Animal Science Updates

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Upcoming YQCA Trainings-

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals trainings begin next week in county offices. Dates and times are as follows:

· Wednesday, May 11, 2022- New Castle County Extension Office, Newark 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance-must register by May 9

· Thursday, May 26, 2022- UD Carvel Center, Georgetown 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance- must register by May 24

· Tuesday, June 7, 2022- Kent County Extension Office, Dover 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance- must register by June 6

Classroom trainings are open to ages 7-18 as of January 1, 2022. Youth 19-21 will have to complete the online training as per national program guidelines. Youth ages 5-6 will need to have a parent certified. Please contact Susan Garey or 302-242-1510 about online or classroom options for this age group. Preregistration is required through the site. A profile will need to be created if you have not participated in a training in the past. The YQCA classroom training costs $3.00 and the online training costs $12.00. These fees are paid online and go directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training. This should be completed prior to coming to the in person training. Youth completing the online YQCA training will take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year.


Tagging Dates for Market Animals for the Delaware State Fair-

Tagging dates begin this weekend in New Castle County for market lambs, market goats, market hogs, steers and feeder calves. Please note the updated minimum weight requirements for a market hog to be tagged for the Delaware State Fair. The previously published weights were provided by a swine department official prior to the publication of the 2022 DSF livestock handbook. The weights below are updated and correct. If your hog does not meet the minimum weight requirement on that date, it will need to come back to another tagging date and meet the minimum requirement for that date. This is to insure that your hog has the best chance of making weight in July.

On May 7, 2022 Newark- Cook Family Farm- 8:00 AM-11:00 AM – Minimum weight is 75 lbs.

On May 15, 2022 DSF- 8:00 AM-11:00 AM – Minimum weight is 80 lbs.

On May 24, 2022 DSF- 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM – Minimum weight is 85 lbs.


Harness Horse Youth Foundation Day Camp-

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is having a one day camping program at Harrington Raceway on June 27, 2022. What to expect at a HHYF event? Campers will learn about harnessing and hitching and all about Standardbreds. There will be hands-on time with horses and opportunities to hear from industry pros. Most of all, campers will have fun as well as lunch!

Camp runs 8AM to 4PM and the registration fee is $35 which includes lunch (assistance is available – contact HHYF office) Youth ages 11 and up are eligible. All participants should wear long pants and solid toed shoes to the event.

Registration is limited; application deadline is June 15. Online registration link:

For more information please contact the HHYF office phone: 317.908.0029 email: