All youth planning to show OR sell livestock at the Dane County Fair must meet these species specific educational requirements:

  • Enroll in the Beef, Sheep,Swine Project by December 31, 2021
  • Complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) in-person or online between 9/1/2021-6/15/2022
  • Attend at least one education event related to the species they intend to show or sell
  • Complete all training and submit education card and YQCA certificate by June 15.
  • Submit YQCA certificate and education card online:

2021-2022 Livestock Approved Education Meeting List (beef, sheep, swine)

WYLP Education Presentations

The 4-H Livestock Education Committee has confirmed that the education programs listed in the link above offered by the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program (WYLP), in connection with the University of Wisconsin Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences Department, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Division of Extension, can be used to meet your Livestock education requirement for beef, sheep and swine. These are LIVE Virtual Zoom educational programs.

These sessions will provide awareness and knowledge of animal agriculture in these challenge areas listed. They will also give details on careers and how this area connects with your animal project. There will be a case study to further develop discussion skills with a local project leader, agriculture, and or science teacher on the discussion topic. Younger youth can learn through a take-home activity they talk about with parents and or project leaders.

For registration and details about each presentation, go to: 

January 13 at 7:00pm – Grand Challenge: Animal Health & Welfare
February 10 at 7:00pm – Grand Challenge: Precision Agriculture
March 10 at 7:00pm – Grand Challenge: Food Safety Pork Carcass Evaluation, Fabrication and Cooking with Pork
April 14 at 7:00pm – Grand Challenge: Land and Water
May 12 at 7:00pm – Grand Challenge: Biomedical Advancements

Contact Bernie O’Rourke, UW- Madison Animal & Dairy Science Extension Youth Livestock Specialist at (608) 263-4304 or with questions

Education Verification:

The dates on the list are those hosted or approved by the Dane County Beef, Sheep and Swine Education Committees for qualification to exhibit at the Dane County Fair. Youth must complete a minimum of one educational event per species in order to qualify to exhibit at the Dane County Fair. Other dates may be added when approved. For potential qualifying meetings not listed on the list/website, please contact a member of the Beef, Sheep and Swine Education Committees for pre-approval of meeting credit. It is up to the exhibitor to provide documentation (agenda, brochure, etc.)

YQCA – Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

Youth intending to show or sell animals at any number of fairs (both state and county level) across the state must have their YQCA certification. This includes, beef, sheep, swine, rabbits, poultry, cavies, dairy and goats.

YQCA is designed as an annual education and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being and character awareness for youth ages 8 to 21. The program has been designed by extension specialists and national livestock program managers to ensure it is accurate, current and relevant to the needs of the animal industry and shows and is appropriate for youth. Youth have the option to do the face-to-face training* at any one of the YQCA Trainings across the state or to do the on-line training.

YQCA Fees:  The online certification fee is $12. The fee is $3 per person for a face-to-face training – *there are currently no in-person training programs scheduled due to COVID-19.  Youth can test out of a YQCA level for $36 or $48 depending on age bracket – open to ages 12, 15, or 19 years old as of 1/1/21. More information is on

YQCA Website

Education Card and YQCA Submission Information

NEW THIS YEAR – How and when to submit education requirements:

  • To qualify to show at the Dane County Fair with 4-H, FFA or other Dane County youth organization, youth exhibitors must meet species education requirements and submit proof by June 15, 2021 at 11:59pm by using the  EDUCATION REQUIREMENT UPLOAD PORTAL ** 
    • **Access to a Google Account is required to upload documents in the portal. This helps keep documents secure. Youth can utilize their school account or utilize a family account. If the youth does not have access to a Google Account, please email for an alternative option.
  • If showing in more than one species, youth must complete and submit the requirements for each species.
  • If a youth documented more than one species on an education card, they will be asked to upload the same card for each species represented. To upload the education card, please save the document as a JPG, TIFF, or PDF. Youth can take a picture of the education card to upload.
  • Contact the species Education Committee Chairperson listed to receive approval for educational opportunities not listed.

Education Requirement Upload Portal

2021-2022 Dane County Fair Education Requirement Card – This is the card you will complete after attending a species specific education meeting/event to confirm attendance. You should upload the completed card by June 15.

Failure to submit the species specific educational card to the Dane County Online Submission Site by June 15 will make you ineligible to show your animal at the Dane County Fair!


Dane County Fair Meat Animal Sale (MAS) Information 

The Dane County Meat Animal Sale is managed by the Dane County Meat Animal Sale Association. This association is an organization of interested persons whose purpose is the organization and operation of the Dane County Meat (Large) Animal Sale. This is an independent association and is not connected to the Dane County Fair Board, Dane County 4-H Leaders Association, UW-Extension Office or any other group. Contact Lauren Ace with questions 608-520-1578.

Beef Tag Pick Up was held on January 29, 2022. Contact if you have questions.

2022 MAS Scholarship application

Beef, Sheep, and Swine Education Committee

The 4-H Beef, Sheep, and Swine Education Committees provide county-wide leadership for educational workshops and support within the project. Contact committee members with questions regarding educational meetings and support in the project.

Beef Committee Chairperson(s):

Jan Horstmeyer –

Sheep Committee Chairperson(s):

Romaine Ace or David Ace

Swine Committee Chairperson(s):

Dick Straub –
Kelli Outhouse –
Blayne Outhouse –


Origins of Cattle (from Oklahoma State University)
Beef Safety (from Kansas State University)


Guide to Raising Healthy Sheep Fact Sheet (904 KB, 4 pages)
US Targhee Sheep Association
 (Read about a program to provide a starter flock of sheep to deserving youth)
Origins of Sheep
 (from Oklahoma State University)


Swine Private Sale Information – Word document
Swine Private Sale Information – pdf file

Squeaky Clean Biosecurity Plan Fact Sheet – pdf
Origins of Swine (from Oklahoma State University)
Guide to Raising Healthy Pigs Fact Sheet (675 KB, 6 pages)

New Testing Required for Swine Moving In and Into Wisconsin – pdf file

Swine Health Rules


Updated: 8/26/2020

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