4-H members that will be exhibiting beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry, and rabbits must be certified in the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program before July 1, 2019. While this is a newer requirement, it should not be viewed as just another rule, but rather as an important educational opportunity for 4-H livestock members. The flyer below lists important information about the program.
The goals of requiring YQCA in Indiana 4-H are to:
- Ensure that Indiana 4-H livestock members are more prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture in their role as youth livestock exhibitors
- Ensure animals from the Indiana 4-H livestock program are treated with the utmost care
- Ensure that Indiana 4-H livestock members are contributing to a safe and wholesome food supply
The YQCA training can be completed online or in person. Upcoming in-person trainings will be held:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 - 6:30 pm
MONDAY, JUNE 3 - 6:00 pm
All trainings will be held at the 4-H Center Banquet Hall. Either attend ONE training above or complete the training online.
The cost for the in-person training is $3 per person and the online training is $12 per person. The instructions below outline how to sign up for an in-person or online training. If you cannot attend an in-person training in Vanderburgh County, you can be certified for YQCA in another Indiana county. Contact the Purdue Extension Office for dates and details. Financial scholarships are available for those that need assistance. Please contact the Purdue Extension Office office for more details.