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 by May 1.
  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).
•If Tuscarawas County youth choose to use YQCA for their QA requirement, the online session must be completed no later than Friday, May 1, 2020.
 
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.
 
 
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  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. The course must be completed by Friday, May 1, 2020.
  2. There are no study guides.
  3. We have been told it takes a minimum of 90 minutes to complete.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
 
County QA Dates

Each session conducted will contain the same information. The Dairy QA session will highlight more dairy specific information and dairy exhibitors are strongly encouraged to attend this session to understand Interview Judging expectations.

It is strongly suggested that youth attend an earlier session if planning to participate in spring sports, school activities, or may have a family commitment.

Exhibitor must:

  1. Be on time!
  2. Sign-in for attendance to be recorded.
  3. Stay for complete seminar.

Registration begins at 6:00 PM (1:30 PM for dairy session only). Doors close 10 minutes after the hour. No admittance after that time. These are the only QA dates.

  1. February 27, 6:30 PM, Tuscarawas Valley High School
  2. March 23, 6:30 PM, Port Washington Elementary Cancelled
  3. Super Sunday March 29, 1:15 PM Small Animals, 2:45 PM, Large Animals, Union Hospital Cafeteria Cancelled
  4. April 19, 2:00 PM (registration begins at 1:30 PM), Dairy Specific Session, Union Hill United Methodist Church Cancelled
  5. April 29, 6:30 PM, Dover Middle School Cancelled

 

Test-Out Option for Members 12 Years and Older

As an option, county Extension professionals and senior fair board members may elect to allow 12-14 year-old and 15-18 year old 4-H and FFA members to test out of their annual QA program. Youth ages 12-14 years who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program for up to 3 years. Youth ages 15-18 years who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program permanently. These ages are as of January 1, 2020—a youth’s 4-H age.

How it works:

  1. Youth ages 9 to 11 must still attend QA instruction programs annually. They are not able to utilize the test as a means of qualifying for the QA training in their county.
  2. Youth ages 12 to 14 can test out of their age division by taking a 50 question, multiple-choice test offered by official county verifiers. The passing grade is 70% (35 correct answers). If a child passes the test, they are certified until they are 14 years old. At age 15 years, they will need to take another test or participate in a QA training for the 15-18 age division.
  3. Youth ages 15 to 18 can test out by taking a 50 question, multiple-choice test offered by official county verifiers. The passing grade is 70% (35 correct answers).
  4. If a youth member fails the test, they must attend a regular QA program. Youth are only given ONE chance to take the test annually.

A General Word About the Test: IT ISN’T EASY!

  • There is no study sheet provided for this test, and no materials/resources can be brought into the testing area.
  • Test questions correspond with information found in the 4-H resource handbooks, project record books, and other resources for all livestock animals.
  • There are two types of tests—one for large animal projects and one for small animal projects. Members need to identify which test they are taking when they register to take the test. The member has the option to take either the large or small animal test if they are taking projects in both categories.
  • Because the 50 questions are chosen at random, you are expected to answer general QA questions as well as questions from all large (beef, sheep, swine, dairy, and goats) OR small (rabbits and poultry) animal species areas.

You MUST pre-register for the test by 4 p.m. on March 11. The test will take place at the Extension office at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. This will be the ONLY day for the test-out option. If a youth does not pass the test, they MUST attend a face-to-face QA session. Youth are only given one chance to pass the test annually.

 

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