Youth Livestock Project

This page applies to Youth Livestock project members that are enrolled in 4-H, FFA or other approved Dodge County youth groups. Pages include Youth Livestock Education Opportunities, Market Livestock Identification (identifying animals for the Market Beef, Market Sheep, and Market Swine projects), information about the Dodge County Meat Animal Sale Committee, and YQCA-Youth for the Quality Care of Animals.

 

Youth Livestock Educational Opportunities

2021-2022 EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

Educational Event Verification Form                   Project Member Activity Card

*NOTE: PLEASE KEEP EDUCATIONAL EVENT VERIFICATION FORMS AND ATTACH TO ‘ORANGE’ PROJECT MEMBER ACTIVITY CARDS AND TURN IN ON OR BEFORE JULY 25TH, 2022, TO THE DODGE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE.  OFFICE HOURS ARE 8 AM – 4:30 PM MONDAY-FRIDAY. 

 

DODGE COUNTY YOUTH LIVESTOCK PROJECT EDUCATIONALS

All meetings will begin at 7pm, and run for about an hour. Locations to be determined if in person or held via Zoom. Educational meetings count as one (1) point on the Livestock Project Member Activity Card. 

» October 18, 2021 |  6:00 PM |  VFW Hall in Lowell |  Life of a Livestock Exhibitor. | Come to learn about selection of your beef, sheep or swine and the timelines necessary.

» November 15, 2021 |  7 PM | Beaver Dam High School Agriculture Room/Mr. Ganske |  Meats Judging | Learn about meats judging, participating in a contest, and maybe compete on a county 4H Meats Team!  MASKS REQUIRED. Enter on the northwest side of the school.

» January 17, 2022 |  7 PM | Lowell Community Memorial VFW Hall; 280 South St., Lowell | Crossing Your T’s and Dotting Your I’s of Market Animals. So you are planning on entering your market livestock in the fair!  Do you know how to? Where do you sign up? What paperwork is needed? What to put on your thank you note. What do you need on your orange card?

» February 21, 2022 | 7 PM | Virtual;  Lowell Community Memorial VFW Hall; 280 South St., Lowell | Ag Career Fair. Come and talk with local people who work in the agricultural field, not just a corn field!  There are so many positions available in agriculture, you may be surprised, and make a contact with someone new to assist you with a future internship or career.

» March 21, 2022 | 7 PM | Lowell Community Memorial VFW Hall; 280 South St., Lowell | Caring For Your Animal. Let’s look at how to prep your show animal for the fair!  How soon do you clip your beef, shear your lamb, or walk your pig?

» April 18, 2022 | 7 PM | Wesley Center, United Methodist Church, 114 S. Forest St., Waupun  | Talking Vaccinations.  We will be inviting a local veterinarian in to discuss the health of our animals and when/what vaccinations these animals will need to stay healthy.

»  Monday, May 9, 2022 | YQCA In – Person Training | 7 PM – 9 PM | Wesley Center, 114 Forest Ave., Waupun, WI. Registration required at yqcaprogram.org before class.

» May 16, 2022 | 7 PM | Sheep Barn @ the Dodge County Fairgrounds | Herdsmanship/Showmanship. Why is appearance and presentability important?  We will be asking several judges to come in and explain what they are looking for in the show ring and in the barns.

» June 27, 2022 | PRESALE MEETING | 7 PM | Dodge County Fairgrounds/Farm Progress Arena.  If you did not attend the Presale meeting on September 27th 2021, YOU NEED TO ATTEND THIS ONE!

» July, 25, 2022 | Livestock Project Activity card – “ORANGE CARD” – and all Educational Event Verification Forms DUE. Turn into or mail to the Dodge County Extension office.

» August 4-14, 2022 >>> Wisconsin State Fair 

» August, 17-21, 2022 >>> Dodge County Fair

» August 29, 2022 | Livestock Listening Sessions | Location TBD

» September 26, 2022 | POST SALE MEETING | 7 PM | Dodge County Fairgrounds

 

Wisconsin Youth Livestock  // Counts as one (1) educational point

Animal Sciences Virtual Education Series 2022     Register & Recordings

Jan 13 – Grand Challenge: Animal Health & Welfare | 7 PM
Feb 10 – Grand Challenge: Precision Agriculture | 7 PM
Mar 3 – Grand Challenge:Food Safety, Pork Carcass Eval & Cooking |7 PM
Apr 14 – Grand Challenge: Land and Water | 7 PM
May 12 – Grand Challenge: Biomedical Advancements | 7 PM

 

The evening framework:

  1. Gain awareness of technology in agriculture through these examples.
  2. Gain ideas on career pathways in this field. 
  3. Take home activity.
  4. Questions.

