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

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

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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