From county fairs to larger pigs shows on a national level, there are always opportunities for youth education. Many exhibitions have skillathon or quiz bowl competitions built into their events. The Pork Checkoff has created a downloadable resource for teachers, Extension personal and other leaders to use for organizing these types of competitions. Resources for both skillathons and quiz bowls are divided into three age categories: junior, Intermediate and senior. A variety of subject areas are addressed, including breeding, animal well-being, swine health and other key topics.

Quiz Bowl

Junior Ages 12 and Under

Animal Care
Consumer Information
Food Safety
Swine Health
Animal Well-Being
Cooking Pork
Pork Industry Information
Swine Knowledge
Breeding
Environment
PQA Plus®

Intermediate Ages 13-16

Animal Care
Consumer Information
Food Safety
Pork Industry
Swine Health
Breed Eligibility
Eligibility
Meat Science
Pork Quality
Breeding
Environment
Nutrition
Swine Knowledge

Senior Ages 17 and Up

Animal Care
Consumer Information
Food Safety
Meat Science
Pork Production
Breed Eligibility
Cooking Pork
General Knowledge
Nutrition
PQA Plus®
Breeding
Environment
Market Information
Pork Industry Information
Swine Health

Skillathon

Skillathon contests provide a valuable educational experience for youth. The content of these contests provide a framework for youth to learn a variety of topics related to the production and management of swine. Participants in these events will learn about different breeds of swine, parts of the pigs, feedstuffs, equipment, and meat science to name a few. Below are downloadable/printable PDF’s for your use at your events.

Download Skillathon Score Sheet

Junior Ages 12 and Under

Breed Identification
Digestive System
Equipment Identification
Ear Notching
Feed Tag Identification
Industrial Byproducts
Meat Cut Identification
Gilt Structure
Pedigree Terms
Vaccination Label
Vaccination Site Identification
Swine Evaluation
Swine Terms
Understanding Biosecurity

Intermediate Ages 13-16

Administering Medicine
Breed Identification
Current Events
Ear Notching
Feed Label Identification
Industry Knowledge
Keep/ Cull
Nutrient
Pedigree
Pork Cuts
Muscle Quality
Pork Quality
Swine Evaluation
Swine Management
Vaccinations
Withdrawl Times

Senior Ages 17 and Up

Breed Identification
Cooking Knowledge
Current Events
Feed Identification
Housing Systems
Industry Knowledge
Keep/Cull
Meat Science
Pedigreed Swine
Pork Production
Semen Knowledge
Skeletal Anatomy
Swine Evaluation