Meat Animal Project

2020 Weigh-In Dates


February 22, 2020

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

NFO Livestock Market Center in Independence, WI

Sheep & Goats

April 25, 2020

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Countryside Co-op,  Waumandee, WI


The Buffalo County Fair Association has limited swine exhibitors to one hog for the 2020 Buffalo County Fair.  All market swine will be weighed on entry day of the Fair.  All market swine must be tagged using the RFID tags provided by the Buffalo County Fair Association this year.

Market Swine ID Tagging and Registration Information

Wisconsin Show Pig Sale Site

Wisconsin Pork Producers have posted a site with show pigs for sale.  Includes precautions that you should take if purchasing a show pig.  For more information go to:  Show pig Directory available

Animal Identification on 4-HOnline

  • All 4-H Exhibitors must identify all animals on 4-HOnline by May 1. 4-H Swine Exhibitors will now upload their photos on 4-HOnline along with their animal identification.
  • Animal Identification Directions 

Educational Requirements

2020 YQCA Dates for Instructor-led training

Monday, March 23, 2020

Cochrane-Fountain City School

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Mondovi High School

Monday, March 30, 2020

Gilmanton Elementary School

All classes are 6:30 – 8:00pm

  • All animal exhibitors, with the exception of Equine, Cats & Dogs, must complete the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) each year. Exhibitors will have the option to complete the training in person or online. Registration for instructor-led trainings must be done prior to the training on the YQCA website. Exhibitors will pay $3 for instructor-led in person training, and $12 for the online training. Wisconsin State Fair and other national exhibitions will require certification in YQCA for participation in events. The training must be completed by July 1. 
  • Directions for YQCA: Please go to in order to register for either online or instructor led courses.  If you are a 4-H member, please log in through the 4-H Online system on the left.  If you are an FFA member or other organization affiliate, please sign in through the independent system on the right.  You will create an account followed by either completing a sign up for an instructor led meeting or online/web based modules.  Upon signing up for a course, you will then pay for that course with a credit card.  Please email for any assistance you need in creating or signing up in the YQCA system.  


  • Additional Educational Experience: All meat animal exhibitors must attend one education session in addition to the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training every year in order to be eligible to sell their animal(s) at the Buffalo County Fair. For more details, please review items 2 and 3 in the Buffalo County Junior Livestock Committee Sale Rules located on the Fair webpage
  • After completing the Meat Animal Second Educational experience, click on the following link to access the Google Form to complete your additional educational requirement form:

Expense Report

All exhibitors planning to show meat animals at the Buffalo County Fair, must complete a Meat Animal Project Expense Report form. This form is designed to help the exhibitor track not only the weight gained by the animal during the project, but also the cost associated with raising that animal.

This form is due after the final weigh-in at the County Fair and must be turned in at the Fair Office.

Meat Animal project expense form

Misc. Information

Many of our 4-H youth enroll in meat animal (beef, sheep & swine) projects with the intent of showing their animals at the County Fair. Please be aware that the Buffalo County Meat Animal Committee has determined that all Market Animals (those that will be sold at the Fair Auction) must be owned by the exhibitor prior to the initial weigh-in date.

Non-market animals, such as breeding classes or steer calves may be ownership or managerial. In some instances, the 4-H member may not have the resources or facilities needed to own their own animal. In these cases, the 4-H member can still participate in the project by entering into an “Managerial Agreement” with someone who owns an animal and is willing to allow the 4-H member to feed, care for and train the animal. A signed copy of the “Managerial Agreement” must be submitted to Extension Office by April 1st of the exhibit year. Managerial Agreements only apply to non-market animals.

Scrapie brochure from Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection

Additional Educational Opportunities for Meat Animal Project Members:

  • Northern Wisconsin State Fair or Trempealeau County Fair are both held before Buffalo County and have good livestock shows  (there may be other fairs in Wisconsin and Minnesota).  Observe the shows, talk to the producers and/or judges about the show and complete the form.
  • Read one of the following articles, that relate to your project area, and write a report.

Online Opportunities for Additional Educational Requirement


For additional information about meat animal projects please call the UW-Extension Office at 608-685-6256 or email Carl Duley at

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