NDSU Extension - Nelson County


Nelson County Extension 

Nelson County Courthouse

210 B. Ave W. Suite 101

Lakota, ND 58344


Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 


Phone: (701)247-2521

Fax: (701)247-2412

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4-H Poultry CurriculumPoultry Project

Project Books (Curriculum) on Shop 4-H promote positive youth development through experiential learning. We believe that youth retain more information -- and have more fun! -- when they are part of the learning process.  

Whether a beginner, intermediate or advanced participant in a Poultry Project, using the 4-H Curriculum can be an excellent tool to help members complete learning objectives fitting to their experience and skill set level. 4-H Curriculum can be handed in at the end of the year (by August 31st) in place of a Project Achievement Record (Found in Section F of the Nelson County Record Book). All projects and records handed in will be returned to members at Awards Day in Sept/Oct.

The Nelson County Extension Office will purchase up to 2 curriculum guides per year for 4-H members. Contact  (katelyn.hain@ndsu.edu) if you would like assistance with purchasing. 

Record Keeping

Due May 17th, 2019: Registration Form will be Uploaded Soon (Fillable PDF)

Birds must come from an NPIP certified flock or be tested. Contact Katelyn if you need birds tested prior to the Fair. 

These poultry record books are to serve as a guide in helping to meet animal quality and care standards while completing a Poultry 4-H Project. 4-H members are permitted to use a different set of record if they find something that works better for them, however they must fulfill YQCA standards. Records (along with any partially or fully completed project book related to Poultry) should be showcased to Judges at the Fair.

Youth for the Quality Care Of Animals (YQCA)YQCA Logo

YQCA certification is required in order to participate in animal exhibition at the Nelson County Fair and the ND State Fair. 4-H Members must be re-certified every year.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

YQCA certification is being accepted by many livestock shows and fairs that require youth quality assurance certification. View the list here, but always check the entry requirements of each show for complete details.

YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals:

  • Pigs
  • Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Market Rabbits
  • Poultry

There are two options available to youth in order to become YQCA certified.

Option 1: YQCA training will be offered in-person 2x per year in Nelson County; once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Dates TBA. Cost: $3.00

Option 2: Complete the training at home, online. Cost: $12.00

To Register for a training visit https://learngrow.io/. Search for a training in Nelson County to attend in person. Select the on-line training option if completing at home To log in, create an account at https://learngrow.io/ or login with your 4-HOnline credentials.  

Visit YQCA.org for more information about this nationwide program.


Other Resources

Eggs and Raising Ready-To-Lay-Pullets as a 4-H Project, Wisconsin Extension

Poultry Learning Lab Kit

Educational DVD's and Video available for checkout

Breeds of Poultry, Oklahoma State University

American Poultry Association

US Poultry and Egg Association

Poultry Preparation Safety Sheet

NPIP - National Poultry Improvement Plan

For Checkout at the Nelson County Office: 

APA Standard of Perfection Book, 2010 Edition

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