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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program that was launched in 2017. Youth may participate in the program online or through a face-to-face class with a certified instructor. This is a fee-based program, which is $12/child for the online course or $3 for a face-to-face session. YQCA is required to show livestock at the Douglas County Fair, Kansas State Fair, and Kansas Junior Livestock Show. The 2021 show will also be the first year it is required for 7-year-old participants at KJLS. 7-year-olds may only obtain certification by participating in a face-to-face classes. If this is a concern, contact Mallory Meek (mgmeek@ksu.edu) to discuss other options for your 7-year-old. A young person’s YQCA certification is valid for one year. 

YQCA Certification Deadline is June 30, 2021

Species that require YQCA:

Beef (including bucket calf), Swine, Sheep, Meat and Dairy Goats, Dairy Cattle, rabbits and Poultry. 

In-Person Training - 2021 (Only have to attend 1 session to be certified)

All in-person sessions will be scheduled in Spring 2021 following DgCo health department guidelines. Dates will be posted here and the DgCo 4-H newsletter.

*Right now, 4-Hers age 7 must complete the YQCA training in-person. Due to Covid, more information on how 7 year olds can become certified  will be released in the Spring. 

Instructor-led Training Certification Instructions: Click on this link to learn how to sign up

Online Training - Ages 8 and older ONLY.

Web-based Certification Instructions

Additional Information about YQCA


Certificate Printing Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions
    • The dates for the in-person training don't work for my schedule, and I have to attend an in-person training. What do I do?
      • Contact Mallory Meek, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, at mgmeek@ksu.edu or 785-843-7058 to discuss options if you are not able to attend an in-person training, but want/need to attend one. 


  • Do I need to register before the in-person training?
    • Yes! You must register and pay online before attending an instructor-led class. 
  • What does it cost to get certified?
    • $3 if you attend an in-person training. $12 if you decide to do your training online. 
  • Is it mandatory for those required species?
    • Yes. All exhibitors showing animals from the list above must complete the training to be eligible to show at the Douglas County Fair