Carteret County 4-H Avian Bowl Team Places at National Competition

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Carteret County 4-H Avian Bowl Team Places at National Competition

In July of 2023, Carteret County 4-H took two teams, a Junior and Senior team, to the state Avian Bowl Competition hosted by the Prestige Department of Poultry Science at NC State UniversityThe Avian Bowl is a double elimination contest patterned after other knowledge bowls. Contestants must have a comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter for several species of poultry, food safety, physiology, nutrition, eggs, and other related subjects. Retrieved from University of Kentucky: Department of Animal & Food Sciences

The Carteret County 4-H Junior team finished 2nd in their division and the Senior team finished 1st in their division. The Senior Team, by finishing 1st, qualified to go on to the national event held during the National Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on November 15 & 16, 2023. North Carolina takes a delegation of youth each year to this event to compete in Avian Bowl, Poultry Judging, Chicken BBQ, Turkey BBQ and Egg Cookery.

Making up the Avian Bowl portion of the North Carolina Delegation were Bethany Copeland, age 14, Anna McNiel, age 14, both of Carteret County, and Lexi Gilkey, age 14 of Onslow County.

Members of the NC Avian Bowl Team

Members of the NC Avian Bowl Team; Pictured L to R: Lexi Gilkey, Anna McNiel and Bethany Copeland

Fifteen states were represented at the National Poultry and Egg Avian Bowl Competition. The North Carolina team finished 6th overall, winning matches against Kentucky, Florida and Minnesota. The questions presented during the bowl were from the National 4-H Avian Bowl Manual which is published by the Clemson Cooperative Extension. This year’s topics included Avian Systems (Circulatory, Nervous, Excretory, Muscle and Skeletal), Breeds, Varieties and Strains, Eggcyclopedia, Small Turkey Flocks, Changing World of Poultry and Egg Market, Embryology and Non-food use of eggs. 

Members of the NC Avian Bowl Team

Members of the NC Avian Bowl Team; Pictured L to R: Bethany Copeland, Lexi Gilkey, and Anna McNiel.

NC Avian Bowl team members and coach

NC Avian Bowl team members and coach; Pictured L to R: Lexi Gilkey, Coleman Killinger (coach), Anna McNiel and Bethany Copeland

The delegation of youth from across North Carolina, attending the National Poultry and Egg Conference, competed in Avian Bowl, Poultry Judging, Chicken BBQ, Turkey BBQ and Egg Cookery. For the first time, North Carolina individuals and teams placed in every event! To see the full article, visit the Poultry & 4-H Youth Website.

Youth, ages 8-18, interested in joining 4-H and the Avian Bowl team should contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension  – Carteret County Center by calling 252-222-6375 or by emailing the 4-H agent.