The 2011 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes was held Saturday, Aug. 20, on Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. Barton County 4-H members competing were Kyle Blakeslee, Katie and Mattie Shafer and Cody Wondra from the Ellinwood Energizers 4-H club and Payton Mauler from the Busy Buzzers 4-H Club. The teams were coached by Rena Berrett, Barton County Extension summer intern.
The livestock judging contest involved members placing eight classes of livestock (beef, sheep and swine) and giving oral reason on the placings. The livestock skillathon contest included stations that addressed areas of animal science knowledge. The stations included feeds, livestock, breed and meat cut identification, wool judging and a team challenge.