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Livestock Quiz Bowl


The North Dakota 4-H livestock quiz bowl contest provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H livestock projects to demonstrate their knowledge of animal science-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. This contest provides an educational experience for participants and spectators. Youth are tested on all food animal livestock species, including beef, dairy, swine, goat (dairy and meat), sheep, poultry and rabbit. Additional questions regarding Youth for the Quality and Care of Animals (YQCA) also may be asked. Competition in the quiz bowl encourages 4-H members to develop a more complete knowledge of animals and related subjects and is an excellent way to develop self-confidence and excellent teamwork skills. This contest provides an educational program for all project members, including those who may not own a project animal. Teams compete in a single- or double-elimination format by giving oral answerers to questions posed by a moderator and answering by pushing the buzzer first. Each match has an individual and toss-up question round. The winning 4-H senior team will have a choice of representing North Dakota at the national 4-H contest in the ASKARBEN 4-H livestock quiz bowl contest in Omaha, Neb., or the Western National Roundup 4-H livestock quiz bowl in Denver, Colo. Whichever contest the first-place team does not attend, the runner-up (second-place team) has the option to attend.

Objectives and Outcomes

  • Stimulate learning in animal science and agricultural industry
  • Have youth develop positive interests and attitudes about animal science and related careers
  • Have youth gain a base of knowledge of animal science projects
  • Have youth utilize skills and abilities to solve everyday situations
  • Reward 4-H members for knowledge gained in a subject matter area
  • Allow youth to gain valuable producer experience
  • Provide a competitive setting in which attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail
  • Allow participants to process information, analyze complex problems and make informed decisions regarding current agricultural, environmental, livestock, producer decisions and industry issues
  • Develop teamwork, self-confidence, public speaking and decision-making skills
  • Have participants seek higher education opportunities and careers related to animal science

Age Divisions
Each age division is considered a separate contest and youth may enter one of the following divisions:

  • Junior 4-H division: Youth ages 8 to 10 before Sept. 1
  • Intermediate 4-H division: Youth ages 11 to 13 as of Dec. 31. If a 10-year-old wants to move up to the intermediate division or an 11-year-old would like to move down to a junior division, this is permitted.
  • Senior 4-H division: Youth ages 14 to 18 as of Dec. 31, 2020, and enrolled in North Dakota 4-H as a full-time 4-H member (not a short-term member)
    • As a new state contest this year, at this time, no funding is available to pay travel expenses to the national contest for the winning senior team. With that said, your team is welcome to raise its own funds to travel. Once growth and interest in this contest is evident during the next three years, funding will be provided to cover traveling expenses in the future.
    • County agents and coaches are responsible for determining the age and member eligibility of participants in the state 4-H livestock quiz bowl contest from their respective clubs.

Who May Enter

  • Contestants must be enrolled in North Dakota 4-H (4honline) as a full-time member in the county they represent. Short-term 4-H members are not eligible to compete at the state level.
  • 4-H teams will consist of four or five participants in the same age division. The fifth member serves as the alternate.
    • Until growth is seen for this new contest, each county is invited to enter as many 4-H livestock quiz bowl teams as desired. Should the contest grow more quickly than expected, counties may be limited to one team per age division to conduct the contest in a reasonable time frame. If your county has more than one team, register them and we will follow up if deemed necessary to reduce the number of teams.
  • Each team will consist of no more than four or five members. Counties may combine to form a team provided neither county has more than three participants. Combination teams must preregister together.
    • Both counties and coaches from the different teams must approve of combining individuals for a team.
  • Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations to participate in NDSU-sponsored programs and events. To request accommodations, please contact Holly Halvorson at 701-231-7251 or by March 1 to make arrangements.
  • 4-H members are not eligible for this contest if:
    • They have competed at the national 4-H livestock quiz bowl contest.
    • They have participated in official post-secondary (university, college, junior college or technical school) competitive events of a similar nature in the same subject matter area. Neither can they be members of a post-secondary team undergoing training in preparation of an event.

Levels of Involvement

Registration cost: $5 per team

Registration will go through 4-H Online. You will need to register under only one of your teammates for all divisions.

Make checks payable to 4-H Foundation and send to:
NDSU, ATTN: Holly Halvorson, Dept. 7280, FLC 219. PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108.

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