Meat Animal Project

2017 Weigh-In Dates

Beef

February 18, 2017

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

NFO Livestock Market Center in Independence, WI

Sheep & Goats

April 29, 2017

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Countryside Co-op,  Waumandee, WI

2017 Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA) Dates TBD

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

Educational Requirements

  • All meat animal exhibitors must attend one education session in addition to the Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA) 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
  • Click on the link to download the form:   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.

•Buffalo County project expense form 2015

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 owed 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.
  • Participate in the Livestock Learning Webinar Series and complete the educational requirement form.

 

For additional information about meat animal projects please call the UW-Extension Office at 608-685-6256 or email Carl Duley at carl.duley@ces.uwex.edu.

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