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Kansas 4-H Tip Sheet

June 15, 2022

YQCA Requirement for State Shows

Submitted by Lexie Hayes

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program that focuses on food safety, animal well-being, and life skill development, through age-appropriate educational curriculum for youth 7-21 years of age. This program is an annual certification that grows with a young person, so the learning modules are different every year. ALL exhibitors are required to be YQCA certified in order to participate in the 2022 Kansas State Fair Grand Drive and/or Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS). This includes youth who will be showing market animals, commercial breeding females, and/or registered purebred breeding females. Families should contact their local extension office to see what options are available in their area.

Certification needs to be completed at the time of state nomination or the materials will be considered incomplete. Families who are only showing registered breeding animals will submit their YQCA certification upon show entry.

The YQCA program transitioned to a new platform in late March. All families will need to create a new account on www.yqcaprogram.org to register and complete trainings. This is where families will also access the certificate for each exhibitor. 

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