The Ohio Department of Agriculture mandates that youth exhibiting livestock at a county fair must attend a QA session.

As required by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, all youth exhibiting livestock at a county fair must attend a QA session. At the discretion of OSU Extension, or Ohio agricultural education, an exhibitor may pass a test based on the appropriate skill level for their age (12-14 or 15-18) under the supervision of OSU Extension or Ohio agricultural education before exhibiting terminal or partial terminal market livestock, including market poultry, lactating dairy cattle, and lactating goats in a junior livestock show. Youth who pass the test will be exempt from annual QA re-certification until they move to the next age bracket or they are no longer a junior exhibitor (19 years of age or older on January 1 of their last year).

If you plan to exhibit one of these projects at county or state fair, you need to complete QA:

  • Beef (market, breeding, feeder calf, dairy market steer)

  • Dairy (cows, heifers)

  • Goats (pygmy, dairy, utility [pack], market, breeding market)

  • Llamas/Alpacas

  • Poultry (ducks, geese, turkey, pullets, fancy, broilers)

  • Rabbits (breeding, market)

  • Sheep (breeding, market)

  • Swine (breeding, market)

 

State Event Quality Assurance

Youth may attend QA at the following events. No other out-of-county events are acceptable.

Upon completion, member must:

  1. Turn in proof of attendance to the county Extension office.
  2. Obtain Jr. Fair Supplement and QA materials from the Extension office. A signature is required when materials are received. Materials will be mailed directly to the member once you have notified us of your completion.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

Some national shows are going to be requiring that youth exhibitors complete Youth for the Quality Care for Animals (YQCA) training in order to exhibit. OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has endorsed the following option for youth who are officially enrolled in a 4-H and/or FFA livestock/food animal project.

Youth who intend to show their project animal(s) at exhibition (e.g., county or state fair) have the option to complete an online YQCA session. The Tuscarawas County Senior Fair Board has deemed this acceptable for Tuscarawas County’s QA requirement. For the training to meet the Ohio Youth Food Animal QA requirement for the project year:

•Youth MUST be 12 years or older as of January 1 of the current year (4-H age).
 
Note:
DISCLAIMER: All Tuscarawas County 4-H members may take YQCA to complete their annual QA requirement. Please note that this will NOT be the only option. You may wait to complete QA once we are permitted to hold face-to-face programming again. This is simply another option you may choose from. Also note, this course has a fee. This is not OSU’s program, therefore, this fee cannot be waived. It is, however, the only online QA that is approved through the Ohio Department of Agriculture. County fairs are not guaranteed, though we hope they will continue as planned so it is you and your family’s decision to complete this course understanding the circumstances.
 
 
  1. All other online courses do not meet the Ohio Youth Food Animal QA certification requirements (i.e., BQA, PQA, BEST, etc.).
  2. Youth can go to the following website to take the age-appropriate online module:  https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login
  3. The cost is $12.
  4. Youth will need their 4HOnline login and password or they can create their own login and password. Youth MUST register using 4HOnline for their results to automatically show up in 4HOnline.
  5. There is no test-out option for YQCA.

Should a Tuscarawas County youth choose to pay the fee of $12 and take the YQCA course, keep these items in mind:

  1. There are no study guides.
  2. We have been told it takes a minimum of 90 minutes to complete.
  3. If the member does not pass the test at the end, the member will have to wait a minimum of one hour before taking the test again.
  4. If a member completes YQCA for their county QA requirement, they must obtain the Jr. Fair Supplement and county QA materials from the Extension office. A signature is required when materials are received. Materials will be mailed directly to the member once you have notified us of your completion.
 
Virtual QA

If you haven’t completed QA yet and want to sign up for a virtual option, there are still four virtual sessions scheduled. You can complete registration here: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Y2dcC3R7CbSgxD  

Remember, you only need to complete QA once a year and please only take one registration spot per family. The only projects that do not need to complete QA are dogs and pet rabbit. Horses had their own version with Safety & Ethics. YQCA is still an option for those who wish to complete that version instead. Details can be found here: https://tuscarawas.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-livestock/quality-assurance-qa  

You can still pick up hard copies of the Jr. Fair supplement in the plastic tote outside the front door of the Extension office (in front of the drop bos) OR you can access it here: https://www.tusccountyfairgrounds.com/fair-books.html  

*I continue to receive questions on whether or not we’ll still hold a face-to-face QA at some point. This is still the goal but I don’t know when or what this will look like yet as guidelines seem to change on a weekly basis. I’m thinking August for a face-to-face session at the fairgrounds but nothing has been set yet. ~Kiersten