The educational series should be good for all youth and adults alike no matter their background and interest in animals.  These programs are for students with lots of experience to students with minimum experience with animals;  students who show/exhibit animals and those that may not.  

Please print the Educational Event Verification Form before sessions begin. Youth may fill out questions throughout the session. Save and attach to ‘Orange Card’.


More Events: 

 

Market Livestock Identification

Dodge County Junior Fair Market Livestock Identification |  Monday, April 11th – Friday, May 6th, 2022 | REGISTRATION CLOSED

For the 2022 youth livestock project year, the Dodge County Meat Animal Sale Committee will be identifying Junior Market Beef, Sheep and Swine projects with ear tags, DNA samples, and a Google Exhibitor/Family Registration form.  ID packets (ear tags, DNA envelopes, specie paperwork) are availabe at the Dodge County Extension office starting Monday, April 11th.

You will be required to request your Identification packets with the Dodge County Extension office prior to pick up at 920-386-3790.

 

 

2022 Junior Market Beef Identification | Dodge County Fair | Monday, April 11 – 4:30 PM Friday, May 6 |

REGISTRATION CLOSED

To request tags, please call Extension Dodge County at 920-386-3790. 

WI State Fair US 840 tags may be used in place of Dodge County tags, however you will need to request and submit a DNA sample for each animal including the Google Exhibitor/Family Registration Form as outlined in the identification instructions. 

Wisconsin State Fair 2022 DNA Identification Program

 

FEEDER BEEF Identification | Dodge County Fair | Monday, April 11 – 4:30 PM Friday, May 6 |

REGISTRATION CLOSED

To request tags, please call Extension Dodge County at 920-386-3790. 

 

 

2022 Junior Market Sheep Identification | Dodge County Fair | Monday, April 11 – 4:30 PM Friday, May 6 |

REGISTRATION CLOSED

To request tags, please call Extension Dodge County at 920-386-3790. 

WI State Fair US 840 tags may be used in place of Dodge County tags, however you will need to request and submit a DNA sample for each animal including the Google Exhibitor/Family Registration Form as outlined in the identification instructions. 

Wisconsin State Fair 2022 DNA Identification Program

 

 

2022 Junior Market Swine Identification | Dodge County Fair | Monday, April 11 – 4:30 PM Friday, May 6 |

REGISTRATION CLOSED

To request tags, please call Extension Dodge County at 920-386-3790. 

WI State Fair US 840 tags may be used in place of Dodge County tags, however you will need to request and submit a DNA sample for each animal including the Google Exhibitor/Family Registration Form as outlined in the identification instructions. 

Wisconsin State Fair 2022 DNA Identification Program

 

If an animal loses its tag, immediately TEXT one of your Dodge County Meat Animal Sale Committee Beef, Sheep or Swine Representatives for tag replacement. The committee would prefer you contact them via text message along with a photo of the animal. 

See the Meat Animal Sale Committee List HERE.

 

 

MAS | Meat Animal Sale

MAS | Meat Animal Sale

Dodge County Meat Animal Sale Committee Email: dodgecountymas@gmail.com

About the Dodge County Meat Animal Sale – For Buyers

Thank you for your interest in, and support of, our county livestock youth and their meat animal sale!

Our sale is Thursday evening, during our county fair. A Pre-Sale Buyers Luncheon and Awards and Recognition Announcements precede the sale,. The sale begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Our sale order is: 25 beef, 14 sheep, 25 hogs then repeat rotation again with 25 beef, 18 sheep and 25 hogs. Champions will sell at the beginning of the first rotation as that specie comes to the sale floor.

If you registered as a buyer at last year’s sale, we will send you a mailing around early August with details for the evening of the sale, including free tickets to enter the Fairgrounds. If you have not attended our sale, but would like to, please contact the Dodge County UWEX Office at 920-386-3790 to be added to our mailing list.

