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YQCA

YQCA - Youth for the Quality Care of Animals - NEW RULE STARTING 2020!

New for the 2020 Douglas County Fair, all 4-H’ers exhibiting a food producing animal will be required to complete the YQCA training. Food producing animals include: beef (including bucket calf), swine, sheep, meat & dairy goats, dairy cattle, poultry, and meat rabbits. YQCA is designed as an educational tool and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being and character development for youth ages 7– 19. As a result of this program, we hope youth leave with a better understanding of their livestock project and how to produce a healthy and safe food product. Youth may complete the online training for $12/child or attend and complete an in-person training for $3/child. Any 4-H’er who is seven years old must attend an in-person training. A young person’s YQCA certification is valid for one year. Participants will receive a completion certificate which is necessary for county fair pre-entries. The Kansas State Fair Grand Drive and KJLS will require all exhibitors to complete YQCA to be eligible to exhibit in the 2020 livestock shows.

Species that require YQCA:

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

In-Person Training - 2020

All Ages Training: Ages 7-19

  • Feb. 9th at 2:00pm: Dreher Building
  • March 5th at 6:30pm: Dreher Building
  • Apr. 22nd at 7:00pm: Dreher Building

Junior Only Training: 4-H ages 7-11

  • March 29th at 2:00pm: Dreher Building

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

Online Training - Ages 8 and older ONLY. Those 4-H age 7 must complete an in-person training.

Web-based Certification Instructions

Additional Information about YQCA

YQCA.org

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. 
  • I have a 7 year old, how do they get certified?
    • Those 7 years old MUST attend an Instructor-led training. They will RSVP by calling the extension office prior to the training. not online. The system does not recognize those 4-H age 7, therefore they can only sign up by contacting the extension office and do an in-person training. Those older than 7 must register online before attending an in-person training. 
  • Do I need to register before the in-person training?
    • Yes! You must register and pay online before attending an instructor-led class. 7 year olds must RSVP to the Douglas County Extension office prior to attending the 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.