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YQCA Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

September 25, 2019
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Quality Assurance programs are a great way to ensure our youth producers are creating a product we can be proud to consume. In the past, we have used the Pork Quality Assurance Program (PQA), but that program is phasing out at the end of 2017. It is being replaced by Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), which addresses quality in many different species. Starting in 2018, any Indiana youth wishing to exhibit an animal at a county or state fair must have completed a YQCA Certification. 

Please read on to get all of the information for completing YQCA Quality Assurance Program for you and making sure you have met all of your needs. 

What is YQCA?

The Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Program (YQCA) is a program that will provide quality assurance education on all livestock species. YQCA is a national quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

YQCA includes information for youth exhibiting, Swine, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, and Poultry. YQCA is available as an online program or in-person training. Youth may complete the training online (http://yqca.org/) at a cost of $12 or they can participate in an in-person training for $3.

Want to understand more about the background and purpose of YQCA? Check out the Purdue Barn Chatter at https://ag.purdue.edu/agcomm/Pages/171212BC.aspx. There is a written and audio version.

The Requirements:

Certification in YQCA is a requirement (and it is very good practice) for youth planning to exhibit an animal (Swine, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, and Poultry) in the Huntington County 4-H Fair (all other county fairs), the Indiana State Fair, and some open shows.

"To exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, and rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals. This is an annual program that can be completed via online modules or in-person training. For more information about in-person training, please contact the Extension Office. More information about YQCA is available at http://yqca.org. 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 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 the 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; that animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care, and 4-H members are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply."

How to get certified:

There are two ways to complete your certification: in-person or online. Youth may complete the training online (http://yqca.org) at a cost of $12 or they can participate in an in-person training for $3.

Online

In-person

You can find a detailed document (with screenshots) in the files below to help you see how to register for classes. You can also contact the Purdue Extension- Huntington County Office with any questions you may have. We have computers in the office you can use to register for a class. 

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