Dairy Llama/Alpaca Swine
Dog   Poultry General Resources

 

 

 

 

 

Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2024, and FFA members. 4-H and FFA members turning 19 on or before December 31, 2023, are too old to participate in skillathons.

 

RULES:

  • There is no pre-registration for any of the 2024 Ohio State Fair Skillathons.
  • 2024 In-Person & Market (OME) Ohio Youth Skillathon Rules (posted 5.7.2024)
  • 2024 Virtual Proctored Breeding (OBE) Ohio Youth Skillathon Rules (posted 5.7.2024)
  • Outstanding Exhibitor Rules (OME and OBE)
  • Record Book Rules 
  • All Skillathons are open to any Ohio 4-H member, age 8 and in the 3rd grade, or 9 years old and older regardless of grade level, to age 18 as of January 1, 2024, and FFA members.
  • You do not have to exhibit a particular species to participate in that species Skillathon (EXCEPT FOR BREEDING SKILLATHON).
  • Any specific rules for an individual species will be outlined on the testing site.
  • Virtual participation skillathons will be delivered through Qualtrics. You must have access to a computer with the ability to access the internet.
    • Even though virtual Skillathons are online, each Skillathon must be taken by the youth only without assistance from family or friends.
  • NEW: (OBE) Breeding Skillathons will be held during the youth livestock shows at the Ohio State Fair for Beef, Sheep, and Swine. 
    • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor, youth MUST compete in their species OBE skillathon
  • In-person Skillathons will be held during the youth livestock shows at the Ohio State Fair
    • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete in their species in-person skillathon
  • There will be 4 stations in each Skillathon that will make up 4 separate, timed modules.
  • Each station will have a time limit (typically 5 minutes per station).
  • If your child requires any testing accommodations, please contact us in advance at 4hanimalscience@osu.edu and we will work with you to make accommodation arrangements.
    • Youth will be required to show proof of Winning 4-H Plan, IEP, or other appropriate and current documentation to receive accommodations. 
  • Results will be posted for each age category, age division, and overall after the Skillathon is completed. 


How to Register for Virtual Skillathons:

  • Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 
  • There is no pre-registration for any of the 2024 Ohio State Fair Skillathons.
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 
    • If you are using this skillathon for credit at your county fair, check for specific completion requirements with your fair. 
  • Species Links Below: 
  • If you have any questions, please contact 4hanimalscience@osu.edu.

 

Interested in our Ohio 4-H Skillathon Team?

Click HERE

Beef Skillathon

2024

Virtual: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

(OBE) Breeding Beef Skillathon: Monday, July 22 & Friday, July 26, 3-5 p.m., Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)

  • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor, youth MUST compete in the OBE Skillathon
  • The Beef OBE skillathon is only open to beef-breeding exhibitors. 

In-Person: Thursday, Aug. 1, Noon-3 p.m, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)

  • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Beef Skillathon

 

 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Meat Science, Characteristics & Identification, Medication & Treatment, Nutrition & Digestion
  • OBE: Reproduction, Medication & Treatment, Nutrition & Digestion, Pregnancy & Parturition
  • In-Person: Meat Science, Environmental Stewardship, Health & Treatment, Nutrition & Digestion

2024 Resources to Study

Results 2023

Breeding Skillathon

In-Person Skillathon

Record Book

OME

OBE

See Individual Results (Skillathon & OME)

See Individual Results (OBE Skillathon)

See Individual Results (OBE Scores)

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Cavy Skillathon

2024

Virtual Only: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This may be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Cavy Characteristics, Anatomy & Health, Feed & Digestion, and Medication & Health 

 

2024 Resources to Study (Virtual)

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Dairy Skillathon

2024

Virtual: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

In-Person: Wednesday, July 24, 9 a.m.-Noon, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)

 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Breeds & Reproduction, Mammary Function & Dairy Products, Anatomy, Health & Treatment
  • In-Person: Nutrition & Digestion, Health Treatment, Reproduction, Animal Handling & Crop Management 

 

2024 Resources to Study

 

Results 2023

In-Person Skillathon

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Dog Skillathon

2024

Virtual: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

In-Person: Tuesday, June 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)

 

2024 Skillathon Stations  

  • Virtual: Breeds & Characteristics, Hazards & Care, Anatomy, Health & Treatment
  • In-Person: Anatomy, Health & Hazards, Dental, Parasites

 

2024 Resources to Study

Results 2023

In-Person Skillathon

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Goat Skillathon

2024

Virtual: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

In-Person: Thursday, July 18, 1-4 p.m., Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)

  • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Goat Skillathon

There will be no OBE program for goats in 2024

 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Anatomy & Characteristics, Management & Handling, Nutrition & Digestion, Medication & Treatment

2023 Skillathon Stations

  • In-Person: Meat Science, Health & Treatment, Nutrition & Digestion, Animal Handling 

 

2024 Resources to Study

2023

 

Results 2023

Breeding Skillathon

In-Person Skillathon

Record Book

OME

OBE

See Individual Results (Skillathon & OME)

See Individual Results (OBE Skillathon)

See Individual Results (OBE Scores)

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Horse Skillathon

2024

Virtual: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

In-Person: Monday, July 15, 8 a.m.-Noon, Voinovich Livestock Center Mezzanine (2nd floor)

