All Youth who are in the Beef, Swine, Sheep, Poultry, Goats, Dairy and Rabbit Projects must take this training to exhibit animals in these departments at the Lincoln County Fair. Youth should bring a copy of their completion certificate to the Fair to turn in when they check in their animals.
Starting fall of 2017, Wisconsin will replace the MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) program with the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) national program. This new and interactive program provides youth a number of options for an annual quality assurance certification. YQCA was created for youth in the Beef, Dairy, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, and Swine projects. This new program gives families more flexibility in acquiring this much needed information which trains youth in improving the care of food animals and promoting a higher level of consumer food safety. The livestock industry and businesses are constantly striving for high quality, wholesome products; therefore, youth in food animal projects should assist in this effort.
The face-to-face training dates have passed but youth can still complete the online training option by going to https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login . If you are a 4-H member, please log in through the 4-H Online system on the left. If you are an FFA member or other organization affiliate, please sign in through the independent system on the right. You will create an account followed by either completing a sign up for online/web based modules (click on the link for step by step instructions). Upon signing up for a course, you will then pay for that course with a credit card. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance you need in creating or signing up in the YQCA system. Once you have completed the training, you can print a certificate of completion to turn in to verify you have completed this required training. This is the certificate you will need to turn in when checking in your animals at the Lincoln County Fair.
Reminder, Wisconsin State Fair and other national exhibitions will require certification in YQCA for participation for 2018 events and beyond. Continue to monitor the Wisconsin YQCA website for helpful information: https://fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock/yqca/ and the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program social media channels; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.