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YOUTH FOR THE QUALITY CARE OF ANIMALS

To exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry and rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals program. This is an annual program that can be completed via online modules or in-person trainings. More information about YQCA is available at https://yqcaprogram.org/

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While this is a requirement, it should not be viewed as just another rule, but rather as an important educational opportunity for 4-H livestock members. Making this an exhibition requirement is how we are ensuring that 4-H members learn about quality assurance, but it really has nothing to do with animal exhibition. The real reason we are requiring this is so youth learn best management practices with their animals.

The goals of having 4-H members complete the YQCA program include ensuring that:

  • Youth will be more prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture in their role as youth livestock exhibitors.
  • Animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care.
  • 4-H members are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply.

All 4-H youth exhibiting the species listed above must be certified through the YQCA program by May 16, 2022 in order to be eligible to exhibit at the 2022 Whitley County 4-H Fair. This is also a requirement in order to exhibit at the Indiana State Fair in 2022.

  

YQCA CLASS DATES SCHEDULED IN WHITLEY COUNTY

  • Thursday, February 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center  CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
  • Wednesday, March 30th at 5:00 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center
  • Wednesday, April 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center
  • Saturday, April 30th at 1:00 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center

 

NOTE:  IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND ONE OF THE ABOVE CLASSES IN WHITLEY COUNTY, YOU MAY COMPLETE THE YQCA CERTIFICATION ONLINE AT THE YQCA WEBSITE OR YOU MAY ATTEND A CLASS IN ANOTHER COUNTY.

 

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