Meat Animal Project (MAP)


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MAP Memo – October 2017

Welcome to a new MAP year!

Please cash your MAP Sale checks as soon as possible.

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Last week, you received an email regarding changes to 4-H Meat Animal Project for 2017-2018. The Committee would like to share information with you to help you complete a successful project year.

During the 2017-2018 project year, weigh-ins will be voluntary. This change brings about other items for 4-H MAP members to take note.

If you choose to weigh-in your animal (Beef – December 9th, April 22nd – Sheep Swine).

  • Each 4-H family will be asked to lead/move their own animal across the scale.
  • As in the past, the animal is to be halter broken plus healed from being dehorned and castrated. The animal will be tagged by a MAP Committee Member.
  • If you participate in the weigh-in you will participate in the Rate of Gain and Supreme Champion Awards.

If you choose not to weigh-in, then you are choosing to DNA sampling option. The sample must be postmarked to WLIC the Friday before weigh-in. (Beef – December 8th @ and April 20th for Sheep and Swine)

  • As with swine the last 3 years, you will request a tag and DNA Envelope from WLIC
  • You will tag your own animal and pull the DNA and mail to WLIC the Friday before weigh-in.
  • No waiting in line and a specific day or exposing your animal to health risks.
  • If you plan to attend the Wisconsin State Fair – you will meet their deadlines.
  • If you participate in the DNA you will not have a certified Rate of Gain, so there will be a Premier ExhibitorAward that will include a skill-a-thon or knowledge component to the class placing and carcass evaluation.
  • Random samples of DNA will be pulled after the County Fair Show. (A parent must be present when the sample is pulled.)

If the ear tag is lost, please contact a member of the MAP Committee who will retag your animal and record the change. DNA will be pulled from all animals that require a second ear tag.

The Record Book will reflect whether you are using Initial Weigh-in Data or an estimate to calculate the rate of gain and feed efficiency.

YQCA will replace MAQA. Youth Quality Care Assurance program replaces MAQA in 2018. This is a state-wide change following a national movement. The 2018 State Fair will require YQCA for beef, sheep, swine, dairy, rabbits and poultry. MAP Camp will provide the training for YQCA.  Currently, there is a $3 cost to record the YQCA certification. 4-H’ers may take YQCA through online interactive modules for $12. More information on YQCA will be coming as we move forward to the new year. For more information please watch the following webinar on YQCA:

With these changes, it will be important to attend the species kick-off meetings!

  • Beef – November 13 – 6:30pm at the UW-Extension Office
  • Swine – February 12, 2018 – 6:30pm at the Fair Park Activity Center
  • Sheep – February 19, 2018 – 6:30pm at the UW-Extension Office

Any questions please contact a member of the MAP Committee or Bruce. Look in the 4-H Newsletter and the MAP Website  Look for more information soon.

MAP Committee Contacts

 Position Name Phone
Beef Representative, Adult Scott Keppen 920-988-2306
Beef Representative, Adult Alexis Timmel** 920-988-4703
Beef Representative, Youth Devin Splinter** 262-490-3039
Beef Representative, Youth Mackenzy Meschke** 920-988-2065
Sheep Representative, Adult Lisa Small (Treasurer) 920-285-7204
Sheep Representative, Adult Laura Monson** (Secretary) 920-728-3301
Sheep Representative, Youth Jonathan Jones** 608-423-2374
Sheep Representative, Youth Chandler Zwieg** 262-354-4096
Swine Representative, Adult Tim Ball (Vice Chair) 262-337-1147
Swine Representative, Adult Rachel Thom** (Chair) 920-728-5144
Swine Representative, Youth  Ralph Hombsch** 920-253-8400
Swine Representative, Youth  Emma Statz** 920-988-8402
Dairy Representative, Adult Linda Wright** (Reporter) 920-253-9398
Dairy Representative, Youth Sawyer Brandenburg** 920-563-3266
Member-at-Large Shane Haberman**  920-988-6964
FFA Representative Amanda Bosnak  608-206-7953
Business Representative Kevin Doherty** 920-342-4714

** Terms expire in 2018.

MAP Data Log

The MAP Data Log is updated when documents are turned into the UW-Extension Office. This log is to help members understand which documents still need to be turned in.

