Market Animal Project

The Portage County Market Animal Project is a livestock education program designed for youth to learn about project animal selection, feeding, nutrition, judging, and much more! It is open to both 4-H and FFA youth. Joining the Market Animal Project and fulfilling certain educational requirements is mandatory for youth who intend to participate in the Rosholt Fair Market Animal Show and Sale.

DOCUMENTS

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Youth must attend three (3) educational meetings throughout the year to participate in the Rosholt Fair Market Show and Sale. Each of the opportunities below counts as a meeting. Contact the Extension office at 715-346-1462 or ryan.nelson@ces.uwex.edu if you would like to confirm how many meetings you have attended.

Note that the Species meeting has been cancelled. The Swine workshop on March 25 and the Show-Rite Animal Show Clinic on April 4 have been added as possible meetings. Each one is worth an educational credit for any Market Animal Project member who attends. A sheep clinic is also being planned—more details forthcoming.

Attendance at 4 Market Animal Committee meetings also counts as an educational meeting. It is possible to count other out-of-county livestock events towards your educational meeting requirements with prior approval from the Market Animal Committee.

Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA)

All youth exhibitors of swine, whether for showing or market classes, must be certified through MAQA. Portage County will be offering its MAQA certification class on April 27, 2017, starting at 7:00 PM.

To register for MAQA in Portage County, visit this link or call 715-346-1462.

MAQA classes are available throughout the state. If our date does not work for you, visit this link to view opportunities in other counties.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If I did not sign up for the Market Animal Project by the deadline, can I still participate in the 2017 Rosholt Fair Market Animal Sale?
No. Youth exhibitors who did not register for the Market Animal Project by the deadline are not eligible to participate in the 2017 Rosholt Fair Market Sale.
Do I need to be a member of the Market Animal Project to participate in the Amherst Fair Market Sale?
No, youth can participate in the Amherst Fair Market Sale without being members of the Market Animal Project. However, any swine exhibitor at either the Amherst or Rosholt Fair must be certified through the Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA) program, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Market Animal Project. The MAQA class or exam will be offered in Portage County on April 27.
Where can I pick up extra bidder slips?
The UW-Extension office will carry extra bidder slips after the Sales Promotion & Records Meeting on June 12. We are located on the second floor of the Portage County Courthouse Annex, 1462 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point.
 I am exhibiting beef or sheep. Do I need a MAQA certification?
At this time, youth exhibitors of beef or sheep are not required to attend MAQA, although they are welcome to do so to satisfy an educational requirement or to learn more about animal care.
 Where can I get my premises ID?
 A premises ID is required for all Wisconsin families raising livestock on their property — this includes any Market Project Animal. If you do not have a premises ID, you must obtain one from the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium. For more information, visit this link. Premises IDs are free of charge.