Livestock Quality Assurance

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To be eligible for participation in the Richwood Independent Junior Fair and the Union County Junior Fair, potential youth exhibitors must participate in one of the following Quality Assurance Education Programs. Union County Junior Fair exhibitors have until June 15, 2014, to complete this requirement. Richwood Jr. Fair exhibitors have until July 15, 2014.

Livestock Quality Assurance

Livestock Show

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Parent participation is encouraged, particularly for young exhibitors, but not required.

Union County Fair Deadline - June 15         Richwood Fair Deadline - July 15

The Quality Assurance Education requirement applies to the following livestock/animals:  
                     All Dairy Cattle   
                     Market Rabbits (Pen of 3)  
                     Market Poultry (Pen of 4 broilers and Market Turkeys)
                     Breeding and Market Sheep
                     Market & Dairy Goats
                     Beef (Market Steer and Heifers, Beef Feeder and
                               Dairy Feeder Calves, Beef Breeding) 
                     Swine

This QA Education requirement does not apply to:
                     Saddle Horses
                     Dogs
                     Cats
                     Pygmy Goats
                     Fancy Poultry
                     Pet Rabbits
                     Breeding Rabbits
                     Ducks & Geese
                     Small Animal Projects (like Guinea Pigs)

Jr. Fair Horse Exhibitors MUST attend the "Equine Safety & Sportsmanship" Program.  If you also have a Livestock Project, you must also attend a Livestock QA Session. The "Equine Safety & Sportsmanship" Program and QA Sessions are not interchangeable.

2014 Approved QA Sessions - Union County

Date for

What

Where

Contact/Cost

March 10
6:00 PM
Session for Dairy Projects
OSU Vet Clinic
16410 County Home Rd.
Marysville OH
OSUE, Union Co.
937.644.8117
RSVP by 3/6
No Fee
May 7, 
7:00-8:30 PM 
General QA Session for any projects Union Co. Fairgrounds
Marysville OH
Show Arena
OSUE, Union Co,
937.644.8117
No Fee
May 10, 
10 am -
12 Noon
Poultry QA Session Union Co. Fairgrounds
Marysville OH
Armory
OSUE, Union Co,
937.644.8117
No Fee
May 21
7-8:30 PM
General QA Session
for any projects
Union Co. Fairgrounds
Marysville OH
Show Arena
OSUE, Union Co.
937.644.8117
No Fee
May 8
7-8:30 PM
General QA Session
for any projects
North Union Elementary
420 Grove St.
Richwood, OH
OSUE, Union Co.
937.644.8117
No Fee
*July 7
7 - 8:30 PM

*Richwood
Exhibitors Only Eligible
General QA Session for any projects
North Union Elementary
420 Grove St.
Richwood, OH
OSUE, Union Co.
937-644-8117
No Fee
 
2014 Approved QA Sessions - Central Ohio

Date for

What

Where

Contact/Cost

March 19
6:30 PM
April 19
10 AM
May 18
2 PM
General QA Session for any Projects (See http://marion.osu.edu
for more information) 
Marion Co. Fairgrounds,
Marion, OH
Evers Arena
OSUE, Marion Co.
740.223.4040
No Fee
March 26
6:30 PM
RSVP Required

ASE Feed Seminar
Sheep, Goats & Swine

Tolles Career & Technical  Ctr.,Auditorium,
7877 St. Rt. 42 South, Plain City
ASE Feed & Supply, LLC at
www.asefeedand
supply.net

614-873-4621
RSVP Required
April 9, 22 & 24
6:00 PM
General QA Session for any Projects (see http://champaign.osu.edu for times and details)
Champaign Co. Community Center
1512 S US
Highway 68
Urbana OH
OSUE, Champ. Co
Marcia Hatcher
937.484.1526
Cost: $10
March 27
 7-8:30 PM
April 15
 7-8:30 PM
May 21
 7-8:30 PM
June 21
9:30 - 11 AM
General QA Session for any Projects Delaware Area Career Center, North Campus (3/27 & 4/15)
Jr. Fair Buidling (5/21 & 6/21)
OSUE, Del. Co.
740-833-2030
No Fee

 

2014 Approved QA Sessions - Statewide

Date for

What

Where

Contact/Cost

March 15
Beef QA Ohio Beef Expo www.ohiobeefexpo.com
  614.873.6736
March 22
8 AM
OSU Junior Swine Day 
http://porkinfo.osu.edu 
Animal Sciences Building
2029 Fyffe Court
Columbus OH 43210
Dale Ricker (ricker.37@osu.edu) 
or call 419-523-6294
RSVP by March 14
Cost: $10/person
March 22
8:45 am - 12:30 PM
Ohio Rabbit & Cavy School
Champaign Co. Fairgrounds, Urbana
OSUE, Champaign Co.
937-484-1526
March 22
9am-
3:30 pm
State Poultry Clinic
Register at:
http://4hpoultry.osu.edu 
Fisher Auditorium
ATI at Wooster
Anderson.37@osu.edu 

 

Other Options:

To utilize any other options for completing QA Education you must 1: obtain advance permission from the Fair Board for the program you wish to attend and 2: provide written verification to the Fair Board, from the program, of your attendance. 

Frequently Asked Questions

 What if I can’t attend any QA Program? If you don’t participate in a QA program in 2014, you are not eligible to exhibit in a Jr. Fair in 2014. (Unless you’ve “tested out” by passing the QA test previously)

How do the Fair Boards know which program I’ve attended? If you attend one of the Union County Programs listed on this flyer, Fair Board Representatives will be present to collect your verification form at the end of each session. If you attend a program elsewhere, it is your responsibility to adhere to whatever documentation system is used:  Some programs provide certificates of attendance, some use a sign out system and you will have to request that they forward information to your Fair Board.

Where can I find out about other QA Programs that are being offered? You can find other QA Programs throughout the sate by looking at County 4-H websites.  Search OSU Extension (Name of County) to find each county's site. Read the list carefully.  Most programs are open to out-of-county attendees, some are not.  Note that in addition to your travel expense, there is sometimes a fee. Be prepared to pay at the door.

How Do I know if a program is a Quality Assurance Program? The QA programs listed on the statewide 4-H website are all acceptable programs for Quality Assurance eligibility for Union County.

BE VERY CAUTION ABOUT OTHER PROGRAMS: Not every clinic, feed company program, fitting and showing session, etc. is a QA Program.  There are many other good educational programs being offered which ARE NOT Quality Assurance Programs.

If in doubt, DO NOT ASSUME that just because you attend something, the Fair Board will consider it a QA Program.  It is your responsibility to gain permission, prior to attendance, for any program other than those listed on this flyer.

Who do I contact for questions about Quality Assurance? For questions about the programs listed on this flyer, contact the Union County Extension Office at 937-644-8117 or email at: leeds.1@osu.edu. For QA questions related to Richwood Fair participation contact Scott McNamee at 740-225-8170. For QA questions reltated to Union County Fair participation contact Kim Welch at 937-537-0069.

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