UACES Facebook Beef Quiz Bowl: More than a contest; it's career preparation

Beef Quiz Bowl: More than a contest; it's career preparation

March 8, 2018

By U of A System Division of Agriculture

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  • Quiz Bowl helps equip students for beef industry
  • Greene County 4-H takes 2018 victory

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It may look like a contest, by the Arkansas Beef Quiz Bowl does more than just send teams home with something more than a trophy. Competitors earn preparation for a career. 

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CHAMPS -- Winning Greene Co. 4-H team. (Image courtesy Chelsey Ahrens).

“The Arkansas Beef Quiz Bowl is a valuable experience for Arkansas youth who have an interest in the beef industry,” said Chelsey Ahrens, extension youth livestock specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“While studying for the contest, they learn about various aspects of the industry from forage recommendations, to food safety, to Beef Quality Assurance,” she said. “Their knowledge is put to the test in a fun team activity all while acquiring knowledge they can utilize on their own beef cattle operation.”

The 2018 contest, held Feb. 23 at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center on the University of Arkansas campus, drew 30 teams with 120 students from across the state. With the competitors was a cadre of parents, county agents and teachers, all taking up spots in the stands; the crowd humming with anticipation. The quiz bowl is fiercely contested and is formatted as a double elimination tournament.

This year, 4-H teams from Greene and Washington counties finished 1-2, while Fayetteville FFA took third.

The event was hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Animal Science Department. Instructor Bryan Kutz said that in addition to sharpening the students’ knowledge of beef cattle, they demonstrate “improved communication, goal setting, critical thinking and team building skills and ultimately enhanced their interest in beef cattle.”

Kutz said the students are “tested on many levels of question difficulty. The questions were compiled by our Animal Science faculty and covered all aspects of beef production.”

The Beef Quiz Bowl is funded by the Arkansas Beef Council through revenue collected from the Beef Check-Off.  Educational material was provided for county extension agents and vocational agriculture instructors to further the learning beyond that of the students’ beef 4-H and FFA projects. 

For more information about 4-H and livestock, contact your county extension office or visit

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.   


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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126