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 firstname.lastname@example.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.