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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

May 4, 2020
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Due to protocols related to COVID-19, there will be no in-person YQCA sessions. Please review the following options for completing the requirement for 2020.


If you plan to exhibit only at the county level:

You can complete the official YQCA program at your own expense (see the section titled "If you plan to exhibit at the Indiana State Fair" for info on the official YQCA program).


For 2020 only, as an alternative to the official YQCA program, 4-Hers who plan to exhibit only at the county fair and have not yet received their YQCA certification for the year can complete the no-cost Indiana 4-H Online Ethics Modules (four sections of content) and complete a survey to confirm their participation. The four modules that must be completed can be found under the heading “Online Animal Ethics Modules” at https://extension.purdue.edu/4h/pages/online-animal-ethics-program.aspx. Once you complete the four modules, complete the survey at the following link so we know you completed the program: https://bit.ly/2020EthicsSurvey

If you plan to exhibit at the Indiana State Fair:

If you will be exhibiting livestock at the State Fair, you must be certified in the official YQCA program, at your own expense, at http://yqca.learngrow.io. Log in with your 4HOnline profile and complete the training online.  

Online Option 1: An annual certification via online modules is available at http://yqca.learngrow.io at a cost to you of $12 for the one-year certification.

Online Option 2: An online test-out option is now available at a cost to you of $36 or $48. However, individuals wishing to test out must meet the following criteria: 




Who has to be certified in YQCA?

To exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry, and/or rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the national educational Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program.

YQCA Objectives

YQCA 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 (though actually, the program has nothing to do with animal exhibition). 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.

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