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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Certification (YQCA)

November 14, 2019
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Quality Assurance programs are a great way to ensure our youth producers are creating a product we can be proud to consume. In the past, we have used the Pork Quality Assurance Program (PQA), but that program phased out at the end of 2017. It has since been replaced by Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), which addresses quality in many different species. Starting in 2018, any Indiana youth wishing to exhibit an animal at a county or state fair must have completed a YQCA Certification.

Please read on to get all of the information for completing YQCA  Quality Assurance Program for you and making sure you have met all of your needs. 

What is YQCA?

The Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Program (YQCA) is a program that will provide quality assurance education on all livestock species. YQCA is a national 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 includes information for youth exhibiting ALL livestock. YQCA is available as an online program or an in-person training. Youth may complete the training online (http://yqca.org/) at a cost of $12 or they can participate at an in-person training for $3.


The Requirements:

Certification in YQCA is a requirement for youth planning to exhibit Livestock in the County 4-H Fairs, the Indiana State Fair, and some open shows. Our Handbook reads:

To exhibit Beef cattle, diary cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, diary goats, poultry (including eggs), and/or rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program. This is an ANNUAL program that can be completed via online modules or in-person trainings. Look in the Cloverprint newsletter and for emails stating dates/times of in-person training. More information about YQCA is available at http://yqca.org. Failure to complete the YQCA certification will result in ineligibility to exhibit your animal(s) and an incomplete project. If enrolled in multiple species projects, only one YQCA certification is needed.

How to Become Certified:

There are two ways to complete your certification: in-person or online. Youth may complete the training online (http://yqca.org) at a cost of $12 or they can participate in an in-person training for $3.



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