Animal specific resources & opportunities for members; quality assurance & judging information


Knowing Ohio's Livestock Tampering Laws Helps Maintain Responsible Food Production at Ohio's Fair by Dr Tony Forshey

  • Please read the ODA Press Release by Dr Forshey thouroughly. These are not guidelines, these are rules.

Ohio Youth Livestock Resource Site

Livestock Interview appointments

Click here for instructions to schedule your Livestock Interview or Make-up Livestock Interview

Website to schedule appointments

Skillathon studyguide

Skillathon studyguides

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Beef Poultry
Dairy Rabbit
Dog Sheep
Goat Swine
Thank you note - skillathon guide
See Equine page for Horse Skillathon

Hancock County Livestock Project Evaluation Scoresheet

2018 Youth Quality Assurance and Good Sportsmanship Training

All QA and Good Sportsmanship training must have been completed by Junior Fair Livestock Entry deadline.

Members who are 15 years old as of January 1 are eligible to "test out" of Quality Assurance requirements for their remaining 4-H years by taking a test during the month of February. Call the 4-H office at 419-422-3851 to schedule an appointment to take the test!

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) mandates that all youth exhibiting food animal projects participate annually in quality assurance programming. OSU Extension provides leadership for local training, working in partnership with agricultural education and agricultural societies.  Quality assurance is a pledge to 1) provide a food animal product preferred by consumers, and 2) provide a safe, wholesome food animal product. Food animals are those whose products (meat, milk, and eggs) have the potential to become part of the food chain. The required workshop teaches good production principles, safety, animal welfare, and ethics.

Hancock County also has a 'Good Sportsmanship' workshop. Any member who has not completed 'Good Sportsmanship' is required to attend with their parent or guardian. (The Good Sportsmanship workshop will be offered at Quality Assurance, and at Livestock Project Evaluations).

Quality Assurance sessions are intentionally scheduled early in the 4-H year as this information is valuable for Jr Fair exhibitors to properly care for their animals.

We recommend attending Quality Assurance at the earliest date possible, note the list below and plan well!

  • Quality Assurance/Good Sportsmanship Training and Livestock Clinics, June 1, 2019, 10am-12pm at Hancock County Fairgrounds
  • August 5 - Good Sportsmanship Training (in conjunction with Livestock Project Evaluations), 12-5pm at Hancock County Fairgrounds

Members can attend Quality Assurance in other Ohio counties.

2019 Quality Assurance Training in Surrounding Counties. 

Call the county to register and find out the location of the training.

Hardin County



Wyandot County



2019 Hancock County Livestock Judging Contest will take place on June 4

The ability to evaluate and select quality livestock is a life-skill with potential long term benefits for 4-H and FFA members. Plan to attend this contest!

Ohio State Fair Livestock Judging Contest
Friday, July 26 at 10 am in Voinovich Livestock Center Show Arena

Registration - 8:30 am, Download registration form and submit by Friday, July 12 with $10 (requires county Extension professional's signature)

Divisions include Individuals, teams (3-4 members); Juniors (13 and under) and Seniors (14 and over)

Place breeding and market classes of beef, goats, sheep, and swine; opportunity to deliver oral reasons

Top 3 Senior teams represent Ohio 4-H at national contests - individuals interested in this All Star Judging Team should check out the informational flyer on the website and and contact team coach Greg Meyer if interested.