Meat Animal Project (MAP)




  • Beef – In the beef project you can learn how to select market quality animals, select proper feed, identify different beef breeds, and gain herd management skills. You will also have the chance to learn about carcass value on market beef. This project is filled with many hands-on activities.
  • Sheep – The sheep project allows members to identify sheep breeds and body parts, observe sheep behavior, and identify uses of wool and other by-products. Project members will learn how to select desirable sheep and how to fit and show sheep.
  • Swine – Enjoy learning about different swine breeds, anatomy of swine, and how to select the correct feed for swine. Also, in this project members will have a chance to practice judging market hogs.

MAP News

Committee Members Needed: The MAP committee is currently searching for interested adult and youth volunteers to serve on the committee for the 2021-2022 4-H Year! The commitment is FIVE committee meetings a year to plan educational programs like Project Informational Meetings (similar to kick off meetings of previous years), meats judging, Skill-a-Thons, the UW-Madison Meat Science Building Tour, project learning day, a potential showmanship show, and record book training. MAP is looking for minimally one adult and one youth for each species (sheep, beef, and swine). If you are interested in helping with a piece of the puzzle (for example, you’d like to head up the Meat Science Building Tour), you can join the team for that programming and then step away. The committee has the opportunity to shape this upcoming 4-H year however they’d like. YOU can be a crucial part of that change! Please email Kim at if you are interested.

Sheep Educational Project Kick-Off Meeting PowerPoint 2022

Swine Educational Project Kick-Off Meeting PowerPoint 2022




YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) is required throughout all of Wisconsin.

Online Modules

In the online version, the youth exhibitor will complete three interactive online modules and corresponding quizzes. The modules will provide new information every year. The modules take roughly 60 minutes to complete each year.

  1. Online modules cost $12.00 to complete.
  2. Youth must register and pay for YQCA at and follow the step by step instructions. Youth in 4-H must sign in with their 4honline account. Youth in FFA or Other Youth Organization must use the FFA or Independent sign in option.
  3. Project Members must complete:
    • Knowledge Builder (background information on the topic)
    • Skills Lab (online interactive labs)
    • A Quiz for three different topic areas
      • Quizzes need to be passed before moving forward to next section.
      • If a section is failed, the member will have to wait 20-30 minutes before retaking.
      • Once the knowledge builder, skills lab and all three quizzes are passed a certification will be available.
  4. Project Members ages 19-21 are required to complete the online module training.
  5. Project members younger than 19 years old have the option to attend in-person trainings in other counties IF they are offered. Pre-registration is required for the event.

YQCA Test Out Option

An online test out option for YQCA certifications is available. Youth can only take these tests when they are 12, 15 and 19 (on December 31 of the previous calendar year). The test has 50 questions and you need to answer 80% correctly to pass. Youth can only take the test ONCE at the beginning of the age group. If youth don’t pass, you must take the online course every year. The credit card is billed when the youth passes the test. To find the test out option, scroll to the bottom of the course list when you are logged into your YQCA account. Cost is $36.00. 15 -16 -17 -18: You can only take the test as 15 year old. Cost is $48.00 19 -20 -21: You can only take the test has a 19 year old. This is available for those who exhibit in breed shows until they reach the age of 21. Cost is $36.00.

MAP Committee Contacts

2021-2022 Meat Animal Project Committee Members

  • Justin Thom, Chair
  • Katelyn Thom, Secretary
  • Cheryl Splinter
  • Megan Splinter
  • Drew Hansen

MAP Data Log

The Extension Office works hard to update the data log when documents are turned in. This log is maintained to assist project members to know what documents they have turned in and what documents are still needed. If you have questions about or disagree with the information the data log contains, please contact the Extension Office at 920-674-7295 or or .

2021-2022 MAP Datalog (4-H members)

MAP Calendar

MAP Committee Meeting Dates

The next meeting for the Meat Animal Project Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, January 11 at the Extension, Jefferson County Office (864 Collins Road in Jefferson) at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted or publicized.

