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Quality Counts Verification, stock show entry news




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Stock show entries for the Wilson County, Fort Worth, Hill Country District Junior Livestock, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston, and Star of Texas Livestock shows will be processed on these dates at the Wilson County Extension office:

•Monday, Nov. 7 -- 8 a.m. until noon; 1-5 p.m.

•Tuesday, Nov. 8 -- 8 a.m. until noon; 1-8 p.m.

When coming in, be sure to have the exhibitor’s Social Security number if entering the major shows. Registration papers for breeding entries and validation of livestock projects and ordering of poultry project does not constitute entries to the shows.

In order to sign up for the stock shows, you must be enrolled on 4-H Connect. Those showing at the major livestock shows must have gone through the Quality Counts Verification.

Quality Counts Verification

Starting in 2012, Quality Counts Verification will be required for all youth exhibiting livestock (market and/or breeding) at major livestock shows in Texas -- the Fort Worth Livestock Show, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Star of Texas Fair in Austin, the San Angelo Livestock Show, the Sandhills Stock Show in Odessa, the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, and the Heart O’ Texas Fair in Waco.

The verification process will require junior exhibitors to pass an online test that measures their knowledge on quality assurance and character education content items.

Youth are able to go online to take the test and become verified. A verification number will need to be provided at the time of making an official entry into a Texas major livestock show. Thus, youth will need to have completed and passed the test before the major livestock show’s entry deadline. A passing score has been determined to be 80 percent.

Exhibitors are able to come by the Extension office to receive training before taking the test. They will also be to come by the Extension office and take the test online here in the office.

See “Quality Counts Verifications instructions” for more regarding this issue.

For more information, call the Extension office at 830-393-7357.


Quality Counts Verification instructions
•Go to http://qualitycounts.tamu.edu/ and select verification
•Register for the test as an FFA member, 4-H member, or a dual FFA/4-H member
•Enter your name and date of birth along with your chapter and/or county name
•Complete the test. Juniors, students younger than 14 by Sept. 1, will answer 10 questions. Seniors, students older than 14 by Sept. 1, will answer 20 questions.
•To receive your certification for successfully completing the Quality Counts Verification exam, the student must score at least 80 percent. If you do not complete 80 percent of the questions correctly, you will be taken back to the beginning of the test so you can attempt it again.
•The test can be taken as many times as needed.
•The verification number will be good for a senior’s remaining show career. But if the student took it as a junior, they will need to take it again once they become a senior member.
 

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