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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

March 13, 2019
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Dear 4-H Livestock Families:

 Again in 2019, all beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry, and/or rabbits, 4-H members MUST be certified through the educational Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program no later than July 5, 2019.

 This is an annual education program that can be completed via online modules ($12) or in-person training programs ($3). In-person trainings held in Vigo County will be free to Vigo County 4-H Members who completed 4-H enrollment by January 15th. Thank you to local sponsors Farm Credit Mid-America, Rural 1st, and Rural King for providing coupons for YQCA in Vigo County.

 Vigo County trainings will be held:

Youth must register for this training online within two weeks following the in-person training! The following information tells you how to register online plus there is step-by-step instructions and a video on our website.

Instructions for Signing up for your YQCA Training in Vigo County at the Fairgrounds:

  1. Contact Sara to get an YQCA coupon code for your in-person training. You can receive your coupon code prior to the training or you can get a code at the conclusion of the training.
  2. Within two weeks following the training, go to yqca.learngrow.io and select sign in with your 4HOnline account. You will be prompted to select a state, then enter the login information for your 4HOnline account. After logging in you will be given a list of active family members. Select a family member and start the account creation process.
  3. When you see the course list, select the $3 instructor led training appropriate for the 4-H member’s age.
  4. Select your payment method and enter the coupon code in all capital letters.
  5. Repeat for any additional family members.
  6. Once you have attended the training the instructor will mark attendees complete within a week following the training.
  7. Return to the course menu and print your certificate for your records. A printed certificate is required for those exhibiting at the Indiana State Fair.

While this is a new 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 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. Contact Sara Haag, shaag@purdue.edu or 812-462-3371, with questions or assistance.

New for 2019

There is now an online test out option for youth in the intermediate, senior, and young adult categories. This will be an accepted form of certification for Indiana 4-H members. Those individuals wishing to test out must meet the following criteria:

FAQ 

Q: I exhibit three different types of livestock, do I need to attend three trainings?

A: No, you need one certification done online or in-person to meet your requirement.

 

Q: Do Mini 4-Her’s have to take the training?

A: No, Mini 4-Her’s are exempt from the training. YQCA is developed for 8-21 year olds.

 

Q: My Youth PQA certification is good until December of 2019, do I need to take YQCA training?

A: No, your valid multi-year PQA certification will be grandfathered in until that certification expires. Regardless of the species(s) you are exhibiting.

updated 1/24/19

 

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