Meat Animals: Beef/Sheep/Swine

Additional Project Training Resources:

  • We recommend youth complete the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) online training as part of their project work (see below for more information). YQCA certification is required for district/regional/state/national competitions. Don’t forget to print a copy of your completion certificate and put it in your 4-H Record Book!
  • Record Keeping – Whether or not you plan to complete a 4-H Record Book, record keeping is an important skill that can help you raise healthy, quality animals. Check out the Record Book Website for forms you can use to track progress with your animal.
  • The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program (UW-Madison Division of Extension) provides many great resources, training and competitions for youth.
  • Meat Animal Sale Requirements: Youth who are interested in showing beef/sheep/swine at the County Fair or participating in the Meat Animal Sale (held at county fair) should be aware of the guidelines set by the Meat Animal Board and Winnebago County Fair Association. See bottom of this page for more information.
  • 4-H Project Curriculum is available to “check-out” at the Extension Office (free of charge) or can be purchased from Shop 4-H.

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. YQCA certification is being accepted by many livestock shows and fairs that require youth quality assurance certification.

YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals:
Pigs  •  Beef Cattle  •  Dairy Cattle  •  Sheep  •  Goats  •  Market Rabbits  •  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.  A test-out option is also available.

Winnebago County youth: While YQCA training/certification is not required for county shows, it is required for district/regional/state/national competitions. Make sure you have completed this training or the test-out option by show deadlines.

4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl & Skillathon Contest 

When: Saturday, March 7,  2020
Where:  UW Madison Animal Sciences Building
Time:  Registration  9 a.m., Competition starts 9:30 a.m.

Livestock Bowl is a quiz competition where all the questions are about beef, sheep, swine, and meat goat topics and students use a buzzer in order to answer the questions. Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator. Each match has both an individual and toss-up question round.

Skillathon contest is made up of a written quiz and learning stations such as breed identification, feed identification, equipment identification as well as some team activities such as demonstrating evaluation skills.

Competition in Quiz Bowl & Skillathon encourages members to develop a more complete knowledge of animals and related subjects. This contest provides an educational program for all project members, including those who may not own a project animal, and provides a way to develop self-confidence.

4-H Meats Judging Contest

When:  Saturday, April 25, 2020
Where:  UW Madison, Meat Lab- 1805 Linden Drive, Madison, WI
Time: Registration 8:30 am  – Contest begins at 9 am sharp!

What:  This contest test the knowledge of youth in placement of carcass and retail cut classes, carcass grading, retail cut identification and a quiz. This contest occurs annually with the teams traveling to Kansas City, MO and Denver, CO for national competition.  There is a Junior Division as well at the state level.

Meat Animal Sale/County Fair Information

The Meat Animal Board:

  • coordinates all aspects of the Meat Animal Sale held at County Fair
  • sets and oversees the year-long requirements and weigh-ins required of fair exhibitors who would like to sell their animals in the Meat Animal Auction.


For more information:

PLEASE NOTE: The Winnebago County Fair and Meat Animal Board are not overseen by the Winnebago County 4-H Program/Coordinator or the Division of Extension.

Helpful Resources for Exhibitors

Swine Project Financial Support

  • Wisconsin Pork Association Youth Pig Project Scholarships (Due 2/1/2020)

    Each spring, Wisconsin Pork Association offers youth pig project scholarships to assist youth with their 4-H or FFA pig projects. The program encourages youth to become involved in the Wisconsin pork industry, provides opportunities to develop life skills, and exposes youth to the many career paths available within the industry.

    4-H and FFA youth are eligible to apply for a $50.00 scholarship used to offset costs associated with their 2020 pig project. Scholarships will be awarded in three age divisions, as follows: Ages 9-12, 13-15, and 16-19 (as of January 1, 2020). Thanks to support from pig breeders throughout the state, at least twenty $50.00 scholarships will be awarded this spring.

  • Saddle & Sirloin Club Beginning Swine Project Member Support (Due 4/19/19)

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison Saddle & Sirloin Club offers Swine Project Awards annually. Up to five awards of $100 each will be awarded to first or second year swine project members.

    The Swine Project Awards were introduced to help beginning 4-H or FFA members get started in the swine industry. To be eligible, an applicant must be a first or second year swine project member, 9-18 years old, and a Wisconsin resident. The completed application is due postmarked on or before April 19th, 2019. Applications must be submitted by mail; no applications submitted via email will be accepted.

    The awards may be used for any expenses related to the recipient’s swine project including the cost of pigs, feed, supplies, equipment, and facility maintenance. A member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club may contact the winners to monitor the progress of their swine projects.


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