2021-2022 MAP Project Calendar 

January 11, 2022 – 6 pm at the Extension Office Meats Meeting (Carcass Point Opportunity)
January 11, 2022 – 7 pm at the Extension Office MAP Committee Meeting
February 8, 2022 – 6 pm at the Extension Office Meats Meeting (Carcass Point Opportunity)
February 8, 2022 – 7 pm at the Extension Office MAP Committee Meeting
February 15, 2022 6-7 pm at the Extension Office Swine Project Informational Meeting
February 15, 2022 7-8 pm at the Extension Office Sheep Project Informational Meeting
March 8, 2022 – 6 pm at the Extension Office Meats Meeting (Carcass Point Opportunity)
Tentative March 12, 2022 UW-Madison Meat Science Building Tour (Carcass Point Opportunity)
March 15, 2022 – 6 pm at the Extension Office In-person YQCA Training
April 9, 2022 Fair Park in Jefferson Project Learning Day (includes skill-a-thon, species workshops, in-person YQCA)
April 12, 2022 – 6 pm at the Extension Office Record Book Training
April 12, 2022 – 7 pm at the Extension Office MAP Committee Meeting
April 15, 2022 All 4-H project changes must be made in 4honline
May 16, 2022 – 7 pm VIRTUAL  * Link will be sent on Monday with the Clover Connection. Carcass Meeting (FINAL Carcass Point Opportunity!)
May 27, 2022 Point Cards due to Extension Office by 4 pm
June 14, 2022 – 7 pm at the Extension Office MAP Committee Meeting
July 13-17, 2022 Jefferson County Fair
September 1, 2022 Project Record Books due to Extension Office by 4 pm
September 13, 2022 MAP Committee Meeting


MAP Handbook & By-Laws

Educational Opportunities

April 9, 2022 – Project Learning Day for Large AnimalsFLYER Registration Link:


Each youth participating in Jefferson County Fair is required to earn educational points. Educational Point Card runs from June 1, 2020 – May 27, 2022. Please note the following:

  1. Completed educational point cards must be turned in by May 27, 2022 to the Extension Office by 4:00 pm. Point cards received in the drop box after 4 p.m. will be considered late.
  2. See Educational Point Card for point values.
  3. Please be sure that everything you put on the card is pre-approved, signed and legible. Dairy related clinics and judging do not count.
  4. All members must obtain four points.
  5. All members must be YQCA certified.
  6. All members must obtain one carcass educational point; grade 13 members are exempt.
  7. Grade 13 Project members are exempt from the educational point card requirements (except YQCA).
  8. Dairy Judging, World Dairy Expo, Dairy Bowl and Project Animal Sales are a few items that are not included and do not count for points in the MAP Project.
  9.  Signatures on Point Cards:
    • For any other even that is pre-approved, please have a presenter or coordinator from the event clearly print their name and sign it. We would appreciate them adding a phone number also so that the event may be verified.
    • Herd Management: Signature should be a club project leader, club general leader or MAP Committee member that has verified requirements. A child’s parent may not sign their point card for herd management.
    • No youth should sign their own point card.

2021-22 Point Card

Virtual Educational Verification Form

    • Please complete this form for each virtual, educational opportunity you attend.
    • Print it off and staple it to your point card.

Record Books

Record Books are due September 1, 2022!

Printable PDF 2021-22 MAP Record Book

Fillable PDF Coming Soon!

Committee Agendas & Minutes

Awards & Additional Resources

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the Meat Animal Project Educational programs? Please contact Justin Thom, MAP Committee Chair at 262-490-1313 or anyone of the committee members.

The Meat Animal Project Committee receives educational support from the 4-H Youth Educator and the Extension Jefferson County Office, 864 Collins Road, Jefferson, WI 53549. When you have any questions regarding your meat animal project, contact one of the committee members or the Extension Office. The Extension office may choose to contact a committee member with your question. Your Extension contact is Kim at or at 920-674-7297.

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