The 2021 National American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Academic Quadrathlon (AQ) was hosted by the University of Kentucky, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, July 17-18. Three, four member teams competed in the event, including Iowa State University from the Midwest Section, Penn State University from the Northeast Section, and Texas A&M University from the Southern Section of ASAS. The Western Section was unable to send a team.

The AQ started early on Saturday morning, July 17, at the C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles where UK faculty, staff and students had prepared stops for testing the hands-on knowledge of the teams on nutrition, feeds, reproduction, beef cattle, poultry, sheep and swine. Teams then traveled to campus and completed stops for breed identification, horses, and meats. Before taking a written exam to test their knowledge across all disciplines of the animal sciences, teams were treated to a lunch, featuring unique Kentucky products, by the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.

ASAS Academic Quadrathlon Picture

On Saturday evening, teams attended a catered BBQ dinner and tested their ‘AXE’ throwing skills at Battle Axes in downtown Lexington. Team members had a great time competing against each other and fellowshipping with students from across the United States. UK faculty, staff and students joined in the evening’s festivities.

The AQ concluded on Sunday morning on the UK campus with the oral presentations and quiz bowl. The quiz bowl ended in a nail bitter, with the final question determining the winning team of the entire competition.

After a lunch provided by the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, the awards ceremony was conducted and final placings were presented. Texas A&M won the overall AQ with Penn State and Iowa State University taking second and third place, respectively.

The ASAS Board of Directors extended a special “Thank you, Cats!” to the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences for organizing and conducting a challenging and fun Academic Quadrathlon.