 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Confirmation & Anatomy, Gaits, Nutrition, Genetics & Reproduction

2023

  • In-Person: External Anatomy, Gaits, Forages, Internal Anatomy

2024 Resources to Study

2023

Results 2023

In-Person Skillathon

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Llama/Alpaca Skillathon

2024

Virtual Only: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This may be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Characteristics, Anatomy & Showmanship, Health & Medication, Confirmation

2024 Resources to Study (Virtual)

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Poultry Skillathon

2024

Virtual: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

In-Person: Wednesday, July 31, 4-7 p.m., Rabbit & Poultry Pavilion

  • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Poultry Skillathon

 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Poultry Products, Meat Science & Anatomy, Breeds, Medication & Treatment

2023

  • In-Person: Nutrition & Animal Handling, Eggs, Animal Welfare, Medication & Treatment

2024 Resources to Study

2023

Results 2023

In-Person Skillathon

See Individual Results (Skillathon & OME)

Record Book

OME

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Rabbit Skillathon

2024

Virtual: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

In-Person: Friday, August 2, 9 a.m.-Noon, Rabbit & Poultry Pavilion

 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Breeds, Anatomy, Nutrition, Medication & Treatment

2023

  • In-Person: Animal Welfare & Handling, Reproduction, Digestion, Health & Treatment 

2024 Resources to Study

2023

Results 2023

In-Person Skillathon

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Sheep Skillathon

2024

Virtual: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

(OBE) Breeding Sheep Skillathon: Saturday, July 27 & Thursday, Aug. 1, 8-11a.m., Brown Sheep Building

  • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor, youth MUST compete in the OBE Skillathon
  • The Sheep OBE skillathon is only open to sheep-breeding exhibitors. 

In-Person: Tuesday, July 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Brown Sheep Building

  • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Sheep Skillathon

 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Breeds & Types, Meat Science, Anatomy, Medication & Treatment

2023

  • OBE: Reproduction, Teeth, Parturition & Wool, Breeds & Genetics
  • In-Person: Meat Science, Health & Treatment, Nutrition & Digestion, Animal Welfare & Handling

2024 Resources to Study

2023

  • OBE
    •  
  • In-Person
    •  

Results 2023

Breeding Skillathon

In-Person Skillathon

Record Book

OME

OBE

See Individual Results (Skillathon & OME)

See Individual Results (OBE Skillathon)

See Individual Results (OBE Scores)

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Swine Skillathon

2024

Virtual: Open from May 27th - October 14th, Online. 

  • Skillathon Link
  • This is intended to serve as practice for youth interested in the Ohio State Fair Skillathons. 
  • This may also be used to replace requirements for county fair skillathons (please check with your fair for requirements). 

(OBE) Breeding Swine Skillathon: Friday, July 26, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., O’Neill Swine Barn

  • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor, youth MUST compete in the OBE Skillathon
  • The Swine OBE skillathon is only open to swine-breeding exhibitors. 

In-Person: Wednesday, July 31, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., O’Neill Swine Barn

  • Note: To be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor, youth MUST compete at the in-person Swine Skillathon

 

2024 Skillathon Stations

  • Virtual: Breeds & Reproduction, Meat Science, Health & Treatment, Nutrition 

2023

  • OBE: Reproduction, Nutrition, Health & Treatment, Genetics & Selection
  • In-Person: Meat Science, Animal Welfare & Handling, Reproduction, Health & Treatment 

2024 Resources to Study

2023

  • OBE
    •  
  • In-Person
    •  

Results 2023

Breeding Skillathon

In-Person Skillathon

Record Book

OME

OBE

See Individual Results (Skillathon & OME)

See Individual Results (OBE Skillathon)

See Individual Results (OBE Scores)

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General Resources

ANIMAL SCIENCE TEAM FACTSHEETS

NUTRITION
OTHER

Ruminants

BEEF
DAIRY
GOAT
SHEEP

Non-Ruminants

DOG
POULTRY
RABBIT
SWINE
Equine

Social Media

Facebook

 

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Ohio 4-H Skillathon Team

2023 Ohio 4-H Skillathon Team

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2023 Ohio 4-H Skillathon Team

The Ohio 4-H State Skillathon Team recently traveled to #NAILE to compete in the National 4-H Skillathon Contest, where they earned 11th overall team and 10th high team in Identification. Team member Lauren Niccum received the honors of being named 15th high individual. Congratulations to this team for representing #Ohio4H at the national contest!

Competing members this year included:

-Delaney Chester

-Jadyn Neikirk

-Annie Saling

-Ivy Smith

-Cherokee Mellott

-Lauren Niccum

A special thank you to our coaches for their dedication to the team.

-Benjamin Wenner

- Andrea Rees

-Hunter Frobose

If you are interested in becoming a part of future State Skillathon teams, plan to compete in at least 1 of the Ohio State Fair #Skillathons in beef, swine, sheep, or goats. You must be at least 14 years old by Jan 1 and need to place in the top 3 for your age group to qualify for the team in August.

If you would like to help support future 4-H'ers studying and traveling to compete at NAILE for the National 4-H Skillathon Contest, consider making a tax-deductible contribution today: https://go.osu.edu/donatestate4hskillathons

 

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Contact: MacKenzie Dore (Program Assistant, dore.12@osu.edu)