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Beef Department

ll youth planning to show Beef at the Dane County Fair must meet these species specific educational requirements:

  • Attend at least one approved education event (listed below)
  • Education Requirement Card – Complete this card after attending a species-specific education meeting/event to confirm attendance. You should upload the completed card by June 15.
    • To upload the education card, please save the document as a JPG, TIFF, or PDF. Youth can take a picture of the education card to upload.
  • Complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certificate between 9/1/2023-6/15/2024.
  • Complete all training, and submit eduation card and YQCA certificate by June 15 via the ONLINE PORTAL. Failure to submit this card by June 15 at 11:59pm will make you ineligible to show your animal at the Dane County Fair.
  • If showing in more than one species, youth must complete and submit the requirements for each species separately.

2024 Approved Education Offerings - More to be added as approved
  • 7/8-14/2023 – Junior National Hereford Expo (Madison) - Youth who participated in Hereford Bowl, speech contest, fitting contest, judging contest, etc. events can use this show to meet their Dane County Fair education requirement for the 2024 DCF.
  • 11/30/2023 Daily Care Routines & Showmanship Practices Clinic by Krisha Geffert5:00 pm, Badger Brawl, Alliant Energy Center. For clinic questions, contact Badger Brawl.
  • 1/23/24 – "Large Animal Fair Education" presented by Waunakee Veterinary Services at Ashton Go-Getters Club Meeting - OPEN TO ALL - 6:00-7:00pm at St Peters School in the lunchroom/basement (7121 County Rd K, Middleton). No RSVP needed. Attendance will be taken.
  • 2/20/24 "Producing Quality Beef Workshops" - 9:30am-3:00pm (Lunch Provided) - Monroe Equity Livestock Sales Barn (N1365 W-69, Monroe). FREE to attend.
    • What physical traits enhance or detract fed cattle values? Why do some fed cattle sell for more or less than others? What opportunities did the latest beef quality audit find?
    • This workshop is a cooperative effort with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, and Wisconsin Beef Council. Support is also being provided by Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association, American Foods Group and JBS.
  • 3/18/24 "Don’t just hope for the best…Plan For It!" - 6:30pm (Dinner provided) - Marda Angus Farms (N706 State Road 113, Lodi). Presenter: Dr. Twig Marston, Hubbard Feeds. Set your cows up for success with Blueprint Nutrition - Producer panel that will share Blueprint nutrition success on farm.
  • 5/4/24 - "4-H Beef - Fair and Show Day Clinic" - 9:30am-10:30am - 4-H Office (5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison). This Beef education meeting is geared towards beginners and new to beef project people. We will talk about things to expect when coming to fair, during fair and leaving fair. We will also talk about show ring etiquette and what to expect on show day. This is an in-person meeting for youth in grades 3-13. An adult is required to attend with youth in grades K-5. No fee or need to pre-register for this meeting. Any questions: Jen Kramer 608-558-1031.
  • Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) for Producers
  • Online Education - Approved options for Beef education. Free sessions (Grades, Cuts and Preparation; Beef Nutrition; and Raising Beef) for beef certification. Must include certificate of completion for one of the sessions with your Education Card. Sessions listed at:
  • Independent Study “Educate the public about Beef Cattle” – must be pre-approved

Complete the form below or contact the Fair Office at to receive approval for educational opportunities not listed. Forms can be submitted with 30 days of the education session and by June 15.


Dane County Fair Meat Animal Sale (MAS) Information

The Dane County Meat Animal Sale is managed by the Dane County Meat Animal Sale Association. This association is an organization of interested persons whose purpose is the organization and operation of the Dane County Meat (Large) Animal Sale. This is an independent association and is not connected to the Dane County Fair Board, Dane County 4-H Leaders Association, UW-Extension Office, or any other group. For questions, contact

The Meat Animal Sale will be held at the Dane County Fair on Friday, July 19 at 6:45 PM in Pavilion 2.

Beef Weigh-in & Tag Pick Up was January 6. Contact if you have questions.

2024 MAS Scholarship Application (Due by June 15)

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