Your YQCA certification must be current and valid at the time of the 2022 Dodge County Fair. YQCA certifications are only valid for one year after completion with the exception of the test out option. Please print out certificate after completion and attach to the Dodge County Livestock Project Member Activity ‘Orange Card’.
- At this time, no instructor led courses are planned in Dodge County.
- YQCA certification is available for completion at yqca.org.
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:
- Beef Cattle
- Dairy Cattle
- Market Rabbits
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 1/1/2021. 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.
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.