2017-2018 MAP Data Log

MAP Calendar

June 1, 2017 Start of the new MAP year (2017-2018) for earning education points May 4, 2018 Sheep & Swine recording errors due
 November 13 Beef Project Kick-Off Meeting
All Grades; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
UW-Extension Office
 May 14 Record Book Training
6 p.m., UW-Extension Office
 December 8 Beef WLIC DNA Postmark Deadline (if applicable)  May 14 YQCA Activity Night
6:30 p.m., UWEX Office
 December 9 Beef Weigh-In (9-10:30 a.m.) at Fair Park
Project Agreement Forms Due
May 31 Last day to complete educational points. Point cards due to UWEX by 4 p.m.
 January 5, 2018 Beef Weigh-in Recording Errors Due  June 8 Buyer Cards due to UWEX
 February 12 Swine Project Kick-Off Meeting
All members 6:30-7:30 p.m. @ Activity Center, Fair Park
Early June 2018 Youth notified of sale eligibility by letter from MAP Committee
 February 19 Sheep Project Kick-Off Meeting
All Grades; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
UW-Extension Office
 July 10 Weigh-ins, ultrasound and grading for 2018 Jefferson County Fair
 February 24 MAP Camp – UWEX Office
Additional Details coming soon!
 July 11-15 Jefferson County Fair
 Prior to March 1  4-H Project enrollments and changes MUST be done – Notify UWEX Office  July 14, 2018 2018 Youth & Dairy Livestock Auction (MAP Sale) at Fair
  March 17  Project Learning Day for Beef, Sheep, Swine & Dairy
8-12:15 p.m.
Fair Park
 July 24 MAP Awards Night
Fair Park – MAP Sale Arena
6:30 p.m.
April 20 Sheep & Swine DNA Postmark Deadline (if applicable) July 31 Thank You Notes due to UWEX Office by 4 p.m.
April 22 Swine Weigh-in (10-11 a.m.)
Sheep Weigh-in (1-2 p.m.)
Project Agreement Forms Due
September 7, 2018 Project Record Books due to the UWEX Office by 4 p.m.

MAP Handbook, By-Laws, & MAP Agreement

Educational Opportunities


Kick-Off Meetings – 1 point

Members and a parent or guardian are encouraged to attend the Species Kick Off meetings to gain a better understanding of the rules and due dates for each species. New rules and changes will be announced at the Kick-Off meetings each year.

Other Opportunities for Points

Events not listed below must be pre-approved by the committee in order for them to count as points.  Please contact the committee chairperson or the Extension Office before the monthly committee meeting to have your event approved. All educational points must be completed and approved by May 31, 2018.

1 point events

  • Record Book Training (encouraged for first year members) – 1 point
  • MAP Activity Night (same materials as MAP Camp)
  • Club Meat Animal Project Meeting – max 2 points
  • Fitting and Showing Clinic (Nasco, FS, Animart, etc) – max 2 points
  • Livestock or Meat Judging Clinic
  • MAP Committee Meeting – 1 point max
  • Sheep & Wool Festival Skillathon, Sweepstakes or Showing – max 2 points
  • Breed Association Field Days (Hereford Farm Tour) – max 1 point
  • Weigh-In Help – max 2 points
  • Fair Ultrasound Help – max 2 points
  • Livestock Camp Help – max 2 points
  • Project Learning Day for Large Animals – 1 point per species; max 2 points
  • Carcass Clinic – 1 point
  • Meats Lab – 1 point

2 point events

  • MAP Camp
  • Participate in Premier Exhibitor Contest at State Fair – 2 point for 1st specie; 1 point after
  • WLBA quiz and Skillathon Contest
  • Meats Judging Team (must participate in contest)
  • Livestock Judging Team (must participate in contest)
  • Beef, sheep or swine shows (excluding all Jr. County Fairs & State Fair) – 6 point max
  • Participate in World Beef Expo Sweepstakes
  • Livestock Quiz Bowl
  • Leadership Roles (example – teaching a clinic, breed ambassador)
  • Area Animal Science Days

3 point events

  • Herd management – breeding through finishing (your MAP species)

No. of Point = Credit Times 4

  • School Classes – Animal Science, Ag Exploration class (livestock, meats), crop/feed

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.

Record Books

  1. If you were in the 2016 MAP Project last year (those who sold or even those who weighed in, but did not sell), you must have turned in a completed record book by September 7, 2017. Your required record book must be completed for the specie of your sale animal. It is not required that you create a record book for each animal or each specie you exhibited.
  2. Record books must be turned in complete. If your record book is deemed incomplete, the MAP Committee will review your record book as a committee. Members who turn in record books that are not complete will sell at the END OF THE SALE. Examples of an incomplete record books may include but is not limited to:
    1. Must contain ALL required signatures.
    2. All information must be completed (all filled in).
    3. Written information must be legible.
    4. If you score a 15 or under, your record book will be considered incomplete.
  3. If you weighed in an animal (beef = December, sheep = April, swine = April) and/or DNA tagged an animal and choose not to sell it and/or show it at the Fair, you must still turn in a and choose not to sell it and/or show it at the fair, you must still turn in a Record Book to participate in the MAP project and sale in the following year. Record Books for 2017-18 are due September 7, 2018 by 4:00 pm.

Record Books (All record books due to UW-Extension Office by 4 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2017)

Beef Information

Coming Soon!

Sheep Information

Coming Soon!

Swine Information

Buyer Information

It is the member’s responsibility to talk with prospective buyers and invite them to attend the sale. Each member planning to participate in the meat animal project sale is encouraged to promote the MAP sale by turning in signed buyer cards to the UW-Extension Office by June 8, 2018.

Additional Resources

The Meat Animal Project Committee receives educational support from the 4-H Youth Development Agent and the UW-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 UW-Extension Office. The UW-Extension office may choose to contact a committee member with your question. Your UW-Extension contact is Bruce Jones at or Kim at You may also call the office at 920-674-7297.

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