Learn More About the Dodge County Meat Animal Sale (PDF, 3 pages, 34 KB)

About the Dodge County Meat Animal Sale – For Youth

  • Review the Dodge County Junior Fairbook , located at the Dodge County Junior Fair webpage, for all Junior Livestock Show and Sale Rules.
  • The Dodge County Meat Animal Sale  is held at 7 p.m., on Thursday night of fair week.
  • To be considered for the Meat Animal Sale, animals must be identified in spring (January for market beef, and May for market lambs and hogs).
  • At Online Fairy Entry time, livestock animals must be entered in the correct market class to be considered for the sale.
  • Youth (or their parents) must attend either the Pre-Sale meeting (usually in June) or the Post-sale meeting (usually in September). These are the only meetings which parents may attend for their children.
  • Youth who wish to participate in the sale must meet MAS educational requirements (explained below). Youth must attend the event to earn the educational point – parents may not earn educational points for their children.
  • Swine Project Youth must have current Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certification.
  • Meeting attendance is recorded on the Livestock Project Member Activity Card (see below).
  • All required paperwork must be turned in during check-in time at the county fair, or before. Required paperwork includes:
    • Completed Livestock Project Member Activity Card, including Premise ID, for each youth.
    • A completed & signed County of Origin Labeling (COOL) Form for sheep- both purchased and homebred.
    • For swine, completed and signed health papers.

Educational Points as Required by the MAS Committee

  • Pre- and Post-Sale Meetings, Educational Meetings, and YQCA classes are listed on our Dodge UWEX Calendar. Be sure to review the 4-H Calendar and call the Dairy and Livestock Educator with any questions at 920-386-3790.
  • “4” points are required and can be obtained by attending educational livestock events.
  •  AT LEAST 2 of the points need to be earned at a county or state educational event.  For some youth who have no means to have “local club” learning events, it is always possible to have all 4 or more points obtained from county or state events.
  •  If an “out of county” event is where a point will be obtained, use the back of the card to explain the event AND obtain a signature that can be identified, and a phone number, so a call may be given if the committee has questions.
  • No educational event may give a youth more than 1 educational point (even if another county’s youth obtain 2+ points for such an event).
  • Youth attending college may obtain a point for agricultural events attended by obtaining approval from the MAS committee.
  • Livestock Project Member Activity Card (orange card) (PDF, 1 page)

About the Dodge County Meat Animal Sale (MAS) Committee

Purpose, Bylaws and Members

  • To provide 4-H members, FFA members and Dodge County Youth Organization members an opportunity to have market livestock projects evaluated.
  • To provide incentive and to encourage greater participation in livestock feeding and production projects.
  • To recognize Youth Project Members who do quality work in selecting, feeding, and showing livestock projects.
  • To teach a greater understanding of meat animal evaluation, animal husbandry, ethical care and treatment of animals, and showmanship.
  • To establish rules and enforce compliance of regulations for participation in the Dodge County Meat Animal Sale.
  • To examine and act upon issues and concerns expressed by Youth Project Members and people affiliated with a Dodge County 4-H, FFA or Youth Organization.
  • MAS Bylaws (PDF, 4 pages, 292 KB)
  • Dodge County Meat Animal Sale Committee 2021-2022 (PDF, 1 pg)

 

 

YQCA | Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

YQCA- Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

In-person YQCA training will be held on Monday,  May 9th from 7pm to 9pm at the Wesley Center, 114 Forest Avenue, Waupun.  Registration required.

REGISTER HERE >> YQCA Program

Your YQCA certification must be current and valid at the time of the 2022 Dodge County Fair. YQCA certifications are only valid for one year after completion with the exception of the test out option. Please print out certificate after completion and attach to the Dodge County Livestock Project Member Activity ‘Orange Card’.

    • YQCA certification is available for completion at yqcaprogram.org.
    • YQCA does NOT count as an educational point.

 

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

All youth who exhibit beef, sheep, and swine at the Dodge County Fair will be required to complete YQCA training (YQCA does NOT count as an educational point).

YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals: pigs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, market rabbits and poultry.

YQCA is available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States. YQCA in-person workshops may be available to youth where state 4-H or FFA offices or state/national livestock organizations have partnered to have qualified trainers offer in-person workshops.

All youth who may have a beef animal marketed through Equity or Milwaukee Stockyards will also need to have completed YQCA to meet new (Jan 1, 2019) guidelines.

All youth who wish to exhibit Beef, Dairy, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, or Swine at the Wisconsin State Fair will be required to complete YQCA training.

