Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth 8-21 with a focus on three core pillars:
- Food safety
- Animal well-being
- Character development
YQCA certification is being accepted by many livestock shows and fairs that require youth quality assurance certification.
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.
The YQCA organizational Board of Directors adopted the following goals for the YQCA training and certification program:
- Ensure safety and well-being of animals produced by youth for showing and for 4-H and FFA projects
- Ensure a safe food supply to consumers
- Enhance the future of the livestock industry by educating youth on these very important issues so they can become more informed producers, consumers and/or employees in the agriculture and food industry
- Maximize the limited development time and budgets of state and national youth program leaders to provide an effective quality assurance program
- Offer livestock shows a valid, national quality assurance certification for youth livestock exhibitors
For more information, go to http://yqca.org/.