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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Program

March 17, 2021
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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program

Quality Assurance programs are a great way to ensure our youth producers are creating a product we can be proud to consume.  We are excited that we have the opportunity to offer this critical educational piece to our youth. This program will allow the 4-H member to learn about the importance of animal-well being, quality assurance practices, and their part in the food production system. Quality Assurance programs are a great way to ensure our youth producers are creating a product we can be proud to consume. Continuing in 2021, any Indiana youth wishing to exhibit Beef, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, Starter Calf, and/or Swine 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 Beef, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, Starter Calf, and/or Swine.

This is an annual program that can be completed via online modules ($12) or in-person trainings ($3). In-person trainings in Starke County will be free with a coupon for all Starke County 4-H members. Read below to learn how to obtain your coupon code from the Extension Office.  The newest change comes in the form of the online test out option for youth in the intermediate and senior categories. This program is ensuring 4-H members learn about quality assurance and best management with their animals. In-person trainings in Starke County will be free with a coupon for all Starke County 4-H members. Read below to learn how to obtain your coupon code from the Extension Office.

YQCA Objectives

This is an important educational opportunity for 4-H livestock members. Making this an exhibition rule is how Indiana 4-H is ensuring that 4-H members learn about quality assurance. Indiana 4-H is requiring this program so youth learn best management practices with their animals. The YQCA program will: 

More information about YQCA is available at http://yqca.org.

The Requirements:

Certification in YQCA is a requirement (and it is very good practice) for youth planning to exhibit an animal (Beef, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, Starter Calf, and Swine) in the Starke County 4-H Fair (all other county fairs) and the Indiana State Fair. Our Handbook reads under the General 4-H Livestock Rules and each animal section who is complete the training:

"All livestock 4-H members exhibiting animals in the Beef, Dairy Goat, Meat Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, Starter Calf, or Swine projects will annually complete the Youth for Quality of Care of Animals (YQCA) Training."

 

Dates for Instructor Led Trainings in Starke County:

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Starke County Fairgrounds, 4-H Exhibit Building

 

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Starke County Fairgrounds, 4-H Exhibit Building

 

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Starke County Fairgrounds, 4-H Exhibit Building

 

Note about Instructor Led Training:

How to get certified:

Contact Julia at the Extension Office at 574-772-9141 or email  jwickert@purdue.edu to receive your coupon code needed when registering for an in-person training. Each coupon code is unique.

Those individuals wishing to test out must meet the following criteria:

How to Register for YQCA Trainings:

You can contact the Purdue Extension- Starke County Office with any questions you may have. We have computers in the office you can use to register for a class. The full letter mailed to all 4-H members enrolled in the above projects and superintendents is available at the bottom of the page.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Online Livestock Animal Identification

NEW for 2021, ALL 4-H Animal Identification is due by May 15th in 4-H Online at v2.4honline.com

This includes all Cattle, Goats, Horse & Pony, Rabbits, Sheep, Starter Calves, and Swine.

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