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Sheep Department

All youth planning to show Sheep 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 education 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 announced as approved
  • June 29-July 2, 2023: All American Junior Sheep Show (Madison) - Youth who participated in Skil-A-Thon, shearing, judging, etc. events can use this show to meet their Dane County Fair education requirement for the 2024 DCF.
  • 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. Make sure to bring a copy of the Education Card with you to have the presenter sign on-site.
  • 4/6/2024 - Arlington Sheep Day - Arlington Ag Research Center
  • 5/4/2024 Showring Prep and Showmanship Tips & Tricks - for Dane Dandy Doers Club Members ONLY.
  • 6/2/24 4-H Sheep Showmanship and Fair Prep at Lothe Farm (3988 Windsor Road, DeForest) from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Free to attend. REGISTRATION Required. If you are interested in learning about sheep showmanship and fair preparation, this education meeting is for you. Youth will have some hands on training with animals and will practice with some common showmanship questions. The meeting is geared for youth in grades 3+, but younger family members can attend with an adult. Youth in grades K-6 need to have an adult accompany them to the meeting. Questions? Contact the 4-H Office 608-224-3702, 4Hinfo@countyofdane.com

Past Offerings
  • 12/27/2022Livestock Quizbowl Workshop – 9:00am, 4-H Office, 5201 Fen Oak Dr
  • 3/25/234-H Livestock Quizbowl and Skillathon
  • 4/2/2023 UW Vet Medicine - Veterinarian Event – 1:00pm, UW Vet Medicine Bldg
  • 4/3/2023 Reproductive Technologies in Agriculture Zoom – 7:00pm, Recording Available
  • 4/19/2023 Livestock Project - Animal Nutrition (Grades 3-13) at 6:00pm at Middleton Farmer’s Cooperative Hardware Store. RSVP to lauren@middletoncoop.com. This is a Dane County Fair approved education event for Beef, Sheep and Swine.
  • 4/20/2023 - 4-H Sheep Nutrition and Showmanship Clinic – from 6:00-7:30pm at the Oregon Farm Center, 4636 WI-138, Oregon, WI. Youth will learn the basics of sheep showmanship and nutrition. Open to all ages, youth in grades K-5 must be accompanied by an adult. Nutrition education provided by Purina. Questions – contact Jerry Ace (608) 628-7309.

Complete the form below or contact the Fair Office at info@danecountyfair.com 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 Sheep Check-in - Review Premium Book for more information

Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Stoughton Fair Grounds, Mandt Park

All paperwork will be provided. Youth should bring their animal(s) to the check in; exhibitors are not required to be in attendance. Contact Jerry Ace at (608) 628-7309 or sevenaces@msn.com with questions.

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 DaneCountyMeatAnimalSale@gmail.com.

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

2024 MAS Scholarship Application (DUE by June 15)

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