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4-H Swine Project

Tennessee State Junior Market Hog Show
January 22, 2014
Tennessee Livestock Center, Murfreesboro

Ownership Deadline: October 20
Last Day to Tag: November 1
Entries Due: November 15

Market Hog Photography Contest

4-H Livestock Skillathon Program FAQ

Information on Ultrasound Carcass Class
Ultrasound Carcass Class (PDF)
Ultrasound Carcass Class (PowerPoint)

Youth Pork Quality Assurance

Now that your entries are submitted, the next step is to certify your market hog exhibitors for the State Market Hog Show. For the agents that certified last year as a Youth Pork Quality Assurance (YPQA) advisor, you should be ready to go with the training for the youth that need to be certified or recertified.

Youth 8-11 years of age (Beginner) must recertify annually by attending an approved Youth PQA Plus education program. Exhibitors 12-14 years of age (Intermediate) and 15-19 years of age (Advanced) can certify/recertify for one year by attending an approved Youth PQA Plus education program OR can certify by completing and passing and examination at the appropriate age level. To certify by examination, a minimum of 70 percent of questions must be correctly answered. Certificates by examination are not to exceed three years.

Once certified by examination, the youth is not required to recertify in Youth PQA Plus until the next age level is reached. However, certification by examination is not to exceed three years. For example: In the Advanced group, a 15-year old who passes an examination would need to recertify after a period of three years, despite not having reached another age level.

When youth reach the next age level or exceed the certification period of three years, they can either attend a Youth PQA Plus training class or take the appropriate examination at their new age level. Certification by examination is valid for a minimum of one year. but will not exceed three years. If you have any questions about your exhibitors' certification, just contact Dr. Loveday.

For the agents that would like to certify as a YPQA Plus Advisor, please send me your name, address, phone and email by Friday, November 18. At that time I will submit the information to the National Pork Board and they will enter your name in the database and then I can add you to an online training program. After completing the training and examination, you will be qualified to teach, certify (enter youth information) and print certification certificates for the youth you certified. Your certification is good for three years.

Training materials are located at This page gives some general information. Click on the left side, Youth PQA Plus Advisor Information, for the training materials you will use with your exhibitors.

If you have any questions, please contact:

    Contact: Dr. H. Dwight Loveday
    Phone: (865) 974-7344 - Fax: (865) 974-7332