Education | Opportunities


Livestock Project Activity Card (Orange Cards) – Orange card completion will continue to be required for participation in the Meat Animal Sale with the following adjustments:

  • Educational points earned between August 13, 2019 and August 17, 2021 will be accepted. This includes attendance at the 2019 Post Sale meeting. With the EXCEPTION of YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals). Your YQCA certification must be current and valid at the time of the Dodge County Fair. YQCA certifications are only valid for one year after completion with the exception of the test out option.
    • YQCA certification is available for completion at At this time, no instructor led courses are planned in Dodge County.
  • If you complete a virtual livestock project activity, please complete the Event/Education Verification Form and return to the Dodge County Extension office.

♦ DODGE COUNTY MEAT ANIMAL SALE COMMITTEE PRE-SALE MEETING | June 21, 2021 |  7:30 pm | Dodge County Fairgrounds Grandstand

    • Please be sure to sign-in on the attendance sheets.

Additional Approved Project Educationals

♦ Sheep Fitting Clinic | Saturday, July 10, 2021 @ 9 am | Josh Voigt Farm, Juneau

♦ Show Feed Seminar | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 5:30 pm | WS Ag Center N4330 Temkin Rd., Columbus.  Learn about feeding strategies for raising show animals for the upcoming season!



♦ MONDAYJANUARY 18, 2021 | 7:00 PM | ZOOM; Getting Ready for the Show Ring (Beef Focused)

Fair supplies, show ring etiquette, and more. Presented by Lexi Bird.

♦ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021 | 7:00 PM | ZOOM; Health Maintenance-Presented by Dr. Ralph Stowell
♦ MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021 | 7:00 PM | ZOOM; Anatomy & Physiology-Presented by Drs. Chris Haase & Ralph Stowell
♦ MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021 | 7:00 PM | ZOOM; Trivia Night

Species breakouts; starting with your own species, and changing breakout groups several times.

 ♦ MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021 | 7:00 PM | ZOOM; Getting Ready for the Fair!

Herdsmanship, slogan contest, etc.




A Dodge County Meat Animal Sale Educational point can be earned by completing the World Beef Expo Essay, Judging or Skillathon Competitions –


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, are excited to offer these LIVE Virtual Zoom educational programs for the winter/spring of 2020-2021.  These current topics are for youth and adults alike and occur on the 2nd Thursday of the month from January through May.  Each session begins at 7 p.m. CST with a presentation followed by Q&A.  You must register in order to receive the connecting information through email.

For more detailed information of each presentation and to register for any or all of the events, please go to:  On this webpage you can also complete an educational verification form and turn it into your county fair and or livestock committee to verify your participation.  These activities can serve as “county educational requirements”.

♦THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020 | 7 PM VIRTUAL | UW-Madison Meat Science Building Tour-The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program, in connection with the University of Wisconsin Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences Department, College of Agriculture and Life Science and Division of Extension, will host a LIVE Virtual Zoom Tour of the brand-new Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery Building.  The tour begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 3rd, via the Zoom platform.  Please register by going to to sign up for this event.  The connection information will follow through email after you register. YOUTH WILL NEED TO FILL OUT THE ABOVE EVENT/EDUCATION VERIFICATION FORM FOR EDUCATIONAL POINTS.
♦THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021 | 7 PM 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.

Register for this event
♦THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021 | 7 PM 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:  TBA

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♦THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021 | 7 PM 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
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♦THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2021 | 7 PM VIRTUAL | Artificial Intelligence in Animal Sciences using Sensors & Cameras– 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
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→ ♦THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021 | 7 PM VIRTUAL | Meat Science Cookery– It should be spring/summer in Wisconsin, and looking forward to firing up the grill to make brats, burgers, and other products.
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For more information visit or contact Bernie O’Rourke, UW- Madison Extension Youth Livestock Specialist at (608) 263-4304 or

For more information go to the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program.

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