WYLP – Animal Science Educational Programs

The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program (WYLP), affiliated with the UW Madison Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, and the Division of Extension are excited to offer these educational programs for the winter/spring of 2020-2021. These activities are an opportunity for youth and adults to create awareness and increase skills in the animal sciences.

These activities can serve as “county educational requirements”.  These are ideas, and county programs will have the final say on if they meet county requirements.  Your county or fair might have a specific form that is used for educational points.  There are no educational opportunities that can substitute for YQCA certification.   In the meantime, track your involvement online using this available form.  Turn in the form to your county fair and or livestock committee representatives.

Educational Verification Form

December 3, 2020, 7 p.m. CST – Virtual
Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery Building Tour
Register for this event – Done
Recording – will be available soon.

January 14, 2021, 7 p.m. CST – Virtual
Roaming the Rumen – Join this session to learn more about the ruminant stomach’s compartments and how it’s different from other digestive systems. We will work with a cannulated cow to see how feeds are digested and utilized by animals.
Speakers:  Eric Ronk and Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, UW Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences.

Evaluation (Once you have reviewed the recording)

February 11, 2021, 7 p.m. CST – Virtual
Feeding & caring for Swine without Ractopamine – Join this session to gain perspective on how Ractopamine can be managed in your swine project; cleaning facilities, alternative feeding opportunities, knowledge of show policy.
Speakers:  Dr. Steve Moeller, Ohio State University, and Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University

Evaluation (Once you have reviewed the recording)

March 11, 2021, 7 p.m. CST – Virtual
Lamb Live & Carcass Evaluation; Lamb Culinary products – We will pre-record the live lamb evaluation and review those same lamb carcasses in the NEW Meat Science & Animal Biologics Building.  We will fabricate the carcass into cuts and other products.
Speakers:  Todd Taylor, Bernie O’Rourke, and Jeff Sindelar, UW Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences.   Cody Hiemke, Niman Ranch Lamb Program Manager
Video of 3 lambs (live and carcass)
Evaluation (Once you have reviewed the recording)

April 8, 2021, 7 p.m. CST – Virtual
Artificial Intelligence in Animal Sciences – We can’t wait to share some of this technology currently being done at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Animal & Dairy Sciences Department, that helps predict livestock traits in livestock production systems by using the technology of cameras and sensors.
Speakers:  Dr. Guilherme J.M. Rosa and Dr. Joao Dorea, UW Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences
Evaluation (Once you have reviewed the recording)

May 13, 2021, 7 p.m. CST – Virtual
This session is on how to Market your Livestock project.  Speakers will identify ways to market your project, policies, and licenses to be aware of, and how to work with your local county fair staff and local processors for marketing options.
Speakers are Bernie O’Rourke and Dr. Jeff Sindelar, UW Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences; Jeff Swenson, DATCP; Mark Zimmerman, Marathon County Fair Swine Superintendent and Jake Sailer, Sailer’s Meat Processing.
Evaluation (Once you have reviewed the recording)


All species

  1. Livestock Learning Webinar Series – Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program did these videos in 2014 for beginning project members and 2016 for older members (Beef, Sheep, Swine and Meat Goats)
    If you have limited internet, you can acquire the audio file and a copy of the slides to follow along here.  
  2. Animal U – online virtual learning space for beginners, Iowa State University, Free for now
  3. Carcass and Ultrasound Evaluation Instruction – UW Madison Ron Russell and Bernie O’Rourke
  4. YQCA Online Modules
  5. Livestock Judging
  6. Meats Judging


  1. Masters of Beef Advocacy – For older members, 9th grade and older
  2. NCBA Cattlemen’s College – Free till May 31.  For older members, 9th grade and older
  3. Ohio Farm Tours
  4. Stock Show Online Grooming

Sheep and Goats

  1. Small Ruminant Webinars – UW Division of Extension and UW Madison – Animal & Dairy Sciences Department, 2020


  1. The Pig – Modern Marvel
  2. Iowa Pork Farm Tour
  3. Ohio Pork Farm Tours


  1. Beef It’s What’s for Dinner
  2. Pork Yummly
  3. National Pork Board
  4. American Lamb


Here are some agriculture activities more geared to youth under 3rd grade.

Ranch House Designs Worksheets

This list has been compiled by Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Livestock Specialist in concert with Walter Taylor, Agriscience Teacher, Oconto Falls High School and Alissa Grenawalt, Past Outreach Specialist.

COVID-19 Program Management
Guidance on fair preparation tasks
Managerial projects guidance

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