Looking for Oconto County Youth Fair Forms & Information for Your Livestock Project?

Are looking for specific forms for your Livestock Project for the 2015 Oconto County Youth Fair?  This information can be located at the following website: http://oconto.uwex.edu/agriculture/youth-agriculture-programs/.  In addition to species specific forms, you have access to a Calendar of Events which will list pertinent information such as weigh in and other deadlines.  Please check this webpage for more information.

Dear Oconto County Swine Project Exhibitors,

The Wisconsin state veterinarian has banned swine county fair weigh-ins due to the persistence of PEDv (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus). The decision has been made by the Oconto County Fair Board to have a terminal show for the 2015 swine project at the Oconto County Youth Fair. There will be no breeding classes shown and all swine brought to the fair will be sent to slaughter at the termination of the 2015 Oconto County Youth Fair. The same procedure as last year will be followed.

Identification of swine will be via RFID tags available from the Oconto County UW-Extension office. Please call the UW-Extension office at (920) 834-6845 to report how many swine (per exhibitor) you plan to identify and tags will be mailed directly to the exhibitor. Directions for the proper placement of the ear tag(s) will be mailed along with the RFID tags.

Exhibitors will need two digital photographs (side view and front view) of the swine once they have been tagged with the RFID fair tags. The side view photograph should include the entire animal with the exhibitor and the front view photo should clearly display the tag number. Exhibitors will submit one completed 2015 Swine Exhibitor Form with accompanying photographs per animal identified.

The submission deadline for the completed 2015 Swine Exhibitor Form with photographs is April 25, 2015, to staciepienta@gmail.com.

If you have questions regarding acquisition of tags or completion of the form, please call the Oconto County UW-Extension office at (920) 834-6845.


Sarah Mills-Lloyd, DVM
Agriculture Agent—Specializing in Dairy and Livestock
Oconto County UW-Extension

Wisconsin FFA Scholarship

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation scholarship application is available on the Wisconsin FFA website. This year almost $34,000 will be awarded! Thesescholarships are generously provided by companies and individual endowments to Wisconsin FFA members.

The application can be found on the Wisconsin FFA website under the “programs” tab. Please utilize Excel to complete the application as the application is NOT Google docs compatible. All applications are due to be postmarked by March 16, 2015 to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation office in Madison.

Applicants must be a senior in high school or enrolled in a university or technical school and have maintained a satisfactory scholastic record in school. FFA members need to only fill out one application to be considered for all scholarships for which the applicant qualifies. A listing of allscholarships and their criteria is also available on the Wisconsin FFA website.

Please encourage FFA members to start working on the application now and submit it by March 16th!

MAQA Training Dates

The Oconto County Fair Board has decided to add dairy, dairy goats, rabbits and poultry to the list of species needing to attend MAQA to be eligible to sell in the 2015 Sale of Champions, so MAQA is required for beef, dairy, dairy goat, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep & swine exhibitors.

You can find the educational requirements here: Educational Requirement 2015

Livestock Exhibitors, All youth exhibiting market beef, poultry, sheep, swine, or meat goats at the fair must attend a MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) training every year. If you are not MAQA certified, you will not be eligible to sell in the Sale of Champions at the 2015 Oconto County Fair. The MAQA curriculum is set by the state and focuses on safe food production, proper animal care, and ideal management practices. The livestock raised by youth exhibitors are an important part of our agriculture industry, and we want to strive for high quality food production. Many counties in Wisconsin have adopted the Meat Animal Quality Assurance trainings as part of their fair requirements. The Oconto County Youth Livestock Committee recognized the importance in this training, and it is a requirement for livestock youth to be eligible to sell their animals in the Sale of Champions. The training focuses on different topics each year, and it counts as one of your educational points for County Fair. The MAQA trainings scheduled for this year: Saturday, January 3- Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls 8:00 – 9:30 am Tuesday, March 24- Pound Town Hall, Coleman 7:00 – 8:30 pm Saturday, April 25- Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls 2:30 – 4:00 pm Registration for these trainings is requested at least two weeks prior to the event date. You can register online at: http://goo.gl/PXQ45H or by calling (920) 834-6845. The Pulaski FFA Chapter is hosting one MAQA training: Tuesday, May 19- Pulaski High School Ag Room 7:00 to 9:00 pm Registration for this training is requested two weeks prior to the event date. You can register via email at kmsanty@pulaskischools.org. Exhibitors must attend the entire training to be certified. Please choose the date and location that works best for you! If you are unable to make any of these dates, you are allowed to attend MAQA in another county. Please visit the UW-Extension MAQA website http://fyi.uwex.edu/maqa/maqameetings/ for training in other counties, or contact the Oconto County UW-Extension office. Most counties will be holding their trainings in winter and spring, so please do not wait until the last minute! If you have any questions about MAQA, please contact Sarah or Paula at (920) 834-6845. If you know of any new 4-H, FFA, or Scouts members that might be showing livestock this year, please pass this information along to them.

Holiday Dinner

The Gillett FFA holiday dinner was a huge success! It was held on December 7, 2014 in the Gillett High School commons. The meal was free, but asked for a non-perishable food, hats or mittens for a donation. We got a total of 150 canned goods, hats, and mittens donated.  We served about 60 senior citizens in our community. The meal consisted of dinner rolls, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and homemade desserts. After the meal was over we had door prizes given out.

-Written by Evan Rank, Gillett FFA Reporter

Tractor & Farm Safety Camp

The camp will be held at Camp TaPaWingo and will begin on Friday evening, November 14 and end on Sunday afternoon, November 16. Camp TaPaWingo is located at 915 West TaPaWingo Road, Mishicot, Wisconsin. Cost for the camp is $195 and includes lodging, meals, training materials, and 24 hours of instruction.

The camp will focus on the safety aspects of operating farm equipment and daily farm tasks. To complete the course, youth must attend all sessions and pass a written and a driving exam. Certificates will be issued by the Manitowoc County UW-Extension office following successful completion of course.

Brochure and Registration

FIRE Conference

Gillett FFA attended the Wisconsin FFA Foundations in Reaching Excellence (FIRE) Conference at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton on October 4, 2014. The purpose of the conference is to get 7th-9th grade FFA members more involved with the chapter. The Gillett FFA members that attended were (L-R) Hanna Brock, Alexis Giese, Kalea Britton, and Ashley Britton

Gillett FFA Adopts-a-Highway

On Saturday September 20, 2014 the Gillett FFA cleaned Highway 22. We cleaned to make the sides of the highway safer and cleaner for the environment. The members who helped (L-R) are Mark Vorpahl, Kalea Britton, Elizabeth Kahler, Hanna Brock, Ashley Britton, Jerika Heroux, and Jacob Timm. Also assisting were Vicky Britton, Dana Kahler, and FFA Advisor, Kellie Claflin.

Written by Evan Rank, Gillett FFA Reporter