Youth Dairy Project

DAIRY LEADERS

  • Dodge County Junior Fair Dairy Cattle Superintendent
    Kyle Bunkoske, 920-296-5053
  • Dairy Youth Advisory Committee Officers 2019-2020
    President – Travis Smith
    President Elect -Kyle Bunkoske
    Secretary – Alison Grulke
    Treasurer – Carrie Warmka

Dairy Youth Advisory Committee Bylaws

FORMS

YQCA- YOUTH FOR THE QUALITY CARE OF ANIMALS

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

All youth who exhibit beef, sheep, and swine at the Dodge County Fair will be required to complete YQCA training (YQCA will count as an educational point).

YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals:

  • Pigs
  • Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Market Rabbits
  • Poultry

YQCA is available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States. YQCA in-person workshops may be available to youth where state 4-H or FFA offices or state/national livestock organizations have partnered to have qualified trainers offer in-person workshops.

All youth who may have a beef animal marketed through Equity or Milwaukee Stockyards will also need to have completed YQCA to meet new (Jan 1, 2019) guidelines.

All youth who wish to exhibit Beef, Dairy, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, or Swine at the Wisconsin State Fair will be required to complete YQCA training.

There are three options for completing YQCA training:

  • Option 1: Complete YQCA on-line training

Cost: $12 per youth per year

Designed for youth ages 8-21, each year the participant will receive unique curriculum depending upon the age of that youth. Each year’s lesson is designed to provide an estimated 60 minutes of education. The online program includes three components for each topic (food safety, animal well-being, and character development). Each topic consists of a knowledge builder, skills lab and quiz, and are designed specifically for each age group. A pass rate of 80% has been established for each quiz with students being able to repeat the module if needed.

Youth can complete this training at their convenience.

  • Option 2: Complete YQCA in person training

Cost: $3 per youth per year

This is an instructor led workshop for youth ages 8-18. Attendance for the entirety of the training is required for completion of the course. Dodge County UW-Extension will provide 3 in-person training opportunities for 2019.

Youth will be able to attend trainings hosted in Dodge County or by other certified trainers across the state. Some in-person trainings might have additional costs associated with the program at the discretion of the trainer.

  • Option 3: Test out of your YQCA level

Cost: $36 or $48 depending on age bracket

This option is for youth 12, 15, or 19 years old as of 1/1/2019. The test out option will only be good for 3 or 4 years depending on your age bracket.

YQCA Registration Information

Youth wishing to complete YQCA training on-line or in-person will be required to sign up for the training at yqca.org.

Contact Amanda Young at the Extension office for more information.

Dodge County will be holding three (3) in-person YQCA trainings.

Sign in with 4H Online or FFA & Independent Sign in – Sign in for yqca.org

Instructor-Led Training Certification: (In person training workshop) Instructions for creating an account, navigating the account, purchasing a course, and completing certification.

Web-Based Certification: (Internet based training workshop) Instructions for creating an account, navigating the account, purchasing a course, and completing certification.

MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) has moved to the National YQCA Program starting the fall of 2017. Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

EVENTS

  • Workshops: Any Dairy Project members or leaders that want to learn more about Dairy Cattle Evaluation are encouraged to attend these workshops. Each counts for 1 point on your Dairy Youth Award Card. Any 4-H member is welcome, regardless of project. Dairy workshops will be held in preparation for Area Animal Science Days contest. All members that want to compete as a member of the team are required to attend at least 75% of all judging practices. There will be 12-14 practices throughout the spring months.
  • Wisconsin Dairy Youth Events & News
  • Wisconsin State Fair Junior Dairy Information is posted when available at the state fair website. Call the UW-Extension office at 920-386-3790 with any questions.

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