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:

  1. Food safety
  2. Animal well-being
  3. 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:

  • 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.

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

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