There are three options for completing YQCA training:

Option 1: Complete YQCA on-line training

Cost: $12 per youth per year

Designed for youth ages 8-21, each year the participant will receive unique curriculum depending upon the age of that youth. Each year’s lesson is designed to provide an estimated 60 minutes of education. The online program includes three components for each topic (food safety, animal well-being, and character development). Each topic consists of a knowledge builder, skills lab and quiz, and are designed specifically for each age group. A pass rate of 80% has been established for each quiz with students being able to repeat the module if needed.

Youth can complete this training at their convenience.

Option 2: Complete YQCA in-person training

Cost: $3 per youth per year

  • In-person YQCA training will be held on Monday,  May 9th from 7pm to 9pm at the Wesley Center, 114 Forest Avenue, Waupun.  Visit https://yqcaprogram.org/ to register.
  • For instructions go to the “Youth and Parents” tab and you will find the directions to register. The document showing step-by-step instructions will be under the red oval “Instructor-led training help document”
  • You will need to register as a family and then add each child that will be attending.  Once registered,  you will want to navigate to the in person training.  Find the May 9th Waupun location, and select that. You will need to pay the $3.00 fee online.
  • After attending the training, you will need to log back in and print the certificate to attach to your orange card. So please note your login ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Voigt 920.210.1647 or Sandy Salmi 920.988.5295.

Option 3: Test out of your YQCA level

Cost: $36 or $48 depending on age bracket

This option is for youth 12, 15, or 19 years old as of 1/1/2021. The test out option will only be good for 3 or 4 years depending on your age bracket.

 

Wisconsin State Fair Livestock ID

WISCONSIN STATE FAIR 2022 DNA IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM

DNA Identification technologies have proven to be instrumental in safeguarding the reputation and integrity of our State’s Youth livestock programs. DNA identification must be submitted to be eligible for all 2022 Wisconsin State Fair Championship awards in the market and non-registered breeding stock shows of the Junior Beef, Sheep and Swine Divisions. Wisconsin State Fair’s process for 2022 DNA identification is as follows: 840 Ear Tag Identification:Wisconsin State Fair requires an 840 ear tag as official animal identification. 840 RFID ear tags are preferred but any official 840 ear tag is accepted. The 15-digit sequence of numbers which begin with 840 will be recognized by Wisconsin State Fair as the individual animal identification number. Wisconsin State Fair sells individual 840 RFID ear tags but 840 ear tags do not need to be purchased through Wisconsin State Fair. DNA Identification Sample Envelopes:Sample envelopes are used to collect and submit DNA samples for animals in the market and non-registered breeding stock shows in the Junior Beef, Sheep and Swine Divisions. Envelopes purchased from Wisconsin State Fair must be returned to Wisconsin State Fair (see submission information below).Purchases through Wisconsin State Fair:Wisconsin State Fair DNA identification 840 ear tags and sample envelopes are available for purchase online by credit card at entry.wistatefair.com. At the present time, due to COVID-19, walk-up orders will not be accepted at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

  • DNA Identification Sample Envelope: $7.00
  • 840 RFID Ear Tag: $8.00
  • DNA Identification Sample Envelope and 840 RFID Ear Tag: $15

Wisconsin State Fair DNA Identification Submission Date:Wisconsin State Fair DNA identification sample envelopes must be returned postmarked on (or before) May 25, 2022*. At the present time, due to COVID-19, in-person dropoffs of DNA identification will not be accepted at Wisconsin State Fair Park. DNA identification may only be returned via mail, Fed Ex or UPS. DNA sample envelopes being sent to Wisconsin State Fair should be addressed to: Wisconsin State Fair, Agriculture Department, 640 S 84th St, West Allis WI 53214 *PLEASE NOTE: Junior market beef, sheep and swine and non-registered breeding stock without DNA identification postmarked/delivered by May 25, 2022, are eligible to show at Wisconsin State Fair but are not eligible for champion awards.County Fair DNA Programs:Wisconsin State Fair recognizes and accepts DNA identification from County Fair programs which use Animal ID Inc. as their DNA service provider. Any DNA identification sample envelopes purchased through a County Fair program must be submitted back to the respective County where purchased. DNA identification samples postmarked/delivered on (or before) May 25, 2022, will be recognized as meeting Wisconsin State Fair DNA identification requirements.

Reminder!Purchasing and/or submission of 840 ear tags or DNA sample envelopes is NOT entry in the 2022 Wisconsin State Fair. Exhibitors must enter the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show online at wistatefair.com in a separate process in late spring. Please contact Wisconsin State Fair at entryoffice@wistatefair.com with additional DNA identification questions.

 

 

 

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