Small Animal

The Jackson County Small Animal project offers a variety of different workshops throughout the year that are put on by the Small Animal Committee.  The purpose of the Small Animal Committee shall be to:

  • Educate members in regards to the daily care and raising of small animals including: poultry, rabbits, goats, exotics, and pets
  • Hold three workshops per year for members to gain hands-on learning
  • Hold 2 auctions per yeat to give members and the surrounding community an opportunity to purchase and/or sell small animals

Contact Information:

The Small Animal Committee does have their own email address that can be used to directly ask questions .  The email address is: jacksonsmallanimal@gmail.com

The Small Animal Committee also has a Facebook page where they post information to keep project members up-to-date.

Small Animal Project Scholarship Information:

The Small Animal Project has a $250 scholarship available to a high school graduating senior or a college freshman who will be attending an accredited program of higher learning leading to a certificate or degree. Applications will be available beginning around the middle of April.  Contact the Small Animal project email address above for the application and application guidelines.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA):

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a set of web-based modules being required for youth in the Beef, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, and Swine projects. It is also required to show Dairy at the State Fair. (Please note that MAQA is now called YQCA).  This program will allow youth to learn about other species of animals; not just the species they show. This program allows for the consistency of information being taught to youth in all states and in all species of animals.

YQCA content and modules are age-appropriate and different each year (age as of January 1): Junior (8-11), Intermediate (12-14), Senior (15-18), and Young Adult (19-21). Each year, youth complete one new module in each the following categories:

  • Animal Welfare (basic needs, proper animal handling, biosecurity, etc.),
  • Food Safety (medications, medicated feeds, withdrawal times, avoiding residue, etc.)
  • Character Education (ethics, goal setting, career exploration, etc.)

YQCA gives families flexibility in gaining this required certification, which is more convenient to accommodate busy seasonal schedules since it is online. It’s estimated that youth will spend roughly 60 minutes completing modules each year.

Youth must complete the YQCA module for their age by July 15 to be eligible to show Beef, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, and Swine at the Jackson County Fair. To complete the YQCA module or to get more information, go to https://fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock/yqca/. Cost for YQCA is $12 each year. Requests for an appointment for use of a computer/internet and scholarships are available by confidential request to the 4-H Program Coordinator.

Here are the steps to complete the YQCA online module:

  1. Click on “YQCA Youth Log In” link at https://fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock/yqca/.  Create a login and follow the login process through purchasing a “web-based course” ($12/youth).  If financial support is needed please the 4-H Program Coordinator.
  2. Youth must complete the appropriate course for their age (follow on-screen prompts).  The youth must pass the quiz at the end.  Please note that youth are allowed to go back in the module to correct responses in the quize and be successful.
  3. Youth must save completion certificate and submit to the Jackson County Extension Office.  You can submit the completion certificate by mail to the Extension Office at ATTN: YQCA, 227 South 11th Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615.  OR, submit it via email to the support staff at the Jackson County Extension Office.

It is important to note that youth certification is NOT complete until the certificate has been submitted and recieved. It is the individual youth’s responsibility to confirm receipt.

For technical support with YQCA email help@yqca.org.

Educational Requirements:

Additional educational requirements for beef, sheep, swine, goats, poultry, and small animal projects are also required so youth can show their animals at the Jackson County Fair.  The deadline for these requirements is set by the committee and the Fair Board.  Generally these additional educational requirements can be completed through attending workshops.