Montgomery County 4-H will be offering trainings for the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program. In order to exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, swine, meat goats, dairy goats, rabbits, and poultry, 4-H members MUST be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). Several of the national shows are utilizing this program. If you show multiple of these animals, you will just attend 1 training, not 1 training for each animal you exhibit. 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
This is an annual program that can be completed via online modules or in-person trainings. The following dates below are in-person trainings that are being offered for youth:
Tuesday, March 17th 6:00-7:00 pm Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds
April- TBD 6:00-7:00 pm Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds
Tuesday, May 12th 6:00-7:00 pm Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairground
Tuesday, June 9th 6:00-7:00 pm Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds
Thursday, June 18th 12:00-1:00 pm Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds
Tuesday, July 7th 12:00-1:00 pm Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds
You must be pre-registered to participate in the class. Pre-registration ensures that you have successfully attended the class. If none of these dates work for your schedule, you may complete the online modules OR attend an in-person training in another county. If interested in learning date options for in-person trainings in other counties, please contact Abby at the Extension office at (765)364-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As stated previously, youth will be required to be certified in YQCA before they can exhibit at the fair.
At the bottom of the page under the "Related Files" section, you will find a “step-by-step” guide on how to register for an in-person training. Visit yqca.learngrow.io to get registered today! In-person trainings cost $3.00 and must be paid online. For in-person trainings, you must select the $3.00 option and pay via coupon code or credit card. The only way to pay for this training is by credit card online. If you e-mail Abby Morgan at email@example.com, she can give you a coupon code so that it is FREE for you, thanks to a generous sponsorship by Tipmont REMC! This coupon is just for the in-person trainings. If you are interested in doing an online training, those cost $12.00.
YQCA does offer an online ONLY test-out option. For more information and to see if you are eligible for the test-out option, please click the "YQCA Online Test-Out Guide" under the Related Files section at the bottom of the page. There is also a "Frequently Asked YQCA Questions" document that may help clarify any questions you may have. If you have further questions, please contact the Montgomery County Extension office at (765)364-6363 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.