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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. A young person’s YQCA certification is valid for one year unless utilizing a test out option.

YQCA Certification Deadline is June 30, 2021

2021 in-person training dates:

  • March 31 @ 6:30pm
  • April 18 @ 2:00pm
  • April 29 @ 6:30pm

*These are the dates offered by DgCo, you may attend other trainins offered by other counties. To register for a class see the "In-person training" below. 

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.

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

Online Training 

*If you are age 7 4-H age and want to take the online training, email Mallory at mgmeek@ksu.edu to get web access. Everyone else can follow the insturctions below to get enrolled. 

Web-based Certification Instructions

Test Out Option

The test out option is available for youth age 12, 15 and 19. 

Purchasing a test out certification

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