The Ohio Department of Agriculture mandates that youth exhibiting 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 (twelve to fourteen or fifteen to eighteen) 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 (nineteen 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 attend 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.

  • Ohio Beef Expo, Columbus, March 15-17
  • Junior Swine Day, Columbus & Wooster (ATI), March 30

Upon completion, member must:

  1. Turn in proof of attendance to the county Extension office by April 15.
  2. Obtain Jr. Fair Supplement and QA materials from the Extension office. A signature is required when materials are received.


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.

2019 QA Dates:

Registration begins at 6:30 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.

  • February 28, 7:00 PM, Tuscarawas Valley Middle School
  • March 28, 7:00 PM, Port Washington Elementary
  • April 10, 7:00 PM, Port Washington Elementary
  • April 24, 7:00 PM, Dover Middle School
  • April 28, 2:00 PM, Union Hill United Methodist Church (Dairy specific)
  • May 13, 7:00 PM, Dover Middle School


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, 2019—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 12. The test will take place at the Extension office at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. 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.


Click here for the complete 2019 Quality Assurance flyer.