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.org.
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 DaneCountyMeatAnimalSale@gmail.com if you have questions.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheep Committee Chairperson(s):
Romaine Ace or David Ace
Swine Committee Chairperson(s):
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)